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  • U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election  - (Posted 4 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
  • Big money crops up in small elections in the United States  - (Posted 4 hours ago at Reuters)
    ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) - Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they're cropping up in state and local races as well.
  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35  - (Posted 6 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.
  • 'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections  - (Posted 8 hours ago at Reuters)
    PORTLAND Me. (Reuters) - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending.
  • Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll  - (Posted 9 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
  • Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'  - (Posted 11 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters.
  • Emerging threats, Senate shift could change U.S. budget debate: Boeing  - (Posted 11 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emerging threats such as Islamic State extremism and a possible switch to Republican control of the U.S. Senate could accelerate debate about the need to halt or ease mandatory cuts in the U.S. defense budget, a top Boeing Co executive said on Thursday.
  • District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales  - (Posted 12 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week.
  • Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman  - (Posted 13 hours ago at Reuters)
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement.
  • U.S.-led forces rebuked for making Afghan troop evaluations secret  - (Posted 13 hours ago at Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A move by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan to classify a key assessment of multibillion dollar efforts to train and equip local security forces is "inexplicable" and hides issues from the public, a U.S. government watchdog said.
  • Crist sees slight lead over Scott in Florida race for governor: poll  - (Posted 15 hours ago at Reuters)
    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Democrat Charlie Crist holds a large edge among Florida's independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation's largest swing state, a poll on Thursday showed.
  • Bankrupt San Bernardino to vote on 'autopilot' raises for police, fire  - (Posted 16 hours ago at Reuters)
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities.
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