Kerry Reaches Out to Mahmoud Abbas in Continued Effort to De-Escalate Gaza Tension

b_250_0_16777215_00_http___kmasnewsradio.com_images_obgrabber_2014-07_145074a6fe.jpgCredit: US Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday about the ongoing tensions in Gaza. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the discussion touched on how the situation can be de-escalated. "We are open to discussing and using all avenues to do that," Psaki added.

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Lawmaker Accuses Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito of Misleading Senate

b_250_0_16777215_00_http___kmasnewsradio.com_images_obgrabber_2014-07_dcf68a766b.jpgUnited States Senate (WASHINGTON) -- A recent controversial ruling by the Supreme Court reveals that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. were less than transparent during their Supreme Court confirmation hearings, a Democratic lawmaker charged Thursday. And the lawmaker, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is none too happy about it.

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Ben & Jerry's Founder Brings Political Flavors to Capitol Hill

b_250_0_16777215_00_http___kmasnewsradio.com_images_obgrabber_2014-07_d953e32aab.jpgPhoto by Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Lobbying usually doesn’t come with a side of ice cream. But Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield brought some with him to Capitol Hill Thursday, where he joined Rep. Peter DeFazio to advocate for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. “One spoonful at a time will change the law,” DeFazio, D-Oregon, proclaimed.

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VA Whistle-blowers Testify About Retaliation

b_250_0_16777215_00_http___kmasnewsradio.com_images_obgrabber_2014-07_8129d53ad9.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Veterans Affairs hospital scandal was the subject of a House hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening with testimony from VA whistle-blowers who claim supervisors and top management retaliated against them when they uncovered wrongdoing. Dr. Katherine Mitchell, a medical director at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, told the House Veterans Affairs committee that she was routinely retaliated against for reporting health and safety concerns.

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Dinner Diplomacy: Sen. Angus King on Uniting Ted Cruz and Dems over Rack of Ribs

b_250_0_16777215_00_http___kmasnewsradio.com_images_obgrabber_2014-07_65ae79a449.jpgUnited States Senate (WASHINGTON) -- Angus King may be one of only two Independent senators in Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s excused himself from the table of party politics. “I haven't traded lobsters, but I've bought a lot of ribs in here when I have friends for dinner – particularly senators,” the senator from Maine told “Power Players” during an interview at Kenny’s BBQ Smoke House in Washington, where he frequently picks up racks of ribs for bipartisan dinners he hosts at his nearby Washington home.

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