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Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress to Be Shown on National Mall

CAPITOL HILL—House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday Pope Francis' address to Congress in September will be broadcast live on the West Front of the Capitol. The pope has planned a nine-day visit to the and Cuba in September. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and celebrate Mass in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, as well as several other events. Jumbotrons also will be set up on the National Mall so the public can watch the pope speak in the House chamber to the Congress. He is expected to raise the issues of abortion, immigration and climate change. The speech…
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US Military Leaders to Discuss IS Strategy

President Barack Obama's top military officials go before lawmakers Tuesday to discuss the strategy for fighting the Islamic State group, a day after Obama said that effort would be long, hard-fought and require more than American military might to win. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee. They appeared at a similar hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last month where Carter said Iraq had not brought in enough military recruits to train against the militants. Obama met with Carter and top military commanders and…
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Washington Awaits Outcome of Iran Talks

WASHINGTON—Suspense surrounding extended international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program is keenly felt in Washington, where any deal would face tough votes in both houses of the Republican-led Congress. Some lawmakers already are positioning themselves in opposition to whatever pact may emerge by Tuesday’s deadline, saying America is making a mistake. “Iran is an anti-American, terrorism-sponsoring outlaw regime,” said Republican Senator Tom Cotton on ABC’s This Week program.  “Iran should have faced a simple choice: they dismantle their nuclear program entirely, or they face economic devastation and military destruction of their nuclear facilities.” Cotton is arguably Congress’ most-strident critic of diplomacy…
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US Dominates Japan, Wins Women’s World Cup

Captain Carli Lloyd had a sensational hat trick (3 goals), including a goal all the way from the halfway line, as the United States roared to a shocking 4-0 lead in the Women's World Cup and easily held on to beat defending champion Japan, 5-2, in Vancouver, Canada. No team had ever scored more than two goals in a Women's World Cup final, but Lloyd went one better all by herself within just 16 minutes. The opener came in the third minute when Megan Rapinoe drove a low diagonal ball across the area and Lloyd timed her run to perfection,…
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Obama to Eulogize Slain Charleston Church Leader

CHARLESTON— A city still in shock over the massacre of nine African-American worshippers inside a church more than a week ago is hoping for some consolation Friday from a visit by President Barack Obama. Obama is to deliver the eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The funeral, to be held at the College of Charleston TD Arena in downtown Charleston, was scheduled to start at 11 EDT (1500 GMT). Hundreds of mourners began lining up outside a large public arena Friday several blocks from the church where the shooting took place. Police…
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US Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.…
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Obama Shuts Down Heckler at White House

President Barack Obama has faced his share of hecklers in the past seven years, but Wednesday he took on one at a gay pride month reception at the White House, scolding the protester for being disrespectful “in my house.” The heckler had interrupted Obama's remarks by protesting the detention and deportation of gay, lesbian and transgender immigrants. The Chicago Tribune said the heckler was a woman identified in a press release from the anti-deportation group Not1More as Jennicet Gutierrez, transgender and undocumented. The incident occurred as Obama was hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room. A heckler is removed…
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Obama Scores Major Victory on Health Care Ruling

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. Onlookers outside the Supreme Court building burst into cheers when they learned of the ruling. Obama, speaking from the White House Rose Garden shortly after the ruling, said, "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress ... (and) multiple challenges…
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Obama to Soften Ransom Policy for Hostage Families

The government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to negotiate with the captors of Americans being held hostage overseas or pay ransom to win their release, media reports said. President Barack Obama is expected to soften a policy when he releases a broad review of hostage guidelines Wednesday at the White House alongside several hostage families. The six-month review was prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama administration by some victims' relatives, who said they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to raise money to pay a ransom. officials say new administrative measures will improve…
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US Defeats Colombia to Reach World Cup Quarterfinals

The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup tournament with a 2-0 win Monday over Colombia in Edmonton, Canada. Star forward Alex Morgan, making her second start of the tournament after returning from a knee injury, scored in the 53rd minute on a low shot from the right side that deflected off the goalkeeper's arm up into the top of the net.  It was her first goal of this World Cup. Midfielder Carli Lloyd drilled a penalty kick into the open goal in the 66th minute for the second goal. The moves on to play China…
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