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  • Obamacare Votes: House Republicans Seek Delay On Key Health Care Law Components

    Obamacare Votes: House Republicans Seek Delay On Key Health Care Law Components

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, emboldened by the administration’s concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
    The House […]

  • Bernanke Tells Congress Fed Flexible On Bond Buying

    Bernanke Tells Congress Fed Flexible On Bond Buying

    WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday the U.S. central bank still expects to start scaling back its massive bond purchase program later this year, but he left open the option of changing that plan if the […]

  • Vehicle Records Taken By Law Enforcement Agencies Across America: ACLU

    Vehicle Records Taken By Law Enforcement Agencies Across America: ACLU

    WASHINGTON — Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.
    Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across […]

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out of a helicopter window during his visit to Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region July 16, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Aleksey Nikolskyi

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Puts U.S. Ties Above Snowden

    MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave his clearest signal yet that he will not let a dispute over the fate of former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden derail Russia’s relations with the United States.
    But a lawyer assisting Snowden, […]

  • VIDEO: Holder Analiza Cargos Federales Contra Zimmerman

    VIDEO: Holder Analiza Cargos Federales Contra Zimmerman

    El Fiscal General, Eric Holder, señaló que sí analizan presentar cargos federales contra George Zimmerman.

  • Obama Says Immigration Bill Unlikely To Pass House Before August Break

    Obama Says Immigration Bill Unlikely To Pass House Before August Break

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama on Tuesday for the first time admitted that it was unlikely that the Republican-led House of Representatives would pass sweeping immigration reforms before lawmakers left Washington for a month-long break in August.
    In television interviews taped […]

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  • Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WY, ranking Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, talks to reporters on  Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday,April 24, 2012, about trying to nullify new labor regulations that would speed up the time frame for unions to hold workplace elections.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Mike Enzi Gets GOP Committee Support Over Liz Cheney

    WASHINGTON — The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee says the organization will back Sen. Mike Enzi over challenger Liz Cheney in the campaign for the Republican nomination in Wyoming.
    Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas told reporters on Tuesday that, […]

  • Liz Cheney To Challenge Mike Enzi In 2014

    Liz Cheney To Challenge Mike Enzi In 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator in next year’s Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday.
    Liz Cheney, 46, is the elder of Dick Cheney’s two daughters. Her announcement is […]

  • UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 14: House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks at a press conference to unveil the GAO's biennial list of entities and programs identified as "high risk" for waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement. (Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

    IRS Interviews Show No Political Bias Against Tea Party Groups

    WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – A top Democrat investigating U.S. Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative groups on Tuesday said interviews with 15 agency employees had found no hint of White House involvement, challenging Republicans on a lingering controversy.
    Moving to […]

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  • UNITED STATES - MARCh 12: Richard Cordray during the full committee hearing on the nominations of Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Mary Jo White, to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

    Richard Cordray Cloture Vote Threshold Passed, Nomination Advances In Senate

     
    WASHINGTON — The Senate has voted to end a two-year Republican blockade that was preventing Richard Cordray from winning confirmation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    Tuesday’s 71-29 vote came minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that […]

  • Senators Scramble To Cut Deal On Nominees, Avoid Showdown

    Senators Scramble To Cut Deal On Nominees, Avoid Showdown

    WASHINGTON  – Senators neared a deal on Tuesday to avert a showdown over threats by Democrats to strip Republicans of their power to block executive-branch nominees with procedural roadblocks known as filibusters, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced.
    “We may have […]

  • Snowden Applies For Temporary Asylum In Russia, Lawyer Says

    Snowden Applies For Temporary Asylum In Russia, Lawyer Says

    MOSCOW — A Russian lawyer says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has asked for temporary asylum in Russia.
    Anatoly Kucherena said that Snowden submitted the asylum request Tuesday to Russia’s Federal Migration Service. The service had no immediate comment.
    He […]

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  • Harry Reid Warns Of Using Senate ‘Nuclear Option’ On Filibusters

