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  • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. leaves a  Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, as candidates vying for House GOP leadership posts make their pitches to the rank-and-file in the tumultuous aftermath of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s sudden loss last week in his Virginia primary race. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Republicans Elect Leaders

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans set out to shuffle their leadership lineup on Thursday in elections that highlighted a wider struggle inside a party divided between the establishment and red-state, tea party forces.
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a fourth-term lawmaker from California, expressed […]

  • President Barack Obama attends a meeting of the President's Export Council, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The President's Export Council advises the President on policies and programs that effects US trade performance and promote export expansion. On the far right is White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama To Speak On Iraq; U.S. Weighs Its Options

    WASHINGTON — In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq’s stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting […]

  • Iraq Crisis Stirs Fears Afghanistan Could Be Next

    Iraq Crisis Stirs Fears Afghanistan Could Be Next

    WASHINGTON — The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, with fears that hard-fought gains could be wiped out by a resurgent Taliban.
    Senior […]

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  • President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Obama briefed leaders of Congress on US options for blunting an Islamic insurgency in Iraq. US officials say Obama is not yet prepared to move forward with strikes and is instead focused on increased training for Iraq's security forces, boosting Iraqi intelligence capacities and upgrading equipment. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Consults Congress Leaders On Iraq Strategy

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama briefed leaders of Congress on options for quelling an al-Qaida-inspired insurgency in Iraq as Republicans lawmakers and administration officials clashed Wednesday over who is to blame for the militants’ lightning gains.
    White House officials said Obama […]

  • A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014.   REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

    Iraq Asks United States For Air Support To Counter Rebels

    BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON – Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi’ite-led government’s army.
    However, General […]

  • Nabbed Libyan Militant Lived Openly In Benghazi

    Nabbed Libyan Militant Lived Openly In Benghazi

    CAIRO — The Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on Americans in Benghazi was not a difficult man to find.
    Ahmed Abu Khattala lived openly and freely in the restive eastern Libyan city – seen at cafes […]

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  • Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

    U.S. Forces Move Into Iraq With Security Mission

    WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a […]

  • FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Obama To Sign Order Extending Gays’ Protections

    WASHINGTON — After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said […]

  • Obama Says Climate Change Deniers Ignoring Science

    Obama Says Climate Change Deniers Ignoring Science

    ANAHEIM, Calif.  — President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday’s graduates of the University of California, Irvine.
    Obama issued a […]

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  • President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, prior to boarding the Marine One Helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto North Dakota and California. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    A look At The U.S. Presence In Iraq

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is the largest in the world, but America’s presence in Iraq has been shrinking. Some questions and answers about America’s role in Iraq, where the U.S. military fought an eight-year war that ousted […]

  • Obama: U.S. Can Do More To Help Native Americans

    Obama: U.S. Can Do More To Help Native Americans

    CANNON BALL, N.D. — President Barack Obama on Friday became only the third U.S. sitting president in eight decades to set foot in Indian Country, encountering both the wonder of Native American culture and the struggle of tribal life on […]

  • FILE - This May 22, 2013 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS says it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. The IRS told congressional investigators Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. The IRS was able to generate 24,000 Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 because Lerner had copied in other IRS employees. But an untold number are gone. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    IRS Lost Emails By Official In Tea Party Probe

     
    WASHINGTON  — The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more […]

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  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, right, talks to President Barack Obama, during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership in the G-20 this year, and the future of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama: Iraq Will Need Additional U.S. Assistance

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and is vowing to press toward Bagdad.
    Obama did […]

  • FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo, Ruby Dee attends a special screening of "Frankie & Alice" in New York. Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 12, 2014, that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.  (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

    Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee Dead At 91

    NEW YORK — Her long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film “American Gangster.” She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. Age didn’t […]

  • U.S. Eyes New Aid To Iraq To Curb Insurgent March

    U.S. Eyes New Aid To Iraq To Curb Insurgent March

    WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation’s north, officials said Wednesday. But the Obama administration offered only tepid support […]

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  • Vietnam veteran Gene Stoesser, right, talks with Veterans Crisis Command Center volunteer Chuck Lewis, left, while he waits for an appointment Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at American Legion Post 1 in Phoenix. Stoesser was told on May 2, 2014, that he needs heart surgery. The American Legion has set up a crisis center in Phoenix to help veterans get medical care in a first-of-its-kind event in the American Legion's nearly 100-year history.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

    Senate Backs Bill To Improve Health Care For Vets

    WASHINGTON– The Senate acted Wednesday to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care, as the FBI revealed it has opened a criminal investigation into a Veterans Affairs Department reeling from allegations of falsified records […]

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. Hagel faced angry lawmakers becoming the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Hagel Says Time Was Running Out To Save Bergdahl

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month’s prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the “last, best” chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. […]

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., listens at right as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor faces a challenge from a political newcomer backed by the tea party as Virginia voters go to the polls Tuesday for three congressional primaries. Cantor was once popular in the tea party but has now become its target.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    News Guide: Primary Elections Tuesday In 6 States

    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in five states, plus a runoff in Arkansas. Here are some highlights:

    TOP OF THE TICKET
    In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary to a little-known and underfunded tea […]

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  • Congressman Eric Cantor, R-Va.,  stands beside his wife Diana, left,  and delivers a concession speech at his election night party in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost the GOP primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    House Majority Leader Cantor Defeated In Primary

    RICHMOND, Va. — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger who rolled to victory on a wave […]

