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Food stamp policy could cost Maine federal funding

Federal officials say Maine risks losing funding to administer its food stamp program unless it makes clear to recipients that having their photos placed on electronic benefit transfer cards is optional. Full News here – FOX News

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Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig is pictured making a food delivery to refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in this handout photo

White House reviewing policy toward U.S. hostages held by militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups overseas, the White House said on Monday. In recent months, Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger, whose death was […]

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Immigration Policy and Presidential Power

President Obama’s plan to overhaul immigration policy raises an old question: How much power can a president wield without the cooperation of Congress? Full News here – Washington Wire

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Beltway Accounting: The Policy at the Heart of the Jonathan Gruber Controversy

The line between what constitutes federal taxes or spending and what doesn’t is often debatable. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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U.S. Tells U.N. Panel of Steps to Revise Interrogation Policy

The acting State Department legal adviser told a United Nations panel that monitors torture that the United States had used cruel treatment after the Sept. 11 attacks. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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U.S. to Revise Bush Policy on Treatment of Prisoners

The Obama administration will tell the United Nations that it will observe a treaty to restrict cruel treatment of detainees in some places abroad. Full News here – NYT > Politics

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Could China Deal Mark Turnaround for U.S. Trade Policy?

It’s been an ugly year for trade policy, and the Obama administration is hoping a tariff deal with China will mark the end of a drought. Full News here – Washington Wire

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Army policy that OKs use of word ‘Negro’ under review

The latest version of a U.S. Army regulation states that it is acceptable to refer to a soldier as a “Negro” when describing black or African-American troops. Full News here – Politics News Headlines – Yahoo News

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Sunlight streams into the interior of the U.S. Capitol dome, covered in tarps for repairs, and is seen from the Rotunda in Washington

Power shift in U.S. Senate brings sterner tone to foreign policy debate

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will bring a tough new tone to the debate over Washington's foreign policy, with lawmakers expected use their new clout and power over the budget to promote a more interventionist foreign policy. While leaders of the Democratic-majority Senate mostly backed President Barack […]

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran

White House says Iran policy unchanged; declines comment on letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. policy toward Iran has not changed, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to a report that U.S. President Barack Obama had written a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about the campaign against Islamic State insurgents. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Obama sent […]

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