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Lawmakers Call for Investigation of Veterans Hospital Accused of Distributing Pain Medication 'Like Candy'

January 14, 2015 Members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation are jumping on an investigative report that suggests that doctors at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital prescribed pain medication to patients "like candy." Republicans Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Sean Duffy on Wednesday called for an investigation into a Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah,...

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White House: France Must Remain Vigilant Against Terrorism

January 9, 2015 After a week of harrowing terrorist attacks in France, President Obama encouraged the country to stay strong. "The French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant," the president said in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday, at the start of a scheduled speech about higher education....

New GOP Congress Targets Increased Sanctions on Iran

January 7, 2015 Congressional Republicans have long railed against President Obama's approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran. Now that the GOP has control of both the House and Senate, they're preparing to confront him on the matter this month. As the 114th Congress sorts out its priorities, voting on the Keystone XL pipeline...

Feinstein Sends Obama Instructions for Stopping the 'Future Use of Torture'

January 5, 2015 Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is calling on President Obama to help "prevent the use future use of torture" by the U.S. government, a move that comes on the heels of her panel's release of its investigation into the CIA's now-defunct "enhanced interrogation" program. In a letter sent to Obama...

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Feinstein Sends the White House Instructions for Ceasing ‘Future Use of Torture’

January 5, 2015 Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking President Obama to help "prevent the future use of torture" by the U.S. government, a move that comes on the heels of her Senate Intelligence panel's release of its investigation into the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program under President George W. Bush. In a letter sent...

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How Will the U.S. Punish North Korea?

December 23, 2014 President Obama has promised to retaliate against North Korea for the large-scale hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, but actual details about any planned U.S. action are few: the president only said last week before departing for Hawaii that the American response would be "proportional." North Korea's Internet connection on Monday...

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Here's What CIA Interrogators Are Still Allowed to Do

December 12, 2014 Although the CIA's brutal "enhanced interrogation techniques" have been illegal for almost five years, the rulebook its interrogators must now follow still allows it to use tactics some critics call torture. The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation tactics released Tuesday describes a sweeping program that saw detainees subjected to...

FBI Accuses Two in Minnesota of Trying To Join ISIS

November 26, 2014 An 18-year-old Minnesotan who is accused of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group was arrested on Tuesday following an FBI investigation. His friend, a Minnesotan two years his senior, is charged with actually providing that support. He is believed to have joined a terrorist organization in...

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FBI Accuses Two Young Minnesotans of Planning to Join Extremists in Syria

November 25, 2014 n 18-year-old Minnesotan who is accused of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group was arrested on Tuesday following an FBI investigation. His friend, a Minnesotan two years his senior, is charged with actually providing that support. He is believed to have joined a terrorist organization in...

A Resurgent GOP Is Fuming Over Extending the Iran Nuclear Talks

November 25, 2014 Some U.S. politicians are less than thrilled about Secretary of State John Kerry's Monday announcement that nuclear negotiations with Iran will be extended until June. Almost immediately after Kerry's announcement, lawmakers critical of a nuclear deal with Iran began communicating their doubts about the extension, which is not the first....