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WH: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

If lawmakers delay taking action now on climate change it could cost taxpayers exponentially more in the future to deal with the effects of a warming planet,…

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Obama admits boyhood crush on Linda Ronstadt

During an awards ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama whispered in the ear of superstar musician Linda Ronstadt that he once had a crush on her.

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U.S.: Russia violated missile treaty

The United States accused Russia on Monday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing cruise missile tests that date to 2008,…

Gay marriage, brides on wedding cake

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Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex ban

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and…

US Capitol 2

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What will get done before Congress' recess?

Congress faces several big issues before beginning its August recess at the end of the week.

Michelle Obama, official portrait

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First lady steps up political push

Michelle Obama is asking Democrats to get serious -- about voting in November's midterm elections.

Phoenix VA Medical Center

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Congress reaches tentative VA reform deal

Calling it a "cost of war," Republican and Democratic leaders announced a $17 billion compromise bill Monday that would get veterans to a doctor more quickly,…

Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin to launch own news channel

Sarah Palin is again going rogue -- this time to the digital world, with the creation of her own online news channel.

Bullets, gun magazine

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Judge rules against D.C. handgun ban

A federal judge ruled that Washington, D.C.'s ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.

Mitt Romney headshot

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Poll: Romney tops Obama but loses to Clinton

If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, GOP nominee Mitt Romney would top President Barack Obama in the popular vote, according to a…

Sonia Sotomayor with kids

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Sonia Sotomayor sets kids upon Hillary Clinton

It was a mad dash to hug Hillary Clinton. Toward the end of an event Friday at the Bronx Children's Museum, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor set dozens of…

Rand Paul

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Paul: 'Fight for justice' on unfair sentences

Sen. Rand Paul is proposing legislation aimed at eliminating criminal sentencing rules that adversely impact minorities, saying that "we need some fresh ideas…

Dan Pfeiffer

The White House

Senior Obama adviser on impeachment: 'I would not discount that possibility'

Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime aide and senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told reporters Friday that recent talk of impeaching the President should not be…

Michelle Kwan

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Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad

U.S. figure skating legend Michelle Kwan has been featured in endorsements for Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and Campbell's Soup.

VA Medical Center

CNN

Tentative deal reached to fund VA fixes

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a bill to reform the VA health system, aides to each of…

President Obama gives State of the Union address 2013

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Poll: Majority say no to impeachment, lawsuit

There's not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new…

Iran Flag

Report: 4 journalists detained in Iran

Concern is growing for the well-being of four journalists, three of them American citizens, apparently detained in Iran this week, according to The Washington…

Obama and Central American leaders

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Obama, Central American leaders meet on immigrant youth

Central American leaders signaled to President Barack Obama they're working on a "comprehensive plan" to address the underlying reasons for the surge of…

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Lawmaker mistakes US officials for representatives of India

Rep. Curt Clawson, a congressman for all of one month, made an embarrassing mistake this week when he confused two Obama administration officials with…

Hillary Clinton file 4

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Clinton blames Putin in MH17 shootdown

Russian President Vladimir Putin bears at least some responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, former U.S. Secretary of State…

Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman inhales helium on Fallon show

You know the voice of Morgan Freeman: commanding, firm, resonant. He's even played God. What if it's on helium?

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House GOP will vote on border bill next week

House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis that would provide less than $1 billion and include an immigration…

Mary Poppins minimum wage video

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Mary Poppins won't work for minimum wage

You'd think magical powers would entitle Mary Poppins to more than $7.25 an hour.

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Obama weighs sending guard troops to border

The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a…

Paul Ryan at RNC 2012

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Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor

Rep. Paul Ryan will lay out his plan Thursday to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating…

Affordable Health Care Act support in Rhode Island

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Fake applicants got Affordable Care Act subsidies

Nearly a dozen fake applicants were able to obtain coverage subsidies under the Affordable Care Act during undercover testing of enrollment controls, a…

Obama Afghanistan announcement 5-27

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Obama poll numbers not great, but hold steady

President Barack Obama's poll numbers are nothing to brag about, but there's little evidence he has suffered so far this year a "Katrina moment" that caused…

Affordable Care Act website, health care website

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CNN poll: Is Obamacare working?

More than half the public says the Affordable care Act has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans…

Rep. Jack Kingston vs. David Perdue

Outsider beats insider in Ga. GOP primary runoff

Businessman David Perdue won Tuesday's Republican Senate primary runoff in Georgia, narrowly edging out Rep. Jack Kingston.

Battle over birth control

White House revises contraception opt out

The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release…

Sarah Palin

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Lead foot: Palin gets speeding ticket

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ticketed last week in her hometown of Wasilla, where she once served as mayor, for going 10-19 mph over the speed limit.

Vote, election file

Justice Dept. suspends most poll-watching

For the first time in decades, voters in Georgia are going to the polls Tuesday without the chance of having Justice Department observers inside their polling…

Affordable Care Act website

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Split decisions on ACA: The impact on 4.7M Americans

Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their health care subsidies.

President Obama in Tennessee

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama criticized for fundraising during tumult

Republicans and some political pundits have taken sharp aim at President Barack Obama for maintaining his fundraising schedule amid a period of global unrest.

healthcare.gov

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Appeals courts differ on health care

It was a tale of two rulings -- the best of times and the worst of times for Obamacare in the federal appeals courts.

