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>>   US politics
Senate passes bill to overhaul VA 
CNN - 3 Hours ago
(CNN) -- The Senate on Thursday night easily approved a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure that won overwhelming House approval a day earlier now goes to President     Add Comment

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House 
Wichita Eagle - 3 Hours ago
WASHINGTON — Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate easily approved the $16.3
Congress sends highway bill to White House Tulsa World
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Obama: Everyone can learn from Special Olympics 
Miami Herald - 3 Hours ago
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Special Olympics and its athletes represent values like pride, dignity and teamwork that offer lessons for all people. Obama is marking the 46th anniversary     Add Comment

U.S. Senate extends transport funding through May, averting cuts 
CNBC - 2 Hours ago
WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a $10.9 billion funding extension for highway and transit construction projects through May 2015, averting a potential cutback in federal
UPDATE 3-U.S. Congress extends transport funding though May, averting cuts Zawya.com
US Senate extends transport funding through May, averting cuts News.net
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>>   US social policy
UPDATE 3-Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens 
Reuters Africa - 3 Hours ago
(Adds statement from wife of infected doctor and confirmation of Ebola vaccine test in humans) By Julie Steenhuysen and Colleen Jenkins CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 31 (Reuters) - A U.S.
Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens Yahoo! UK and Ireland
UPDATE 4-Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens Zawya.com
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Public housing authorities douse smoking 
USA Today - 3 Hours ago
AUBURN, N.Y. — Most residents of the Auburn Housing Authority near Syracuse don't smoke in their apartments. And effective Sept. 1, any of their neighbors in the public housing complexes who do will
Public housing authorities douse smoking in units Palladium Item
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Senate passes veterans' health bill 
USA Today - 3 Hours ago
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a compromise bill allowing veterans to seek private care and adding $17 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire doctors to address long wait lists. The final     Add Comment

VA Health Care Deal Clears Senate, Heads to President's Desk 
Roll Call Online - 3 Hours ago
The Senate overwhelmingly passed the agreement to address the Veterans Affairs health care crisis by a vote just a few hours before the August recess. The 91-3 vote sends the bill to the president     Add Comment
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>>   US political columnists
Americans learn to undo government errors 
Chicago Tribune - 7/30/2014
On marijuana, gay marriage and more Newspaper editorials rarely make news — I've been writing them for a long time, and, believe me, I know — but one did the other day, when The New York Times came out     Add Comment

A Timely New Spy Thriller Doesn't Over-Simplify Arab-Israeli Politics 
The New Republic Online - 8 Hours ago
T he opening credits of “The Honorable Woman ,” a British miniseries premiering on SundanceTV tonight, seem designed to convince you it’s a “Homeland” spin-off: all flickering images, childhood photographs,     Add Comment

Boehner's Border Bill Is a Sideshow 
The New Republic Online - 14 Hours ago
Forget about House Republicans suing the president. The more important news is about what House Republicans are doing — and not doing — about the border crisis. Earlier this week, House Republican leaders     Add Comment

The Five Political Forces That Will Control Obama's Efforts To Curtail Deportation  
The New Republic Online - 16 Hours ago
A large and growing body of evidence suggests that President Obama both has the legal authority to significantly reduce deportations and intends to use a great deal of that authority before the November     Add Comment
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>>   US security
U.S. Senate Republicans block $2.7 bln border security bill 
Reuters UK - 4 Hours ago
12:52am BST WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate legislation giving President Barack Obama $2.7 billion to deal with tens of thousands of Central American migrant children amassing at the southwestern
Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border Security Bill Austin American Statesman
U.S. Senate Republicans block $2.7 billion border security bill Yahoo! News
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U.S. residents sue over immigration denials said to target Muslims 
Reuters - 98 Minutes ago
Five long-time U.S. residents who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries sued the federal government on Thursday, saying the Department of Homeland Security was unfairly denying or delaying requests     Add Comment

CIA spied on US Senate, internal review finds 
Times of India - 3 Hours ago
WASHINGTON: The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its US Senate overseers collapsed on Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer
CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds OnlineAthens
Video: CIA Spied On Senate, Internal Review Finds The US Daily
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CIA admits it broke into Senate computers; senators call for spy chief’s ouster 
Wichita Eagle - 3 Hours ago
WASHINGTON — An internal CIA investigation confirmed allegations that agency personnel improperly intruded into a protected database used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile a scathing report     Add Comment
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>>   Human rights
Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire 
Japan Times - 4 Hours ago
JERUSALEM – Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United
Israel, Hamas Agree on 72-Hour Gaza Cease-Fire Epoch Times
Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire Washington Post
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Editorial: Congress shirks its duty to deal with a humanitarian crisis 
Washington Post - 3 Hours ago
By , OPTING FOR the preposterous when summoned to do the practical, House Republicans rallied Wednesday behind a measure to sue President Obama, then threw up their hands Thursday when called on to     Add Comment