    Harry Reid Warns Of Using Senate ‘Nuclear Option’ On Filibusters

    WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Republicans on Monday that if they do not permit seven of President Barack Obama’s executive-branch nominees to be confirmed, he would move to strip the Republicans of their power to stop such nominations […]

  • Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Greenwald, The Guardian journalist who first reported Edward Snowden's disclosures of U.S. surveillance programs says the former National Security Agency analyst has "very specific blueprints of how the NSA do what they do." (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Has Sensitive NSA ‘Blueprints’

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday.
    Glenn […]

  • Senior Republican Says U.S. Must Step Up Efforts To Get Snowden

    Senior Republican Says U.S. Must Step Up Efforts To Get Snowden

    WASHINGTON – A key congressional Republican said on Sunday that the Obama administration must step up efforts and exert “any and all pressure” on Russia to get it to hand over Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor turned fugitive leaker.
    “I’m […]

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  • VIDEO: Spitzer on Leno Show : “Hubris Was Terminal”

    VIDEO: Spitzer on Leno Show : “Hubris Was Terminal”

    Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as New York’s governor amid a prostitution scandal in 2008, sounded a note of contrition on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” Spitzer recently announced that he’s running for NYC comptroller. (July 13)

  • Snowden Agrees To Stop Leaks

    Snowden Agrees To Stop Leaks

    MOSCOW — Russian immigration officials said Saturday they have not received an application from Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency leaker who wants to get asylum in Russia.
    Snowden came to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport on June 23 from Hong […]

  • President Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday, May 15, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    White House: Prosecution Not Always The Best Way To Address Leaks

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who has overseen a record number of leak prosecutions during his time in office, has directed his team to look into alternative ways to crack down on leaks without bringing criminal charges, a White House spokesman told […]

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  • Janet Napolitano Leaving Homeland Security Post For Academic Post

    Janet Napolitano Leaving Homeland Security Post For Academic Post

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce her resignation on Friday, according to Reuters and theLos Angeles Times.
    The LA Times reports Napolitano will head to the University of California system to serve as its president:
    Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after […]

  • Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (C) and Sarah Harrison (L) of WikiLeaks speak to human rights representatives in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport July 12, 2013. Snowden is seeking More...
Credit: REUTERS/Human Rights Watch/Handout

    Fugitive Snowden To Seek Temporary Asylum In Russia

     

    MOSCOW  – Ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, encamped at a Russian airport evading the reach of U.S. authorities, said on Friday he had sacrificed a comfortable life in disclosing U.S. spying secrets but had no regrets.
    “A little over one month ago, […]

  • Human Rights Groups Summoned To Meet Fugitive Snowden

    Human Rights Groups Summoned To Meet Fugitive Snowden

    MOSCOW – Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden asked to meet human rights groups at a Moscow airport on Friday to discuss what he called threatening and illegal behavior by the United States to prevent him gaining asylum.
    Human rights activists […]

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  • Fugitive Snowden Says U.S. Officials Preventing His Asylum

    Fugitive Snowden Says U.S. Officials Preventing His Asylum

    MOSCOW – Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden said U.S. officials have been waging a campaign to prevent him from taking up offers of asylum, he said in a letter sent to a Human Rights Watch official and posted on Facebook.
    In […]

  • Immigration reform: What happens next? (VIDEO)

    Immigration reform: What happens next? (VIDEO)

    The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson hosts a Google Hangout on immigration reform and its tumultuous road ahead in the House.

  • Is Edward Snowden Trapped?

    Is Edward Snowden Trapped?

