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Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

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151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero

More than 151 years after his heroic service at Gettysburg during the Civil War, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously, the…

Paul Ryan at RNC 2012


First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow

Rep. Paul Ryan's first solo book sold 6,266 copies in its first week of publication, according to Nielsen Bookscan data provided to CNN by a publisher.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney's 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario

Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb and Dumber" scenario.

Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler

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New French government announced

A new French government was announced Tuesday, one day after it dissolved amid turmoil among top ministers.

Bill and Melinda Gates

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Bill Gates, wife give $1 million to gun control

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have together donated $1 million to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a gun control advocacy…

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

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Former FBI Director Freeh still hospitalized

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was seriously injured and hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident in Vermont, state police said.

Vermont State Police said…

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Obama announces new efforts for vets

President Barack Obama detailed Tuesday how his administration is attempting to rectify shortfalls in caring for war veterans, just as new threats abroad…

Obama discusses Syria, Situation Room

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Signs point to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the White House insists.

More and more, though, the…

Phoenix VA Medical Center


Scathing report slams veterans' care

A lengthy report on wait times at VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had "clinically significant delays" in care, and six of them…

Burning of the White House

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UK sorry for marking 200 years since WH burned

Who knew the War of 1812 could inflame passions in the age of Twitter? The British Embassy in Washington has apologized after tweeting a photo marking the…

Rick Perry

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Democratic operative joins Perry legal team

Texas Gov. Rick Perry added another high-powered lawyer to his team fighting a felony indictment against him, but this addition is just as much about sending a…

Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler

Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

French government dissolved amid turmoil

The French government was dissolved Monday amid turmoil among top ministers.

James Foley


UK close to identifying James Foley's killer

British officials "are close" to identifying the ISIS militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, according to Britain's ambassador to the United…

Al Sharpton


Calls to not let Michael Brown 'moment' pass

One day before thousands are expected to gather for the funeral of Michael Brown, political and civil rights leaders don't appear ready to let the moment pass.

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Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the…

Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill

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As vacation winds down, Obama faces calls for stronger leadership on ISIS

On President Barack Obama's last day of a troubled vacation, politicians criticized his leadership and called for action in the growing threat of terrorist…

John McCain


Republicans urge airstrikes in Syria

Republicans in Congress have begun their most forceful push yet in urging President Barack Obama to begin a military campaign into Syria to defeat the Islamic…

Obama ISIS speech serious face

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Hit ISIS targets in Syria? Not so fast

As President Barack Obama decides whether to strike ISIS inside Syria, he has political considerations as well.

Police in Ferguson

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Obama: Review military equipment for police

As debates swirl about the "militarization of police," President Barack Obama has ordered a review of programs enabling state and local law enforcement to buy…

Rick Perry

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Perry slams Obama during NH appearances

Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama's foreign policy failures.

Jim Webb


Webb: One show not enough to fully criticize Clinton's record

Democrat Jim Webb needs more than one show if you want him to critique Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state.

Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Chris Keane

Perry's lawyers call cancer research accusation 'red herring'

Rick Perry's lawyers pushed back against a central accusation by Democrats that the Texas governor's office was being investigated about questionable funding…

Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Chris Keane

Perry: It's possible ISIS has crossed southern border

It's a "very real possibility" that individuals with the extremist group ISIS may have crossed into the United States at the southern border, Texas Gov. Rick…

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In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared

Returning to New Hampshire for the first time since his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he has learned "some really,…

Elizabeth Warren

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Warren, through lawyer, disavows Ready for Warren

Elizabeth Warren is not Ready for Warren.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Warren fully disavowed herself of Ready for Warren, a super PAC…

Romney in NYC

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Romney: Clinton won't be able to distance herself from Obama

Mitt Romney feels vindicated by Hillary Clinton.

