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  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:51:47 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv...
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel...
  • Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:19 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden says it's time the public turns against a raft of new laws that restrict the ability to vote.
    Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the...
  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:05 GMT
    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...
  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:21:32 GMT
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:43:34 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...
    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled...
  • Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:22:56 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.
  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:12:32 GMT
    Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.
    NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:10:14 GMT
    The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft.
    The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the...
  • Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:54:25 GMT
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says supporters of gay marriage often show "intolerance" toward people like him who support heterosexual marriages.
    Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.
  • Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:54:18 GMT
    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn...
    New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help...
  • Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:24:00 GMT
    A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.
    In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, a choked-up House Speaker John Boehner prompted two bipartisan standing ovations on Wednesday when he praised the doctor who helped a congresswoman's...
  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:54:56 GMT
    Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is...
    Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere...
  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:44:27 GMT
    Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.
    Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.
  • Obama fundraises for Dems, demands GOP cooperation

    Obama fundraises for Dems, demands GOP cooperation

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:31:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails." He is also urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote Republicans out of...
    With Congress struggling against time to address key legislation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday portrayed Republicans as members of a party that "has no agenda other than making government not work." He said that...
  • Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:23:13 GMT
    Federal regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a...
    Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable...
  • Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:03:20 GMT
    Senate Republicans and Democrats are insisting that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas (huh-MAHS') militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.
    Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.
  • Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:25:24 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:46:02 GMT
    The Senate is moving toward passage of an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs.
    The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
  • US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:19 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say they've vastly ramped up intelligence sorties over Iraq to better understand an expanding extremist insurgency and help Iraqi forces fight back.
    Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even...
  • Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:07 GMT
    Former Sen. Bob Dole and proponents of a treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled around the world stepped up pressure for full Senate ratification.
    At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer.
  • FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv

    FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:12:44 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks.
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks.
  • Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:12:40 GMT
    The Senate has advanced an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
    The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:12:28 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...
  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:34:15 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
    In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
  • Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:53:17 GMT
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for...
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to...
  • Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:41:21 GMT
    After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to...
    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine...
  • Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:42 GMT
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
    Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not...
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:32:17 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
  • Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:20:24 GMT
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
  • Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:50:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama says Americans were heartbroken by the loss of so many citizens of the Netherlands in the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity...
  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:03:02 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby.
    The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on...
  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:51:37 GMT
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
  • Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:21:36 GMT
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more...
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal...
  • Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:06:49 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's...
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to...
  • First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:32:10 GMT
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the...
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink...
  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:05:59 GMT
    A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see...
    Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:53:01 GMT
    Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through...
    Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines...
  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:22:04 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
  • Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:53:30 GMT
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a...
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary...
  • US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:40:31 GMT
    A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.
    As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
  • Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

    Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:22:05 GMT
    Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
    Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
  • Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

    Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:05:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama has dispatched two senior advisers to Germany in an apparent effort to soothe tensions following new allegations of American spying.
    Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American...
  • Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

    Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:40:33 GMT
    A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.
    A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.
  • US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:31:56 GMT
    The United States says it's preparing to present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
  • White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:42:52 GMT
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:32:22 GMT
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
  • 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:05:02 GMT
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
  • Boehner: No border money without policy changes

    Boehner: No border money without policy changes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:53:16 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
  • Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 08:51:27 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support for a Mideast cease-fire. But he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term...
    Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.
  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:42:18 GMT
    For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal...
    For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the...
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:51:06 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia and says she backs President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger...
  • White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:12:08 GMT
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:11:50 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Monday morning.
    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators...
  • CBO: $25M of $3.7B border ask to be spent in 2014

    CBO: $25M of $3.7B border ask to be spent in 2014

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:18 GMT
    A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the...
    Just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30, a new study...
  • US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:00 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East, as the civilian death toll in the conflict has sharply escalated.
    With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire...
  • Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:53:55 GMT
    Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama.
    President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the...
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama...
  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:35:24 GMT
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
  • Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:34:59 GMT
    The nation's largest public school systems are now working with the White House to improving the lives of boys and young men of color as part of the "My Brother's Keeper" program.
    President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority...
  • Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:05:16 GMT
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps signaling widespread apathy within both...
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political...
  • Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:31:36 GMT
    The Army's troubled intelligence system has suffered another setback.
    Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.
  • Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:10:15 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
  • US working on case against Russia on downed plane

    US working on case against Russia on downed plane

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 07:20:59 GMT
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 07:20:55 GMT
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
  • Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

    Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:50 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:50:31 GMT
    Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.
    Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.
  • Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

    Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 04:10:27 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, but the U.S. is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place.
    Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.
  • DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

    DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:29:44 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee is carrying just $3 million in debt - a significant reduction in its onetime $23 million tab.
    The Democratic National Committee narrowly outraised its Republican rival last month and cut its debt to just $3 million, down from a onetime high of $23 million, according to federal financial forms due Sunday.
  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:10:32 GMT
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
  • Obama unveils programs for young men's initiative

    Obama unveils programs for young men's initiative

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-21 00:09:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama is announcing new commitments for his initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color, called "My Brother's Keeper."
    President Barack Obama is announcing new commitments for his initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color, called "My Brother's Keeper."
  • Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

    Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:32:12 GMT
    Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key...
    Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground...
  • US turns up heat on Russia over downed plane

    US turns up heat on Russia over downed plane

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:13:34 GMT
    The United States is putting the likely blame for the downed Malaysian passenger plane on Ukraine separatists who had Russian military help.
    The Obama administration on Sunday turned up the heat on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists accused by the United States and others of shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane.
  • Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video

    Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video

    Saturday, July 19 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-07-19 07:19:15 GMT
    Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
    Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
  • US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-07-18 23:32:07 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Friday morning.
    The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at...
  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:24:27 GMT
    The IRS says Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
  • Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:12:41 GMT
    New records from the Clinton White House show former President Bill Clinton asking his advisers for details on Osama bin Laden after reading a New York Times story. Other files show the White House considering...
    President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White...
  • Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:07:55 GMT
    The U.S. Sentencing Commission is voting on a proposal that could result in the early release of tens of thousands of drug inmates.
    Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.
  • FDA warns against powdered caffeine

    FDA warns against powdered caffeine

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:37:59 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered pure caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
  • Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:29:38 GMT
    President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the...
    President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential...
  • Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

    Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:10:11 GMT
    The flow of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents is slowing down.
    The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday.
  • Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

    Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:07:58 GMT
    At Netroots Nation, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren captures the hearts of Democratic activists thinking about the 2016 presidential campaign.
    At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary...
  • Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:52:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption for religious...
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested...
  • 15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:48:36 GMT
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
  • Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

    Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:37:47 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm has again outraised its Republican rival.
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.
  • Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

    Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:21:38 GMT
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The large numbers of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is putting Democrats in a bind.
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats...
  • Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

    Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:21:01 GMT
    U.S. Capitol Police say a staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman has been arrested after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.
    A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.
  • Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

    Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-07-18 07:15:57 GMT
    National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort...
    National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth,...
  • AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:50:48 GMT
    President Barack Obama is asking his advisers to keep him updated on reports of a plane shot down over Ukraine. But the White House says it can't confirm the reports.
    American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched...
  • APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:37:44 GMT
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison. So the military will begin treatment for her gender-identity...
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could...
  • Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

    Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:47:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.
    President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.
  • US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:24:23 GMT
    The Obama administration says Israel must do more to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza as the two sides consider a tenuous cease fire agreement in the latest outbreak of Mideast violence.
    The Obama administration accused Israel on Thursday of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks.
  • Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:23:40 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says if she runs for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledges in an interview that the job of president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger...
  • Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:54:28 GMT
    President Barack Obama is hitting the road again on a weeklong push on spending for roads, bridges and other public works.
    President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.
  • Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:40:33 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is telling protesters he shares their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
    Vice President Joe Biden told protesters Thursday he shared their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
  • US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

    US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:39:17 GMT
    A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine Thursday.
    A U.S. official said Thursday that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine.
  • Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

    Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:29:44 GMT
    The Social Security Administration says its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.
    Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.
  • Glance: Airliners that have been shot down

    Glance: Airliners that have been shot down

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:52:31 GMT
    As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down by the U.S. Navy and a South Korean...
    By The Associated Press As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down...
  • US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:33:30 GMT
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is telling senators that military commanders did not recommend the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2017, as the president ordered.
    Military commanders did not recommend that the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2017 as the president ordered, the top U.S. commander there told senators Thursday.
  • Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

    Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:20:01 GMT
    A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service is expanding to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official.
    Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called...
  • Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:19:57 GMT
    The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border.
    Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about...
  • Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

    Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:02:16 GMT
    White House economists say the Great Recession is only partly to blame for the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force. They say the reduced participation rate dampens economic growth and...
    Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job...
  • US defends counterterrorism dialogue with China

