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Sports Stars' Stumbles Spark Fresh Round of 'Slam the Solons'

Roll Call (CQ)  |  9/18/14 2:02 PM

As if engineering new ways to kinda-sorta green light foreign wars without getting booted out of office in a few weeks weren't stressful enough, elected officials must once again -- thanks to wildly inappropriate behavior by marquee athletes -- contend with age-old accusations about everything that's wrong with Capitol Hill.

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Senate ready to support Obama on rebel aid

Associated Press  |  9/18/14 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East....

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Arab Bank never backed Hamas, lawyer tells U.S. trial

Reuters  |  9/18/14 1:43 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

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Obama to nominate Indian-American Verma as ambassador to India

Reuters  |  9/18/14 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate former State Department official Richard Verma, an Indian American, to be U.S. ambassador to India, White House officials said on Thursday.

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Senate voting on rebel aid after House backs Obama

Associated Press  |  9/18/14 1:27 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of both parties expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants....

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Missile Defense Test Was No "Softball Shot," Says Boeing

Roll Call (CQ)  |  9/18/14 1:26 PM

That missile defense test from June, the first successful one in five years? It wasn't "some softball shot," as critics allege, according to Boeing officials managing the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program. And in so far as it was "scripted," they said, it was only because fully simulating a nuclear missile attack isn't easy.

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White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance

Associated Press  |  9/18/14 1:25 PM

WASHIBGTON (AP) -- Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015....

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Friday Hearing Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance

Roll Call (CQ)  |  9/18/14 1:19 PM

One of the last events in Congress prior to lawmakers leaving for an election period recess break is a Friday morning House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting on the impact of the widespread use of antibiotics, featuring testimony from FDA drug development chief Janet Woodcock. The liberal use of antibiotics in humans reportedly is causing bacteria to develop resistance to current antibiotic drugs and the House panel will mull efforts to spur...

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ISIS could use legal immigration system to enter U.S.: Immigration officer

The Washington Times  |  9/18/14 1:17 PM

Islamic State militants could come to the U.S. through the front door, using America's "loose and lax" legal immigration system to gain a foothold here, the president of the union that represents immigration case officers said Thursday in a scathing letter. From "loopholes" in the asylum system to failing to ...

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United States steps up pressure on Guatemala over labor rights

Reuters  |  9/18/14 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States ramped up pressure on Guatemala to better protect workers' rights on Thursday by restarting a trade case that could lead to hefty fines for the Central American nation.

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