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  • Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

    Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

    A new government investigation questions a Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of an employee embroiled in a personal...
    A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a...
  • Freed Vietnamese dissident travels to US: official

    Freed Vietnamese dissident travels to US: official

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-10-22 02:37:10 GMT
    The State Department says a prominent Vietnamese dissident has been freed and will arrive Tuesday in the United States.
    The State Department welcomed Tuesday the release of one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, as the U.S. urges the authoritarian government in Hanoi to improve its human rights record and smooth the way for...
  • North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained

    North Korea frees US man; 2 more still detained

    North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S....
    North Korea's reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S....
  • Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

    Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

    The total number of people registered to vote in Georgia has dropped by nearly 40,000 in two years.
    Georgia's electorate is changing fast, state officials said Tuesday, underscoring a shift that Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.
  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

    Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

    The hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal, Ben Bradlee, has died. He was 93.
    In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.
  • Michelle Obama rallies voters in Iowa, Minnesota

    Michelle Obama rallies voters in Iowa, Minnesota

    Michelle Obama is trying to give Democrats a boost in a key U.S. Senate race, urging college students in Iowa to vote early for Bruce Braley.
    First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband's rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising...
  • Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate

    Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate

    Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking more power to appoint Kansas Supreme Court justices and is using a Wichita murder case to make it a campaign issue.
    Gov. Sam Brownback assailed Democratic challenger Paul Davis Tuesday as a liberal who would appoint Kansas Supreme Court justices overly sympathetic to violent criminals, and Davis accused the Republican incumbent of...
  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

    'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-10-21 22:19:10 GMT
    Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine.
    Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine.
  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

    New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

    Public health advocates and lawmakers are working anew to bar children from working on tobacco farms.
    Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms.
  • Ohio's Kasich goes own way in bid for re-election

    Ohio's Kasich goes own way in bid for re-election

    John Kasich is a man who does things his own way.
    John Kasich is waiting for his second cup of chili.
  • Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million

    Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:27:07 GMT
    The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
    The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
  • De la Renta gave first ladies fashion, friendship

    De la Renta gave first ladies fashion, friendship

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:27:03 GMT
    For America's first ladies, Oscar de la Renta was more than just a skilled artist who helped give them a dose of confidence whenever they slipped into his dresses, beaded gowns and pantsuits. He was also a...
    For America's first ladies, Oscar de la Renta was more than just a skilled artist who helped give them a dose of confidence whenever they slipped into his dresses, beaded gowns and pantsuits. He was also a friend to...
  • Jewish group shifts view on Nazi benefit payments

    Jewish group shifts view on Nazi benefit payments

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:20:43 GMT
    An influential Jewish advocacy group no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits.
    An influential Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday it no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits.
  • Obama pitches for votes on black radio

    Obama pitches for votes on black radio

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:09:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes.
    President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

    AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:09:08 GMT
    Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they...
    Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say...
  • Correction: Christie-Income Taxes story

    Correction: Christie-Income Taxes story

    Gov. Chris Christie and his wife reported nearly $700,000 in income in 2013 - a significant jump from 2012.
    In a story Oct. 17 about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tax returns, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by his office, reported erroneously on the nature of his wife's employment. Mary Pat...
  • Giffords calls on women to highlight gun violence

    Giffords calls on women to highlight gun violence

    Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords says that "dangerous people with guns are a threat to women."
    Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords charged Tuesday that "dangerous people with guns are a threat to women" as she worked to rally female voters across Iowa and inject gun control into one of the nation's marquee Senate...
  • One American released from North Korea, two remain

    One American released from North Korea, two remain

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-10-21 18:38:23 GMT
    Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday.
    American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who...
  • Gary Hart named envoy to Northern Ireland

    Gary Hart named envoy to Northern Ireland

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-10-21 18:37:14 GMT
    The State Department has tapped former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart to be its newest envoy to Northern Ireland.
    The State Department has tapped former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart to be its newest envoy to Northern Ireland.
  • Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

    Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

    The Homeland Security Department is requiring that anyone coming to the United States from one of three West African countries reporting an Ebola outbreak must enter the country through one of five airports...
    Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said...
  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

    The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-10-21 16:20:45 GMT
    There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.
    There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.
  • In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

    In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-10-21 16:20:20 GMT
    Republicans and Democrats in the Louisiana Senate race have returned to an old political standby, accusing each other of cutting or threatening popular Medicare benefits for seniors.
    An old political standby - the future of Medicare - is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.
  • Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-10-21 13:48:10 GMT
    The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would...
  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

    Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

    Democrats pushing for a higher minimum wage often point to fast food workers and others struggling to get by - some on as little as $7.25 per hour.
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some...
  • On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward

    On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward

    President Barack Obama's brief trip to Chicago this week gave him a chance to rally voters in one of the few places where he's still popular enough to help his party.
    A lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue.
  • Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

    Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-10-21 07:27:37 GMT
    Democrats and Republicans in Georgia are pointing fingers over the handling of as many as 50,000 voter registration forms.
    Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms.
  • Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

    Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are gearing up for their third and likely final televised debate Monday, locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of the November election.
    Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday.
  • Ross, Hutchinson get final digs in on tax cuts

    Ross, Hutchinson get final digs in on tax cuts

    Monday, October 20 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-10-21 02:06:38 GMT
    Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are dueling over their competing tax cut plans and over who has the best record of working with both parties in their final televised debate in the Arkansas...
    Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross took swipes at each other's tax cut plans and political backgrounds Monday night as the two ex-congressmen running for Arkansas governor squared off in their fourth and...
  • Kansas governor, challenger discuss gay marriage

    Kansas governor, challenger discuss gay marriage

    Monday, October 20 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-10-21 02:06:34 GMT
    Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has vowed during a debate to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.
    Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there's nothing either of them can do at this point...
  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away.
    While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections,...
  • Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida

    Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida

    More than 2.3 million voters have already cast ballots for the November midterm elections, and both Republicans and Democrats are claiming the early voting numbers work to their advantage.
    More than 2.3 million Americans already have cast ballots for the November midterm elections, with both Republicans and Democrats saying the early votes are helping sway the election their way.
  • Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for DeMaio

    Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for DeMaio

    Monday, October 20 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-10-20 23:46:58 GMT
    San Diego prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with sexually harassing a former campaign aide or charge the aide with breaking into DeMaio's...
    Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into...
  • In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama

    In Chicago, a warm homecoming for unpopular Obama

    President Barack Obama is playing it by ear this week as his administration's response to the Ebola scare continues to evolve.
    They say you can never truly go home again, but for Barack Obama, perhaps the old adage doesn't apply.
  • Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

    Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

    Monday, October 20 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-10-20 22:36:31 GMT
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez sought Monday to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more...
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez sought Monday to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely...
  • Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

    Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

    Monday, October 20 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-10-20 21:48:54 GMT
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez is seeking to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely...
    Labor Secretary Tom Perez is seeking to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely available.
  • Obama coalition-building again, this time on Ebola

    Obama coalition-building again, this time on Ebola

    Monday, October 20 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-10-20 21:17:20 GMT
    After rallying dozens of nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is back in the coalition-building business - this time to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
    After rallying dozens of nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is back in the coalition-building business - this time to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • Biden touts plans to fix 'Third World' NYC airport

    Biden touts plans to fix 'Third World' NYC airport

    Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Andrew Cuomo are vowing to improve New York's airports.
    Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to tout plans to improve the region's airports.
  • Ebola: Keeping patients alive as body fights back

    Ebola: Keeping patients alive as body fights back

    People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are...
    People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too:...
  • Colorado tests reach of Democrats' ground game

    Colorado tests reach of Democrats' ground game

    Monday, October 20 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-10-20 20:37:17 GMT
    Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall's name. The moment Lightowler mentioned another Democrat running for a Congressional seat, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in...
    Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall's name. The moment Lightowler mentioned another Democrat running for a Congressional seat, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in the...
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video

    Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video

    Monday, October 20 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-10-20 19:47:30 GMT
    Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.
    Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.
  • Colorado tests reach of Democrats' ground game

    Colorado tests reach of Democrats' ground game

    Colorado is shaping up as a key test of whether the Democrats' edge in turning out votes can prevent a disastrous midterm election for the party.
    Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall's name. The moment Lightowler mentioned the incumbent running for re-election, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in the Democratic party...
  • Obama casts his vote early in Chicago

    Obama casts his vote early in Chicago

    President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections.
    President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections.
  • Militant pleads not guilty in Benghazi attacks

    Militant pleads not guilty in Benghazi attacks

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-10-20 16:17:28 GMT
    A Libyan militant has pleaded not guilty to charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
    A Libyan militant on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
  • Justices will decide privacy case on hotel records

    Justices will decide privacy case on hotel records

    The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a dispute over police access to hotel information about guests without first getting a search warrant.
    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to referee a dispute over police access to hotels' guest information without first getting a search warrant.
  • Obama praises Supreme Court's gay marriage orders

    Obama praises Supreme Court's gay marriage orders

    Monday, October 20 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-10-20 15:26:02 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency.
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency.
  • High court to review California death penalty case

    High court to review California death penalty case

    Monday, October 20 2014 9:58 AM EDT2014-10-20 13:58:16 GMT
    The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence for a California man in a 29-year-old triple murder in San Diego.
    The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence for a California man in a 29-year-old triple murder in San Diego.
  • Court rejects appeal from Duane Reade Ex-CEO, CFO

    Court rejects appeal from Duane Reade Ex-CEO, CFO

    The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from two former executives of New York City drugstore chain Duane Reade Inc. who were convicted of securities fraud.
    The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from two former executives of New York City drugstore chain Duane Reade Inc. who were convicted of securities fraud.
  • Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    Monday, October 20 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-10-20 11:36:31 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would...
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would...
  • Kerry urges Asia to boost anti-Islamic State push