    US defends counterterrorism dialogue with China

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:51:05 GMT
    The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week.
    The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week.
  • Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

    Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:37:14 GMT
    An internal investigator is probing whether the Obama administration's "Cuban Twitter" program had proper oversight.
    The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:21:29 GMT
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
  • Obama: Downed jet in Ukraine a 'terrible tragedy'

    Obama: Downed jet in Ukraine a 'terrible tragedy'

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:50:30 GMT
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that the passenger plane downed over Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and his top priority is finding out whether American citizens were on board.
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that the passenger plane downed over Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and his top priority is finding out whether American citizens were on board.
  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:28:23 GMT
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
  • Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

    Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:49:56 GMT
    Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters.
    Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.
  • For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

    For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:41:56 GMT
    The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing...
    The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow...
  • Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

    Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:41:51 GMT
    Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
    Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
  • Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

    Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:38:52 GMT
    The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.
    The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.
  • US says Myanmar resorting to police-state tactics

    US says Myanmar resorting to police-state tactics

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-07-17 07:40:09 GMT
    The State Department's top human rights official has accused Myanmar authorities of resorting to police-state tactics after five journalists got 10 years at hard labor for a disputed story about a weapons factory.
    The State Department's top human rights official is accusing Myanmar authorities of resorting to police-state tactics after five journalists from a weekly magazine got 10 years at hard labor for a disputed story about...
  • Should online accounts die when you die?

    Should online accounts die when you die?

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:39 AM EDT2014-07-17 07:39:44 GMT
    Should your emails, Web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?
    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?
  • FAA investigates congressman's drone wedding video

    FAA investigates congressman's drone wedding video

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:27:40 GMT
    A congressman who sits on the House committee that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a video of his own wedding using a drone even though the FAA bans drone flights for commercial purposes.
    The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.
  • Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:47:45 GMT
    President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he seeks additional authority to more quickly turn back young Central American border crossers.
    Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Barack Obama's call for $3.7 billion in emergency border spending to deal...
  • Watchdog report faults FBI laboratory probe

    Watchdog report faults FBI laboratory probe

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:17:01 GMT
    A report from a Justice Department watchdog criticizes an FBI review of cases involving 13 crime lab examiners whose work was found to be flawed.
    The FBI and Justice Department didn't move quickly enough to identify the cases handled by 13 FBI crime lab examiners whose work was found to be flawed, meaning defendants sometimes were never notified that their...
  • House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:46:55 GMT
    The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle...
    The GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Justice Dept. investigating missing IRS emails

    Justice Dept. investigating missing IRS emails

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:18:59 GMT
    The Justice Department says it's investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official.
    The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted...
  • US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:13:39 GMT
    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is levying deeper sanctions on Russia as the West grapples for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow.
    Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their...
  • Man accused in La. death recent border-crosser

    Man accused in La. death recent border-crosser

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:58:39 GMT
    A Guatemalan man accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana was arrested at the Mexican border in June, released and told to report back later.
    A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana illegally crossed the Mexican border with his children last month and was released from custody after being issued a notice to report back to...
  • Climate politics group falling short of money goal

    Climate politics group falling short of money goal

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:39:13 GMT
    A super PAC backed by environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million to put climate change at the forefront of the 2014 midterm elections.
    A super PAC aiming to make climate change a key issue in this year's midterm elections is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million, cramping the group's ability to influence major races with just four...
  • Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:39:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States will use all of its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will use all its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:21:02 GMT
    A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.
    You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

    Illinois Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:09:36 GMT
    Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is facing questions about a program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election. It's been a focus of Republicans looking to tarnish Quinn's reputation as a reformer...
    Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he...
  • Immigration leads to O'Malley and Obama spat

    Immigration leads to O'Malley and Obama spat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:54:50 GMT
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign.
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign and supporting him regularly on political talk shows. Now,...
  • Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

    Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:59:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama says there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do to reach a deal to get Iran to curb its nuclear program.
  • FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

    FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:47:20 GMT
    A super PAC backing Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid was the sole source of money for a separate effort to urge black voters to support the incumbent.
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted...
  • Feds seek to air consumer finance complaints

    Feds seek to air consumer finance complaints

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:47:04 GMT
    The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from hundreds of thousands of consumers who feel wronged by banks and finance companies. Now the agency wants the public to hear from those consumers, too.
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from hundreds of thousands of consumers who feel wronged by banks and finance companies. Now the agency wants the public to hear from those consumers too.
  • Pentagon plans to transfer 6 from Gitmo to Uruguay