Both Israel and Hamas violating humanitarian laws, says Pillay 
Uzbekistan News - 90 Minutes ago
Uzbekistan News.Net Thursday 31st July, 2014 GENEVA, Switzerland - Navi Pillay, the top human rights official of the United Nations, Thursday lambasted both Israel and Hamas for violating international     Add Comment

U.S. 'Concerned' After Azerbaijani Human Rights Activist Charged With Treason 
Radio Free Europe - 3 Hours ago
The United States has voiced "deep concern" after Azerbaijani authorities charged prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus with treason. Yunus, a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record,     Add Comment
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>>   International development
Argentina defaults on international debt, blames U.S. 
San Francisco Chronicle - 2 Hours ago
Buenos Aires -- - Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country defaulted on its bills for the second time in 13 years, raising fears the move could diminish foreign reserves, stoke inflation
Argentina defaults on international debt, bla... Ein News
Argentina defaults on international debt, blames US Macon Telegraph
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Islamic State orders total cover-up for women 
Arab News - 63 Minutes ago
BEIRUT: The Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday. “Women... are completely
ISIS orders cover-up for Syrian women Asian Age
Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women News24.com
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Chad - Poverty note : dynamics of poverty and inequality following the rise of the  
World Bank - 81 Minutes ago
absolute poverty, access to electricity, access to primary education, access to safe drinking water, acute respiratory infections, aged, agricultural development, Animal ...   See More + husbandry, animal     Add Comment

NGO: Defer new toll rates at complex 
TheStar.com.my - 3 Hours ago
JOHOR BARU: An NGO has called on the Government to delay the charging of new toll rates at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in view of widespread dissatisfaction     Add Comment
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>>   Afghanistan
Israel, Hamas agree to three-day Gaza truce 
Reuters - 3 Hours ago
Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term
Israel, Palestine agree to 3-day Gaza truce Reuters India
Israel, Hamas Agree New Gaza Truce Radio Free Europe
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Kenyan unity lessons for Afghan rivals 
BBC - 3 Hours ago
Both camps in Afghanistan's presidential race appear to be wobbling over what was hailed as a landmark agreement to resolve the disputed election. A mammoth audit of every vote cast is lumbering on at     Add Comment

U.S. aid to Afghanistan exceeds Marshall Plan in costs, not results 
Los Angeles Times - 98 Minutes ago
The United States has now spent more on the reconstruction of Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that lifted Western Europe from the ruins of World War II. But it can expect far less return     Add Comment

FO lodges protest with Kabul over terrorist attack 
The Nation Pakistan - 73 Minutes ago
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over another attack launched by terrorists from across the border. Around 80 terrorists were involved in the cross-border attack on Pakistan’s
NATIONAL - FO lodges protest with Kabul over terrorist attack The Nation Pakistan
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>>   Iran
For wandering tankers with $300 million of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt 
Reuters - 4 Hours ago
After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly unable to find enough buyers willing to
For wandering tankers with $300 million of Kurdish crude, end-game still... News.net
For wandering tankers with $300mln of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt Yahoo! Maktoob News
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U.S. residents sue over immigration denials said to target Muslims 
Reuters - 98 Minutes ago
Five long-time U.S. residents who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries sued the federal government on Thursday, saying the Department of Homeland Security was unfairly denying or delaying requests     Add Comment

U.S. Vice President Biden talks with Japan PM about Russia, Iran 
Reuters UK - 90 Minutes ago
3:00am BST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday about the new sanctions that Japan, the United States and the European Union have     Add Comment

Malaysian Air Geopolitic Victims on Hard Road to Recovery 
BusinessWeek - 3 Hours ago
The families of victims aboard a Malaysian Airlines jet downed over eastern Ukraine can be fairly certain of a couple of things: They should get as much as $173,000 in compensation and will have to fight     Add Comment
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>>   Iraq
For wandering tankers with $300 million of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt 
Reuters - 4 Hours ago
After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly unable to find enough buyers willing to
For wandering tankers with $300 million of Kurdish crude, end-game still... News.net
For wandering tankers with $300mln of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt Yahoo! Maktoob News
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FAA Places New Restrictions on Flights Over Iraq 
ABC News - 69 Minutes ago
The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict"     Add Comment

Ignatius: The Islamic State’s challenge to the United States 
Washington Post - 3 Hours ago
By , Warnings from U.S. officials about the terrorist Islamic State that has established a haven in Iraq and Syria sound ominously like the intelligence alerts that preceded al-Qaeda’s attack on Sept.     Add Comment

Revisiting Bush’s case for the Iraq war 
MSNBC - 3 Hours ago
07/31/2014 The new book, "The Iraq Lie", by former Congressman Joseph Hoeffel of Pennsylvania provides new insight into the Bush Administration's case for war in the run-up to the invasion in 2003. Joseph     Add Comment
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