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Bill puts brakes on federal leaves

WASHINGTON - The days of federal employees being paid by the public to chill out at home for months or even years at a time would be limited under a b ...

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Trump, Sanders win U.S. nominating contests in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Riding a wave of voter anger at traditional politicians, billionaire Donald Trump won New Hampshire's Republican presidential nomin ...

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Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Monday announced that he is banning solitary confinem ...

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Conservative U.S. justices prepared to deliver blow to unions

By Lawrence HurleyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced support for a legal challenge that could erode orga ...

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Tearful Obama unveils gun measures

WASHINGTON - Summoning the ghosts of nearly two dozen children killed three years ago in their Connecticut classrooms, President Barack Obama said Tue ...

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Congress passes ambitious spending plan

WASHINGTON - Congress gave final approval Friday to one of the most ambitious legislative packages in years - a $1.1 trillion funding bill that antici ...

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Grassley, Branstad disagree with Trump on Muslim ban

CEDAR RAPIDS - They disagree with his comments, but Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Terry Branstad say President Barack Obama's lack of leadership ...

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Undefeated Iowa football team means big political ad dollars for local TV

Good news for the University of Iowa's football team also is good news for local TV stations seeking advertising dollars from presidential campaigns a ...

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U.S. foreign aid success touted

DES MOINES - How the U.S. should address conflicts in the Middle East has become a dominant issue in the presidential campaign.Michael Gerson hopes an ...

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Iowa’s senators want stepped-up effort to counter ISIS threat

DES MOINES - Iowa's two Republican U.S. senators Monday urged President Obama to seek a bipartisan strategy in concert with military advisers and Amer ...

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Grassley calls for 'prudent' delay in resettling Syrian refugees

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sen. Chuck Grassley is calling for Congress to limit funds for the resettlement of Syrian refugees until it is confident they will be p ...

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Survey: 53 percent of Americans say no more Syrian refugees

Even as a new national survey says a majority of Americans don't want to let in any more Syrian refugees, fearing terrorists will gain a foothold, and ...

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Ryan: Republican lawmakers want to pause Syria refugee program in light of Paris attacks

WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for a pause in the Syria refugee program and working on a plan for how the U ...

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Ryan calls for ‘pause’ on Syrian refugee program

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday suggested a #x201c;pause#x201d; to admitting Syrian refugees into the United States, citing national s ...

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Branstad joins other governors halting immigration efforts for Syrian refugees

Nineteen governors, including Iowa's Gov. Terry Branstad, on Monday said they would not allow Syrian refugees to settle in their states, joining Alaba ...

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