    Kerry urges Asia to boost anti-Islamic State push

    Monday, October 20 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-10-20 09:55:59 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is asking Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed Monday for Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.
  • DCCC raises $17M in September, spends $37M

    DCCC raises $17M in September, spends $37M

    Monday, October 20 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-10-20 09:15:47 GMT
    House Democrats' campaign arm raised almost $17 million last month and has $34 million saved for the final month of the election.
    House Democrats' campaign arm on Monday said it raised almost $17 million last month and has $34 million saved for the final weeks of the election.
  • Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

    Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-10-20 04:15:57 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has touched down in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.
  • US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

    US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

    Sunday, October 19 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-10-20 03:35:57 GMT
    The U.S. military says it airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
    The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
  • At rallies, Obama casts 2014 as key for his legacy

    At rallies, Obama casts 2014 as key for his legacy

    President Barack Obama is shifting into campaign mode for the first time this year.
    Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama cast Democrats' success in this year's midterm elections as a chance to further the policies he's fought for in the White...
  • Clinton seeks to boost Democrats in Arkansas

    Clinton seeks to boost Democrats in Arkansas

    Former President Bill Clinton is in Arkansas hoping to keep its state government and the U.S. Senate in Democratic hands.
    Former President Bill Clinton swept through a second Arkansas campaign swing in as many weeks Sunday, hoping to keep Democrats in power at home and in the U.S. Senate.
  • CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

    CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

    A federal health official says revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include protective gear "with no skin showing."
    Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to...
  • US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

    US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

    The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming...
    The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the...
  • New military medical team to help with Ebola in US

    New military medical team to help with Ebola in US

    Sunday, October 19 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-10-19 17:48:33 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the...
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United...
  • High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    Sunday, October 19 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-10-19 16:36:33 GMT
    The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos...
    The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the...
  • Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

    Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

    The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
    The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
  • Another year, another small Social Security bump

    Another year, another small Social Security bump

    Sunday, October 19 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-10-19 13:15:40 GMT
    For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
    For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.
  • Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

    Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

    Sunday, October 19 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-10-19 12:45:49 GMT
    A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is...
    A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with...
  • Obama: US can't cut itself off from West Africa

    Obama: US can't cut itself off from West Africa

    Sunday, October 19 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-10-19 12:45:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.
    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.
  • GOP turns to Ebola fears in campaign drive

    GOP turns to Ebola fears in campaign drive

    Republicans are tapping into Americans' fears about Ebola in their latest attacks on the competence of the Obama administration, adding a darker and more emotional edge to their main argument of the 2014...
    Republicans are tapping into Americans' fears about Ebola in their latest attacks on the competence of the Obama administration, adding a darker and more emotional edge to their main argument of the 2014 elections.
  • Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY

    Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY

    Saturday, October 18 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-10-18 20:14:55 GMT
    The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?
    The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?
  • Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

    Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-10-18 17:47:28 GMT
    The New York Times is reporting that the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as...
    The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York...
  • US military sees long haul ahead for war with IS

    US military sees long haul ahead for war with IS

    Saturday, October 18 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-10-18 08:54:43 GMT
    Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the ground war so that...
    Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the ground war so that U.S....
  • Clinton returns to Arkansas to boost Democrats

    Clinton returns to Arkansas to boost Democrats

    Friday, October 17 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-10-18 03:30:44 GMT
    Bill Clinton has kicked off his second campaign swing through Arkansas this month, as the former president aggressively delved into his home state's politics to boost a lineup of Democratic candidates with whom...
    Bill Clinton kicked off his second campaign swing through Arkansas this month on Friday, as the former president aggressively delved into his home state's politics to boost a slate of candidates with whom he boasts...
  • Do cases FBI cites support encryption worries?

    Do cases FBI cites support encryption worries?

    Friday, October 17 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-10-18 02:05:04 GMT
    FBI Director James Comey says encrypting data stored on smartphones and computers could hurt criminal investigations. He cites as proof cases in which access to information on cellphones played a critical role in...
    The text messages captured a cover-up of unimaginable abuse: Parents had struck their toddler so often that they ultimately killed her. The child shook badly because we beat her, the father wrote, and the mother complained...
  • Walker, Burke disagree on Wisconsin's economy

    Walker, Burke disagree on Wisconsin's economy

    With the race for Wisconsin governor tied less than three weeks before the election, Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke are scheduled to meet for their second and final debate.
    Democrat Mary Burke argued during a debate Friday in Wisconsin's hotly contested governor's race that Republican incumbent Scott Walker mismanaged Wisconsin's finances, leading to a projected $1.8 billion...
  • Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

    Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

    Friday, October 17 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-10-18 00:03:58 GMT
    Facebook wants the Drug Enforcement Administration to confirm that it has stopped operating any fake profile pages on the social network.
    Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.
  • US: Human rights criticism needles NKorea

    US: Human rights criticism needles NKorea

    Friday, October 17 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-10-17 23:45:13 GMT
    A U.S. official says North Korea is coming out of its shell as it scrambles to fight back against international criticism of its human rights record.
    North Korea's government is engaging with other countries as it scrambles to combat growing international criticism against a human rights record that is challenging the authoritarian state's legitimacy, a senior...
  • Crist stumps with first lady and his trusted fan

