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  • FILE - This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, in this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo. Newly released federal figures, as of Nov. 30, 2013, show more people are picking private insurance plans or being routed to Medicaid programs in states with Democratic leaders who have fully embraced the federal health care law than in states where Republican elected officials have derisively rejected what they call "Obamacare." (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

    Federal Data Show Health Disparities Among States

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state.
    The discrepancy may trace back […]

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a state-of-the-nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Putin Defends Russian Conservative Values

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil.
    Putin’s state-of-the nation address also contained a strong warning to those abroad […]

  • Gridlock In The Senate, Progress In The House

    Gridlock In The Senate, Progress In The House

    WASHINGTON  — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that.
    Gridlock, however briefly, took an early holiday in the bitterly polarized, Republican-run House.
    But […]

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  • House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Negotiators reached the modest budget agreement to restore about $65 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses by week's end. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Republicans Signal Support For Budget Deal

    WASHINGTON  — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the […]

  • Bipartisan Negotiators Reach Modest Budget Pact

    Bipartisan Negotiators Reach Modest Budget Pact

    WASHINGTON  — Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown […]

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    President Obama To Tell Feds To Boost Renewable Electricity

    WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
    Obama says the plan will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and […]

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  • President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and growing economic inequality, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Washington. The president said the income gap between America's rich and poor is a "defining challenge of our time."  Obama said income inequality has jeopardized the nation's middle class. And he is urging Washington to take steps to ensure that the economy works for everyone.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    President Obama: Income Inequality A Defining Challenge

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty. “That […]

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool)

    Biden: U.S.-China Ties Rely On Trust, Good Motives

    BEIJING — Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other’s motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the new health care law, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The President argued that his health law is preventing insurance discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and is allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage until age 26. On stage with the president are Americans the White House says have gained as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Obama: Health Care Law Is Working

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to regroup from his health care law’s disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.
    “We’re […]

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  • President Barack Obama in Rose Garden of the White House.  At right is Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey Zients.

    HealthCare.gov Says It Got 1 Million Visitors Monday

    The federal healthcare exchange website HealthCare.gov got one million visitors Monday, the day of its well-publicized relaunch, according to a tweet from the website.

    HealthCare.gov        ✔ @HealthCareGov

    1 million visits to http://HC.gov  yesterday. Site stable, faster for users.
    6:20 AM – 3 Dec […]

  • President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a world AIDS Day event, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Obama Ready To Move Past Health Care Website Problems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public’s attention on broader benefits […]

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (L) inspect the headquarters of internet commerce and mobile games provider DeNA Co with the company's founder Tomoko Namba in Tokyo December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

    Biden Urges Japan, China To Lower Tensions Over Air Defense Zone

    TOKYO  – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Japan andChina to find ways to reduce tensions that spiked after Beijing proclaimed an air defense zone over disputed isles in the East China Sea, while repeating Washington was “deeply concerned” by […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

    With Website Improved, Obama To Pitch Health Plan

     

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama will try to sell the American people on the relaunch of his troubled healthcare program on Tuesday in a bid to restore confidence in his signature domestic policy initiative and, more broadly, in his presidency.
    Obama […]

  • VIDEO: Croatians Vote To Ban Gay Marriage

    VIDEO: Croatians Vote To Ban Gay Marriage

    Sunday, 65 percent voted to define marriage in Croatia as being between one man and one woman.

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 photo, attorney Iara Rodriguez, surrounded by paintings by Puerto Rican artists, sits at her home in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Rodriguez moved to Florida in January 2013, joining a record number of Puerto Ricans who have left the island in recent years, the majority landing in Florida. Most are fleeing Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, yet their presence on the mainland is drawing newfound attention to an age-old question back home of whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state, remain a territory or become independent.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

    In Florida, Puerto Ricans Want Equality Back Home

    MIAMI (AP) — Puerto Rican attorney Iara Rodriguez waved campaign signs and cheered at the 2012 Democratic Convention as President Barack Obama was nominated. But the delegate’s euphoria faded when she returned home and, like everyone else living in Puerto […]

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  • In this Nov. 25, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama, left, stops his speech and turns around in response to an unidentified man, right, who heckled him about anti-deportation policies, at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. Obama stopped his speech about immigration reform to let this man, who was located directly behind Obama, speak and would respond to his questions. Advocates are frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration. Increasingly, they’re focus is on President Barack Obama. The outside groups are demanding that Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations or provide some relief to many of the 11 million immigrants living here illegally.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Advocates Press Obama To Act On Immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with the failure of House Republicans to tackle immigration, advocates are demanding that President Barack Obama use his powers as chief executive to stop deportations or provide some relief to many of the 11 million immigrants […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough listens as President Barack Obama speaks at FBI Headquarters in Washington. McDonough had been pushed to the edge by health care advocates anxious over the disastrous rollout of the health care law. For weeks, President Barack Obama and White House officials had been apologizing for and promising fixes to a faulty website and an unmet promise to insurance holders that they could keep their policies. “I’ve had too much humble pie,” a frustrated McDonough said after yet another hand-wringing meeting. “That was the last slice. I’m full.”  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama’s Gatekeeper Now Point Man On Health Care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was ready to vent.
    “I’ve had too much humble pie,” he fumed, striding into a top aide’s West Wing office. “That was the last slice. I’m full.”
    McDonough had just finished another […]

  • FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. speaks at Capitol Hill in Washington. Key Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of Iran sanctions and impose new ones if Tehran doesn’t make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration’s fears about upending its diplomatic momentum. Menendez and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., hope to have the bill ready for other lawmakers to consider when the Senate returns Dec. 9 from its two-week recess, according to legislative aides. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Senators Writing New Sanctions In Case Iran Cheats

    WASHINGTON — Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn’t make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration’s […]

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  • President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks about immigration reform, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. Obama is traveling on a three day West Coast swing to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles that will feature a bit of official business but mostly fundraising for the Democratic party. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

    Poll Numbers Down, Obama Tells Donors To Buck Up

    SAN FRANCISCO  — Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up while making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the […]

  • FILE - This Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, called for Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Fla.’s GOP Chair Calls On Radel To Step Down

    MIAMI  (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday called for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction.
    Chairman Lenny Curry joined a growing number of Republican leaders from Radel’s district demanding his […]

  • Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. Obama is traveling on a three day West Coast swing to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles that will feature a bit of official business but mostly fundraising for the Democratic party. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Pushes Back Against Critics Of Iran Deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran’s disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States “cannot close the door on diplomacy.”
    The president’s remarks followed skepticism of the historic […]

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, visit the media seating area of Kerry's aircraft as it sits on the tarmac at Geneva International airport before leaving for London, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. A deal has been reached between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, the French and Iranian foreign ministers said early Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    Congress Plans Tough Iran Sanctions If Deal Fails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed-up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the accord falls apart.
    In an early morning […]

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Dennis Rodman gestues during an interview after a promotional event to pitch a vodka brand in Chicago. Rodman looked fit and at ease, not squirming even once _ a childhood habit that earned the nickname "The Worm." He said he wouldn't talk about his relationship with Kim or North Korean politics, including its horrific human-rights record and secretive nuclear weapons program.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Obama, Cyrus Among GQ’s Least Influential List

    LOS ANGELES  — Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ’s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.
    The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., at far right, defends the Senate Democrats’ vote to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid complained that Republican gridlock has prevented the chamber from functioning, while his GOP counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Democrats Vote To Curb Filibusters On Appointees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives […]

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  • VIDEO: Congressman Trey Radel Takes Leave Of Absence

    VIDEO: Congressman Trey Radel Takes Leave Of Absence

    Florida Rep. Trey Radel said he will be donating his salary to a charity and taking a leave of absence to deal with his drug and alcohol problems.

  • This photo taken with a cellphone shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla. leaving court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, leaving court after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)

    Fla’s Rep Radel Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge

    WASHINGTON  — Florida Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year’s probation.
    “I’ve hit a bottom where I realize I need help,” Radel told a judge in acknowledging […]

  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford stands with his wife, Renata, at a news conference in Toronto. While the spotlight shines brightly on Toronto's embattled and erratic mayor, Rob Ford's wife and two children have remained almost invisible. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    Amid Chaos, Toronto Mayor’s Family Shuns Spotlight

    TORONTO (AP) — While the spotlight shines brightly on Toronto’s embattled and erratic mayor, Rob Ford’s wife and two children have remained almost invisible – save for one embarrassing incident. Little is known about his family, although it is clear […]

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  • FILE - This Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Radel has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington. District of Columbia court records show charges against Radel were filed Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of 6 months in prison and a fine of $1,000. Radel was arrested on Oct. 29, according to court records. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Florida Congressman Charged With Cocaine Possession

    WASHINGTON  — Florida Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel has been charged with cocaine possession after what a federal law enforcement official described Tuesday as a “buy and bust” operation.
    In a statement expressing regret, the 37-year-old Republican freshman lawmaker said he struggles […]

  • In a Sept. 25, 2009 photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds spends time with his son Gus, left, on the road to Halifax, Va., between campaign events.  Virginia State Police confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 that Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and his son Gus, 24, was shot and killed at Deeds' Home in Bath County, Va., during a Tuesday morning assault.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Hyunsoo Leo Kim)   MAGS OUT

    Va. Senator Stabbed; Son Dies Of Apparent Suicide

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  — Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009 despite his reserved demeanor and humble farmland roots, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said.
    Gus Deeds, 24, was found […]

 
 

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