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Frustrated House GOP pushes for sanctions to curb influx of young immigrants

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday America should “whack” its Latin American neighbors by cutting aid in response to a flood of undocumented minors entering the United States, while another asked where the children should be “dropped off when the buses bring them back.”…

Biden to meet Central America leaders over wave of unaccompanied minors entering U.S.

RANCHO MIRAGE Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will go to Guatemala on Friday to meet Central American leaders about the influx of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States, senior administration officials said on Sunday. Biden is adding the stop to an already scheduled trip to Brazil,…

EPA’s new Clean Power Plan: Energy industry must cut CO2 emissions by 30 percent

By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one…

U.S. suspends $3.5 million in military aid to Thailand after military coup

The United States said Friday it has suspended $3.5 million in military assistance for Thailand, about one-third of its aid to the ally, after the army seized power. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States was also reviewing the rest of U.S. aid to Thailand — which…

United States full of ‘witchcraft,’ bishop warns during conservative prayer event

Bishop Angel Nunez told members of Congress and others on Wednesday that the United States risked losing divine protection if the country continued to push God aside. “Father, America the beautiful doesn’t look too beautiful right now,” the New York bishop said in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol…

Most Americans think legal marijuana is inevitable: poll

Three out of four Americans believe marijuana will one day be legal to buy and use anywhere in the United States, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday. Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were…

Rough Winter exposes weakness in U.S. natural gas supply network

Freezing temperatures are hampering U.S. natural gas deliveries this winter despite ample production of the heating fuel, exposing weaknesses in a supply network strained by unprecedented demand. The United States is home to some of the world’s largest natural gas deposits and supplies have flooded the market over the last…

U.S. press freedom plunges to 46th, placing it behind former Soviet states

Click to expand map to full size. In one of the largest drops in the modern era, the United States has plunged thirteen places in the World Press Freedom Index, placing it behind former Soviet states and other countries not typically known for press freedoms. The massive drop is attributable…

Obama: U.S. would not spend $50 billion on Olympics

President Barack Obama said that the United States would not need to match the huge $50 billion shelled out by Russia if it wanted to host another Olympic Games. The massive operation to transform the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the Winter Games, which opened on Friday, has been…

Russian intel sharing with U.S. on Olympic threats ‘good enough’: ambassador

Russia's intelligence sharing with United States ahead of the Sochi Olympics has been "good enough," Moscow's ambassador to Washington said Sunday, rebutting mounting US concern about the threat of attacks. US officials and lawmakers have expressed……

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