Politics

7:04pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Official Watchdog Says He Needs Access To Sensitive Documents

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:12 pm

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, testifies before a House committee in 2012 critical of the department's "Operation Fast and Furious." Thursday, he said a legal opinion from the department could block his office from getting documents crucial to his watchdog role.
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The Justice Department's top watchdog said Thursday a newly released legal opinion undermines his independence and makes it more difficult to do his job.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said the memo will delay access to grand jury, wiretap and other documents he needs to investigate problems at the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and elsewhere.

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6:46pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Apology Demanded For Mustard Gas Experiment Subjects

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:07 pm

A bipartisan group of members of Congress led by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., has called on Defense Secretary Ash Carter to apologize to American veterans who were used in race-based chemical weapons experiments.

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6:26pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Salt

House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:35 am

A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.
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The argument over genetically modified food has been dominated, in recent years, by a debate over food labels — specifically, whether those labels should reveal the presence of GMOs.

The battle, until now, has gone state by state. California refused to pass a labeling initiative, but Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have now passed laws in favor of GMO labeling.

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5:56pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Middle East

As Iran Awaits Sanctions Relief, U.S. Raises Concerns About Lost Leverage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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5:55pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Politics

Obama Administration Officials Defend Iran Nuclear Deal Before Senate

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:02 pm

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5:53pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Politics

Obama Actions Would Likely Protect Vast Majority Of Undocumented Immigrants

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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5:43pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Politics

Donald Trump Explores Border Reform Measures In South Texas

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:14 pm

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5:43pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Africa

Nigerian President: U.S. Refusal To Provide Weapons Aides Extremism

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:10 pm

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4:21pm

Thu July 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama's First Trip To Kenya As President Is Less About His Roots This Time

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:19 pm

A man in Nairobi, Kenya, stands in front of a mural of President Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, ahead of Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.
Ben Curtis AP

President Obama leaves Thursday night on a trip that will take him back to his father's homeland, while at the same time making him the first sitting president to visit two key East African nations: Kenya and Ethiopia.

The president's first stop is Kenya. He will not visit his father's ancestral village, administration officials say, citing security and logistical reasons. But he will meet privately with relatives, who may well include his father's second wife; Obama's step-grandmother, known as Mama Sarah; and his half-sister Auma Obama.

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3:38pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Shots - Health News

Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:28 am

After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father.
Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR

If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

"Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom," President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990.

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