    An air escape from Moscow unlikely for NSA leaker Edward Snowden …
    [button-black text=”READ MORE” Full Story” url=”http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/10/196362/trapped-an-air-escape-from-moscow.html#.Ud7ep2Q6XKA”]  Full Story At  McClatchy

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  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) addresses reporters after the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Senate heads toward showdown on Obama nominees

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said he will hold votes next week on a number of President Barack Obama’s embattled executive-branch nominees, setting up a showdown with Republicans over rules used to block confirmations.
    Unless Republicans […]

  • A man who did not want to be identified signs a petition to put Eliot Spitzer, right, on the ballot for New York City Comptroller in New York, Monday, July 8, 2013. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who stepped down in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, says he is planning a political comeback with a run for New York City comptroller.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Spitzer: Petition Signatures Collection For NYC Comptroller Campaign ‘Going Well’

    NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer’s fledgling bid to return to politics is hours away from a key deadline. Thousands of petition signatures are due only four days after he launched his New York City comptroller campaign.
    The scandal-scarred ex-governor has until […]

  • President Barack Obama waves on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Sunday, July 7, 2013, as he returns from the presidential retreat of Camp David, Md. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS/JACQUELYN MARTIN

    Obama Pushes House Republicans On Immigration Reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama jumped into the immigration debate on Wednesday, releasing a report touting economic benefits from reform and meeting with Hispanic lawmakers, as House of Representatives Republicans gathered to try to craft their response.
    The release of the […]

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  • VIDEO: Call force-feeding what it is: torture

    VIDEO: Call force-feeding what it is: torture

    What the U.S. is doing to Guantanamo detainees on hunger strikes.

  • A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled "The Impact of Obamacare", at a "Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally" in Littleton, New Hampshire in this October 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi//Files

    Republicans Press White House To Delay Key Obamacare Mandate

    WASHINGTON  – Congressional Republicans pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to delay a requirement under his healthcare law for Americans to obtain insurance next year after the administration gave employers a one-year reprieve from having to provide it to staff.
    The U.S. […]

  • Wisconsin Abortion Law Signed By Gov. Scott Walker Blocked By Judge

    Wisconsin Abortion Law Signed By Gov. Scott Walker Blocked By Judge

    MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday evening to block enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.
    U.S. District Judge William Conley granted […]

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  • Congress Delays U.S. Aid To Syrian Rebels

    Congress Delays U.S. Aid To Syrian Rebels

    WASHINGTON – Congressional committees are holding up a plan to send U.S. weapons to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of fears that such arms deliveries will not be decisive and might end up in the hands of Islamist […]

  • This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

    This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

    Very simply then: There are currently over 100 inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are carrying out a hunger strike. On July 5, the Guardian reported that approximately 45 of those on strike are “being fed enterally” — or, to use the lay term, […]

  • Adm. William McRaven Shields Files About Raid On Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout From The Public

    Adm. William McRaven Shields Files About Raid On Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout From The Public

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded […]

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  • Egyptian PM Deadlock Drags On As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest

    Egyptian PM Deadlock Drags On As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest

    CAIRO  – Deadlock over Egypt’s interim prime minister entered a third day on Monday after the Islamist Nour Party rejected candidates for interim prime minister, prolonging the impasse amid huge protests that turned violent and killed more than 35.

    Egypt’s military, […]

  • Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Unpopular: Poll

    Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Unpopular: Poll

    Americans have mixed feelings about the Supreme Court’s latest rulings, with a majority disapproving of its opinion on the Voting Rights Act, but in favor of two pro-gay marriage opinions, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.
    Just a third said […]

  • U.S. To Delay Key Health-Reform Provision To 2015

    U.S. To Delay Key Health-Reform Provision To 2015

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. administration on Tuesday said it will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a move that delays a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year.
    The delay, which […]

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  • Protesters rally before the start of a special session of the Legislature in Austin, Texas July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone

    Opponents of Texas abortion restrictions rally at Capitol

    AUSTIN, Texas  – Thousands of opponents of a Texas proposal to tighten abortion restrictions rallied outside the statehouse on Monday, giving a hero’s welcome to Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour speech stalled the measure last week.
    As the Republican-dominated […]

  • Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

    Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

    WASHINGTON — College students taking out new loans for the fall term will see interest rates twice what they were in the spring – unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns after the July 4 […]

  • George W. Bush Defends PRISM

    George W. Bush Defends PRISM

    Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program that began under his administration but remained secret until The Washington Postand The Guardian revealed its existence last month.
    “I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties […]

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