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  • House lawmaker issues subpoena to Fed in leak probe
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 5:05 pm
    A powerful congressman is compelling the Federal Reserve to provide documents related to a possible leak in 2012 of market-moving interest-rate information to a financial newsletter.
  • Pentagon says US anti-armor weapons due in Iraq next week
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 4:16 pm
    An expedited shipment of 2,000 lightweight shoulder-fired weapons intended to help the Iraqi army stop the Islamic State group's increasingly effective use of car bombs should arrive in Iraq as soon as next week, the Pentagon said Thursday.
  • Senators offer compromise on domestic surveillance changes
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 4:08 pm
    The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee floated a compromise Thursday that would end bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency after a two-year transition period, leaving it up to the House to accept the deal or allow expiration of government surveillance powers June 1.
  • Walker promises pre-emptive strikes to prevent attacks on US
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 4:00 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is doubling down on his promises of pre-emptive strikes to prevent what he says are certain future attacks on American soil.
  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 3:12 pm
    A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.
  • US concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 2:52 pm
    Two children were likely killed during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria last year, and two other adults were wounded, according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. military.
  • US proposal would ease voting access for American Indians
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 2:25 pm
    The Justice Department on Thursday proposed legislation to make it easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote.
  • Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 1:44 pm
    Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel Wednesday approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding overseas military accounts to raise Pentagon budget limits by $36 billion.
  • Obama cites 'personal interest' in locking down Iran deal
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 1:22 pm
    President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake on ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long-term.
  • IRS refunds $10M to tax preparers who paid to take test
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 1:19 pm
    The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test, the agency announced Thursday.
  • 2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 1:12 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform.
  • Senate panel OKs letting VA docs give advice on medical pot
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 1:12 pm
    A GOP-controlled Senate panel Wednesday approved a plan to permit veterans to receive information about medical marijuana from their government doctors.
  • US, Cuba push to finalize talks on re-establishing embassies
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 12:16 pm
    American and Cuban officials were trying Thursday to complete talks to re-establish embassies in each other's capitals after a half-century interruption. Many differences appeared close to being resolved.
  • Pilot who landed gyrocopter at US Capitol pleads not guilty
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 11:48 am
    A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol has pleaded not guilty to the six charges he faces.
  • Obama sees trade vote as "big step forward"
    Associated Press | May 21, 2015 11:45 am
    President Barack Obama says his trade agenda took "a big step forward" Thursday when it cleared a key Senate hurdle.