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Obama's Islamic State Strategy Sparks Doubt With Pentagon officials
Beneath the glowing battle reports about Iraq from U.S. military spokesmen in recent months, there remains a strong undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the Pentagon rank and file with the Obama administration's Islamic State strategy.
Federal court blocks Obama's immigration plan
A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow President Obama's program to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation from going into effect.
FBI used Patriot Act to obtain 'large collections' of Americans' data, DoJ finds
As lawmakers and security agencies braced for a potential loss of the heart of the Patriot Act, a long-delayed Justice Department report showed that the FBI uses the surveillance authorities it provides for "large collections" of Americans' internet records.
Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.
Rand Paul Commandeers Senate to Protest Patriot Act
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the most libertarian-leaning of the major Republican presidential contenders, dominated the Senate floor from 1:18 to 11:49 p.m. Wednesday to decry the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone data without warrants.
Senate Urges Obama to Free Pastor Imprisoned in Iran
The U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging the Obama administration to do more to free an American pastor imprisoned in Iran since 2012.
ISIS War Front on American Soil?
U.S.-led airstrikes may have slowed ISIS's advance in the Middle East, but the brutal terrorist movement continues to attract followers around the world including the United States.
Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in Minnesota and Iowa
Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading.
Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says
An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.
Senate Debates as law allowing NSA to collect Americans' phone data set to expire
A major supporter of the National Security Agency's anti-terrorism surveillance program, which allows the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, is pushing for an extension of the program, setting up a battle with critics who argue that Congress must fix the current law or let it expire.
Obama Vows to 'Keep Fighting' for LGBT Rights on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to "keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights."
Iran Nuclear Deal Review Bill Overwhelmingly Passed by Congress
Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.
House Approves GOP Bill Banning Most Late-Term Abortions
Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.
House Votes to End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1.
Texas Republicans Could Take New Stand on Same-Sex Marriage
Racing both a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and legislative deadlines, Texas Republicans pushed ahead Tuesday toward putting the state at the forefront of resistance if same-sex weddings are ruled constitutional.
More than 40% of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Have Died in the Past 12 Months
More than 40% of U.S. honeybee colonies died in a 12-month period ending in April, extending a troubling trend that has scientists scrambling for a solution and professional beekeepers struggling to stay in business.
Americans less Christian, more 'unaffiliated,' survey finds
The American people have become slightly less Christian and more "unaffiliated" in the last few years, says a new study that seeks to track even the smallest trends in this major cultural issue.
Judgment Day for the U.S. Surveillance State
Last week saw the first response to the issue by an appeals court outside the country’s secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: The court ruled that the U.S. government's long-held justification for the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk collection of Americans' phone records and other data is illegal under the USA Patriot Act.
Could Science Help Ban Abortions?
Premature babies are surviving earlier than in the Roe v. Wade era, potentially shifting the Supreme Court's guidepost of when abortion can legally be banned.
Operation Jade Helm: Texas Bristles at Obama's 'invasion'
President Barack Obama plans to launch a military operation this summer that will see the special forces which killed Osama bin Laden team up with Walmart to take over Texas.
U.S. Marks National Day of Prayer
With "Lord, Hear Our Cry" as its theme, organizers of the 64th National Day of Prayer invited Americans to raise their voices in prayer on Thursday.
NSA Phone Record Collection is Excessive, Federal Appeals Court Says
The National Security Agency's bulk phone record collection program was dealt a blow Thursday as a federal appeals court said the controversial program exceeds what Congress has allowed and urged lawmakers to step in.
ISIS Claims it has Terror Cells in Place in 15 States Ready to Carry Out Attacks
A grim online warning from a self-described American jihadist said Sunday's terror attack in Texas was the work of ISIS and that the terrorist group has scores of "trained soldiers" positioned in 15 states, awaiting orders to carry out more operations.
Jeb Bush’s Latest Effort to Court Evangelical Voters Misfires
Jeb Bush's latest effort to court evangelical voters boomeranged when a Christian radio network boss challenged him for hiring two political aides who support same-sex marriage, and the former Florida governor conceded that he couldn't identify any "genuine" conservatives in his inner circle.
ISIS claims attempted terrorist attack in Texas, marking first effort on US soil
The fundamentalist terrorist organization the Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday via its official radio station for the attempted terrorist attack against an anti-Muslim event in Texas showcasing cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
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