CNN Politics Headlines

Angela Merkel

Emily Schultze/CNN

Germany expels U.S. spy official

Germany's government has asked America's top spy chief stationed in the country to leave.

It's a punitive gesture usually reserved for adversarial nations in…

Obama makes Obamacare announcement

REUTERS/Larry Downing

White House puzzled over health care lawsuit

White House officials are scratching their heads over the decision by Republicans to sue President Barack Obama over his decision to delay a requirement in the…

Obama heckled


Obama did meet with those hecklers after all

For two immigration reform activists, heckling the President of the United States landed the pair an exclusive meeting.

Kerry arrives in Afghanistan

Kerry in Afghanistan for talks on election

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday where he plans to encourage a resolution to the presidential election that…

Budget cuts capitol

'Road war' in Congress may be ending

Three weeks until funding starts to dry up for bridge and road projects across the United States, House and Senate committees Thursday put Congress on track…


John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney

Republicans to sue Obama over health law

House Republicans are going forward with plans to sue President Barack Obama and will base their legal case on the sweeping health care law he championed and…



Germany expels U.S. Embassy official

The German government said Thursday it is expelling a person it describes as the representative of U.S. foreign intelligence services based at the U.S. Embassy…

Immigration debate, Murietta, California

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

What now for the immigration surge?

More money. More National Guard troops at the border. More children deported.

A slew of possible solutions for the immigration crisis at the southern border…

House Speaker John Boehner in hall of Capitol

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Officials: Texas immigrant flood will worsen

It's only going to get worse unless you give us more money, administration officials warned Thursday about the flood of Central American children illegally…

Shaun Donovan

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Shaun Donovan confirmed as budget director

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Shaun Donovan to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Barack Obama on between two ferns

Obama-Galifianakis interview nominated for Emmy

He won't be walking the red carpet next month, but President Barack Obama has already made his mark on this year's Emmy Awards.


Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN

Hard core Obama fan waits all night to see president

In a stark contrast to recent national poll numbers showing low approval ratings for President Obama, over a thousand people lined up outside the landmark…

House of Representatives, Capitol

Burke Buckhorn/CNN

House closed after part of ceiling fell

The House of Representatives side of the U.S. Capitol is closed Thursday because of a construction-related incident, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly…

Budget cuts capitol

Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure

In a rare display of bipartisanship the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a job training bill on Wednesday. The vote was 415 -6.

Gay couple, same-sex couple

William Armsby/CNN

Judge rips Colorado gay marriage ban

A state judge struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but he prevented gay and lesbian couples from immediately marrying by staying his…

President Obama in Tennessee

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama border request won't get speedy vote

House Republicans are making it clear there won't be a speedy vote on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency proposal to address the immigration…

Same-sex marriage, gay marriage

Cliff Despeaux/Reuters

Utah to seek Supreme Court same-sex review

Utah will become the first state to ask the Supreme Court to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage, the latest legal step in what could become a constitutional…

NSA, National Security Agency HQ, Fort Meade, Md

NSA/Handout via Reuters

Report: U.S. spied on American Muslim leaders

The U.S. government allegedly spied on prominent American Muslims under the same program it used to keep tabs on suspected terrorists, according to documents…

Obama horse head man

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Whoa, Nelly! Obama greets man wearing horse head

President Barack Obama comes face to face with a man wearing a horse head during his visit to Denver.

Julian Castro at DNC

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Senate confirms Castro as HUD secretary

Mr. Castro is coming to Washington. The Senate on Wednesday easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be the next secretary of Housing and Urban…

Man believed to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi


Pentagon considers ISIS drone strike

The Pentagon is considering under what circumstances it will recommend President Barack Obama authorize the use of a missile-equipped drone to kill the leader…

Ray Nagin

Enrique de la Osa / Reuters

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin gets 10-year sentence

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in a bribery scandal that rocked the city, the U.S. Justice Department…

Sen Mark Udall

Public Domain

Democratic senator skipping fundraiser with Obama

President Barack Obama says keeping the Democrats in control of the Senate is one of his top priorities this year.

Obama visits pool hall

Obama turns down Rocky Mountain high

"Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge.

It wasn't the only…

Obama and Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama, Perry meet amid immigration crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others are lashing out at President Barack Obama's decision not to tour border facilities overwhelmed by a flood of undocumented…

Senator Robert Menendez D New Jersey

CNN Image

Sen. Menendez suggests Cuban smear

Sen. Robert Menendez, who has been dogged by a federal corruption probe, suggests he was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot over allegations --…

Sarah Palin

Wes Little/CNN

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment over border crisis

Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama's inaction over the escalating crisis on the southern border is grounds for impeachment.