    Pentagon plans to transfer 6 from Gitmo to Uruguay

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:36:40 GMT
    U.S. officials say the Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay.
    The Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, two Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:20:10 GMT
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
  • House votes to allow marijuana-related banking

    House votes to allow marijuana-related banking

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:14:17 GMT
    The House has voted in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
    The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
  • Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

    Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:07:33 GMT
    As Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic Party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation while pitching populist messages on the economy and immigration.
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans....
  • Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:36:24 GMT
    Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's...
    Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.
  • Bergdahl hires lawyer for military investigation

    Bergdahl hires lawyer for military investigation

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:36:06 GMT
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired a well-known lawyer and military justice expert to represent him as the Army investigates how and why the soldier left his post in Afghanistan five years ago, before being captured by...
    The lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Wednesday that his client has been vilified by some people, but the public should not leap to conclusions before the Army finishes its investigation into how and why the...
  • VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

    VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:08:34 GMT
    The top official of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the...
  • McDaniel lawyers: Challenge likely in primary loss

    McDaniel lawyers: Challenge likely in primary loss

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:54:54 GMT
    Lawyers for tea party favorite Chris McDaniel say they are likely to challenge his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary.
    Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel's loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary.
  • Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

    Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:17:38 GMT
    President Barack Obama wants local government officials to prepare their communities now for the effects of climate change.
    Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate...
  • NJ Gov. Christie to be in Iowa and 2016 spotlight

    NJ Gov. Christie to be in Iowa and 2016 spotlight

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:17:18 GMT
    Chris Christie heads the Republican Governors Association and says that's why he'll be in Iowa on Thursday - to raise money for other politicians.
    New Jersey's Chris Christie insists it's his role as Republican Governors Association chairman that's bringing him to Iowa this week, to raise money for other politicians, including Gov. Terry Branstad, a...
  • Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

    Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:58:00 GMT
    Locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
    Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
  • Obama, Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran talks

    Obama, Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran talks

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:51:10 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are meeting Wednesday to discuss the "path forward" on Iranian nuclear talks.
    The Obama administration says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday to discuss whether to extend Iranian nuclear talks.
  • Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border

    Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:38:58 GMT
    The Pentagon says Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and officials believe that Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists.
    Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and U.S. officials believe Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
  • GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:00:31 GMT
    Constitutional lawyers backing a planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama say the action is justified because Obama went too far in carrying out his health care law.
    A planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is justified because his actions carrying out his health care law dangerously exceed his powers, constitutional lawyers backing the litigation told...
  • Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

    Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-16 17:05:17 GMT
    The State Department has named a retired Coast Guard admiral to serve as its first special representative for Arctic issues.
    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and...
  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads

    INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:00:52 GMT
    If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money.
    If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money.
  • Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:00:46 GMT
    By The Associated Press One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent...
    By The Associated Press One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said...
  • Gov't to release more Clinton White House records

    Gov't to release more Clinton White House records

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-16 14:37:14 GMT
    The National Archives says it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
    The National Archives said Wednesday it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
  • Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

    Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-16 11:18:51 GMT
    The Army is losing the initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military...
    The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.
  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-16 08:51:24 GMT
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
  • Opposing camps criticize gay candidate

    Opposing camps criticize gay candidate

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-07-16 07:40:10 GMT
    Carl DeMaio figures he must be doing something right if both social conservatives and members of the gay rights community oppose his campaign for Congress.
    Carl DeMaio figures he must be doing something right if both social conservatives and members of the gay rights community oppose him.
  • US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

    US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:47:40 GMT
    U.S. and European officials say the Obama administration is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama...
    The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to...
  • Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

    Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:40:16 GMT
    For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination.
    Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination.
  • Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

    Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:18:29 GMT
    President Barack Obama has spoken with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) about cooperation between the United States and Germany.
    President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed...
  • House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising

    House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-16 00:46:18 GMT
    Donors keep opening their wallets for campaign committees and outside groups to pack the airwaves with ads and stuff mailboxes full of political mail. Some highlights from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday:
    Donors keep opening their wallets for campaign committees and outside groups to pack the airwaves with ads and stuff mailboxes full of political mail. Some highlights from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday:
  • White House defying aide's congressional subpoena

    White House defying aide's congressional subpoena

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-16 00:38:26 GMT
    The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election...
    The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year.
  • House GOP prepares response to border crisis