    Crist stumps with first lady and his trusted fan

    Friday, October 17 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-10-17 23:38:41 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama headlined a rally of 700 supporters for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Orlando, urging them to "knock on some doors for Charlie like you did for Barack."
    In one of his first public appearances since his trusty fan took center stage during a debate, Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist made hay of the dust-up during a rally with Michelle Obama on Friday.
  • Kerry welcomes Chinese official to his Boston home

    Kerry welcomes Chinese official to his Boston home

    Secretary of State John Kerry welcomes a top Chinese diplomat to Boston on Friday.
    Secretary of State John Kerry has opened his home to a top Chinese diplomat for two days of discussions aimed at easing tensions between the two nations.
  • Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

    Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

    Friday, October 17 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-10-17 22:55:10 GMT
    If there's one thing the "Ebola czar" knows, it's government.
    If there's one thing the "Ebola czar" knows, it's government.
  • GOP ad in Neb. links Democrat to convicted killer

    GOP ad in Neb. links Democrat to convicted killer

    Friday, October 17 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-10-17 21:54:53 GMT
    Republicans are airing an ad linking a Nebraska Democrat to a convicted murderer in a commercial echoing the Willie Horton spot of the 1988 presidential race.
    National Republicans launched an ad linking a Nebraska Democrat to a convicted murderer in a commercial echoing a spot with racial overtones that roiled the 1988 presidential race.
  • Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

    Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

    Friday, October 17 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-10-17 21:46:16 GMT
    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants - and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.
    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants - and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.
  • Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

    Hagel seeks info on Iraq chemical weapons exposure

    Friday, October 17 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-10-17 21:04:35 GMT
    A defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were...
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his military chiefs and service-branch secretaries to look into questions about the medical care and treatment of about 20 service members who were exposed to chemical weapons during...
  • News Guide: National Democrats send $10M to allies

    News Guide: National Democrats send $10M to allies

    Friday, October 17 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-10-17 20:15:13 GMT
    With nearly three weeks until Election Day, political parties and their committees on Friday were busy moving cash around with a sharp eye on the Senate, where control is at stake.
    With nearly three weeks until Election Day, political parties and their committees on Friday were busy moving cash around with a sharp eye on the Senate, where control is at stake.
  • US to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states

    US to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states

    The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages in seven more states.
    The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in seven more states and extend federal benefits to those couples, the Justice Department said Friday.
  • Gov't to allow some Haitians to immigrate faster

    Gov't to allow some Haitians to immigrate faster

    Friday, October 17 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-10-17 19:46:31 GMT
    Thousands of Haitian immigrants approved to move to the United States to join relatives already living here will soon be able to immigrate before a visa is available, the Obama administration announced Friday.
    Thousands of Haitian immigrants approved to move to the United States to join relatives already living here will soon be able to immigrate before a visa is available, the Obama administration announced Friday.
  • SPIN METER: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets

    SPIN METER: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets

    Less than three weeks before the midterm elections, Washington's Ebola blame game has spread to the arcane world of the federal budget.
    Budgets for the agencies responsible for fighting Ebola have lost ground in recent years, sparking a partisan blame game in Washington over who's at fault. The truth is all of the parties share responsibility.
  • Obama names Ebola 'czar' as precautions expand

    Obama names Ebola 'czar' as precautions expand

    Friday, October 17 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-10-17 18:26:51 GMT
    Facing renewed criticism about the U.S. response to Ebola, President Barack Obama is conceding that it may make sense to have a single person lead the administration's effort. But he says imposing a travel ban...
    President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response on Friday as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at...
  • Obama's man on Ebola is former Biden staff chief

    Obama's man on Ebola is former Biden staff chief

    Friday, October 17 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-10-17 18:17:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government's response to the Ebola...
    He's tackled the financial crisis, served two vice presidents and been portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO film, but Ron Klain's newest job as the U.S. point person on Ebola may be his toughest challenge to date.
  • General: Slow progress against militants in Iraq

    General: Slow progress against militants in Iraq

    Friday, October 17 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-10-17 17:34:42 GMT
    The commander of U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants is offering a cautious assessment of progress, saying a weakened Iraqi army is making only incremental gains against the extremists.
    The commander of U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants cautioned Friday against expecting quick progress in Iraq.
  • US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

    US monitors health care worker aboard cruise ship

    Obama administration officials say a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man from Liberia who died of the disease is on a Caribbean cruise ship where she has self-quarantined...
    A cruise ship with a Dallas health care worker aboard who is being monitored for signs of Ebola did not receive clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel.
  • RNC takes out loan, sends $5M to allied committees

