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  • Samantha Power Confirmed As Next U.N. Ambassador

    Samantha Power Confirmed As Next U.N. Ambassador

    WASHINGTON — The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a cluster of vacancies in the president’s […]

  • Russia Grants Snowden A Year’s Asylum, Summit In Doubt

    Russia Grants Snowden A Year’s Asylum, Summit In Doubt

    MOSCOW  – Russia granted American fugitive Edward Snowden a year’s asylum on Thursday, allowing the former U.S. spy agency contractor to slip quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after more than five weeks in limbo but angering the United States.
    The White House, […]

  • Fugitive Snowden Slips Out Of Moscow Airport For Secret Location

    Fugitive Snowden Slips Out Of Moscow Airport For Secret Location

    MOSCOW – Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after securing temporary asylum in Russia, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area.
    A Russian lawyer who has been […]

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  • VIDEO: One minute for Anthony Weiner

    VIDEO: One minute for Anthony Weiner

    We’re so sick of talking about the fourth-place New York City mayoral candidate. But it must be done, so we’re setting a timer.

  • Congress Finally Votes To Cut Student Loan Interest Rates

    Congress Finally Votes To Cut Student Loan Interest Rates

    WASHINGTON – U.S. college students will likely pay a reduced interest rate of 3.86 percent on their student loans for the new school year, after lawmakers on Wednesday finally passed a compromise bill that would reverse a recent rate hike.
    The […]

  • Snowden Took Job With Access To NSA Information Because Of Sequestration, Father Says

    Snowden Took Job With Access To NSA Information Because Of Sequestration, Father Says

    In an interview with the Washington Post, Lon Snowden — father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden — said sequestration can be blamed for his son getting access to secret data. The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon reports:
    Edward has said he took his […]

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  • U.S. releases documents on phone surveillance programs

    U.S. releases documents on phone surveillance programs

    By Deborah Charles and Patricia Zengerle | Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:08am EDT (Reuters)

    WASHINGTON  – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world […]

  • Senators John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (R) confer at the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

    Obama Asks Republican Senators McCain, Graham To Visit Egypt

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama has asked two senior Republican senators to travel to Egypt to meet with its military leaders and the opposition, as Cairo’s allies struggle with how to address the turmoil convulsing the country.
    Senator John McCain and Lindsey […]

  • Obama Proposes ‘Grand Bargain’ On Corporate Tax Rate

    Obama Proposes ‘Grand Bargain’ On Corporate Tax Rate

    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee – President Barack Obama proposed a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs” on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions of dollars in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed […]

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  • Carlos Danger aka Anthony Weiner Drops To Fourth Place In New York Mayoral Poll

    Carlos Danger aka Anthony Weiner Drops To Fourth Place In New York Mayoral Poll

     
    Anthony Weiner has dropped from the front of the pack to fourth place in the Democratic primary for New York City’s mayoral race, a poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University finds, with voters increasingly viewing his personal history as a legitimate issue […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    Obama and Syria: a trail of half-steps, mixed messages

    WASHINGTON – As the Syrian civil war deepened and anti-government rebels struggled to unify their fractious forces, the White House early last year quietly convened an elite group of senior policymakers to advise President Barack Obama.
    Their unusual mandate: think outside […]

  • A television screen shows former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport July 24, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva

    U.S. Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

    WASHINGTON – A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously on Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions againstRussia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow […]

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  • Eric Holder Wants Texas Voting Law Changes To Be Cleared By U.S.

    Eric Holder Wants Texas Voting Law Changes To Be Cleared By U.S.

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it will open a new front in the battle for voter protections, a response to last month’s Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to the Voting Rights Act.
    In a speech to […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    President Obama Seeks Second-Term Jolt With Economic Speech

    GALESBURG, Illinois – U.S. President Barack Obama sought to inject momentum into his economic and domestic policy agenda on Wednesday with a speech designed to clarify his vision for his second term and hammer Republicans in the House of Representatives […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23:  Anthony Weiner (C), a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands with his wife Huma Abedin at a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin Face New Sexting Scandal Together

    NEW YORK — When a heckled, harried Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress and apologized for the explicit text messages that had destroyed his career, a key figure was notably absent: his then-pregnant wife, Huma Abedin.
    On Tuesday, there was Weiner again, […]

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  • WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an Organizing for Action event at the Mandarin Oriental hotel July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

    President Obama To Focus Attention On The Economy With Speeches

    WASHINGTON — Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still […]

