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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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 […]

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