    RNC takes out loan, sends $5M to allied committees

    Friday, October 17 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-10-17 16:34:26 GMT
    The Republican National Committee is borrowing $5 million to help its allied campaign committees.
    The Republican National Committee said Friday it has borrowed $5 million to help GOP campaign committees and that all new donations will be sent to help candidates in competitive Senate races.
  • Quiet 'whiz kid' became public face of Ebola fight

    Quiet 'whiz kid' became public face of Ebola fight

    If you are following the Ebola scare, chances are you've heard of Tom Frieden (FREE'-den), the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America's top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because "overconfidence can kill."
  • US expands reporting rule on campus sexual assault

    US expands reporting rule on campus sexual assault

    Friday, October 17 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-10-17 15:35:50 GMT
    A new government rule seeks to create more awareness of the extent of sexual assault on campuses.
    The government is trying to make people more aware of the extent of sexual assault on campuses.
  • Kerry: Ebola presents 'test of global citizenship'

    Kerry: Ebola presents 'test of global citizenship'

    Friday, October 17 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-10-17 15:25:07 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry is pleading with diplomats from around the world to donate more money and aid to West African nations battling the Ebola virus.
    Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with world diplomats on Friday to rush more money and supplies to battle the Ebola virus in west Africa, calling it "a real test of global citizenship."
  • GOP adviser sees problems with Ebola travel ban

    GOP adviser sees problems with Ebola travel ban

    Friday, October 17 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-10-17 14:47:08 GMT
    A former HHS secretary under President George W. Bush says he sees "lots of problems" with using travel bans to contain diseases like Ebola.
    A former HHS secretary under President George W. Bush says he sees "lots of problems" with using travel bans to contain diseases like Ebola.
  • Pot playing little role in tight Colorado contests

    Pot playing little role in tight Colorado contests

    Friday, October 17 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-10-17 05:54:22 GMT
    Colorado may be a battleground state known for its marijuana experiment. But don't look for pot in political campaigns.
    Colorado has seen feisty debates this fall, with candidates in close races for governor, Senate and the U.S. House arguing over abortion rights, energy policy and the death penalty. Just don't expect any of them to...
  • Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W Africa

    Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from W Africa

    The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.
    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said...
  • Iowa's Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

    Iowa's Braley, Ernst duel over abortion in debate

    Thursday, October 16 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-10-17 02:57:59 GMT
    Democrat Bruce Braley's campaign aides say the Democratic congressman hopes to be back from Washington for the final debate with Republican Joni Ernst in Iowa's neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race.
    Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday's final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for...
  • Sources: Hunter Biden leaves Navy after drug test

    Sources: Hunter Biden leaves Navy after drug test

    Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine.
    Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.
  • FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

    FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

    Thursday, October 16 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-10-17 02:54:47 GMT
    The FBI director is warning against smartphone encryption.
    FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and...
  • Some in Congress expand their job title on ballot

    Some in Congress expand their job title on ballot

    David Valadao is a Republican member of Congress from California, but voters in his agriculture-heavy district won't necessarily recognize that he's the incumbent when they cast their vote. Instead,...
    David Valadao is a Republican member of Congress from California, but voters in his agriculture-heavy district won't necessarily recognize that he's the incumbent when they cast their vote. Instead, he'll be...
  • Obama: Ebola point person 'may be appropriate'

    Obama: Ebola point person 'may be appropriate'

    President Barack Obama is consulting with lawmakers, public health officials and heads of state about the Ebola outbreak.
    Under pressure to select an Ebola "czar" to lead the U.S. response against the disease, President Barack Obama conceded Thursday it "may be appropriate" to designate a single individual to head the administration effort.
  • Portable fan blows up Florida governor's race

    Portable fan blows up Florida governor's race

    The Florida governor's race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.
    The Florida governor's race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.
  • Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire

    Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire

    Thursday, October 16 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-10-16 21:56:13 GMT
    The head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, says he will retire at the end of this year.
    John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after 4 1/2 turbulent years in which the agency sought to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step...
  • GOP's Gillespie ditches ads in Senate race in Va.

    GOP's Gillespie ditches ads in Senate race in Va.

    Thursday, October 16 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-10-16 21:44:25 GMT
    Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is abandoning television ads in the state with less than three weeks before Election Day.
    Ed Gillespie has one of the sharpest political instincts of any of the Republicans' recruits for Senate races this year. But that and a thick Rolodex of GOP donors haven't helped him close a massive campaign cash...
  • Additional charges against accused fence jumper

    Additional charges against accused fence jumper

    The man accused of jumping a White House fence and running into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife now faces a new weapons charge.
    The man accused of jumping a White House fence and running into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife now faces a new weapons charge.
  • Republicans press for Ebola travel ban

    Republicans press for Ebola travel ban

    Thursday, October 16 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-10-16 21:25:44 GMT
    A Republican House chairman says government health officials in the United States made "false assumptions" about the country's level of preparedness to handle Ebola cases here.
    House Republicans demanded a travel ban from Ebola-ravaged West Africa Thursday, calling it the only sure way to protect Americans from the virus's deadly reach. Administration officials resisted, as anxiety over the...
  • US Sen. Paul: Ebola "incredibly" contagious

