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Bill Clinton Was George W. Bush's Secret White House Whisperer

September 8, 2014 George W. Bush was known – and often criticized – for being insular during his eight years in the White House, but he made regular calls to a surprising adviser during his second term: his predecessor. Bill Clinton revealed on Monday that the second President Bush picked his brain twice...

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White House Sends Spending Wish List to Congress

September 8, 2014 The White House reportedly wants Congress to provide more money for an experimental Ebola drug and give the administration more flexibility for dealing with the border crisis when it approves a stopgap spending bill this month. According to the Associated Press, an administration request sent to House and Senate committees...

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Obama's Been Too Busy Being President to Issue His Big Immigration Order

September 6, 2014 Yes, President Obama is still planning to issue his highly-anticipated executive order on immigration that will enrage Republicans, please many Democrats and make a bunch of others very nervous. But no, the president is not ready to do it yet, he doesn't know exactly when he will. Obama was asked...

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House Republicans Won't Vote on an ISIL Resolution Unless Obama Asks For It

September 5, 2014 The House will only vote on a formal resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Islamic State if President Obama makes a direct request for congressional action. That's the message the new majority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), has been delivering privately to lawmakers in recent days, according...

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Kevin McCarthy Doesn't Want the Government's Marshmallow Roasting Advice

September 4, 2014 The new House majority leader is picking a fight with the Obama administration over marshmallows. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was installed as Eric Cantor's replacement a month ago, took the U.S. Forest Service to task on Thursday for devoting a 700-word blog post to the timeless tradition of marshmallow...

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U.S., Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Team Up to Thwart Boko Haram

September 4, 2014 The U.S. is planning a "major" new security program to help Nigeria battle Boko Haram terrorists, a senior State Department official said in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Thursday. "Despite our collective efforts, the situation on the ground is worsening," the assistant secretary of state for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield,...

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What Grover Norquist Learned at Burning Man

September 3, 2014 Grover Norquist has survived his first Burning Man, and he had a ball. The conservative activist known for his crusade against higher taxes trekked out to the weeklong party in the Nevada desert, taking the metaphor of the "fish out of water" almost too literally. Norquist came away impressed with...

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Even Supreme Court Justices Cite 'Internet Facts' (Just Like the Rest of Us)

September 3, 2014 Supreme Court justices could stand to do a better job checking their facts, and like most of society's ills these days, it's the Internet's fault. Now, it's not as if the justices are scouring Wikipedia late at night to find citations for their opinions. But according to a new study...

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U.S. Won't Raise Terror Threat Level Even Though U.K.'s Is 'Severe'

August 29, 2014 The U.S. is not following the United Kingdom in raising its terror threat level in response the Islamic State and the defection of citizens from both countries to fight with the terror group, Obama administration officials said Friday. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced earlier in the day that Britain's...

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Coast Guard Narrowly Avoids Sparking World War III

August 27, 2014 The U.S. Coast Guard fired at an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, nearly adding to a long list of global headaches for President Obama. Fortunately, the incident ended quickly with nobody hurt, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, according to a CNN report. The Iranian boat had...