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South Asia

Jeh Johnson to : Fight Over Shutdown Is ‘Incredible and Absurd’

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that Congress's battle over his agency's funding is "absurd."<p>"What we need is a fully funded Department of Homeland Security, particularly in these challenging times when we face a number of issues across the …

As Shutdown Nears, McConnell and Boehner Remain Far Apart

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally have nominal control of Congress. But actually governing — together — …

Geopolitics

Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

Jordan has executed two Iraqi militants in response to ISIS killing a captured Jordanian pilot with fire.<p>Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al Qaeda operative, who was …

Islam

Democrats block DHS funding over immigration

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Every Senate Democrat voted on Tuesday to block Republicans' proposal to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money on Feb. 27.<p>They objected to several provisions added to the bill by House Republicans that restrict funding to implement President Barack …

Barack Obama

Wyoming accused of 'anti-bike mentality' for considering cyclist ID bill

Proposed law also mandates 200 sq inches of reflective or neon gear Separate bill would require motorists to stay 3ft from cyclists when passing<p>Bicycling groups across Wyoming are criticizing a state bill that would require cyclists to carry government-issued IDs and wear 200 square inches of …

Cycling

Obama, King Abdullah vow not to let up against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Jordanian King Abdullah II vowed not to let up in the fight against the Islamic State group Tuesday, as Jordanians mourned the death of a military pilot held captive by the militants.<p>Obama hosted Abdullah at the White House for a hastily arranged …

Islamic State (ISIS)
Geopolitics

US unveils federal law enforcement profiling curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that restrict the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to profile on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the …

Protests follow N.Y. chokehold death decision

<b>New York (CNN)</b> -- Protesters poured onto the streets of New York late Wednesday, upset over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.<p>They marched at the same time U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal officials were moving ahead with a …