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  • Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a news conference near Bunkerville, Nev., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Bundy, a Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights, lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

    Nevada Rancher Had Limited Sympathy In The West

    BUNKERVILLE, Nev.  — For a while, in certain quarters, Cliven Bundy was celebrated as a John Wayne-like throwback to the Old West – a weathered, plainspoken rancher just trying to graze his cattle and keep the government off his back. […]

  • First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad's resume during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The girl in the front row at Thursday’s event told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume saying “My dad’s been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume.” (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    First Lady Gets Resume From Girl With Jobless Dad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work […]

  • VIDEO: ​Could Sen. Warren be the next Obama?

    VIDEO: ​Could Sen. Warren be the next Obama?

    With the release of her memoir, political insiders are wondering, will Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) run for president? If she does, Warren poses the biggest threat to expect​ed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

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  • Obama: 8 Million Signed Up For Health Care

    Obama: 8 Million Signed Up For Health Care

    WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.
    Obama appeared in […]

  • “We Have Not Done Enough To Assist Ukraine”: Sen. John McCain

    “We Have Not Done Enough To Assist Ukraine”: Sen. John McCain

    April 16 – U.S. Republican Senator John McCain calls for military support for Ukraine, as he visits Lithuania. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • FILE -This Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall. Democrats in at least one tight Senate race are openly embracing the new health law’s popular features, but several others are holding back. Republicans say the somewhat upbeat news _ higher enrollments, and lower cost projections _ won’t do much to change Americans’ negative view of the health care law.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Defend ‘Obamacare’ Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

    WASHINGTON — The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.
    Activists in one Senate race are […]

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  • Reuters, Guardian US, Washington Post, Boston Globe Win Pulitzer Prizes

    Reuters, Guardian US, Washington Post, Boston Globe Win Pulitzer Prizes

    NEW YORK – Reuters won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for international reporting on the violent persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar, the Pulitzer Prize Board at Columbia University announced.
    The board commended Jason Szep and Andrew Marshall of Reuters […]

  • VIDEO: Money corrupts the democratic process

    VIDEO: Money corrupts the democratic process

    More contributions, more influence

  • Sebelius: Health Care Launch ‘Terribly Flawed’

    Sebelius: Health Care Launch ‘Terribly Flawed’

    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration’s timeline for having ready the new health care law’s online sign-up system “was just flat out wrong,” outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.
    The departing health chief […]

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    Obama: Right To Vote Under Threat In The U.S.

    NEW YORK  — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday said the GOP is threatening voting rights in America more than at any point since the passage of the historic 1965 law expanding rights at the […]

  • President Barack Obama shares a laugh with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington to announce he would nominate current Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama Announces Sebelius Resignation, Successor

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move […]

  • Obama Puts Fresh Face On Obamacare With New Health Secretary

    Obama Puts Fresh Face On Obamacare With New Health Secretary

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said on Friday he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside over the next difficult phase of his healthcare law in the months before November congressional […]

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  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. A White House official says Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Kathleen Sebelius Resigning From Top HHS post

    WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.
    Her resignation comes just one week after the […]

  • illy Ledbetter, center, applauds President Barack Obama, right, in the East Room of the White House …

    President Obama Signs Executive Order Aimed At Gender Pay Gap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday to make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with […]

  • FILE - In this April 1, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama, waves to the audience as he leaves the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, after speaking about the Affordable Care Act. At the behest of business groups, congressional Republicans quietly sought and won a recent change in Obama's health care overhaul that expands coverage options under the law, a striking departure from their customary high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember the law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    GOP Seeks Coverage Choices In Health Law They Hate

    WASHINGTON  — At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.
    Democrats describe […]

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  • In this April 3, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama listens on stage before speaking about the shooting at Fort Hood, during an event welcoming members of the U.S. teams from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in the East Room of White House in Washington.  The roller coaster of health care enrollment behind him, Obama is using a lull between foreign travel to refocus on his economic agenda, using executive actions to push for greater gender pay equality and to promote better technical skills for U.S. students.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    APNewsBreak: Obama Actions Test Workplace Ideas

    WASHINGTON — Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors, in keeping with presidents’ tradition of exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy they […]

  • President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama: Republican Budget Would Shrink Opportunity

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    WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget gives […]

  • FILE - This March 27, 2014, file photo shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government’s actions after the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Senate Panel Votes To Release CIA Torture Report

    WASHINGTON  — 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 panel voted […]

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  • Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, followed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, where they talked about the Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon vs. FEC case, in which the Court struck down limits in federal law on the aggregate campaign contributions individual donors may make to candidates, political parties, and political action committees.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Big Donors May Give Even More Under Court’s Ruling

    WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday erasing a long-standing limit on campaign donations will allow a small number of very wealthy donors to give even more than is currently the case, according to students of the complex campaign finance […]

  • Congress Sends, President Obama Bill To Aid Ukraine

    Congress Sends, President Obama Bill To Aid Ukraine

    WASHINGTON  — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill on Tuesday to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-poor Ukraine and punish Russia for its bold annexation of part of the former Soviet republic.
    Russia’s incursion into Crimea caused a […]

  • Ukraine's MP Vitali Klitschko, leader of the UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) party addresses protesters outside 10 Downing Street in London after a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Klitschko Backs Billionaire For Ukraine President

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian ex-world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko announced Saturday he will not run for president and will instead throw his support behind billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko.
    Klitschko told a congress of his UDAR party Saturday that he plans […]

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses before answering a question Friday, March 28, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, during his first news conference since his nearly two-hour back and forth with reporters in January, a day after documents revealing that the traffic jams were politically motivated were made public. Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie's own probe has concluded that he was not involved in the plot to block traffic. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    NJ Gov. Christie On Major Push To Shed Scandal

