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Obama raises concerns over crackdown with el-Sissi

The White House says President Barack Obama has voiced concern to Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over mass trials and the imprisonment of journalists and peaceful activists in Egypt.

Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.

A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.

Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.

Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.

Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations -- leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?

President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.

US announces protections for transgender workers

The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals.

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week:

Paul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island.

New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

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