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Obama: As a black man he’s been mistaken for valet

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Obama: As a black man he’s been mistaken for valet WASHINGTON (AP) — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. “There’s no black male my age, who’s…

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US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs

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US global aid chief to resign; oversaw secret Cuba programs WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the nation’s global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announcement by the U.S. government that…

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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross , who has been imprisoned for five years. The official says Gross has departed Cuba…

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Freed American endured years of declining health

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Freed American endured years of declining health ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alan Gross has called himself a “trusting fool” for going to Cuba in the first place. Family and friends described him with other words: gregarious and…

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US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

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US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba is releasing a U.S. spy who’s been imprisoned in Cuba for nearly 20 years. The release is part of the move to restore diplomatic relations between…

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AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

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AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R- Ky. , pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying…

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Haiti president meets with opposition amid unrest

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Haiti president meets with opposition amid unrest PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti President Michel Martelly met Wednesday with opposition leaders in a bid to stabilize the politically fractious country as pressure mounted on him to appoint an…

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Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015

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Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less.…

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Effort to draft Warren into ’16 race lands in Iowa

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Effort to draft Warren into ’16 race lands in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa , the pivotal early-voting state where…

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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

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Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to “think big” about a second-term agenda, including…

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