    TRENTON, N.J.– Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal.
    The usually garrulous governor and possible 2016 presidential contender had avoided news conferences and interviews for more than two months […]

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey March 28, 2014. Governor Chris Christie on Friday said the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the "Bridgegate" scandal embroiling the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    Day After Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’ Report, Port Chair, David Samson Resigns

    TRENTON, New Jersey – Governor Chris Christie on Friday said the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the “Bridgegate” scandal engulfing the potential 2016 […]

  • FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington. President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That’s a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international conference call with enrollment counselors and volunteers, while traveling in Italy. Monday is the deadline to enroll in the new insurance exchanges, although many people will still be able to take advantage of extensions announced this week.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

    Obamacare: More Than 6M Signed Up For Health Care

    WASHINGTON — Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama’s heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.
    The announcement – four days before open enrollment […]

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  • FILE -  In a March 25, 2014 , file photo New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting  in Belmar, N.J.     Christie says undergoing gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago was a "life-changing decision." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

    Christie’s Lawyer To Issue Traffic Scandal Report

    TRENTON, N.J. — The lawyer hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to review a traffic-blocking scandal that has engulfed Christie’s administration plans to release his findings.
    The lawyer, Randy Mastro, has scheduled a news conference Thursday at his New York […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wraps up a news conference on his legislative agenda, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner touched on the Ukraine crisis, relations with Russia, the NSA surveillance program, jobs and other issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Lawmakers Rush To Pass Bill To Aid Ukraine

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are rushing to get a bill to the president’s desk that would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and sanction those who had a hand in Russia’s takeover of Crimea.
    The House and Senate were poised […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a Democratic caucus luncheon. Reid said Democrats are likely to remove a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. He added that it appears that Democrats have agreed on a way to move the legislation forward without a provision affecting the International Monetary Fund. He says he feels strongly about IMF reforms, but that it’s important to assist Ukraine and hit Russia with sanctions over its military incursion into Crimea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate On Track To Pass Ukraine Aid Bill

    WASHINGTON  — The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Crimea.
    A Senate […]

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  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, accompanied by fellow GOP lawmakers, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, following a GOP caucus lunch. From left are, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. Relenting to GOP objections, Democrats have decided to remove a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Dems Remove Hurdle To Clear Passage Of Ukraine Aid

    WASHINGTON  — Democrats backed down Tuesday and removed a hurdle blocking passage of legislation to aid Ukraine and sanction Russia for its bold military incursion into Crimea.
    With tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, Senate Democrats […]

  • G7 Warns Russia Of More Sanctions If Ukraine Crisis Escalates

    G7 Warns Russia Of More Sanctions If Ukraine Crisis Escalates

    THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Crimea – U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.
    Leaders of the Group of […]

  • File- This March 13, 2014, file photo shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listening  on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing. In the aftermath of committee chairwoman Sen. Feinstein’s accusations that the CIA’s intimidating tactics and breaching of its constitutional authority for filing a criminal complaint against congressional aides, observers say the U.S. intelligence community and its congressional minders have committed serious missteps over the 13 years since the 9/11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Reid Asks For Computer Examination In CIA Dispute

    WASHINGTON  — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics […]

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  • Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Deportation Practices

    Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Deportation Practices

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of U.S. deportation practices to see whether immigration enforcement can be more humane, the White House said Thursday. In a meeting with Latino lawmakers, Obama said he was deeply concerned about the […]

  • Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

    Senators Reach Deal Extending Jobless Benefits

    WASHINGTON  — Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a      compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have                   […]

  • White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Obama welcomed Ukraine's new prime minister as the U.S. seeks to highlight ties with the former Soviet republic now caught in a diplomatic battle between East and West.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Calls For A ‘Rethinking’ On Crimea Vote

    WASHINGTON  — Counting down to a high-stakes Crimean referendum, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would “completely reject” a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goes ahead on Sunday. […]

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  • CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Washington. The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program and the agency's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department for possible legal action. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Intrigue At The Top: CIA, Senate Feud Goes Public

    WASHINGTON  — Secret reports. Vanishing documents. Whispers of crime, intimidation and cover-up.
    A quarrel between the CIA and the Senate that’s been rumbling beneath the surface for years burst into full view Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., laid it all […]

  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. talks to reporters as she leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senator: CIA Improperly Searched Computer Network

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama points out a student taking a selfie as he arrives for remarks to welcomes NCAA champion athletes to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington March 10, 2014. Invitees represented 19 sports often less-heralded than the NCAA's big-ticket football and basketball champions, such as soccer, lacrosse, golf, track and fencing. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SPORT)

    White House Has Optimistic Growth Forecast For 2014, 2015

    WASHINGTON  – The White House on Monday forecast more robust economic growth in 2014 than last year and a further pickup in the economy for 2015.
    Under a White House projection, the U.S. economy is expected to expand by 3.1 percent this […]

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  • U.S. Senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force gather before holding the Senate floor to urge action on climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

    U.S. Senate Democrats Pulling All-Nighter On Climate Change

    WASHINGTON  – More than two dozen U.S. Senate Democrats joined forces to speak through the night on Monday, hoping to “wake up” Congress to what is seen as the threat of climate change.
    “Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and overwhelming public opinion, […]

  • Graphic shows Gallup poll of U.S. adults who say they lack health insurance; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;

    Obamacare: Health Law Cited As U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops

    WASHINGTON  — The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics – a big pool of potential beneficiaries.
    With just three […]

  • Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Former IRS Official Refuses To Testify At Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing Wednesday that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.
    Lois Lerner headed […]

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