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Jul 29, 2015

TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The new leader of the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday his top
priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints
where an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests
failed.

Peter Neffenger, the agency’s new administrator, told a
congressional panel that front-line TSA employees would be
trained by September to avoid the pitfalls that led to those
failures.

Jul 28, 2015

Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

“There are conclusions that have been drawn that don’t in fact match with the reality of what this deal sets forth. And we happily look forward to clarifying that during the course of this hearing,” Kerry told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

Jul 28, 2015

Dropping deal a fast track to Iran nuclear weapon, Kerry warns Congress

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Secretary of State John
Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record
straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from
the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

“There are conclusions that have been drawn that don’t in
fact match with the reality of what this deal sets forth. And we
happily look forward to clarifying that during the course of
this hearing,” Kerry told the House of Representatives Foreign
Affairs Committee.

Jul 23, 2015

Kerry mounts furious defense of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, telling skeptical lawmakers that rejection of the accord would give Tehran “a great big green light” to swiftly accelerate its atomic program.

Testifying before Congress for the first time since Iran and world powers reached the deal last week, Kerry fought back against accusations by a senior Republican that America’s top diplomat was “fleeced” by Iranian negotiators in the final round of the Vienna talks.

Jul 20, 2015

McCain urges Trump to apologise to U.S. military families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday to apologise to U.S. military families for saying prisoners of war are not heroes, in his first direct response to Trump’s remarks.

Trump drew a barrage of criticism over the weekend after telling a Republican forum he did not think McCain, a Navy fighter pilot who was held prisoner for more than five years during the Vietnam War, was a hero because he was captured.

Jul 20, 2015

McCain says Trump should apologize to U.S. military families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday to apologize to U.S. military families for saying prisoners of war are not heroes in his first direct response to remarks by Trump.

Trump drew a barrage of criticism over the weekend after telling a Republican forum he did not think McCain, a Navy fighter pilot who was held prisoner for five years during the Vietnam War, was a hero because he was captured.

Jul 19, 2015

Obama sends Iran deal to wary Congress, Israel urges rejection

TEHRAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration sent a nuclear agreement with Tehran to Congress on Sunday and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. lawmakers to reject a deal he said would only feed an “Iranian terror machine”.

In a first concrete sign of European determination to quickly rebuild economic and political ties with Iran after a 12-year standoff, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Tehran with an economic delegation. Other European powers were expected to follow.

Jul 19, 2015

Netanyahu urges U.S. to hold out for better Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Congress received the Iran nuclear agreement on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged lawmakers to hold out for a better deal and said there was no way to compensate Israel if the agreement goes through.

“Don’t make this bad deal. Hold out for better deal,” Netanyahu said on ABC’s “This Week” as he continued a string of U.S. media interviews denouncing the deal reached on Tuesday between Iran and six major powers.

Jul 14, 2015

U.S. lawmakers slam homeland security chief on immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration on Tuesday as failing to enforce immigration laws and allowing dangerous criminals to walk free, using the killing of a San Francisco woman to underscore their allegations.

Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, criticized enforcement priorities issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of in November.

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. to alter long-term detention of immigrant families with children

By Jon Herskovitz and Doina Chiacu

(Reuters) – U.S. immigration authorities plan to cut back on
long-term detention for families with children who entered the
country illegally while speeding up how they are processed at
detention centers, the homeland security secretary said on
Wednesday.

The flood of immigrants coming mostly from Central America
and crossing the southern U.S. border has slowed from peaks last
year, but is still high, Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.