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Obama again faces Congress question on Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped....

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday....

Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration....

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign....

US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria....

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year....

Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqi civilians....

US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband....

Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues....

Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office....

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