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House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’

House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect. The nonbinding measure hasn’t been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution’s separation of […]

House Committee OKs lawsuit against Obama

House Committee OKs lawsuit against Obama

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by […]

House, Senate take different routes on border problems

House, Senate take different routes on border problems

Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, but they’re unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski planned to unveil legislation Wednesday allocating $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and […]

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

Little hope for success for a gridlocked Congress

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation’s immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics. With just two weeks before lawmakers’ sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items […]

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Congressional angst grows over Obama’s Afghan plan

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is different from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence since shortly […]

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

Child migration shifts immigration political focus

The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has […]

Child immigrant flow slow for now

Child immigrant flow slow for now

The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border illegally this week, the officials said. Last month, agents […]

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