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American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

American air strikes aimed at reclaiming Iraq dam

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. The administration’s letter to Congress said “the mission is consistent with […]

Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals. Lawyers who have long sought the changes say a window […]

Failure to commicate over planned immigrant releases

Failure to commicate over planned immigrant releases

Government officials decided to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 strictly for budget reasons and didn’t tell the Homeland Security secretary about the plan, according to an oversight report. The lack of communication led the Obama administration to wrongly deny for weeks that 2,228 immigrants facing deportation had been released, according to […]

Citizenship, immigration issues for 310,00 Americans on health care

Citizenship, immigration issues for 310,00 Americans on health care

The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. The Obama administration said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship or immigration details don’t match what the government has on file. These consumers need to send […]

Kerry urges calmness in Iraq

Kerry urges calmness in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants. Speaking in Australia on Monday, Kerry said there should be no use of force by political factions as Iraq struggles form a government. He says the […]

A no-win situation in Iraq?

A no-win situation in Iraq?

It was supposed to be over, America’s war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking targets in the nation where the United States led an invasion in 2003, lost almost 4,500 troops in the fight to stabilize and liberate it and […]