  • Ohio, Illinois Soldiers Among 5 Dead In Airstrike

    Ohio, Illinois Soldiers Among 5 Dead In Airstrike

    CINCINNATI — A relative says a 25-year-old soldier from Ohio was among five American troops killed in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.
    The cousin says military representatives went to the home of Justin Helton’s parents in Beaver, Ohio, early Tuesday to […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Dow Hits Record For Fourth Day

    NEW YORK – U.S. stocks finished nearly flat on Tuesday, although the Dow eked out another record closing high as utilities’ shares fell while 10-year bond yields hit their highest level in a month.
    Six of the 10 primary S&P 500 […]

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  • An Afghan police officer stands guard during a campaign rally in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    5 US Troops Killed By Friendly Fire In Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 […]

  • FILE - This May 14, 2014, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. Clinton says she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton says in an interview with ABC News airing June 9 that she remains undecided about another campaign in 2016. But she says the GOP-led Benghazi inquiry is "more of a reason to run" because she considers the multiple investigations into the attacks "minor league ball" for a country of the United States' stature. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

    Clinton: Benghazi Probes ‘More Of A Reason To Run’

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview airing Monday that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
    In an interview with ABC News, […]

  • Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

    Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

    WASHINGTON– It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.
    President Barack Obama welcomed the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams Monday for an event marking their NCAA championships. It’s only the second time a school […]

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  • This Monday, June 9, 2014 photo shows the VA Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas. The medical center ranks high on the list of the facilities with the longest average waits as of May 15, 2014 for new patients seeking primary care, specialist care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday. (AP Photo/Valley Morning Star, David Pike)

    Audit: More than 57,000 Await First VA Appointment

    WASHINGTON — More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, […]

  • FILE - This image made from video released by the Taliban and obtained by IntelCenter on Dec. 8, 2010, shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl at left. Bergdahl, a U.S. Army soldier, went missing from his outpost in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was released from Taliban captivity on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five enemy combatants held in the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

    Bergdahl Says He Was Tortured By Taliban Captors

    PARIS — U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, […]

  • Trucker Charged In Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan

    Trucker Charged In Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan

    TRENTON, N.J. — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage were in critical condition Sunday, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a deadly chain-reaction pileup.
    The former “Saturday Night Live” […]

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  • Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal 6-Car Pileup

    Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal 6-Car Pileup

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, hours after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware, authorities said.
    A limousine bus carrying […]

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    S&P 500, Dow End At Record Highs After Jobs Data

    NEW YORK – The S&P 500 and Dow ended at record highs for another session on Friday after the May payrolls report provided the latest confirmation that economic conditions were improving.
    Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial […]

  • Ukraine's President-elect Petro Proshenko (L) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during the commemoration ceremony for the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Sword beach in Ouistreham June 6, 2014. Putin and Poroshenko on Friday held their first face-to-face talks on the sidelines of a D-Day anniversary event in France and discussed a possible ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, a French official said.      REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool  (FRANCE)

    Putin, Ukraine Leader Break Crisis Ice At D-Day Event

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held their first talks on Friday since Moscow annexed Crimea, discussing ways to end their four-month conflict in a brief encounter during commemorations in France of the World War Two D-Day […]

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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, center, talk after a group photo before a luncheon as they take part in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Benouville in Normandy, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Ukraine, U.S., Russia: 3 Men Face To Face At Last

    OUISTREHAM, France — The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian presidents spoke face-to-face about ending Ukraine’s violence, a diplomatic turning point that played out Friday along the blood-soaked beaches where the Allies battled for Europe’s peace 70 years earlier.
    The Kremlin said […]

  • In this April 23, 2014 photo, Luke Gill, of Quicken Loans, left, talks with job candidate Jasmine Boykins at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. The government issues ist May jobs report on Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)

    U.S. Employers Add 217K Jobs; Rate Stays At 6.3 Pct

    WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
    Monthly job growth has now averaged 234,000 for the past […]

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center left, speaks with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., as senators emerge from a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Officials: Threat To Bergdahl’s Life Led To Action

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told senators it didn’t notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public, three congressional […]

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  • Obama, Cameron Lay Down New Markers For Putin

    Obama, Cameron Lay Down New Markers For Putin

    BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid down new markers for Russia Thursday, giving Moscow a month to meet their conditions in Ukraine or face further sanctions.
    The new thresholds for action were spelled out at […]

  • Analysis: Talks In Bergdahl Release Had Wider Goal

    Analysis: Talks In Bergdahl Release Had Wider Goal

    The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the […]

  • Blunt Reveals New Toughness In `Edge of Tomorrow’

    Blunt Reveals New Toughness In `Edge of Tomorrow’

    LOS ANGELES — What’s more scary, fighting aliens with Tom Cruise or singing in front of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp?
    Both brought butterflies to Emily Blunt’s stomach, which is how the 31-year-old actress knows when to take a role.
    “I like […]

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  • Storms Hit Midwest, ‘Dangerous Evening’ Forecast

    Storms Hit Midwest, ‘Dangerous Evening’ Forecast

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Severe weather packing large hail and heavy rain rolled into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest, including states where voters were casting ballots in primary elections.
    The National […]

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Top Military Officer: Bergdahl Case Not Closed

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question during a joint news conference with Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski at Belweder Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama: Congress Consulted On Bergdahl Exchange

    WARSAW, Poland — President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier’s freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress “for some time” about that possibility. The […]

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