Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much

U.S. Vice President Biden talks on a mobile phone after boarding Amtrak train at Union Station in WashingtonBy Luciana Lopez MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed. While Biden was nowhere near the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, his potential late entry into the party's presidential race against front-runner Hillary Clinton dominated conversations in meeting rooms and hallways. In more than a dozen interviews, top Democrats expressed admiration and affection for Biden, but several cast doubt on whether he should get in the race.



Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Greenfield, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for U.S. forces in Iraq to engage in direct combat to defeat "radical Islamic terrorists" in the Middle East.



GOP's tough talk doesn't square with US-China relationship

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, gives a foreign policy speech on the campus of The Citadel, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation.



Washington names first envoy for hostages

One year ago journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were killed by the so-called Islamic State, triggering critical debate over Washington's handling of the crisesThe United States named a senior envoy Friday to work for the safe return of hostages after criticism of its response to the kidnap and murder of Americans held in Syria. One year ago journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff were killed by the so-called Islamic State, triggering critical debate over Washington's handling of the crises. President Barack Obama ordered a review of US policy in hostage cases that led to new protocols for coordinating the national response and helping victims' families.



After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control

Andy and Barbara Parker, of Collinsville, Va. mourn the loss of their daughter, Alison Parker, a journalist for WDBJ, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT MBICOLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.



George W. Bush visits disaster zone, 10 years after Katrina

In this Aug. 8, 2008, file photo, President George W. Bush is met by Deuce McAllister, left, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints football team as he arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on the way to events marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in Kenner, La. At far right is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, second from right is Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. The 10-year anniversary of one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history is a time of reflection for many connected to the Saints, whose return to New Orleans in 2006, following one season of displacement to San Antonio, became one of the ultimate feel-good stories in NFL history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago.



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Before nation's top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message

In this April 2, 2013, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear onstage at the Vital Voices Global Partnership 2013 Global Leadership Awards gala in Washington. As Biden ponders a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination, she has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early voting contests of Iowa and South Carolina and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy.



Obama to name James O'Brien hostage affairs envoy
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will name James O'Brien special presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of a response to complaints about the government's handling of hostage situations. O'Brien is currently vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm. O'Brien worked at the State Department from 1989 to 2001 in various positions, including senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the White House said in a statement on his appointment.

Pentagon funding new high-tech venture
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.

Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.

Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers remarks at an event commemorating the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented.



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