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White House Hopeful: Wall between U.S., Canada 'Legitimate' Idea

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the White House, said Sunday that building a wall between the U.S. and Canada was a "legitimate" idea to explore.

Immigration is a hot-button topic in U.S. politics and Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender, has added fuel to the fire by promising to have Mexico pay to build a wall between the United States and its southern neighbor, angering many Hispanics.

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Kennedy, U.S. Envoy to Japan, Caught up in Email Controversy

Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan and daughter of late president John F. Kennedy, was criticized on Tuesday for using private email for official business.

The latest revelations about a high ranking diplomat were given greater resonance in the light of the scandal hanging over former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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Obama Says U.S. to Uphold Sanctions Linked to Iran Support for Hizbullah

President Barack Obama wrote in a letter to Congress that the U.S. will uphold sanctions targeting Iran's non-nuclear activities, such as its support for Hizbullah.

Obama promised Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran — and keep military options open — if his administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes through.

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White House Hires First Transgender Official

The White House said Tuesday it had hired its first openly transgender official, a move which supporters said underscored the administration's drive against inequality.

Officials said former activist Raffi Freedman-Gurspan began work on Tuesday in a team that recruits personnel to serve the president.

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U.S. to Push Ahead with Vexed Syria Training Mission

President Barack Obama's administration vowed to press ahead with a half-billion-dollar mission to train Syrian opposition fighters Tuesday, despite fears that its initial failures have dented U.S. credibility. 

After the routing of a 54-strong U.S.-trained force by al-Qaida allied rebels, Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Elissa Smith told Agence France Presse there was no plan to pause or scale back the program.

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Trump Refuses to Apologize for 'Blood' Remark

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday refused to apologize for a crude attack on a female Fox News journalist that sparked widespread outrage, insisting he was misunderstood.

The brash billionaire -- who is leading a packed Republican field of White House hopefuls -- found himself at the center of controversy after seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators of last week's presidential debate, asked him tough questions because she was menstruating.

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Trump Refuses to Apologize for 'Blood' Remark

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday refused to apologize for a crude attack on a female Fox News journalist that sparked widespread outrage, insisting he was misunderstood.

The brash billionaire -- who is leading a packed Republican field of White House hopefuls -- found himself at the center of controversy after seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators of last week's presidential debate, was tough on him because she was menstruating.

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Obama Warns of Hizbullah Retaliation over Iran

President Barack Obama has warned that any possible rejection by the Congress of the Iran nuclear deal, would force the U.S. to attack Iran, a move that could lead to a Hizbulalh retaliation against Israel.

"It would be destructive both to the U.S. and to Israel," Obama told Jewish leaders on Tuesday, according to Israeli media reports.

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U.S. Extends National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

U.S. President Barack Obama has extended the national emergency with respect to Lebanon that was declared in Executive Order 13441 of August 1, 2007.

He said in a statement released by the White House on Wednesday that “the national emergency is to continue in effect beyond August 1, 2015.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iran, Hizbullah Present Security Challenges

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has sought to reassure worried lawmakers on the nuclear deal with Iran and stressed that the Islamic Republic and its proxies, including Hizbullah, continue to be a threat.

Iran and its proxies still present security challenges, Carter said on Wednesday at a committee hearing as part of the White House's aggressive campaign to convince Congress to back the Iranian nuclear deal, which calls on Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

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