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Foreign Affairs Chairman Urges White House to Increase Aid to Combat Boko Haram (Video)

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Despite ongoing concerns about the Nigerian military's shaky record on human rights, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce said Wednesday the U.S. needs to step up aid to the central African country's armed forces — even if it means waiving the "Leahy Law," a 1998 act designed to prevent American assistance being given to human rights abusers. The California Republican said President Barack Obama has the power to waive the Leahy Law, an amendment to the  Foreign Assistance Act , in "extraordinary circumstances."

Cantor Looks to Confront Putin, Impose Costs on Russia

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is looking to retaliate against Russia after it moved to annex Crimea Tuesday.  

"I've asked House Committees to examine additional steps that can be taken to impose greater costs to Russia," the Virginia Republican said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.