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State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document....

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border....

GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails....

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday....

Mississippi's Senate candidates to appear together
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) -- For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers. And it might just be the only time during this year's campaign that'll happen....

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some companies that earn billions of dollars as government contractors are among the worst violators of U.S. labor laws, yet year after year they keep winning new contracts. So President Barack Obama is aiming to end impunity for labor violators by pushing companies to clean up their act if they want to keep taking federal money....

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters....

House approves VA health care overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years....

House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally....

Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus....

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