Bob Costantini

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Bob Costantini: US sharpens criticism of Hamas, urges cease-fire

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Cairo today in an effort to build momentum toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. He will urge the militant Palestinian group […]


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Bob Costantini on shooting of Flight MH17

US intelligence authorities confirm that a surface-to-air missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killing 298 people. What they do not know is whether the missile was fired from Ukraine or from Russia. NBC’s Bob Costantini […]


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Bob Costantini: The Deputy Attorney General is looking into IRS emails

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding another hearing today on the investigation into the alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status by the IRS. This comes as the Justice Department is expanding […]


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Bob Costantini: House passes highway bill as deadline looms

A bill replenishing the federal Highway Trust Fund is on its way to the Senate after winning approval by the House. Penny and Paul discussed why this is important to some lawmakers  with NBC’s Bob Costantini :


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Bob Costantini: Republicans want to reign in President Obama

House Republicans have taken the first step toward suing President Obama. House Speaker John Boehner released a draft resolution yesterday that would authorize the House to file suit. Penny and Phil spoke in detail about the lawsuit […]


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Bob Costantini: Obama, Perry have face-to-face meeting

In what figures to be a tough sell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is going to Capitol Hill to make the case for President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood […]


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Bob Costantini: VA official apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

The House Veteran’s Affairs Committee held a rare night-time hearing to discuss claims of retaliation against those who blew the whistle on problems with the VA health care system. Penny and Phil discussed the details with NBC News […]


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Bob Costantini: Obama to ask for emergency spending on immigration

President Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won’t seek legal changes to send the children back […]


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Bob Costantini: President asking for flexibility on immigration

The Obama administration is facing a host of legal, humanitarian and political constraints as it copes with tens of thousands of Central American children entering the country illegally. A Bush-era law to address human trafficking prevents […]


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Bob Costantini: The Highway Trust Fund is running out of money

The Obama administration is warning states to expect a large pothole in their construction budgets if Congress doesn’t reach an agreement quickly on how to pay for federal highway and transit programs. Penny and Phil […]


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Bob Costantini: Ex P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

President Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department that is gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. Penny and Phil spoke with NBC’s Bob Costantini: […]


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Bob Costantini: al-Maliki resistant to form new government in Iraq

Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad. Phil and Penny discussed the details concerning Iraq with NBC’s Bob Costantini: