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  • Memo: No wrongdoing in handling child immigrants

    Memo: No wrongdoing in handling child immigrants

    The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says it could not substantiate 16 complaints by advocacy groups who accused the government of abusing unaccompanied child immigrants apprehended along the...
    A federal investigation that included surprise inspections was unable to substantiate 16 accusations by advocacy groups that the government packed into frigid cells children caught crossing the border alone, made them...
  • Alaska Senate hopefuls pull ads mentioning deaths

    Alaska Senate hopefuls pull ads mentioning deaths

    Television ads in the Alaska U.S. Senate race have been pulled by both parties' candidates after complaints from the family of two slaying victims.
    Television ads in Alaska's U.S. Senate race have been pulled by the two major party candidates after complaints from the family of two slaying victims.
  • Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says the circumstances that led to the purported beheading of a second U.S. journalist by the Islamic State group reflect a weakness of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist...
  • NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

    NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

    Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.
    Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.
  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe,...
    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering...
  • US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

    US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

    The Obama administration has rejected a request by a low-cost air carrier to begin flying immediately between the U.S. and Europe in a case that has significant labor and trade policy implications.
    In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while...
  • GOP govs' group hits Democrats in Colorado, Maine

    GOP govs' group hits Democrats in Colorado, Maine

    New campaign ads claim the Democratic governor of Colorado is soft on a convicted killer and the Democrats' hopeful in Maine would dole out millions in tax dollars to immigrants in the country illegally.
    The Democratic governor of Colorado is soft on a convicted killer and the Democrats' hopeful in Maine would dole out millions in tax dollars to immigrants in the country illegally, the Republican Governors Association...
  • Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

    Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

    Until last weekend, the Russian Direct Investment Fund touted prominent U.S. and European executives who serve on its international advisory board by posting their names on its website. On Tuesday, that list was...
    A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names...
  • Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:02:51 GMT
    President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."
    President Barack Obama urged West Africans on Tuesday to wear gloves and masks when caring for Ebola patients or burying anyone who died of the disease. He also discouraged the traditional burial practice of directly...
  • Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

    Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But he also is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy...
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the trip also serves as schooling for Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate with a lot of...
  • Judge cautions Blackwater jury on immunity

    Judge cautions Blackwater jury on immunity

    A jury is about to consider the fates of four former Blackwater security guards who face charges stemming from the shooting of 30 Iraqis on a Baghdad street in 2007.
    A federal judge Tuesday urged jurors in the criminal case against four Blackwater security guards to proceed with caution when assessing testimony by the defendants' former colleagues given under immunity.
  • US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.
    U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died.
  • Obama names first Asian-American EEOC chair

    Obama names first Asian-American EEOC chair

    Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian American to lead that agency.
    Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian-American to lead that agency.
  • Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    The Pentagon says the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab (ahl-shah-BAHB') extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle Monday night.
    The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
  • US family grieving over new beheading video

    US family grieving over new beheading video

    A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.
    A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.
  • Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    President Barack Obama is traveling to Russia's backyard for the second time this year to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security.
    For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's...
  • Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

    President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
    President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
  • Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:42:40 GMT
    A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a...
    A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path...
  • 2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    The finish line in November's mid-term elections is just the start of the next race for the White House.
    One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House.
  • Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
  • US military targets extremists in Somalia

    US military targets extremists in Somalia

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:54 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:54:47 GMT
    The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.
    U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said.
  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

    Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

    President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish these days about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession. And the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the...
    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for...
  • US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

    US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:54:25 GMT
    The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued.
    A Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard crashed Monday in the Gulf of Aden, and all aboard were rescued, the Navy said.
  • Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:11:23 GMT
    Call it the election of contradictions.
    A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path...
  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
  • Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:41:13 GMT
    President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.
    President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.
  • US welcomes EU decision on Russia

    US welcomes EU decision on Russia

    The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine.
    The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine.
  • House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

    Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants.
    Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.
  • Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

    Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

    The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come.
    The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers' rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in...
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-08-31 13:20:45 GMT
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
  • Obamas attend wedding of their longtime chef

    Obamas attend wedding of their longtime chef

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-08-31 11:11:22 GMT
    Setting aside for a few hours the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots, President Barack Obama assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the first family's...
    Setting aside for a few hours the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots, President Barack Obama assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the first family's longtime...
  • Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host

    Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host

    Wedding bells are about to ring for someone President Barack Obama thinks of as family.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family's...
  • GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager is resigning as a result of a scandal involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a...
  • In Texas, Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

    In Texas, Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:53:32 GMT
    Firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is sounding increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016.
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is...
  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.
    President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-08-30 07:31:06 GMT
    Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American...
    Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical...
  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections.
    President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for...
  • Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    Building coalition for Syria action no easy matter

    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
    President Barack Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.
  • Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is defending his investment banking firm's involvement in a deal that led a U.S. company overseas.
    Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:41:07 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's staff concludes that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
    The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
  • Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:50:03 GMT
    President Barack Obama's potential delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.
    President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.
  • Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Perry, Paul bash Obama for 'no strategy' on Syria

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accusing the president of "dithering and debating" in his response to the violent militant group attacking cities in Iraq.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" comments about the violent militant faction attacking cities in Iraq - but other...
  • No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

    No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

    Looking for advantages as they battle for Senate control, Republicans and Democrats alike are raising questions about where various senators and candidates say they live.
    Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate.
  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    President Barack Obama is warning of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine. But U.S. sanctions have so far avoided the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund.
    Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian...
  • At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:32:19 GMT
    U.S. and European intelligence officials are increasingly worried about lone wolf terrorist attacks by their own citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq.
    The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.
  • Farm worker faces No. 2 Republican for House seat

    Farm worker faces No. 2 Republican for House seat

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:32:04 GMT
    Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
    Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
  • US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive

    US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive

    U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic.
    U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy...
  • New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

    New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:50:15 GMT
    The federal agency that brought you the glitchy HealthCare.gov website has a massive new project.
    The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.
  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
    The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
  • Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the fatal shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in his racially divided community.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of...
  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in...
  • High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    Two high school buddies who loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends converted to Islam in early adulthood and were somehow recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist...
    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist...
  • Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    President Barack Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale for executive actions on immigration as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches.
    With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.
  • Tongues wag over Obama's audacity to wear taupe

    Tongues wag over Obama's audacity to wear taupe

    Tongues are wagging over President Barack Obama's audacity to wear taupe.
    Tongues are wagging over President Barack Obama's audacity to wear taupe.
  • Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:39:44 GMT
    The Obama administration isn't outlining any immediate punishment of Russia even as it decries President Vladimir Putin's government for the apparent invasion of Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in...
  • A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

    A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:34:14 GMT
    With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia.
    With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia.
  • Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

    Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:19:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama is drawing attention to heartening evidence of economic growth. He says, quote, "there's reason to feel good for the direction we are heading."
    New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Louisiana's Republican governor is planning to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core...
    In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards...
  • Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

    Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

    President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.
  • US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    The U.S. military says fighter planes have conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq.
    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the...
  • No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge

    No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge

    Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
    Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
  • Obama to speak ahead of national security meeting

    Obama to speak ahead of national security meeting

    President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.
    President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:30:53 GMT
    U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.
    The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
  • US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

    US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:59:25 GMT
    The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year - hurt by a poor first-quarter performance.
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov....
    If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott...
  • US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:48:23 GMT
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
  • Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint

    Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint

    A super PAC's negative ads against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled off the air Wednesday after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot.
    A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot with the broadcaster.
  • US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

    US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

    The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals has decided that some Guatemalan women who fled to the United States after being victims of domestic violence may now qualify for asylum.
    A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into...
  • Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is coming to South Carolina for some politicking, fundraising and football this week.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.
  • Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.
    The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.
  • Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    The Justice Department inspector general has criticized a former top FBI agent in Milwaukee for showing "extremely poor judgment" in response to a discrimination lawsuit against the agency.
    A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department...
  • Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:18:57 GMT
    A prosecutor is urging a federal jury to convict four former Blackwater guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis.
    A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in...
  • Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:45 GMT
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers.
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes...
  • Immigration judges' union wants independent court

    Immigration judges' union wants independent court

    The top two leaders of the union representing federal immigration judges say the court system that decides the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing deportation needs to be separate from the Justice...
    The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.
  • Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

    Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

    Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucus campaign.
    A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.
    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and...
  • Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:38:44 GMT
    Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race.
    With time running out in an underachieving campaign for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling...
  • US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:51:00 GMT
    The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the country's election stalemate has hurt progress in training the Afghan military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success...
    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said...
  • 10 things to know about corporate inversions

    10 things to know about corporate inversions

    Burger King plans to become is the latest U.S. company to shift its legal address out of the country by merging with a foreign company. Burger King has announced plans to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian...
    Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.
  • Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:19:04 GMT
    The Army says it has forced a two-star general to retire as a one-star general after he was disciplined for failing to properly handle a sexual assault allegation in his command in Japan.
    A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:58:29 GMT
    A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
  • Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:30:50 GMT
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Oklahoma. Highlights:
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Oklahoma. Highlights:
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:19:30 GMT
    Voters in four states are headed to the polls for primaries and runoffs.
    Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were...
  • Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona and Vermont. Highlights:
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona and Vermont. Highlights:
  • Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    State Treasurer Doug Ducey has won the Republican primary for Arizona governor, topping five other candidates with a campaign focused on his business experience in leading a chain of ice cream parlors.
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state...
  • American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.
    The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been...
  • Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

    Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:28:07 GMT
    As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.
    As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.
  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.
    A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil...
  • Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

    Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is invoking fears about the Ebola outbreak with a new ad accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of opposing funding programs that could prepare the country for the pandemic.
    Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invoked the Ebola outbreak in a new television ad unveiled this week criticizing his Republican rival over a vote against medical disaster funding, injecting fears about the deadly disease into...
  • Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

    Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off. He's told the NAACP to "kiss my butt," called the IRS "the new Gestapo" and has said he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to "go...
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President...
  • IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:27:41 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
    Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.
  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    The top U.S. military officer says the U.S. has some insights into the activities of Islamic State militants within Syria, but he declined to comment Tuesday on the Obama administration's move to conduct...
    The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power...
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    The office of the Justice Department inspector general says it is investigating alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee.
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office.
  • Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers

    Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers

    Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry says campaign funds, not taxpayers, will pick up his legal tab to deter complaints.
    Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."
  • Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

    Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:49:21 GMT
    U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya.
    Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three...
  • GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

    GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:18:36 GMT
    The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information he alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor Department.
    The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmaker alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor...
  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority.
    People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.
  • CEO named for HealthCare.gov

    CEO named for HealthCare.gov

    The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.
    The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.
  • Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is addressing the American Legion National Convention in an appearance that is also fraught with midterm...
    His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but...
  • Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed plans that will allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan a bit beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and no...
    The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon, the top...
  • AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State militant group.
    The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.
  • Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Vice President Joe Biden is calling top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State group.
    Vice President Joe Biden has called three top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government of Iraq and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State terror group.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boosts SC Republicans

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boosts SC Republicans

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is scheduled to speak at a fundraising barbecue for South Carolina Republicans.
    Confronted several times by hecklers demanding immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told attendees at a Republican fundraising barbecue that no country has been more generous to people from elsewhere than the United...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
  • Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, campaigned at early voting sites and black churches on the final weekend before a state Democratic primary as he sought his old job back under a different...
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, campaigned at early voting sites and black churches on the final weekend before a state Democratic primary as he sought his old job back under a different party...
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
  • Defense rests in Blackwater trial

