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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 powers between executive and legislative branches, even if Obama and his top military advisers already have ruled out sending combat troops to help Iraq fight extremist insurgents. Friday’s legislation was approved by a 370-40 vote after Republican and Democratic lawmakers emphasized the need to reassert
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More investigation into Sen. Walsh’s plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master’s degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year. The U.S. Army War College said in a statement late Thursday it will examine evidence that Walsh included both conclusions and verbatim passages from the writings of other scholars in his 2007 paper, known as a strategy research project. The college is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. “The Army War College initiated its own analysis of the paper and determined this
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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 other resources on the South Texas border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been arriving from Central America. That amounts to a $1 billion reduction from Obama’s request. But House Republicans were expected to go even further, with more limited spending that would
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