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  • Clinton campaign hits at Sanders over newspaper endorsements
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 2:32 pm
    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president criticized rival Bernie Sanders on Thursday for what it argues are misleading campaign advertisements that suggest the Vermont senator received the endorsement of two newspapers that have not backed his bid for the White House.
  • Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 2:32 pm
    President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change.
  • Trucker rest break proposal resurrected in aviation bill
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 2:28 pm
    Buried in the fine print of an aviation bill is a provision that would prevent states from requiring trucking companies to schedule more generous rest breaks for their drivers than the federal government's minimum standard.
  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 2:13 pm
    Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration.
  • Louisiana Senate race draws its first Democratic candidate
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:53 pm
    Louisiana's U.S. Senate race has its first Democratic contender.
  • Drug exec takes the Fifth on Capitol Hill, angers lawmakers
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:53 pm
    Infuriating members of Congress, a smirking Martin Shkreli took the Fifth at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday when asked about his jacking up of drug prices, then promptly went on Twitter and insulted his questioners as "imbeciles."
  • US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:32 pm
    The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe -- particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.
  • Food industry looks to Congress as GMO labeling law nears
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:28 pm
    The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients.
  • Cruz: border security needed to stop addiction 'epidemic'
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:12 pm
    Republican Ted Cruz shared the deeply personal story of his sister's overdose death as he campaigned across New Hampshire on Thursday, describing "an epidemic" of addiction that has destroyed lives in his family and across the nation.
  • Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 1:00 pm
    Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade after majority Republicans balked over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.
  • Senators grill personnel office nominee over data hack
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 12:08 pm
    President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday promised to strengthen the agency's cybersecurity and information technology systems after what's believed to be the largest data breach in U.S. history.
  • Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 11:40 am
    The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to make women register for draft
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 11:32 am
    Two Republican congressmen who are military veterans have introduced a bill requiring women to register for the draft.
  • Islamic State numbers go down in Iraq, Syria; Up in Libya
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 9:41 am
    A U.S. defense official says new intelligence assessments show the number of Islamic State fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria, but is rising in Libya.
  • Obama seeks to dedicate more offshore royalties to parks
    Associated Press | February 04, 2016 9:24 am
    In his final budget recommendation, President Barack Obama will seek to boost spending for a program that lets local governments and the feds buy more land for parks and recreation.