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US Won't Prosecute Hostage's Families Who Pay Terrorist RansomsIn a softening of longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held by terror groups that they can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution — part of a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines that will be released Wednesday.
Jeb Bush: Stronger 'Christian Voice' Needed In WorldFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday condemned the Obama administration's use of "coercive federal power" to limit religious freedom.
New Rules Proposed As 5-Year Anniversary Of Oil Spill NearsAlmost five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration has proposed new regulations aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency.
Supreme Court Seems Divided Over EPA Mercury LimitsThe Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
Boehner Mocks 'Lukewarm' White House Reaction To Israeli ElectionHouse Speaker John Boehner on Thursday defended his invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress earlier this month and mocked the Obama administration's chilly reaction to the Israeli prime minister's election victory.
Rumsfeld: ISIS Violence 'Brings Back To Mind The Period Before World War II'Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld predicts that President Obama will not listen or be successful in dealing with new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
Immigrants In Limbo Over Obama Immigrant RulesThe Obama administration is trying to deport some of the immigrants it says should be allowed to stay in the country.
U.S. Unveils Federal Law Enforcement Profiling BanThe Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.
New Profiling Guidelines Won't Affect Border StopsNew racial profiling guidelines being announced by the Obama administration would restrict the ability of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to take into account religion, national origin and other characteristics during investigations. But they would exempt agents from the Department of Homeland Security who do border checks and screen passengers at airports, according to a U.S. official familiar with the plans.
Congressional Black Caucus Members Urging Obama Administration To Withhold Recognition Of Va. Indian TribeSeveral members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.
Sen. Paul Demands Investigation Into Obamacare Consultant Who Called American Voters StupidSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for an investigation into a consultant who was paid nearly $400,000 by the Obama administration for his work on the Affordable Care Act.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona's Immigrant Smuggling LawArizona's frustrations over federal enforcement of the state's border with Mexico spawned a movement nearly a decade ago to have local police confront illegal immigration. Now, the state's experiment in immigration enforcement is falling apart in the courts.