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  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:52:39 GMT
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:14:01 GMT
    A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...
  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:02:37 GMT
    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are calling Sunday for stronger sanctions against Russia
    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United...
  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:53:01 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the...
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:51:26 GMT
    A Western official says the United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks.
    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup...
  • Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:53:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
  • Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 08:51:42 GMT
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:52:29 GMT
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:45 AM EDT2014-04-19 06:45:14 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:22:45 GMT
    The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:02:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says...
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's...
  • White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

    White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:21:13 GMT
    The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.
    The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.
  • DNC raises $10.3M in March, has $14M in debt

    DNC raises $10.3M in March, has $14M in debt

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:32:18 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt.
    The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt.
  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:31:46 GMT
    The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.
    The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.
  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:31:42 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.
    The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.
  • Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

    Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:11:47 GMT
    Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate.
    Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early...
  • Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

    Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:51:00 GMT
    The Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals.
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:41:38 GMT
    The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region.
    The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the...
  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:11:35 GMT
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
  • Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:42:10 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

    Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:21:54 GMT
    A federal appeals court has turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.
    A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.
  • Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

    Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:41:04 GMT
    Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.
    Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:12:30 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's publisher says her upcoming book on her role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be called "Hard Choices."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state...
  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:17 GMT
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year.
  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:11:49 GMT
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when...
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was...
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:30 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:30:49 GMT
    The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:00:40 GMT
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of...
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and...
  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:24 GMT
    The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the...
    The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.
  • Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:00:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow...
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't...
  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:30:14 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.
    For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.
  • IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

    IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:30:47 GMT
    A new government report says the Internal Revenue Service audits less than 1 percent of large partnerships, drawing criticism from Congress.
    The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.
  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions for now

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions for now

    Ukraine is seeking to pacify Russia even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what Washington says are Russian efforts to foment unrest in the former Soviet state.
    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by...
  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:23:56 GMT
    Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the...
    Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City...
  • Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

    Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:23:21 GMT
    The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad...
    The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly...
  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:02:21 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama says a high school education is not enough in today's global economy.
    It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.
  • President defending health law good for some Dems

    President defending health law good for some Dems

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.
    President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.
  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

    Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:22:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.
    President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.
  • Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:22:16 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.
    President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.
  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:10:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.
    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.
  • Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

    Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:00:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.
    President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.
  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

    Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:10:08 GMT
    A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three...
    A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed...
  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:50:44 GMT
    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.
    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.
  • Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

    Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:40:55 GMT
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.
    A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget...
  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

    War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:01:54 GMT
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes...
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes...
  • US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:00:23 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will send nonlethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there.
    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...
  • Obama says wounded bikers are an inspiration

    Obama says wounded bikers are an inspiration

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:21:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come.
    President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come.
  • US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

    US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:21:53 GMT
    The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.
    The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.
  • Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

    Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:09:46 GMT
    The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her...
    The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with...
  • Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

    Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

    President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.
    President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.
  • Little government response to bombing a year later

    Little government response to bombing a year later

    A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism...
    A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that...
  • Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

    Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

    Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said...
    Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.
  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    Some Democrats say it's time for their party to openly embrace the president's health care law now that better news surrounds it.
    The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.
  • Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

    Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

    A federal appeals court is siding with consumer groups in a fight to reveal the identity of the manufacturer in a product safety case linked to a child's death.
    We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer - only known now as "Company Doe" - in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.
  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S....
    The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian...
  • Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.
  • Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people...
    Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help...
  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Vice President Joe Biden's wife is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill at...
    Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.
  • Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next...
    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month.
  • US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

    US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
    Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
  • Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next...
    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.
  • Clinton White House documents to be released

    Clinton White House documents to be released

    The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
    The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

    Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

    Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular...
    Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President...
  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?
    As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.
  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals

    A year after background check defeat, modest goals

    A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama's drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda.
    Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers...
  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

    House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

    Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in...
    Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.
  • Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

    Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

    President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.
    President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

    Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.
  • Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

    Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to political organizations for November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already...
    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark,...
  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    The U.S. transportation secretary says indecision by Congress about how to pay for programs is again threatening to set back or shut down road and transit projects across the country. That could result in...
    On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects...
  • Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor

    Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor

    President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.
  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments.
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments.
  • Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

    Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

    President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of an inmate who got a longer prison sentence because of a typo.
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order.
  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.
    By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    Court upholds EPA emission standards

    A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain...
    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to...
  • Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

    Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

    President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws.
    President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.
  • Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

    Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

    A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
    A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
  • Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

    Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

    President Barack Obama is observing the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with a moment of silence at the White House.
    President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office.
  • US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

    US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

    The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.
    The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.
  • Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

    Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

    Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.
    Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.
  • Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

    Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

    Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.
    Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.
  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against...
    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas...
  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.
    People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.
  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend.
    Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the...
  • Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

    Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

    Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech.
    Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
  • Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

    Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

    The Social Security Administration says it is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.
    The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.
  • CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

    CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

    A congressional report predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.
    A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.
  • Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

    Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

    Michelle Obama says she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.
    Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.
  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    Democrats in the nation's largest swing-state see the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year's midterm elections.
    Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.
  • April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.
    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.
  • Native Americans say US violated human rights

    Native Americans say US violated human rights

    A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.
    A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.
  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

    Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

    A new government report says the Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought.
    The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.
  • APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region.
    A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.
  • Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

    Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

    President Barack Obama is remembering those killed at a Jewish community center and retirement complex, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.
    President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.
  • Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.
    Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental or remedial college classes ever graduate.
  • Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings

    Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings

    Attorney General Eric Holder says Justice Department prosecutors will investigate whether federal hate crimes were committed in the Kansas shootings that killed three people over the weekend.
    Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a Justice Department investigation Monday into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.
  • 2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

    2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

    Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news...
    Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news media...
  • Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings

    Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings

    President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.
    President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.
  • Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

    Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

    The head of the Democrats' committee to elect members to the House says, quote, "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."
    An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said...
  • Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
  • Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

    Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

    Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 were "just flat out...
    The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview...
  • US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

    US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

    The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.
    The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.
  • Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

    Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

    By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who...
    By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has...
  • Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

    Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

    The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.
    The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.
  • NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

    NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

    Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need,...
    Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President...
  • Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

    Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders.
    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders.
  • Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

    Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

    Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future.
    Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future.
  • Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

    Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

    Finance officials from the world's major economies say an ambitious goal to boost global growth by $2 trillion in the next five years is within reach despite a variety of threats, including rising political...
    The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.
  • 'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation's leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications.
    Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans...
  • Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

    Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

    Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing Republican congressman Vance McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide.
    To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide...
  • Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
  • Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.
    President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women - a leading election-year issue for Democrats.
  • In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

    In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

    Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will have a lot of work to do in Iowa, should he seek the 2016 presidential nomination, based on the range of sour reactions to his just-passed House budget proposal.
    Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an Iowa audience Friday that his party can and must come together, and he held out his recently passed budget plan as a sign of growing GOP unity.
  • Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

    Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

    Republican congressman Tom Petri of Wisconsin says he will retire after more than 30 years in Congress.
    U.S. Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he plans to retire, ending a 35-year career as a moderate Republican from east-central Wisconsin.
  • Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception

    Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has found a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of harsh interrogations after the Sept. 11 attacks.
    A controversial torture report by the Senate Intelligence Committee paints a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on terror suspects after the Sept....
  • Major economies express confidence about growth

    Major economies express confidence about growth

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United...
    Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years.
  • Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    The White House says President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid just over $98,000 in taxes on income of nearly half a million dollars last year.
    President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 in adjusted income last year, tax returns the White House released Friday show. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent and...
  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law.
    Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.
  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in politics.
    In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions...
  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

    Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

    President Barack Obama's new pick to run the department that oversees the nation's health care would bring significant expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest...
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the...
  • In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

