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  • Republicans linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid in fight for majority

    21 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian — if party operatives' spin is to be believed. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unrelenting in his criticism of Charles and ...

  • Kathleen Sebelius, architect of Obamacare, resigning Cabinet post

    14 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Sebelius' resignation comes ...

  • Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

    21 days, 10 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully. The ...

  • High court voids overall federal campaign contribution limits

    22 days, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans ...

  • US Congress backs bills to aid Ukraine

    28 days ago

    (AP) The U.S. Congress spoke with one voice against Russia's annexation of Crimea, overwhelmingly backing legislation in the House and Senate to aid cash-strapped Ukraine and punish Russia in a show of solidarity with President Barack Obama. On a voice vote ...

  • BofA to spend $9.33 billion in FHFA settlement

    29 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The agency sued 18 financial institutions in September 2011 over their ...

  • Feds accused of steering funding to anti-pot researchers

    1 month, 4 days ago

    (AP) As the nation’s only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of ...

  • As trade talks begin, Europe wants its Parmesan back

    1 month, 14 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like ...

  • Source: Debbie Dingell to seek husband's Michigan House seat

    1 month, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Debbie Dingell will run for the House seat currently held by her husband, John, who announced this week that he would retire after the longest congressional career in history, a Democratic official said Tuesday. Debbie Dingell, ...

  • Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

    1 month, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the United States, the White House ...

  • House conservatives rule out immigration reform this year

    2 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting the GOP should wait until next year when the party also might control the Senate. House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles ...

  • Hagel ordering full review of nuclear force

    3 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Citing a string of setbacks in the nuclear missile force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned senior military leaders to discuss serious personnel problems and other missteps that "threaten to jeopardize" public trust. In a memo Thursday to top Pentagon officials, ...

  • Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    3 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) HONOLULU — The Obama administration is announcing a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims ...

  • Nude dance clubs, NV Energy's taxes and school uniforms lead off state Supreme Court cases for 2014

    3 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) The Nevada Supreme Court will open 2014 with appeals from Las Vegas erotic dancing clubs, a killer on death row and a dispute over school uniforms. The court will conduct hearings in Carson City from Jan. 6-8 on 13 cases ...

  • Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

    4 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome. Curved rows of scaffolds, like Saturn's rings, will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip ...

  • White House to keep NSA, cyber oversight together

    4 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, officials said Friday, the same day a review board sent the White House more than 40 recommendations ...

  • Biden opens weeklong Asia trip with Tokyo stop

    4 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region. Arriving in Tokyo late Monday evening, Biden was met ...

  • Obama discusses Iran deal with Saudi Arabia's king

    4 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has briefed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) on the interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program. The White House says the leaders agreed Wednesday to consult regularly on efforts by the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia ...

  • Anti-deportation protester interrupts Obama speech

    5 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — An anti-deportation protester confronted President Barack Obama, saying his family has been separated for 19 years and urged him to use executive powers to help immigrants living illegally in the United States. The young man was standing ...

  • Energy Dept. loses $139 million on loan to electric car maker

    5 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy. ...

  • Obama ties Gettysburg legacy to modern rights

    5 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is connecting the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to gay rights, women's rights and modern technological transformations. On the 150 anniversary of Lincoln's speech, Obama says Lincoln understood that individual efforts aren't ...

  • Holder promises decision soon in Trayvon Martin case

    5 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will soon announce a decision on whether to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida ...

  • Senate paralyzed on what to do about Guantanamo

    5 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Senators on Tuesday illustrated their paralysis over what to do with the Guantanamo Bay prison, voting down dueling bills to loosen and tighten restrictions on transferring detainees. The result fails to significantly advance President Barack Obama's long-standing goal ...

  • Health website to remain a work in progress into December

    5 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) MIAMI — The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the ...

  • Christie predicts health care overhaul won't succeed

    5 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is a "failure" and predicts it "will not succeed — it just won't." The potential 2016 presidential candidate says the leaders of both political parties, including ...

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