    US Sen. Paul: Ebola "incredibly" contagious

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Ebola can spread from a person who has the disease to someone standing three feet away, and the White House should be honest about that.
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a group of college students Wednesday the deadly virus Ebola can spread from a person who has the disease to someone standing three feet away and said the White House should be honest...
  • Watchdog reviews clear State Dept of wrongdoing

    Watchdog reviews clear State Dept of wrongdoing

    Thursday, October 16 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-10-16 20:35:52 GMT
    The State Department's internal watchdog has concluded there was an "appearance of undue influence or favoritism" but no actual wrongdoing in the way several high-profile investigations of alleged misconduct by...
    The State Department's internal watchdog has concluded there was an "appearance of undue influence or favoritism" but no actual wrongdoing in the way several high-profile investigations of alleged misconduct by U.S....
  • US still searching for credible allies in Syria

    US still searching for credible allies in Syria

    Thursday, October 16 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-10-16 20:14:50 GMT
    Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That's a potentially...
    Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That's a potentially serious...
  • US meets with Syrian Kurds linked to terror group

    US meets with Syrian Kurds linked to terror group

    Thursday, October 16 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-10-16 19:34:53 GMT
    The State Department said Thursday that it has met directly with a Kurdish political party in Syria that is linked to a guerrilla group considered by the U.S. and Turkey as a terrorist organization.
    The State Department said Thursday that it has met directly with a Kurdish political party in Syria that is linked to a guerrilla group considered by the U.S. and Turkey as a terrorist organization.
  • 'Kerry Air' grounded again, this time in Vienna

    'Kerry Air' grounded again, this time in Vienna

    Thursday, October 16 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-10-16 18:54:18 GMT
    The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it's beginning to look like a poor orphan.
    The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it's beginning to look like a poor orphan.
  • White House condemns wave of attacks in Iraq

    White House condemns wave of attacks in Iraq

    Thursday, October 16 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-10-16 18:26:11 GMT
    The White House is strongly condemning a wave of attacks in Iraq, including some in and around the capital of Baghdad.
    The White House is strongly condemning a wave of attacks in Iraq, including some in and around the capital of Baghdad.
  • Florida out of the gate at start of early voting

    Florida out of the gate at start of early voting

    More than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections. About 60 percent of the early voters are in Florida.
    Midterm elections are less than three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press...
  • Modest response by donors thus far to Ebola crisis

    Modest response by donors thus far to Ebola crisis

    Thursday, October 16 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-10-16 16:54:38 GMT
    Individual Americans have been slow to donate money to help fight the Ebola epidemic, and experts are wondering why.
    Individual Americans, rich or not, donated generously in response to many recent international disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and last year's Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The response to the...
  • Fan dispute at Fla. debate prompts finger-pointing

    Fan dispute at Fla. debate prompts finger-pointing

    It's no secret in Florida that former Gov. Charlie Crist likes to stay cool by using a portable fan.
    It's no secret in Florida that former Gov. Charlie Crist likes to stay cool by using a portable fan.
  • News Guide: New Koch super PAC reports donors

    News Guide: New Koch super PAC reports donors

    Some of the most powerful political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September. It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4's...
    Some of the most powerful political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September. It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4's...
  • Familiar themes in final Colorado Senate debate

    Familiar themes in final Colorado Senate debate

    Colorado's Senate candidates are meeting for their final debate.
    Colorado's Senate candidates struggled to pin the other down on energy policy and reproductive rights Wednesday in their fifth and final debate.
  • Candidates spar on abortion in Kansas Senate race

    Candidates spar on abortion in Kansas Senate race

    U. S. Sen. Pat Roberts has one final debate performance to dispel the image independent challenger Greg Orman has painted of the three-term incumbent as a Republican partisan unwilling to compromise.
    Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts called independent candidate Greg Orman's support of abortion rights "unconscionable" during their last debate Wednesday and suggested that helping fellow Republicans recapture a Senate majority...
  • Florida governor debate reflects nasty campaign

    Florida governor debate reflects nasty campaign

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott delayed the start of a debate because of an electric fan below Democratic challenger Charlie Crist's podium.
    The Florida governor's race that was already one of the most negative in the state's history became even nastier- and weirder - as Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist fought over everything from...
  • Cotton, Pryor spar over defining middle class

    Cotton, Pryor spar over defining middle class

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are sparring over how to define the middle class after Pryor said it included households making up to $200,000.
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton sparred Wednesday over Pryor's comment that the middle class includes households making up to $200,000, as the Arkansas Senate rivals each tried to claim...
  • Govt asks judge to halt plans for tape release

    Govt asks judge to halt plans for tape release

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-10-16 02:13:59 GMT
    The government is asking a federal judge to halt plans for releasing videotapes showing a Guantanamo Bay hunger striker being forcibly removed from his cell, strapped to a restraining chair and force-fed his meals.
    The government asked a federal judge Wednesday night to halt plans for releasing videotapes showing a Guantanamo Bay hunger striker being forcibly removed from his cell, strapped to a restraining chair and force-fed his...
  • Arkansas high court strikes down voter ID law

