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Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact....

Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown....

Obama, Kerry condemn killing of Russian opposition figure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday condemned the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov....

US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and Cuba claimed progress Friday toward ending a half-century diplomatic freeze, suggesting they could clear some of the biggest obstacles to their new relationship within weeks....

Cruz tells anti-tax group 'No' to Common Core in schools
PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program....

Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending....

Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information....

GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East....

GOP, Dem senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Friday that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program....

Santorum wants US ground troops to fight Islamic State group
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who is considering another presidential run, called for putting 10,000 U.S. troops on the ground to fight the growth of the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State....

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Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

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House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

Senate approves 1-week funding bill for Homeland Security

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Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown

GOP, Dem senators offer bill challenging Obama on Iran

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