  • VIDEO: Anthony Weiner is ‘Carlos Danger’ in Latest Sexcapade

    VIDEO: Anthony Weiner is ‘Carlos Danger’ in Latest Sexcapade

    Anthony Weiner is back with more scandals. This time he has been using the alias “Carlos Danger” and interacting with a young woman who goes by the name of “Sydney Leathers.” WIll he go on to be the mayor of […]

  • Caroline Kennedy (AP)

    AP Sources: Caroline Kennedy Chosen As U.S. Ambassador To Japan By Obama

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan on Wednesday.
    That’s according to two people with knowledge of the nomination who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they […]

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  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Anthony D. Weiner is seen in the West Village on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)

    Anthony Weiner Responds To New Sex Scandal Accusations

    Anthony Weiner responded to new sexting allegations on Tuesday following claims from nightlife website “The Dirty” that the former congressman had engaged in sex chats with a 22-year-old woman in 2012.
    The mayoral candidate released the following statement:
    I said that other texts and […]

  • Downtown Detroit is seen looking south along Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan July 21, 2013. REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook

    Legal Wrangling Shadows Detroit Bankruptcy Filing

    LANSING, Michigan – The tug of war over whether Detroit legally could file for municipal bankruptcy continues this week as the city seeks an initial hearing in U.S. federal court to put on hold challenges to the filing in Michigan […]

  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) pauses during remarks to reporters in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

    Boehner Refuses To Take Stand On Key Immigration Provision

    WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner refused on Sunday to say whether a comprehensive immigration overhaul should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, declaring that the House debate is “not about me.”
    Boehner, appearing on CBS’s […]

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  • Tavis Smiley On Obama’s Trayvon Martin Speech: ‘He Was Pushed To That Podium’ (VIDEO)

    Tavis Smiley On Obama’s Trayvon Martin Speech: ‘He Was Pushed To That Podium’ (VIDEO)

    Tavis Smiley on Sunday’s “Meet The Press,” criticized President Obama
     
    The PBS host added to his criticism on “Meet the Press.” He said:
    I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a […]

  • An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland. REUTERS/NSA/Handout via Reuters

    U.S. Court Renews Surveillance Program Exposed By Snowden

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. government said on Friday a secret court that oversees intelligence activities granted its request to continue a telephone surveillance program – one of the two data collection efforts leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden.
    The Office […]

  • President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Washington, about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) / AP

    Obama Asks ‘Soul Searching’ After Martin Shooting

    WASHINGTON – Looking for positive lessons to draw from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama said Friday the nation needs to do some “soul-searching,” look for ways to bolster African-American boys and examine state and local laws to […]

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  • Protesters against drone strikes walk along the highway with a model of a drone in an attempt to deliver a letter to U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan as they gather outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Judge Weighs Rights Of U.S. Citizens In Drone Strikes

    WASHINGTON  – A federal judge fired difficult questions at the Obama administration and at civil liberties lawyers on Friday in a court case about whether U.S. citizens abroad targeted in drone strikes can seek compensation from the government.
    At a hearing […]

  • Senators Reach Deal To Move Student Loans To Market Rates

    Senators Reach Deal To Move Student Loans To Market Rates

    WASHINGTON – A coalition of Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached a tentative deal with President Barack Obama that would roll back a recent spike in interest rates on new federal loans for college students and instead move the loans […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks as Assistant Attorney General of Justice Department's civil rights division Thomas Perez (R) listens during a personnel announcement March 18, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama has nominated Perez to succeed Hilda Solis as the next labor secretary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Thomas Perez Confirmed As Labor Secretary By Senate

    WASHINGTON — A divided Senate confirmed Thomas Perez on Thursday to become secretary of labor, elevating the son of Dominican immigrants who as a top Justice Department official won praise from Democrats for aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and criticism […]

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  • Russia Jails Top Opposition Leader; Putin Denounced As Dictator

    Russia Jails Top Opposition Leader; Putin Denounced As Dictator

     
    By Gabriela Baczynska
    KIROV, Russia  – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft on Thursday, an unexpectedly tough punishment which supporters said proved President Vladimir Putin was a dictator ruling by repression.

    Navalny, an anti-corruption […]

  • Obamacare Speech By President To Highlight Benefits For Health Insurance Consumers

    Obamacare Speech By President To Highlight Benefits For Health Insurance Consumers

    President Barack Obama will again seek to seize control of the debate over his health care reform law during remarks Thursday that will emphasize Obamacare’s benefits for people who buy health insurance, senior administration officials said during a conference call […]

  • Biden Hints At Possibility Of A Presidential Run In 2016

    Biden Hints At Possibility Of A Presidential Run In 2016

    WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden says he might run for president in 2016, and one of the factors he will consider in making his decision is whether he has as much energy then as he does now.
    Biden, 70, gave […]

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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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