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Threat of Foreign ISIS Fighters on NATO Summit Agenda, Says WH Official


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will likely discuss the threat of foreign fighters—and their travel in and out of country—with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “I would anticipate that these kinds of discussions will be on the agenda,” he said. Later this month, the president is expected to convene a UN Security Council meeting

Obama Urges West Africans Not to Touch Bodies of Ebola Victims in Video


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In a video released by the U.S. State Department and posted to YouTube, President Obama urged West Africans not to touch the bodies of family members who have died from Ebola."When burying someone who has died from this terrible disease," Obama said, "it's important to not directly touch their body. You can respect your traditions and honor your loved ones without risking the lives of the living."The World Health Organization has noted that

Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks."My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "

President Obama Heads to Europe, NATO Summit to Discuss Tension in Ukraine


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will head to Europe on Tuesday to take part in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit to discuss, among other things, the continued tension caused by Russia's incursion into Ukraine.Obama will first land in Estonia, where he is expected to reaffirm the U.S.' stance that Russia should not get involved in the independent nations. At his second stop, the president will meet with other NATO leaders, but without Russian Pres

Eric Cantor to Join Investment Bank


US House of Representatives(NEW YORK) -- Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been appointed Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors of Moelis & Company, a global investment bank.According to a release posted to Moelis & Company's website, Cantor will "provide strategic counsel to the Firm's corporate and institutional clients on key issues." He will also be involved in client development.Cantor said that when considering his post-politics career, he "wanted to join a

Obama: 'Every Gray Hair Is Worth It'


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(MILWAUKEE) -- Fired up and in campaign form, President Obama delivered what appeared to be a pre-midterm stump speech on Monday to labor activists in Wisconsin, the state that became the labor movement's political epicenter in 2011."Every gray hair is worth it," he told the crowd, of pressing for economic policies such as a higher minimum wage in the face of GOP resistance."The American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office,"

Obama Notifies Congress of Amirli Bombing, Airdrop Campaign


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama notified Congress of his authorization of the bombing and humanitarian airdrop campaign to help Shiite Turkmen surrounded by ISIS in the town of Amirli, Iraq, according to a letter released by the White House on Monday."These additional operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli," Obama wrote.Up until this point,

Congresswoman and Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth is Pregnant


Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has announced she's pregnant. In 2004, the veteran lost both of her legs and part of an arm when her helicopter was shot down in the Iraq War.She says she became pregnant through a form of in vitro fertilization, and now she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in December.The 46-year-old says due to her age and injuries the pregnancy is considered "high risk."Duckworth is the first female veteran of the Iraq war to

Rep. Tom Cole: Be 'Smart About What We Do' on ISIS


Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While some Republicans have criticized President Obama for not acting quickly enough to combat the growing threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said Sunday on This Week that the U.S. has to be "smart about what we do" and not rush to act."I think frankly there's way too much emphasis on acting now and doing something immediately instead of being smart about what we do," Cole said on the This Week roundtable. "I think the elements of

California Passes Plastic Bag Ban


iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.State lawmakers okayed the bill Friday after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.The measure makes plastic bags illegal statewide at grocery stores and large pharmacies. It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge $0.10

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu Facing Questions About Residency


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is the latest Washington veteran being forced to fend off a challenge to her reelection that alleges she is no longer a resident of her home state, but lives in DC.A similar challenge succeeded in knocking off former Indiana senator Richard Lugar in 2012, despite - or because of - his 35 years in Congress.Landrieu's office and campaign are fighting back very cautiously."I have lived at my home on Prieur Street (New Orleans) most of my life an

Obama Pushes for Increased Minimum Wage in Weekly Address


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- With Labor Day just around the corner, President Obama outlined the arguments behind his continued push for an increased minimum wage in his weekly address.Obama reiterated once again that Congress should act to help hardworking Americans around the country. Obama raised the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 per hour using an executive order earlier this year, and in his address he praised the 13 states and the District of Columbia

GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Larry Bucshon on Bringing Jobs Back to the US


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In the Republican weekly address, Rep. Larry Bucshon of Indiana discussed what American political leaders must do to bring jobs back to the United States.With Labor Day on Monday, Bucshon spoke of how "Americas workers make our country go." He noted, however, that many of those workers are "hurting."Bucshon mentioned 40 "good jobs bills awaiting action," blame for which he pointed at the Democrat-held Senate.Bucshon argues for lowering energy costs, fixing the tax code

Federal Judge Rejects Part of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A federal judge rejected part of the state's abortion law that would have required abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating room standards by Sept. 1 or close.The law would have left just seven facilities in Texas as legal abortion sites. For now, at least 19 such facilities will remain open. An appeal from the state is expected.Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis called the decision "a victory for women's health care." Davis notably filibustered the ab

Mississippi Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's Prim


Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) -- A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit Friday filed by Senate candidate Chris McDaniel who sought to overturn Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in their June primary runoff.Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel failed to file the challenge within the 20-day period required by Mississippi law.McGehee’s decision was issued a day after hearing arguments regarding the timing of the lawsuit.The challenge by McDaniel centered

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