The Republican firebrand wrote…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cleveland to hold 2016 Republican convention

The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that their Site Selection Committee has picked Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Girls in holding area, illegal undocumented immigration

Ross D. Franklin/Pool/Reuters

Obama seeks $3.7 billion in immigration funds

President Barack Obama cares, the White House insisted Tuesday in asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to better respond to the flood of…

Generic money printed 3


More companies bail on US for lower taxes

More companies than ever are abandoning the U.S. for nations with lower taxes.

Supreme Court

Kelly Marshall Smoot/CNN

Blogging jurist to Supreme Court: 'STFU'

The Supreme Court is used to having its decisions publicly criticized, but rarely in R-rated language spouted by a federal judge, who says the justices should…

Immigration reform

Floyd Yarmuth/CNN

5 things to know on the immigration crisis

Partisan hyperbole has ratcheted up as the Obama administration grapples with thousands of young undocumented immigrants surging the U.S.-Mexico border and…

Politician, politics, debate, election

iStock / bns124

One in 10 tune out politics

The midterm elections are just four months away, but a national poll indicates that one out of 10 in Americans apparently couldn't care less.

John McCain

David S. Holloway/CNN

John McCain's favorite Democrat?

Arizona, please do not read on. Republican Sen. John McCain joked that he hopes CBS does not air in the Grand Canyon state so that his constituents don't hear…

Tim Howard


Obama jokes about Tim Howard as defense secretary

In his weekly address Friday, President Obama praised the U.S. Men's Soccer Team for representing "America so well" in the World Cup, and gave a special…

Man looks at Smith and Wesson guns

REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Gun control group gets ready to endorse candidates

The gun control group formed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday will release a questionnaire it is going to ask federal candidates to…

NSA, National Security Agency

National Security Agency

Americans' baby photos and resumes among NSA spy haul

Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs.…

President Obama

Obama blamed for immigration influx

In what has become a dire and politically explosive situation at the border that includes droves of unaccompanied young border-crossers, overcrowded holding…

Barack Obama

Jim Young/Reuters

Obama wants more financial reform

The ink is barely dry on the post-crisis financial reforms, but President Obama says more is needed.

He said big banks need additional restraints from making…

Edward Snowden at SXSW

Joshua Rubin/CNN

Hillary Clinton: Snowden has right to public defense

Hillary Clinton said Friday NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be able to defend himself if he returns to the United States.

Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton weighs in on speaking fees, Supreme Court rulings

Hillary Clinton said Friday she's donated her speaking fees from colleges and universities over the past year and a half to her family's foundation.

Thomas Ravenel


Reality TV star, convicted felon to make Senate bid in S.C.

This year's U.S. Senate race in South Carolina might be getting a lot more interesting. Thomas Ravenel -- a reality TV star and former Republican state…



Billionaire conservative activist dies

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire publisher and banking heir who financed conservative causes that included attempts to discredit Bill Clinton while he…

Obama at July 4 naturalization ceremony


Nation's heroes finally become U.S. citizens

President Barack Obama sought to put a human face on the heated political debate over immigration on Friday when he oversaw a naturalization ceremony for…

Chris McDaniel

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

McDaniel: Better to 'stand and fight'

The tea party-backed challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff in Mississippi to longtime Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to file a legal…

Putin, Obama

Jason Reed/Reuters

Putin calls for better Russia-U.S. relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he hoped for better ties with the United States in a July Fourth message to his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama.

Obama gives DNC speech

Jim Young / Reuters

Obama dilemma: More jobs, less war, low polls

Which one of these doesn't fit? More jobs, a record stock market, wars ending and dismal poll numbers.

All apply to Barack Obama's presidency as it passes the…

Rep Bill Cassidy

Louisiana's Cassidy says teen daughter pregnant, report says

The unmarried 17-year-old daughter of conservative Republican congressman and Louisiana Senate candidate Bill Cassidy is pregnant, according to a published…

Vote sign

Effie Nidam/CNN

New laws make voting difficult for some citizens

Edna Griggs keenly remembers the anger and outrage she felt during the 2012 general election when she watched as African-American senior citizens were forced…


School gets pass on contraception mandate

A Chicago-area evangelical college won a temporary victory at the Supreme Court on Thursday over an Obamacare requirement that religious nonprofits provide…

Obama makes Obamacare announcement

REUTERS/Larry Downing

No polling fireworks for Obama this Fourth of July

As President Barack Obama marks his sixth Independence Day in the White House, his approval ratings remain near the lowest of his presidency.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

Why Affordable Care poster child split on same-sex marriages

President Barack Obama invited Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to this year's State of the Union address where he praised the Democrat for aggressively carrying…

Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, Jimmy Carter

Jason Reed/Reuters

Who is the worst president since WWII?

President Barack Obama tops the list of the worst presidents since World War II, according to a new national poll.

Rand Paul

Eric Thayer/Reuters

Can Rand Paul break past controversy

Sen. Rand Paul marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at a ceremony this week honoring the late Maurice Rabb, a renowned ophthalmologist and civil…

Road Construction


Your commute could get even worse

Gridlock on Capitol Hill may yield more gridlock for American commuters who have to navigate congested, pothole-filled roads and highways, rundown rails or bad…

White House

Emily Schultze/CNN

It pays to work for the White House

It pays well to work at the White House -- better than the average American worker.

The average salary there is $83,000 a year, according to data released by…

NSA, National Security Agency

National Security Agency

Report sees potential abuses in NSA program

A National Security Agency program for collecting phone and Internet communications of suspected security targets outside the United States has the potential…

Ahmed Abu Khatallah

U.S. Government

Benghazi suspect ordered held until trial

The suspected ringleader of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will remain jailed until trial, a federal magistrate…

Michelle Howard

Peter D. Lawlor/U.S. Navy

Navy's gets 1st female 4-star admiral

The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House…

Obama, 1-17-2014


Obama delivers on promise to donate $20K to Treasury

Federal workers faced unpaid furloughs in 2013 as a result of government-wide spending cuts. And in solidarity with them, President Barack Obama has made good…

Bowe Bergdahl

U.S. Army

Bowe Bergdahl venturing off-base

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held captive for five years by militants before his release a month ago, has ventured several times off an Army base in Texas…

Barack Obama July 2

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby does invest in birth control

Hobby Lobby is a craft store chain that says it operates "in a manner consistent with Biblical principles." Those values extend throughout its business, except…

US Capitol


House ethics change sparks controversy

Watchdogs and even some members of Congress raised alarms Tuesday after learning that the House of Representatives quietly changed how lawmakers report…

Monica Lewinsky


Lewinsky: 'I was a virgin to humiliation of that level'

After a self-imposed exile from the public eye, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky appeared on Tuesday in her first interview in a decade.


Dana Garrett/CNN

Fewer wins, but tea party has changed the GOP

Call it a brief intermission: There's a three-week break in the action after a slew of primaries in May and June and a couple big headlines.

President speaks on immigration reform


Obama won't wait for Congress on immigration

It's their fault, President Barack Obama said Monday in blaming Republican inaction on immigration reform for escalating problems including a surge of…

Supreme Court contraception ruling

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Blow against Affordable Care Act on contraception

Some corporations have religious rights, a deeply divided Supreme Court decided Monday in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay…

Rob Ford at City Council meeting

REUTERS/Aaron Harris

Rob Ford back at work, apologizes to Toronto

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford asked for forgiveness Monday, his first day back to work following a two-month leave of absence for substance abuse treatment.

Bob McDonald VA nominee

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Obama taps Bob McDonald to head VA

As expected, President Barack Obama announced Bob McDonald as his choice to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday.

He described McDonald, a…

Bob McDonald


Who is VA nominee Bob McDonald?

Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama's pick to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, has been in the hot seat before.

That's when he led global…

Eric Schmidt, Google


Google executives visit Cuba

Google's chairman said Monday that he and other executives from the Internet search giant recently traveled to Cuba to advocate for greater access to the…

supreme court


Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low

The same day the Supreme Court issued a high-stakes ruling on a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care law, a new national survey…

Vance McAllister

U.S. House of Representatives

'Kissing congressman' plans to seek re-election in Louisiana

Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday he will run for re-election in November despite previously announcing he would not seek another term in Louisiana's 5th…

Supreme Court 3

Chris Turner/CNN

What the Court's Hobby Lobby decision means

The Supreme Court's decision Monday in favor of Hobby Lobby and furniture maker Conestoga Wood was "sweeping," a "huge blow to the Obama administration," and a…

Hillary Clinton

POOL New / Reuters

Poll: Majority say Clinton can relate to average Americans

Despite recent fumbles on the state of her personal wealth, a new national survey shows more than half of respondents believe Hillary Clinton can relate to…

Bob McDonald 2


Obama's pick to fix veterans affairs tried to fix P&G, too

For the most challenging turnaround job in the federal government, President Obama wants to tap a former CEO.