    Arkansas high court strikes down voter ID law

    Arkansas' highest court has struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
    Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins.
  • Obama juggles campaign duties with Ebola response

    Obama juggles campaign duties with Ebola response

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-10-16 01:23:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama's best-laid plans to go all out for Democrats in the final weeks of the midterms are running smack into a widening Ebola crisis.
    President Barack Obama's best-laid plans to go all out for Democrats in the final weeks of the midterms are running smack into a widening Ebola crisis, as Americans anxiously turn to the government and their president...
  • Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'

    Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'

    President Barack Obama is cancelling political travel to meet with his Cabinet on the Ebola outbreak.
    President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that his administration would respond in a "much more aggressive way" to cases of Ebola in the United States and warned that in an age of frequent travel the disease could spread...
  • Dems hope for strong get-out-the-vote success

    Dems hope for strong get-out-the-vote success

    Democrats claimed a big success after former President Bill Clinton campaigned across several college campuses in Arkansas recently. They declared they had signed up enough partisans to fill more than 4,000...
    Democrats claimed a big success after former President Bill Clinton campaigned across several college campuses in Arkansas recently, saying they signed up enough partisans to fill more than 4,000 volunteer shifts in their...
  • In crucial South, Dems see Senate hopes in NC, GA

    In crucial South, Dems see Senate hopes in NC, GA

    In the South's all-important Senate races, Democrats are pinning their hopes on two coastal states whose economic and population growth have often outpaced their neighbors'.
    In the South, where a Republican sweep of Senate races would all but guarantee a GOP takeover of the chamber, Democrats are pinning their hopes on two coastal states whose economic and population growth have often outpaced...
  • Judges dismiss complaint on alleged bias remarks

    Judges dismiss complaint on alleged bias remarks

    A council of federal judges has dismissed a misconduct complaint against a conservative appellate judge who was alleged to have made racially discriminatory remarks at a lecture on the death penalty.
    A council of federal judges has dismissed a misconduct complaint against a conservative appellate judge who was alleged to have made racially discriminatory remarks at a lecture on the death penalty.
  • What's at stake in Iran nuclear talks?

    What's at stake in Iran nuclear talks?

    An Iranian nuclear agreement is the Obama administration's grandest foreign policy objective, a legacy-defining endeavor that holds the prospect of ending the gravest potential threat to Israel and the Middle...
    An Iranian nuclear agreement is the Obama administration's grandest foreign policy objective, a legacy-defining endeavor that holds the prospect of ending the gravest potential threat to Israel and the Middle East and...
  • Top House Dem to party allies: Help our campaigns

    Top House Dem to party allies: Help our campaigns

    The head of the House Democratic campaign arm says he's upset that outside groups aren't helping his party's candidates as much as they have in the past. But he says there's still time for them to...
    With House Democrats struggling to avoid becoming an even smaller minority, the head of their campaign effort chided their outside allies Wednesday for trimming support for the party's House candidates and issued an...
  • US: Strikes near Kobani have killed hundreds

    US: Strikes near Kobani have killed hundreds

    The U.S. military says it launched 18 airstrikes overnight near the contested Syrian city of Kobani, intensifying an air campaign against Islamic State militants' efforts to capture the city near the Turkish...
    A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the...
  • ACLU lawyer given Justice Dept. civil rights post

    ACLU lawyer given Justice Dept. civil rights post

    An attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union has been named as the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
    An American Civil Liberties Union attorney was named Wednesday to be the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
  • Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states

    Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states

    An anti-immigration group is running more than $1 million in ads criticizing lawmakers for not stopping the flow of new workers into the United States.
    An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that criticize lawmakers for not doing more to stop the flow of new workers into the United States.
  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops

    EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops

    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
  • Syria-Iraq fight gets a name: 'Inherent Resolve'

    Syria-Iraq fight gets a name: 'Inherent Resolve'

    Weeks into its air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon has finally announced a name for the operation: "Inherent Resolve."
    It's less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East -- remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? -- but the Pentagon has finally named its fight...
  • US: Turkey eyeing larger role against militants

    US: Turkey eyeing larger role against militants

    The U.S. envoy coordinating the global fight against Islamic State militants says officials are still negotiating how much of a role Turkey will take in the burgeoning war on its border.
    The U.S. envoy coordinating the global fight against Islamic State militants says officials are still negotiating how much of a role Turkey will take in the burgeoning war on its border.
  • What does Michelle Obama turn out for? A turnip

    What does Michelle Obama turn out for? A turnip

    So what will Michelle Obama turn out for? Turns out it's a turnip.
    So what will Michelle Obama turn out for? Turns out it's a turnip.
  • Ohio senator visits key states while mulling 2016

