Memo details U.S. justifications for drone killings

Memo details U.S. justifications for drone killings

The secret U.S. government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration’s program of “targeted killings.” The 41-page memo — whose contents had previously been summarized and […]

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel stands as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back home, is locked in a tight race against the […]

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

IRS boss claims no obstruction in IRS targeting of tea party

The head of the IRS brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility. Commissioner John Koskinen was appearing at a rare evening hearing on Capitol Hill to answer questions about lost emails by a key figure […]

Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Some conservatives are skittish about having a new House majority leader from left-leaning California. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., acknowledged that his constituents were “probably scratching their head” when it came to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s election Thursday. Adding to the unease is that the House’s top Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also is from California. “I don’t […]

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Kerry in Iraq in hopes of staving off civil war

Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. The meeting scheduled between Kerry and […]

Obama to employers: ‘Be family friendly’

Obama to employers: ‘Be family friendly’

President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn’t always set the best example. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, although Obama says he’d like to see that change. “Only […]

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Obama says theat from militants in Iraq could grow

Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said. The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq’s government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat […]