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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

Obama says decisions on airline safety are not made on the basis of politics or alliances. He noted that the FAA ban came on the heels of last week's downing of a passenger jet by a missile in eastern Ukraine.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday called Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona "torture."

"I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out. And people who were responsible should be held responsible," he told Politico. "The lethal injection needs to be an indeed lethal injection and not the bollocks-upped situation that just prevailed. That’s torture."

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and two other groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the mayor of Warren, Mich., who banned an atheist group from setting up a station alongside one run by a prayer group in the city hall atrium.

Mayor Jim Fouts said that the group's "reason station" would be opposed to prayer and compared atheists to Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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A Chris McDaniel spokesman seemed to lose his temper a bit when he was confronted about possibly improper campaign coordination related to the ongoing effort to overturn McDaniel's loss in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary.

"Off the record, when did you stop beating your wife?" McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch told the Clarion Ledger's Sam Hall, invoking a well-known rhetorical device of presupposed guilt.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

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The Black Hawk County, Iowa Democrats posted a message to their Facebook page earlier this month calling President Ronald Reagan a "white supremacist," according to the Iowa county's Republican Party.

Black Hawk County GOP Chairman Scott Adkins in Wednesday a statement called the post "offensive and extremely disrespectful to the Reagan family," according to the DesMoines Register.

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