Harry Reid


Reid cracks Asian jokes, apologizes

Harry Reid, who faulted his 2010 Republican opponent for making an insensitive remark to Asian-Americans, cracked two Asian-themed jokes at a Las Vegas event…

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Ryan gleefully dumps ice water on Romney

"It is cold." That's what Mitt Romney said, letting out a slight chuckle after his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, dumped a bucket of ice water on his…

Iraq air strikes car destroyed

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Hagel: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen'

America's top defense officials left open the possibility of targeting ISIS fighters in Syria, saying during a news briefing Thursday that it was not enough…

Scott Brown

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N.H. Poll: Brown, Shaheen statistically tied

Republican Scott Brown appears to be closing the gap in his U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, according to a new…

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Judge strikes Florida's same-sex marriage ban

Gay and lesbian rights advocates continued their undefeated run Thursday when a federal judge ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional --…

Gay couple, same-sex couple

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US Supreme Court puts Va. gay marriage on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That…

James Foley in bushes

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White House: No concessions to hostage takers

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden tells CNN that U.S. policy on ransom for hostage takers is clear. She said Thursday that it "does not…

AG Holder in Ferguson

Obama and Holder hone messages on race issues

They are the nation's first African-American President and attorney general, so Barack Obama and Eric Holder always were going to face extra scrutiny over…

Hillary Clinton 2008

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'Obama third term' label could hurt Clinton

Very few confidants and former aides were frenzied when Hillary Clinton came under fire for questions about her age, health and wealth.

Their view, for the most…

George W Bush ice bucket challenge

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George W. Bush takes the ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone presidential.

Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Chris Keane

Rick Perry hits the road

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in court on Friday, but he won't be there. Instead, he'll be testing the waters for a possible presidential run.

Obama and Holder discuss Ferguson

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Holder's pitch for easing tension in Ferguson

After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into issues of race, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Missouri, as…

Police in Ferguson


Pentagon looks at police militarization issue

The sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the law enforcement response has sparked a debate about what some call the "militarization of police,…

Jim Jeffords


Former Sen. Jim Jeffords dies

Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he bolted from the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

The former Vermont lawmaker had…

Hillary Clinton greets crowd

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Hillary Clinton makes big political move, heads to Iowa

Hillary Clinton will headline Sen. Tom Harkin's Iowa Steak Fry next month, according to organizers, a move the steps up Clinton's political activity ahead of…

Al Gore


Al Gore sues Al Jazeera

Al Gore says Al Jazeera America is withholding $65 million from Current Media shareholders after buying the cable channel last year, and he's gone to court to…

Julian Assange on Ecuadorian embassy balcony

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Assange to leave Ecuadorian Embassy 'soon'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he'll leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London "soon" after living there for two years to avoid extradition to Sweden.


Missouri governor Jay Nixon

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Nixon: Ferguson police were 'aggressive'

Gov. Jay Nixon is criticizing the "over-militarization" of the police response to protests that have been spurred by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown…

Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Chris Keane

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vows to fight charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling his indictment politically motivated, vowed Saturday to fight charges he abused his power by trying to pressure a district…

Rick Perry

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Perry has no regrets about veto

In a defiant interview on "Fox News Sunday," Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said again that despite a recent indictment, he wouldn't take back the veto threat that…

Soldier in Iraq

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Rogers: 'Never say never' for combat troops

Republican Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN Sunday he'll "never say never" to the possibility of U.S. combat troops returning to the ground in Iraq to fight Islamic…

John Kerry Middle East negotiations


Germany recorded Clinton, Kerry calls

Germany's intelligence service has intercepted phone calls by two U.S. secretaries of state, German media reports reveal.

The news comes several months after…

Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush opposes Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his opposition Thursday to an overwhelmingly popular proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in his state.


Santorum campaigns in Colorado

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Rick Santorum set to travel to Israel

Rick Santorum is heading to Israel.

Iraq unity march

REUTERS/ Mushtaq Muhammed

Who is the man who will lead Iraq?

The country is in your hands.

That's what the speaker of Iraq's Parliament reportedly told Haider al-Abadi the day he was named to replace Prime Minister Nuri…

Chuck Todd David Gregory split shoht

REUTERS/Fred Prouser

'Meet the Press:' Gregory out, Todd in

NBC named Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press" on Thursday afternoon, beginning a revamp by network news managers who say they want the iconic program…

Russian tanks in Crimea


Russian convoy to Ukraine changes course

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for Ukraine, which Moscow says is carrying relief goods for war-weary civilians, has suddenly changed course, according…

Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama

Lawrence Jackson/The White House

Anticipating hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama

The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a…

Health insurance forms

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

310,000 may be dropped from their healthcare coverage by Sept.

Over 300,000 individuals who enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage come the end of September if they fail to…

Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama

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Hillary Clinton to party with Obama

Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha's Vineyard alongside…

Sinjare refugees, Yazidis

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U.S. considers evacuation of Iraq refugees

Additional U.S. military advisers are now on the ground in northern Iraq with the Obama administration considering a possible air evacuation of thousands of…

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul hits the Hamptons

Photos of Sen. Rand Paul in the Hamptons on Saturday raised some questions about the Kentucky Republican, who had previously said he couldn't attend a social…

Sen Mary Landrieu


Landrieu charged taxpayers for campaign trip; fixed mistake

Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New…

Nuri al-Maliki

Yuri Gripas/Reuters

What hand will al-Maliki play in Iraq?

While senior U.S. officials say they are now less worried about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launching a coup to stay in power, they still predict…

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

'Hugging it out': Hillary Clinton calls Obama to calm tensions

Hillary Clinton reached out to President Barack Obama on Tuesday to tell him that headline-grabbing comments she made about his foreign policy were not meant…

Michelle Obama  readies for DNC speech


Fox News host: First lady needs to 'drop a few' pounds

A Fox News co-host questioned Michelle Obama's weight and eating habits on Tuesday as the first lady advocates for nutrition standards through her "Let's Move"…

Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado takes ice bucket challenge

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Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

President Obama is opting to stay dry.

Gun club man holds guns

Joshua Lott / Reuters

Your gun is lost in the mail? The government wants to know

When guns go missing in the mail, there's no requirement to tell the law. But the federal government wants to change that.

Mother and child aboard Iraqi helicopter

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US mulls more military advisers for Iraq

The Obama administration is thinking about sending additional military advisers to Iraq as it ramps up efforts to consider how to get thousands of Yazidi…

Supreme Court

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Did Obama drop Supreme Court hint? WH says no

President Barack Obama thinks he'll have the chance to nominate at least one more Supreme Court justice before his term in the White House is up.

Protesters block immigration bus

Traci Tamura/CNN

GOP ignoring their own advice on immigration

Republicans already are steaming about President Barack Obama's expected executive action to potentially allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in…

Woman looking at computer screen

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White House wants to improve gov't websites

The White House is putting the team of technology experts that helped revive the balky website to work, improving other government webpages,…

Hawaii storm passes by


Deadlocked Hawaii race might force votes amid devastation

It will be a very delicate task: How to seek votes from voters coping with damaged homes, downed trees, power outages and water shortages.

Hillary Clinton in Libya


Clinton splits with Obama on foreign policy

Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dramatically distanced herself from the President's approach to foreign policy in an…

Neil Abercrombie

REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

Hawaii governor loses in Democratic primary

Hurricanes are rare in Hawaii. It's even rarer when an incumbent governor or senator loses a primary election in the state. It had never happened before…

Obama in situation room on Iraq


Partisan divisions emerge over U.S. mission in Iraq

As the U.S. continues limited, targeted airstrikes for the third day in Iraq, political divisions around the scope of U.S. involvement are emerging in…

Senator John McCain

Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

McCain dismisses claim he has it in for Obama

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is no stranger to the Sunday morning political talk show circuit, and viewers have apparently taken notice.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck's challenge: Getting onto your TV

Three years ago Glenn Beck did something radical: He departed Fox News, where he had upwards of 2 millions viewers a day, and he asked those viewers to pay…

Displaced people from Yazidi sect take refuge in Dohuk province, Iraq

Ari Jalal/Reuters

Officials: U.S. airstrikes kill ISIS fighters

American warplanes pounded extremist Sunni fighters in northern Iraq on Saturday in what officials described as an effort to defend minority Yazidis "being…

John Kerry


U.S. warns Russia not to intervene in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Saturday that "Russia should not intervene in Ukraine under the guise of…

Anthony Weiner

Congressman Weiner's Office

Anthony Weiner finds a new way to serve NYC

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is hoping to open a restaurant and create jobs, a year after his failed bid to become the city's next mayor.

Centcom mil


Why Obama decided to attack ISIS

As Islamist militants swept through northern and western Iraq in early June in a lightning advance, President Barack Obama examined his options and announced…

James Brady

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

James Brady's death a homicide, police say

Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President…


Senate TV

Spending on Senate barbershop trimmed 50%

The barbershop for lawmakers is getting a trim.

Taxpayer-subsidized haircuts -- which run $23 to $25 -- are a little known congressional perk, at least outside…

US Capitol

John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney

Poll: Trust in government at all-time low

Just 13 percent of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some…

Iraqis flee ISIS

Ivan Watson/CNN

Airstrikes on extremists in Iraq: Why now?

Is it a response to a potential genocide or an opening to take on the Sunni Islamic extremists rampaging through Iraq?

Phoenix VA Medical Center


VA blames 'confusion' for misstatements

The Department of Veterans Affairs apologized on Thursday for causing "confusion" in communicating about the number of deaths caused by delayed care at its…

White House file

Larry Downing/Reuters

Toddler causes security breach at White House

President Barack Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq Thursday night when the briefing was delayed because of a security breach on the North Lawn of…

Vladimir Putin arty

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Ukraine: Military plane shot down

A prominent leader of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine resigned his post Thursday as fighting flared there, with militants reportedly downing a Ukrainian…

Obama signs VA overhaul


Obama signs $16 billion VA overhaul law

Sally Barnes-Breen watched her father die while waiting months just to see a doctor at the dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs.

Now she says a bill…

Montana senator John Walsh


Walsh drops out of Montana Senate race

Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the Senate race in Montana on Thursday amid allegations of plagiarism, a senior Democratic source familiar with the senator's…

Bowe Bergdahl meets with investigators

Bowe Bergdahl meets with Army investigator

Former prisoner Bowe Bergdahl met Wednesday and Thursday with an investigating officer to discuss his disappearance five years ago.

After he disappeared in…

Barack Obama

Jim Young/Reuters

Obama covers Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

It's no secret that President Obama is a fan of rap music, but who knew he loved Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" so much?

John Kerry

State Department

Kerry makes stop in Afghanistan over election

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Thursday in Afghanistan to speed up a resolution to the country's election dispute, State Department spokeswoman Jen…

African leaders summit


African leaders fight negative perceptions

An unprecedented summit of African leaders in Washington. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa that sparks global fears.

The two events this week juxtaposed the…

Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW

Laurie Segall/CNN

Russia gives Snowden 3-year residency

Edward Snowden, who leaked secret information about U.S. spying programs, has been granted an extension to stay in Russia for three more years, his attorney…

Keyboard, password, computer


Hack attack: U.S. government workers at risk

USIS, a major contractor providing background checks for the U.S. government, said Wednesday that hackers suspected to be working for a foreign government…

Obama speaks to reporters 8-1-14

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama wants to plug tax 'loophole'

The Obama administration is looking at how it could act on its own to stop companies that want to slash their tax bills by moving overseas.

Hamas tunnels

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Which Mideast power brokers support Hamas?

If the Gaza truce holds and Israel's Operation Protective Edge comes to its conclusion, some things are certain.

Same-sex marriage, gay marriage

Cliff Despeaux/Reuters

States defend same-sex marriage bans

A prominent conservative judge expressed concerns Tuesday about whether Michigan's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional, saying that…

Libya benghazi burned out car

Esam Al-Fetori / Reuters

Full speed ahead on Benghazi probe

The GOP-led House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attack shows no sign of backing down despite a report from another congressional panel that,…

Protesters support Edward Snowden, US Consulate, Hong Kong

Bobby Yip/Reuters

Does Snowden's celebrity breed copycats?

U.S. intelligence agencies fear Edward Snowden has achieved celebrity as a leaker and could be inspiring others to disclose classified national security…

Hillary Clinton lecture


Clinton makes fun of herself on 'Colbert Report'

Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself on an unannounced visit to "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night.

Sen. Pat Roberts

Senator's win ends ugly Kansas showdown

Tuesday's Senate primary in Kansas ended another ugly showdown that pit a tea party-backed challenger against an establishment Republican incumbent.

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