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Homeland Security funding deal elusive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats stepped up their pressure on Speaker John Boehner on Monday to allow a vote on legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30 without any immigration-related provisions attached, and one senior lawmaker predicted the top leader of House Republicans would eventually agree....

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Monday that the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, with a White House task force recommending independent outside investigations when police use deadly force....

Ferguson News Guide: No charges expected for policeman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests...

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel's security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting President Barack Obama, even as he assailed the U.S. leader's bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to his country's survival....

Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption....

Lawmaker billed taxpayers for private plane to football game
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock billed taxpayers more than $10,000 on private flights last fall that included a trip to a Chicago Bears football game, The Associated Press has learned....

Florida's Rubio close to decision about presidential run
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president, yet admits it sure does look like he will seek the White House in 2016....

Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won't seek re-election
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, announced Monday that she will not run for-re-election....

Military judge orders overseer of Gitmo cases replaced
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge is ordering the Pentagon to replace the overseer of war crimes tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba....

Netanyahu tells AIPAC that US-Israel alliance strong
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that despite recent differences with the Obama administration over a looming nuclear deal with Iran the alliance between his country and the Unites States was "stronger than ever."...

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