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Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the Obama administration’s emergency action in northern Iraq, the campaign is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Republicans have issued several I-told-you-so statements and called […]

Walsh quits Senate over plagiarism

Walsh quits Senate over plagiarism

Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh’s abrupt withdrawal from the campaign in a plagiarism controversy. Walsh’s decision to quit the campaign Thursday gave an instant shot in the arm to Republicans nationally. A net gain of six seats in the Senate would […]

‘Accidental congressman’ loses seat in Michigan

‘Accidental congressman’ loses seat in Michigan

Republican U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, considered by some to be an “accidental” congressman, was easily defeated Tuesday in a Michigan district and became the third U.S. House incumbent to lose his seat this year. Lawyer and businessman David Trott, 53, who contributed nearly $2.5 million of his own money to his campaign, will face Democrat […]

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Republicans still groping for immigration resolution

Republicans can’t figure out what to do about illegal immigration as the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to heat up and just three months before midterm elections. After the GOP’s 2012 presidential loss, it was the one problem the party declared it must resolve to win future presidential races. Immigration managed to bedevil the party […]

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House revives bill on Mexico-American border crisis

House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he’d act unilaterally, as […]

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