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Watch live: George H.W. Bush returns to White House

President Barack Obama welcomes former President George H. W. Bush to the White House to honor service volunteers with Points of Light, Bush’s nonprofit organization. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 15.…

Kerry will return to Middle East to push Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East this week to push for Israel-Palestinian peace talks and will meet Mahmud Abbas, a Palestinian official said Monday. “It is expected that (Palestinian) president Abbas and Kerry will meet in Amman,” the official told AFP on condition of…

Putin: Snowden will leave as soon as he’s able to

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been stuck in a Moscow airport for three weeks, would leave Russia as soon as he is able. He also accused Washington of preventing the fugitive from leaving Russia after he arrived from Hong Kong on…

French stamp draws fire for portraying feminist famous for topless protests

A new stamp emblazoned with the face of Marianne, France’s revolutionary symbol, has caused a stir after its creator said it was inspired by a Ukrainian feminist known for topless protests. The stamp, unveiled by President Francois Hollande on Sunday’s national day, shows the face of a youthful, dewy-eyed Marianne…

Bachmann urges ‘spanking’ for Obama to take away his ‘magic wand’

President Barack Obama (D) may throw the 2014 House races to his Democratic allies by producing a “magic wand” that grants non-citizens the right to vote in U.S. elections, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said in a video published Monday. “It’s my prediction that the House Republicans could put themselves in…

Pennsylvania voter ID law taken back to court

Pennsylvania’s Republican-backed voter identification law will be challenged in court on Monday after being both upheld and suspended in 2012, the Allentown Morning Call reported. The law, which requires voters to provide ID at the polls, was put on hold in an October 2012 ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert…

Watch MSNBC host’s epic rant over myths about sluts, anchor babies and LGBT pedophiles

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Monday said his network was not doing enough to dispel myths that women who used birth control were “sluts,” immigrants just came to the United States to have “anchor babies” and LGBT people were pedophiles and disease carriers. In the wake of the George Zimmerman…

15-year-old girl killed in shark attack on Reunion island in Indian Ocean

SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION, France — A teenage girl tourist was killed in a shark attack on Monday while swimming off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, the second such attack this year in the French overseas territory. Local officials said the 15-year-old was attacked in the mid-afternoon while swimming…

Former U.S. officials urge Obama to engage in diplomacy with Iran’s new president

Former US officials called Monday for President Barack Obama to pursue diplomacy with Iran’s new president after Israel showed a hard line over Tehran’s nuclear program. In their latest letter to Obama, the ex-policymakers said the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani, who will assume the presidency on August 3,…

Senators to meet in showdown over partisan gridlock

Senate Showdown Over Rules Reaches Boiling Point Between Leaders (via PBS News Hour) By: Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz Copyright ImageClick to View Sen. Harry Reid appears on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington, D.C. Sunday. Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images All 100 senators have been invited…

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