    In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

    The White House says the U.S. has informed Iran that it will not issue a visa to Teheran's pick for envoy to the United Nations. It's the first time the White House has clarified the status of the...
    In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran's controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw...
  • Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

    Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

    Democrats have spent months debating how to answer conservatives' attacks on President Barack Obama's health care law.
    After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare."
  • Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

    Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

    Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.
    Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.
  • SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

    SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

    A federal appeals court has upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer at the theme park who was pulled under by a killer whale.
    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.
  • Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

    Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

    Safety advocates say rules to make crashed buses easier for passengers to escape have not been implemented despite a recommendation from accident investigators 15 years ago.
    Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.
  • US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

    US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

    The Treasury Department is sanctioning the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.
    The Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.
  • No. 2 US diplomat to retire

    No. 2 US diplomat to retire

    The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included stints as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, top Middle East hand and leader of a...
    The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included stints as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, top Middle East hand and leader of a team that...
  • Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

    Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

    Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over...
    Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.
  • Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

    Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are bringing relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans.
    Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, offered new sources of much-needed support Friday for...
  • Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

    Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

    A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.
    A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.
  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life'

    Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life'

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.
  • US, China to hold talks on NKorea next week

    US, China to hold talks on NKorea next week

    The U.S. and China will hold talks next week about North Korea, which recently threatened to conduct another nuclear test.
    The U.S. and China will hold talks next week about North Korea, which recently threatened to conduct another nuclear test.
  • Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

    Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

    Hillary Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience.
  • Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

    Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

    A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done...
    A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done...
  • Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

    Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

    With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the...
    With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party.
  • Congress to Iran: Ambassador's application denied

    Congress to Iran: Ambassador's application denied

    The House has approved a bill that would bar Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations from stepping on U.S. soil.
    Congress said no way to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, outraged by the prospect of a member of a group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran stepping on U.S. soil. The...
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature...
  • Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

    Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis

    The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine.
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

    Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

    George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democratic candidate's campaign ad in Georgia but a spokesman says the former president plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee for Senate.
    President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat's campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday.
  • Senate hopeful Brown: Health law erodes freedom

    Senate hopeful Brown: Health law erodes freedom

    Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is taking aim at President Barack Obama's health care overhaul to launch his new Senate bid in New Hampshire.
    Announcing his campaign to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tweaked the state's "Live Free or Die" motto Thursday to bash both President Barack Obama's health care...
  • Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

    Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

    Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants...
    A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater...
  • Bush says education key to civil rights

    Bush says education key to civil rights

    Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children and that he fears what he calls the 'soft...
    Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportunity for poor and minority children and that he fears what he calls the 'soft bigotry'...
  • US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

    US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

    The head of the International Monetary Fund says the global economy is finally turning the corner after a deep recession but the recovery remains too weak.
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Russia could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine.
  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.
    An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.
  • Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

    Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

    The Obama administration is briefing Congress on Thursday on a yearlong review of the intelligence community's handling of last year's deadly Boston Marathon attack.
    A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general...
  • Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

    Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

    The two-star Air Force general fired last fall as commander of the nuclear missile corps because of alcohol-fueled misbehavior will retire in June at a lower rank, the Air Force said Thursday.
    The two-star Air Force general fired last fall as commander of the nuclear missile corps because of alcohol-fueled misbehavior will retire in June at a lower rank, the Air Force said Thursday.
  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    House Republicans are marching ahead with an election-year budget promising to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and...
    House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination...
  • Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid

    Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid

    The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access...
    The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a...
  • Obama meets with Wendy Davis in Texas

    Obama meets with Wendy Davis in Texas

    President Barack Obama has met with Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
    President Barack Obama met briefly Thursday with state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

    11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL

    Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested re-election races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.
    Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.
  • US Chamber of Commerce backs Tillis in NC race

    US Chamber of Commerce backs Tillis in NC race

    Establishment-minded Republicans and social conservatives seem to have settled on a favorite to face the North Carolina Democrat who is among the most vulnerable incumbents, Sen. Kay Hagan.
    Establishment-minded Republicans and social conservatives alike seem to have settled on a favorite candidate to face Sen. Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Democrat who is among the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election.
  • Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

    Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law

    The Minnesota House has passed a bill that erases any immunity for state lawmakers facing felony or misdemeanor charges, including drunken driving.
    A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still...
  • Pelosi: Race has role in GOP immigration stance

    Pelosi: Race has role in GOP immigration stance

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation has something to do with race.
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.
  • GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight.
    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in...
  • Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban

    Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban

    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.
    Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.
  • La. GOP chair: McAllister's behavior 'hypocrisy'

    La. GOP chair: McAllister's behavior 'hypocrisy'

    A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance.
    Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a...
  • Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

    Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba.
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review...
  • Pro-Clinton super PAC raises almost $6M

    Pro-Clinton super PAC raises almost $6M

    A super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors.
    The super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president said Thursday that it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors.
  • House panel votes to hold IRS official in contempt

    House panel votes to hold IRS official in contempt

    A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.
    A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.
  • Chairman satisfied with military on Benghazi

    Chairman satisfied with military on Benghazi

    The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
    The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

    Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.
    Enrollment for the president's health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in the...
  • Boehner: Lawmaker seen kissing aide faces decision

    Boehner: Lawmaker seen kissing aide faces decision

    House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican congressman caught kissing an aide in leaked security footage has a decision to make.
    House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican congressman caught kissing an aide in leaked security footage has a decision to make.
  • Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse

    Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse

    At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
    At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings - among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom - sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
  • Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia

    Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seeking to bolster U.S. military relations with Mongolia as he wraps up 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific.
    After days of high-profile, pressure-filled meetings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got to horse around a bit during a short stop in Mongolia on Thursday.
  • Clinton: New voter restrictions are a step back

    Clinton: New voter restrictions are a step back

    Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, saying they threaten to roll back half a century of progress.
    Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restrict voting, notably photo identification requirements, saying they threaten to roll back half a...
  • US in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

    US in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

    The Obama administration is warning several state legislatures against initiatives that would punish the French railway company SNCF for carrying out Holocaust-era deportations to Nazi death and labor camps.
    The Obama administration on Wednesday warned several state legislatures against initiatives that would punish the state-owned French railway company SNCF for carrying out Holocaust-era deportations to Nazi death and labor...
  • AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

    AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

    U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says he won't seek an FBI investigation of who leaked a video from his congressional district office that showed him kissing a married woman who isn't his wife.
    Captured on tape kissing another man's wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he's only held since November.
  • Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

    Obama chides GOP for rejecting gender pay gap bill

    Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap - an issue...
    Denouncing the current Congress as the least productive in modern history, President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Wednesday for blocking a Senate bill aimed at narrowing the gender pay gap - an issue Democrats are...
  • Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not?

    Was 'Cuban Twitter' program political or not?

    Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has...
    The Obama administration is looking into whether a "Cuban Twitter" program secretly backed by the U.S. government contained messages that were political in nature, despite assertions from the administration that the effort...
  • Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

    Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

    President Barack Obama is returning once again to a grief-stricken corner of America to mourn with families of those killed last week at Fort Hood. He's reprising his role as chief comforter as he offers solace...
    President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last...
  • Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled

    Gov't says report on power grid threats mishandled

    The Energy Department's inspector general says federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a document outlining physical threats to the nation's electric grid.
    Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation's electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said...
  • US officials reject Rubio claim about CIA report

    US officials reject Rubio claim about CIA report

    U.S. officials say the State Department wants to declassify a 10-month-old letter expressing concerns about a controversial Senate torture report.
    The State Department is seeking the declassification of a 10-month-old letter expressing its concerns about a controversial Senate torture review, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
  • GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

    GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

    From the Capitol to the White House, Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters,...
    Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.
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  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

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    The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.
    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:13:59 GMT
    A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...
  • Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

    Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

    Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.
    The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot - the second time in less than three years the city has gone to...
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