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US Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

Washington - US Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government's controversial bulk collection of data about Americans.

Protesters burn state congress over Mexico 'massacre'

Chilpancingo - Demonstrators angry over the disappearance of 43 college students set fire to the Guerrero state congress in southern Mexico on Wednesday in a new protest over the presumed massacre.

Op-Ed: Midterm results reveal that Democrats need a new New Deal

The Democrats lost big on Tuesday, losing control of the Senate, falling further behind in the House, and putting up a poor showing in the various governors' races. While the punditry debate why Dems lost and the GOP won, a look at the real reason.

Obama congratulates Republicans on 'good night'

Washington - US President Barack Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years.

Republicans take Senate in US election sweep

Washington - Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday in a sweeping midterm election victory that delivered a rebuke to President Barack Obama's Democrats.

India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

New Delhi - India's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier's assassination.

Op-Ed: Five things wrong with Sen. Ted Cruz' Ten-Point Plan for Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has announced his GOP plan for Congress starting in 2015, outlining what should be done if Republicans regain the Senate. Unfortunately, he's half wrong.

Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of global threat from Russia

Washington - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday warned of a threat to "global security everywhere" posed by the Russian aggression against his nation.

Op-Ed: Redefining the rules for protecting the nation's waters

When the Clean Water Act of 1972 became law, aspirations were high that it would put an end to the filthy, polluted waterways many of us grew up with. But over the past few decades, a phrase in that law has become a source of contention in the courts.

Do we trust our elections? How to 'trust but verify'

As the US undergoes some of the most important congressional elections in its history, when basic rights are under attack and faith in our political process is in shreds, nothing is more important than what remains of trust in the integrity of elections.

U.S. lawmakers postpone recess to deal with immigration

Washington - In a last-ditch effort to schedule a vote dealing with a influx of undocumented Central American children, the U.S. House of Representatives postponed its summer recess.

Op-Ed: GOP flubs Obama impeachment by fumbling Congress' August recess

In a blow to the Republican drive to impeach President Barack Obama for alleged abuse of the executive order, Republicans in the House of Representatives have failed to pass vital legislation and are calling for Obama to use the...executive order.

U.S. House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

Washington - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.

Democrats seek federal contract ban for tax-dodging corporations

Washington - Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation that would deny federal contracts to US companies which incorporate overseas in order to avoid paying taxes.

Op-Ed: Burn it down, Mr. Obama

During the first five and a half years of his presidency – and I imagine for the 30 or so months that remain — I’ve had a difficult time supporting many of the decisions made by President Obama.

Florida Republican congresswoman condemns Hamas

A Republican US congresswoman known for her staunch support for Cuban exile terrorists has drafted a resolution condemning the Palestinian militant resistance group Hamas for allegedly using human shields in its asymmetrical warfare against Israel.

Op-Ed: Republicans want to give women the right to buy birth control

This week Republicans introduced a rather useless bill to answer the Democrat’s response on the highly unpopular Hobby Lobby decision passed down by the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Op-Ed: Will 2016 be 1940 Part II? GOP angry over executive orders

President Barack Obama is challenging congressional Republicans to craft meaningful legislation rather than simply try to oppose him. Will 2016 be a redux of the 1940 presidential election?

U.S. lawmakers pass bill to curb NSA surveillance

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA).The margin was wide, 293 to 123, for the bill attached to the defense budget for 2015, which begins October 1.

Op-Ed: Should Obama have swapped a soldier for Taliban detainees?

No Man Left Behind — this policy is as old as America herself. Regardless the country or the outcome, we have routinely swapped captured enemy fighters in order to return our soldiers to American soil.

Lawmakers demand answers over Obama POW-Taliban trade

Washington - President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for an American soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning the military and political merits of the controversial exchange.

U.S. House moves to bolster gun background checks

Washington - U.S. lawmakers moved to boost funding of the national background check system for firearm sales, a small but symbolic step toward broader gun law reform following recent mass shootings.The measure would provide $19.

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA bulk data collection

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, the first step toward restricting NSA intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year.

India's ruling Congress party concedes election defeat

New Delhi - India's ruling Congress party conceded defeat on Friday after 10 years in power as early election results showed a landslide win for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party under hardline leader Narendra Modi."We accept defeat.

Obama confirms new law passed to deprive citizens of jury trial

As reelection nears for the 350 congressmen who voted in favor of continuing a new law commonly referred to as "NDAA," President Barack Obama confirms in an interview that the law allows US citizens to be detained by the US military indefinitely.

U.S. House votes to create Benghazi committee

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.

Senior citizen medical marijuana patient to lobby U.S. Congress

Ahead of his May 12th trial, federal medical marijuana defendant Larry Harvey, 70, goes to Washington, D.C. to lobby the United States Congress in order to stop funding federal prosecutions like his.

Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.

Op-Ed: Losing benefits isn’t prodding unemployed back to work

The verdict is in — cutting unemployment benefits does not help workers. Surprised? Hardly. Squabbles between congressional Republicans and Democrats resulted in the end of federal emergency unemployment benefits for over 2 million Americans.

Massive blaze brings death, destruction to historic Valparaiso

Valpara - A massive fire that killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes was still burning early Sunday in Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.
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