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U.S. Senate OKs bid to cut U.N. funding in Israel fray

updated: 03/26/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

With no objections, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a budget amendment sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that would allow Congress to cut off funding to the United Nations if the international governing body forces a resolution between Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank.

Rutledge knocks EPA water plan

posted: 03/25/2015 3:24 a.m. Comments 12

Confusion about which waters are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under a proposed rule would have "devastating" effects on farmers in eastern and southern Arkansas, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday.

As Cotton speaks, activists surround him over Iran letter

updated: 03/23/2015 11:56 p.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- Eight activists dressed in Colonial-era outfits confronted U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton on Monday over a letter he authored regarding negotiations about Iran's nuclear program.

Washington News in Brief: 5 in D.C. favor drug-screen bills

updated: 03/21/2015 11:40 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, most of the Arkansas congressional delegation sponsored legislation aimed to improve road and highway safety by changing what is allowed in the pre-employment drug screening process for the commercial trucking industry.

Bill: Nations that take Cuba detainees risk losing U.S. funds

updated: 03/19/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday that would cut off federal funds to countries that take responsibility for detainees now housed in Guantanamo Bay if a detainee engages in terrorism again.

U.S. can't turn back on allies, Womack says on U.S. return

posted: 03/18/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

After a nine-day tour of several conflict-ridden countries including Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Tuesday that the United States can't financially turn its back on its allies.

Fund the military so U.S. dominates, Cotton tells peers

updated: 03/16/2015 10:17 p.m. Comments 7

WASHINGTON -- In his first official speech on the Senate floor Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton called for dramatic increases in defense spending, saying budget cuts over the past few years have left the United States military unprepared.

Cotton: No regrets over letter to Iran

updated: 03/15/2015 8:08 p.m. Comments 23

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday that he has "no regrets at all" about writing a letter to Iran's leaders last week that drew criticism that the signing senators had overstepped their role and intruded on foreign policy negotiations.

Cotton's Iran letter gets him national attention

updated: 03/15/2015 3 a.m. Comments 33

A letter to Iranian leaders written by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and signed by 46 other Republican senators not only drew swift, sharp criticism from President Barack Obama and Democrats last week, but it also cast a national spotlight on Arkansas' freshman senator.

Washington News in Brief: Face the Nation to talk to Cotton

updated: 03/14/2015 9:57 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is scheduled to appear on CBS' Face the Nation today to talk about the letter he penned to Iranian leaders regarding negotiations with the United States over nuclear power.

Cotton, 3 other senators touring Cuba base

posted: 03/13/2015 2:39 a.m. Comments 14

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is leading a group of Republican freshmen senators on a tour of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba today.

Obama signs order to protect students from loan default

posted: 03/11/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama on Tuesday laid out a plan designed to protect Americans from defaulting on federal student loans.

Haak to lead Arkansas River panel

posted: 03/11/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama on Tuesday appointed Delia Haak of Gentry to be chairman of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission.

Cotton to Iran: Obama deal shaky

updated: 03/09/2015 11:07 p.m. Comments 46

WASHINGTON -- In a letter drafted by Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican senators warned Iran on Monday that President Barack Obama can't negotiate a binding nuclear deal without congressional approval.

Arkansas joining states challenging EPA on emissions

posted: 03/10/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas has been allowed to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting carbon emissions nationwide, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Monday.

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