    House GOP prepares response to border crisis

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:03:59 GMT
    House Republicans are preparing to recommend National Guard at the border and speedier returns of Central American youths as their response to the immigration crisis on the border.
    House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that's engulfing the...
  • Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel

    Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:03:39 GMT
    The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission.
    The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission.
  • Military gives new fighter limited OK to fly

    Military gives new fighter limited OK to fly

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-15 22:47:31 GMT
    The Pentagon is resuming test flights of its new-generation F-35 fighter while investigating the cause of an engine fire last month, but the plane will operate with restrictions and will not fly in the Farnborough...
    The Pentagon is resuming test flights of its new-generation F-35 fighter while investigating the cause of an engine fire last month, but the plane will operate with restrictions and will not fly in the Farnborough...
  • Iranian Nukes: Gaps remain, but talks continue

    Iranian Nukes: Gaps remain, but talks continue

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:49:28 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says "very real gaps" persist between world powers and Iraq over the contours of a nuclear agreement as a Sunday deadline for a deal approaches.
    World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran's nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a...
  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:26:16 GMT
    The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
    The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:22:35 GMT
    The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial...
    With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial...
  • Labor market still needs Fed support, chair says

    Labor market still needs Fed support, chair says

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:03:24 GMT
    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will have some good news to tell Congress this week about the health of the labor market. But lawmakers will likely press her to provide more information on just how the...
    Despite recent sizable job gains, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that her agency is in no rush to withdraw the massive support it is providing the U.S. economy.
  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget

    House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-15 20:48:29 GMT
    The GOP-controlled House has slashed the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely...
    The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely...
  • Gay candidate faces criticism from opposing camps

    Gay candidate faces criticism from opposing camps

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-15 20:01:31 GMT
    Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
    Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
  • House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

    House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:37:55 GMT
    Donors last month gave another $9.6 million to the committee tasked with keeping House Republicans in the majority, according to a summary the campaign arm released Tuesday.
    House Democrats' campaign arm once again outraised its Republican rival last month, according to summaries of fundraising reports released Tuesday.
  • Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

    Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-15 17:25:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline.
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent...
  • Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone

    Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-07-15 17:00:08 GMT
    For tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border primarily from Central America, U.S. schools are one of the few government institutions where they are guaranteed services.
    Teacher Michael Coughlin sometimes learns about his students' harrowing trips across the border alone and what they left behind from the essays they write. Other times, they'll mention a court date or ask for help...
  • Military's tobacco discount: Up in smoke

    Military's tobacco discount: Up in smoke

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:31:46 GMT
    The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.
    The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.
  • More Clinton White House records to be released

    More Clinton White House records to be released

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:19:04 GMT
    The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.
    The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.
  • Senate panel doubles money for Israel's Iron Dome

    Senate panel doubles money for Israel's Iron Dome

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-15 16:19:01 GMT
    A Senate panel has backed a defense spending bill that would double the amount of money for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
    Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
  • Peace Corps allowing its applicants more choice

    Peace Corps allowing its applicants more choice

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:40:51 GMT
    The Peace Corps will begin allowing applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve as part of an update to the international service organization's application process.
    The Peace Corps launched a new online application Tuesday that allows applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve and removes red tape that was dissuading people from completing the...
  • VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-07-15 07:45:14 GMT
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector...
  • Kerry opts against a Mideast mediation trip

    Kerry opts against a Mideast mediation trip

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-07-15 05:28:26 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has decided not to make an immediate trip to the Middle East to push diplomatic efforts toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has decided not to make an immediate trip to the Middle East to push diplomatic efforts toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
  • Peace Corps to allow applicants to choose location

    Peace Corps to allow applicants to choose location

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-15 04:03:46 GMT
    The Peace Corps will begin allowing applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve as part of an update to the international service organization's application process.
    The Peace Corps will begin allowing applicants to choose the countries and programs where they want to serve as part of an update to the international service organization's application process.
  • Obama praises Egypt's cease-fire plan for Israel

    Obama praises Egypt's cease-fire plan for Israel

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-15 03:46:53 GMT
    The United States is welcoming a cease-fire plan proposed by Egypt to end heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
    President Barack Obama praised Egypt's proposal Monday for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, telling Muslim-Americans that he's hopeful that the plan can restore calm in the wake of...
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  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:52:18 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
  • Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:52:14 GMT
    A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.
    A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.
  • Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

    Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:38 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
    Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill...
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