Bob McDonald has been in the hot seat before. He…

Bob McDonald

REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Obama to tap ex-chief of P&G to clean up VA

President Barack Obama will nominate Bob McDonald -- a West Point graduate and former CEO of Procter & Gamble -- to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a…

Supreme Court

Erika Dimmler/CNN

Court to rule on Affordable Care Act birth control mandate

The biggest case of the Supreme Court's term involves a three-headed, hot-button appeal combining abortion rights, religious liberty and the Affordable Care…

Hillary Clinton file 4

Michael Gross/State Department

Obama brushes off clamor over Clinton's 'broke' comments

President Barack Obama defended Hillary Clinton in the face of criticism recently that she is out of touch with average Americans.

President Barack Obama Afghanistan troop withdrawal

CNN Image

Obama to request billions to deal with border crisis

President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Monday for emergency funds, possibly more than $2 billion, as the United States grapples with a surge of…

Ahmed Abu Khatallah in court

William Hennessy/CNN

Controversy swirls over handling of Benghazi suspect

During his two weeks aboard a ship to the United States, Ahmed Abu Khatallah was questioned by FBI interrogators over his alleged role in the 2012 Benghazi…

Supreme Court justices; Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruther Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan

U.S. Supreme Court

5 questions on health care, contraception

The Supreme Court on Monday will rule on a politically-charged Obamacare appeal involving a requirement that certain, for-profit businesses provide…

Darrell Issa


Issa: 'We'll probably never know' what happened to Lerner's hard drive

Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday the committee he chairs will "probably never know" if a computer crash that destroyed sought-after emails was a deliberate act…

Mike Rogers

CNN Image

Rogers: Benghazi suspect 'compliant but not cooperative'

Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Sunday the suspect in the Benghazi attacks "likely" did not provide useful…

Lois Lerner


Lerner attorney: Client vilified by GOP out of convenience

The attorney for embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday that Republicans are denigrating an innocent woman for purely political purposes.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah

U.S. Government

Benghazi killings suspect pleads not guilty

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the man the U.S. accuses of being the ringleader in the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, pleaded…

Same-sex marriage

Erin Siegal/Reuters

Same-sex marriages on hold in Indiana

Same-sex marriages are on hold in Indiana after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved an emergency stay request Friday evening.

Cheney Interview

CNN Image

Cheney laughs off remarks over criticism on Iraq, Obama

Dick Cheney finds it funny that Bill Clinton thinks he is "unseemly."

The former vice president was asked by a local paper on Wednesday about Clinton calling…

VA Medical Center


New report: VA health system leadership inept

The Veterans Affairs health care system needs to be overhauled because of unresponsive leadership and a "corrosive culture" that affects the delivery of…

Obama in Minnesota - Lunch with Rebekah Erler

Pete Souza/White House Photo

Obama's 'day in life' offers opening to tout message

Presidents don't usually get to grab cheeseburgers at the corner dive. But the normal restrictions placed on a commanders-in-chief don't seem to hinder…

Mark Mayfield, Miss


Tea party leader in Miss. controversy dies

A tea party leader tied to alleged political dirty tricks that rattled Republicans in Mississippi and beyond is dead -- shot once in the head in an apparent…

Obama foreign policy speech at West Point

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama, the 'Bear,' is loose, trying to reconnect with voters

President Barack Obama first said it two weeks ago during an impromptu walk from the White House to the Interior Department and then again during a quick…


U.S. to phase out some landmines

The United States will phase out its stockpiles of landmines designed to target people, moving closer to joining a global ban on a weapon that kills more than…

Obama and Boehner

Larry Downing / Reuters

Obama: Boehner's lawsuit is 'a stunt'

President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner's plans to file a lawsuit over the President's use of executive action "a stunt," in an interview…

supreme court


Court rules against Obama on recess appointments

The Supreme Court sided with Congress on Thursday in the high-stakes power struggle over presidential recess appointments, in which officials are placed in…

Ahmed Abu Khatallah

U.S. Government

Suspected Benghazi mastermind heading to US

The suspected mastermind of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, is expected to be brought to American soil as soon as this weekend,…

Howard Baker

Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

Former Sen. Howard Baker dies

Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, a one-time towering political figure in Washington who also served presidents and famously asked during the Watergate scandal…

U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Rangel primary opponent concedes

Two days after primary day, it's finally all over in the bitter battle between longtime Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel and his main primary challenger.

Cleveland and Dallas

Avogadro94/fcn80/Wikimedia Commons

Cleveland, Dallas finalists for 2016 GOP convention

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Recall

›› All Election Results
›› Interactive Results Map