    Defense rests in Blackwater trial

    Four Blackwater security guards have rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.
    Four Blackwater security guards on Monday rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded more than 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.
  • Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

    Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul says that if Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.
    Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.
  • NC senator braces for Obama's visit to her state

    NC senator braces for Obama's visit to her state

    President Barack Obama's visit to the American Legion this week is posing an uncomfortable test for embattled Sen. Kay Hagan.
    Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina's Democratic senator has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she's trying to woo: Veterans.
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once asked, "What is it about August?" This month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with crises.
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
  • Ryan says he's weighing possible White House run

    Ryan says he's weighing possible White House run

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:17:08 GMT
    Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.
    Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.
  • Felony indictment energizes Texas GOP behind Perry

    Felony indictment energizes Texas GOP behind Perry

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:48:07 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legacy has rarely been mentioned on statewide GOP campaign trails this year, and the party's nominee to replace him has questioned some of Perry's signature achievements. Amid...
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legacy has rarely been mentioned on statewide GOP campaign trails this year, and the party's nominee to replace him has questioned some of Perry's signature achievements. Amid his record...
  • Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about...
    More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.
  • Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast is about to end.
    The "vacation" is over and it's back to the White House for President Barack Obama.
  • US says American held in Syria has been freed

    US says American held in Syria has been freed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:32:26 GMT
    The U.S. government says an American held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.
    An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic...
  • Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has campaigned at early voting sites and black churches, seeking voter support ahead of a Democratic primary as he bids for his old job back under a different...
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has campaigned at early voting sites and black churches, seeking voter support ahead of a Democratic primary as he bids for his old job back under a different party...
  • Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

    Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

    Leaders of the Democratic Party are preparing to approve a plan that sets the 2016 presidential calendar.
    Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama.
  • Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

    Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-08-24 12:06:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.
    President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.
  • White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

    White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

    President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
    President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

    Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:27:36 GMT
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."
  • Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:25:39 GMT
    A Homeland Security Department official says a recent computer breach at a major government security clearance contracting firm may have affected the internal files of as many as 25,000 of the agency's workers.
    The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.
  • Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

    Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:06:30 GMT
    The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the...
    The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the nation's...
  • Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Criticized whenever he goes on vacation, President Barack Obama is on par with most Americans, who average four leisure trips a year, travel industry data shows.
    President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as...
  • Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

    Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama as of Friday has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation, less time away from the White House than his predecessors. Here's a look at how they...
    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama as of Friday has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation, less time away from the White House than his predecessors. Here's a look at how they...
  • Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

    Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:55:42 GMT
    Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone operators and investors have filed lawsuits challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model...
    Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the...
  • Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation, but many potential presidential candidates in 2016 are taking a cautious approach to the clashes between protesters and police in suburban St....
    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in...
  • Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    A federal appeals court has released more than 1,300 documents linked to a secret investigation into whether Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.
    Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads...
  • Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:22:46 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire as he defiantly dismisses a recent indictment and tries to convince voters that he's an improved version of the 2012 candidate who...
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government "strongly condemns" the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.
    The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.
  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their...
    Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while...
  • Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

    Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas this week.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.
  • Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    The Pentagon says a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft three days ago off the coast of China in international airspace.
    The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth...
  • FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
  • UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

    UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

    The World Food Program says it may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this fall.
    The World Food Program may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this fall, the U.N. agency's director for Asia said Friday.
  • Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says fellow conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core education standards and instead consider the benefits the benchmarks offer students in struggling schools.
    Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts...
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    The beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change U.S. lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...
  • Facts about US racial unrest

    Facts about US racial unrest

    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes...
    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there...
  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:25:33 GMT
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch.
    President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of...
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul...
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.
  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition...
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of...
  • Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

    Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:38 GMT
    Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds - $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief - offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.
    Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds - $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief - offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.
  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find...
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:31 GMT
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes...
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no...
  • GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.
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    The ice bucket stops with Obama

    The bucket stops with President Barack Obama.
    The ice bucket stops with Obama.
  • Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.
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