State Dept. Announces Additional $25 Million in Aid to Philippines

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_43d3e72438.jpgUS Department of State (WASHINGTON) -- Following a visit to storm-affected to Tacloban, Philippines, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. government will provide an additional $25 million in aid funding. The new humanitarian aid will bring the total U.S. contributions to about $86 million, providing for food, shelter, clean water and hygiene education and supplies for families impacted by November's typhoon.

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Kerry Says South Sudan 'Should Respect the Rule of Law'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_973b81a3f1.jpgState Department photo/ Public Domain (WASHINGTON) -- While touring the storm-affected areas of Tacloban in the Philippines, Secretary of State John Kerry commented on the tense situation going on in the South Sudan. "The U.S. believes very strongly that all parties should refrain from any actions that would further escalate the tensions,: Kerry said. "The government should respect the rule of law."

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Poll: Majority of Americans Support Minimum Wage Hike

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f257b2e5a3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Two-thirds of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support increasing the minimum wage, reflecting majority sentiment that current federal government policies favor the wealthy. Those who support a higher minimum wage even have a recommended level: The average response in this group is $10.25 per hour, very close to the $10.10 proposal endorsed by Barack Obama and now before the U.S. Senate.

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Obama’s CIA General Counsel Nominee Disagrees with NSA Ruling

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_5666b849e7.jpgPAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s nominee to be the CIA’s top lawyer says she disagrees with a federal judge’s recent ruling that National Security Agency phone-data collection was unconstitutional. Caroline Diane Krass, the principal deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, whom President Obama nominated Nov. 7 to be the CIA’s general counsel, told the Senate Intelligence Committee today that she had a “different view” of the Fourth Amendment.

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Three More House Members Opt for Retirement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_9dff389558.jpgOffice of Iowa Congressman Tom Latham (WASHINGTON) -- With polls showing public approval of Congress at record lows, three more House members have decided to retire. One of Speaker John Boehner's closest House allies, Republican Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa is the latest House member to announce his retirement. He represents a swing district, so Democrats could see a rare chance to pick up a Republican seat.

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