- NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.
- Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.
- DHS removed more than 368,000 immigrants in 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration removed 368,644 immigrants from the country last year.
- Report: Fired nuke general misbehaved in Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force general who was fired from command of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces had engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking, rudeness to his hosts and associating with "suspect" women, according to an investigation report released Thursday.
- Obama deploys small military group to South Sudan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has deployed a small military contingent to South Sudan to help bolster security at the U.S. Embassy amid escalating violence in the fledgling African nation.
- Under 500K with revoked health plans lack coverage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a half million people whose health insurance was canceled under President Barack Obama's new law have not yet found other coverage, the administration said Thursday.
- White House threatens to veto Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it would veto new congressional legislation that would toughen sanctions against Iran.
- Baucus to China? The politics of Senate control
WASHINGTON (AP) — With control of the Senate at stake in next year's elections, President Barack Obama's decision to name retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China sets off a chain reaction that could give the White House and Democrats an edge in preventing Republicans from gaining a Senate majority.
- FDA to make food safety rules more farmer-friendly
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will revise sweeping new food safety rules proposed earlier this year after farmers complained the rules could hurt business.
- Senate nears approval of sweeping defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — A comprehensive defense bill that would crack down on sexual assault in the military and add protections for victims headed toward Senate passage on Thursday.
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