    Ohio senator visits key states while mulling 2016

    For someone who's not on the November ballot, Sen. Rob Portman is keeping up a presidential campaign-style schedule.
    For someone who's not on the November ballot, Republican Sen. Rob Portman is keeping up a presidential campaign-style schedule by dropping in important states for anyone contemplating a White House bid.
  • Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

    Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

    President Barack Obama is appearing at first major campaign event of the fall, a political rally for Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.
    President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.
  • Budget deficit drops to $483B, lowest since 2008

    Budget deficit drops to $483B, lowest since 2008

    The government says the deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office.
    The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office, the government reported Wednesday.
  • Record number of black candidates seeking office

    Record number of black candidates seeking office

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-10-15 14:48:56 GMT
    More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic...
    More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of Barack Obama's historic presidency.
  • Health secretary: Hospital needed better oversight

    Health secretary: Hospital needed better oversight

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the federal government could have performed "much better oversight" of the Dallas hospital where two health care workers caught Ebola after treating the first...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday the federal government could have performed "much better oversight" of the Dallas hospital where two health care workers caught Ebola after treating the...
  • Ukraine politics turns trashy as mood sours

    Ukraine politics turns trashy as mood sours

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-10-15 11:53:19 GMT
    In Ukraine, trashing a politician isn't a metaphor. It's literal: Find a suspected shady official, grab him and throw him into a dumpster.
    In Ukraine, trashing a politician isn't a metaphor. It's literal: Find a suspected shady official, grab him and throw him into a dumpster.
  • Obama plans push to help 7 Dem governor hopefuls

    Obama plans push to help 7 Dem governor hopefuls

    President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor's races, where Democrats' prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding the party's tougher challenges in the Senate as...
    In the final days of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor's races across the country, where Democrats' prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding...
  • GOP governors group adds $21.5 million to coffers

    GOP governors group adds $21.5 million to coffers

    The Republican Governors Association says it raised $21.5 million in the three-month quarter that ended Sept. 30.
    The Republican Governors Association says it raised $21.5 million in the three-month quarter that ended Sept. 30.
  • Debate Night: Black vote, health care, economy

    Debate Night: Black vote, health care, economy

    By The Associated Press The black vote, health care and economic issues were among the talking points that sparked clashes during debates Tuesday ahead of next month's midterm elections....
    By The Associated Press The black vote, health care and economic issues were among the talking points that sparked clashes during debates Tuesday ahead of next month's midterm elections. Highlights:
  • Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    In the final weeks of a cross-country battle for Senate control, officials in both political parties are making multimillion-dollar advertising decisions that offer clues about where the real battlefields lie.
    In the final weeks of a cross-country battle for Senate control, officials in both political parties are making multimillion-dollar advertising decisions that offer clues about where the real battlefields lie.
  • Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    Officials in both political parties are making multimillion-dollar advertising decisions that offer clues about where the real Senate battlefields lie.
    Officials in both political parties are making multimillion-dollar advertising decisions that offer clues about where the real Senate battlefields lie.
  • Long-term jobless projects get $170M in grants

    Long-term jobless projects get $170M in grants

    The Obama administration is announcing $170 million in grants divided among 23 work projects across the country that aim to reduce the number of long-term unemployed Americans.
    The Obama administration is announcing $170 million in grants divided among 23 work projects across the country that aim to reduce the number of long-term unemployed Americans.
  • Debate Night: Black vote, health care, economy

    Debate Night: Black vote, health care, economy

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-10-15 03:44:40 GMT
    By The Associated Press Questions about Ebola, schools hit hard by budget cuts and an argument over who is a better friend to the middle class were among the talking points during nearly a dozen...
    By The Associated Press Serving black voters, health care and economic issues were among the talking points that sparked clashes during debates Tuesday ahead of next month's midterm elections....
  • New charges brought in 2012 Benghazi attacks

    New charges brought in 2012 Benghazi attacks

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-10-15 00:56:29 GMT
    The Justice Department has brought new charges against a Libyan militant accused in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, including counts that carry the death penalty.
    A Libyan militant already behind bars was indicted Tuesday on new charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks, including crimes punishable by the death penalty, the Justice Department said.
  • Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, a troublesome sign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in her challenge of Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to Alison Lundergan Grimes in her challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
  • Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

    Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

    The Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state's abortion facilities.
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.
  • Davis says more than 500 dissident GOP support him

    Davis says more than 500 dissident GOP support him

    Kansas Democratic governor candidate Paul Davis announced Tuesday that the list of Republican dissidents who have broken with conservative Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has grown to 500 members, as the challenger tried...
    Democratic challenger Paul Davis said Tuesday that more than 500 Republican dissidents support him in the Kansas governor's race, while conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback sought to convey unity with a packed luncheon...
  • Obama to campaign for Dems in Maryland, Illinois

    Obama to campaign for Dems in Maryland, Illinois

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-10-14 23:36:39 GMT
    President Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to help Democrats competing in the midterms with planned public campaign appearances in Maryland and Illinois.
    After steering clear of the campaign trail for most of 2014, President Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts with a pair of events to boost Democrats running for governor in Maryland and Illinois.
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