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Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

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President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...

Vote 2014: Primary election runoff results

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The election results from across Arkansas are in and several races have been decided, setting the stage for November's General Election.

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  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:27:46 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:07:17 GMT
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
  • Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over common core

    Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over common core

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:12:31 GMT
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says fellow conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core education standards and instead consider the benefits the benchmarks offer students in struggling schools.
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says fellow conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core education standards and instead consider the benefits the benchmarks offer students in struggling schools.

  • Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-23 11:45:59 GMT
    Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas.
    Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas.
  • Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:15:01 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:56:06 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government "strongly condemns" the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.
    The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.
  • Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:05:20 GMT
    Criticized whenever he goes on vacation, President Barack Obama is on par with most Americans, who average four leisure trips a year, travel industry data shows.
    President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as...
  • Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:45:20 GMT
    Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The...
    Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts...
  • Ross, Hutchinson argue over state budget planning

    Ross, Hutchinson argue over state budget planning

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:37:13 GMT
    Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each say Gov. Mike Beebe approves of their tax plans, though it was Ross who drew the endorsement from the fellow Democrat.
    Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each say Gov. Mike Beebe approves of their tax plans, though it was Ross who drew the endorsement from the fellow Democrat.
  • Dems reframe election-year debate on health care

    Dems reframe election-year debate on health care

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:10:20 GMT
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a fresh sign the law may be losing some of its political punch heading into the...
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a fresh sign the law may be losing some of its political punch heading into the midterm...
  • Arkansas attorney general rejects marijuana plan

    Arkansas attorney general rejects marijuana plan

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-22 10:58:00 GMT
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording for a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state.
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording for a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state.
  • Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:25:12 GMT
    Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
    Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:15:01 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...
  • Romney to campaign for Cotton in Arkansas

    Romney to campaign for Cotton in Arkansas

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:41:19 GMT
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be campaigning in Arkansas for GOP Congressman Tom Cotton in Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be campaigning in Arkansas for GOP Congressman Tom Cotton in Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
  • Mitt Romney endorses Asa Hutchinson

    Mitt Romney endorses Asa Hutchinson

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:48:42 GMT
    Mitt Romney came to Jonesboro Wednesday to endorse Asa Hutchinson for Governor and talk about the failures of the Obama administration.
    Mitt Romney came to Jonesboro Wednesday to endorse Asa Hutchinson for Governor and talk about the failures of the Obama administration.
  • Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:13:25 GMT
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:06:11 GMT
    A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...
    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...
  • Romney, McCarthy campaigning in Arkansas

    Romney, McCarthy campaigning in Arkansas

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:08:09 GMT
    Arkansas Republicans are enlisting the help of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a string of national GOP figures visit the state ahead of the November election.
    Arkansas Republicans are enlisting the help of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a string of national GOP figures visit the state ahead of the November election.
  • Student reportedly suspended after saying 'Bless you'

    Student reportedly suspended after saying 'Bless you'

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:43 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:43:48 GMT
    A young girl says she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom after breaking a class rule.
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.
  • Senator Mark Pryor traveling across Arkansas to promote jobs bill

    Senator Mark Pryor traveling across Arkansas to promote jobs bill

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:06:40 GMT

    Senator Mark Pryor is traveling around Arkansas to promote a bill to increase jobs.

    Senator Mark Pryor is traveling around Arkansas to promote a bill to increase jobs.

  • Man killed in officer-involved shooting near Ferguson

    Man killed in officer-involved shooting near Ferguson

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:21:34 GMT
    A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly trying to rob a convenience store four miles from Ferguson, MO.
    A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly trying to rob a convenience store four miles from Ferguson, MO.
  • Martin pays back $2,100 for homestead tax credits

    Martin pays back $2,100 for homestead tax credits

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:01:17 GMT
    Secretary of State Mark Martin has paid $2,100 to Benton County for improperly claiming a tax credit on two homes for at least the past three years.
    Secretary of State Mark Martin has paid $2,100 to Benton County for improperly claiming a tax credit on two homes for at least the past three years.
  • Tear gas falls on another heated night in Ferguson, MO

    Tear gas falls on another heated night in Ferguson, MO

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:28 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:28:41 GMT

    Tear gas filled the air to culminate a tense stand off between police and protesters on the ninth night since Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. 

    Tear gas filled the air to culminate a tense stand off between police and protesters on the ninth night since Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. 

  • Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:26:44 GMT
    Bill and Hillary Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in...
  • Southside group rallies against annexation

    Southside group rallies against annexation

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Several residents have formed a group to rally against the annexation of Southside.
    Several residents have formed a group to rally against the annexation of Southside.
  • Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

    Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:05:36 GMT
    Israeli troops have demolished the homes of two militants suspected in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third.
    Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war...
  • Additional signatures submitted for wage hike item

    Additional signatures submitted for wage hike item

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:14:10 GMT
    A group proposing to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has submitted additional signatures in its effort to put the increase before voters in November.
    A group proposing to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has submitted additional signatures in its effort to put the increase before voters in November.
  • Couples: Deny stay in Arkansas gay marriage case

    Couples: Deny stay in Arkansas gay marriage case

    Monday, August 18 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-18 17:12:24 GMT
    Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case.
    Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case.
  • No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:14:20 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving ahead with plans to visit 2016 primary states and calling his indictment politically motivated as he faces two felony counts in his home state.
    A judge has decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, meaning the Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run...
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  • Should America provide military support for the new pro-West Ukrainian government?

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  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:42:47 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:40:39 GMT
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine to release Ukrainian soldiers they took prisoner and allow them to return home.
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
  • Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:32:55 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the fatal shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in his racially divided community.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of...
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