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(Washington, DC) -- The State Department is insisting the U.S. government does not negotiate with terrorists. Spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that includes ransom demands. Harf noted that ISIS uses kidnapping and ransom to help fund its operations. The Islamic militant...
(Edwardsville, IL) -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says college graduates should be able to refinance their student loans to help make their payments more manageable. Durbin has introduced the measure in the U.S. Senate and plans to call it for a vote sometime in the second week of...
(Chicago, IL) -- Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan isn't ready to see former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney give up on trying to win the White House. Yesterday, the pair made their first joint public appearance in Chicago since the 2012 election, with Ryan telling...
(Washington, DC) -- The Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department violated the law when it carried out a controversial prisoner swap for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The GAO says the Pentagon should have let the relevant congressional committees know about the...
(Arlington, VA) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls ISIS the most sophisticated and well-funded terrorist organization that U.S. officials have seen in a long time. During a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Hagel said the U.S. and its allies must be prepared for anything,...
(Washington, DC) -- Attorney General Eric Holder calls his trip to the troubled St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri "constructive." In a Justice Department news conference, Holder vowed the investigation into the death of an unarmed black teenager will be fair, thorough and...
(Undated) -- A new poll in New Hampshire shows Republican Scott Brown virtually even with Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The monthly WMUR-Granite State polls shows Shaheen leading Brown 46-44 percent in a head-to-head matchup. The two-point difference is well within the poll...
(Laurel, MS) -- The challenge to the results of the Mississippi Senate runoff election will begin September 15th. The trial seeks a legal ruling on whether incumbent Thad Cochran actually won the June 24th runoff for the U.S. Senate over Chris McDaniel. The challenger McDaniel...
(Washington, DC) -- Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing that people will be held accountable for the beheading of American journalist James Foley. During a news briefing, Holder said the Justice Department has opened a formal investigation into Foley's death. He noted that...