Department of Justice

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Rights Group accuses U.S. of abuses in terror cases

The Justice Department targeted American Muslims in "abusive counterterrorism sting operations" as part of aggressive terror investigations, an international…

Hillary Clinton

Defense Department

Hillary Clinton would consider backing bid to limit money in politics

When Hillary Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, she raised and spent more than $250 million to eventually lose to Barack Obama,…

Rick Perry

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Perry sending National Guard to border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied…

groceries

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Military family groceries won't be cut, for now

Military families can breathe a sigh of relief: their grocery stores are not going to be cut, for now.

Marijuana joint pot

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Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in…

Ryan J Pitts

U.S. Army

Medal of Honor is for fallen brothers

The newest Medal of Honor winner, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, said he wanted the nation not to remember his name, but those of the nine men who were…

Obama in Oval Office

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men

Setting daily goals. Keeping an open mind. Separating honest criticism from blind "hating."

Obama bars contractors from LGBT bias

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Obama bars contractors from LGBT bias

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or…

Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton: Hillary Clinton needs time

Former President Bill Clinton says that Hillary Clinton, his wife and the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, needs time…

Vladimir Putin arty

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Kerry: 'Moment of truth' for Putin

The United States upped pressure on Moscow over the Malaysia Airlines disaster as Secretary of State John Kerry drew a clearer line to Russia over its ties to…

John Kerry

CNN

Kerry on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows Sunday following comments, caught on an open mic, that left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli…

Obama on Malaysia Airlines crash 7-18

CNN

World events derail Obama's agenda

It was supposed to be a week focused on domestic issues to bolster the chances of Democrats in November midterms.

President Barack Obama wanted to drive down a…

Pro Russian separatist at MH17 crash site

REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears

Deadly violence, ongoing tensions and the deliberate downing of a passenger airplane. Though that turbulence is happening far away from American streets -- in…

Dianne Feinstein

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Senate Intel chief: Putin should 'man up'

Russian President Vladimir Putin should "man up" and offer clear explanations amid important questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Senate…

Debris at scene of MH17 crash Ukraine

REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

A 'game-changer' in relations with Russia

The United States predicts the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, likely by pro-Russian rebels, will fundamentally shift the relationship between…

Immigration graffiti

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Obama to discuss immigration with Central American leaders

The White House announced Friday that leaders from three Central American countries will meet with President Obama next week to discuss the ongoing immigration…

Edward Snowden at SXSW

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Snowden asks hackers to protect whistleblowers

Two of America's most famous government whistleblowers made a plea to hackers: Help future insiders secretly expose wrongdoing.

Daniel Ellsberg, who famously…

Pro Russian separatists in Ukraine

REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Obama, GOP lawmakers have harsh words for Putin

Top American officials harshly criticized Russia on Friday for its continued support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine following the downing of a Malaysia…

Chris Christie

Pool

Christie: N.J. may consider housing immigrant kids

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children at the southern border, but didn't rule out the prospect of…

John Boehner payroll tax plan

CNN

Boehner pessimistic about border bill now

House Speaker John Boehner dampened prospects for emergency action by Congress addressing the immigration crisis on the southern border before lawmakers break…

Immigration supporters

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Immigrants or refugees? It makes a difference

The contrast in what politicians on both sides of the aisle and others have characterized as a humanitarian crisis has introduced new complexity to America's…

Immigration debate

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Desperation, hope and children on the border

Hope is a wonderful thing when it spurs struggling people to aspire to better circumstances and a more promising future, lifting communities out of poverty.…

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Utah asks Supreme Court to act on marriages

Utah officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block a lower court's order that the state formally recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages…

US Capitol

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Need any more proof this Congress is done?

If it wasn't already clear that Congress is done legislating this year, the scene inside and outside the Capitol on Wednesday illustrated that the midterm…

MH17 crash7

REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Plane tragedy escalates the Ukraine conflict

No matter who did it, shooting down a commercial airliner with almost 300 people aboard gravely escalated an already dangerous conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The…

Obama foreign policy speech at West Point

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama: New Russian sanctions over Ukraine

Russia has failed to take steps to end the Ukraine conflict, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in announcing expanded sanctions targeting two banks, two…

Prison inmate holding bars

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California's death penalty unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said Wednesday the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates…

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Justice probes missing IRS emails

The Justice Department is investigating circumstances surrounding the disappearance of IRS emails that Republicans believe could shed light on the possible…

Hobby Lobby

Bid in Senate to overturn Hobby Lobby fails

A Democratic bill to overturn the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, which allows some companies to refuse insurance coverage for contraceptives because of…

Bowe Bergdahl US Army photo

U.S. Army

Bergdahl grateful for release, lawyer says

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is aware of the controversy over the deal his country made with the Taliban to secure his release, and he's thankful that his commander…

Immigration protesters

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Immigrant kids not wanted, cities say

In places such as Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona, the message is clear: Thousands of immigrant children fleeing Central America are unwelcome in…

Honda pink car

Feds may press automakers further on mileage claims

The federal government may require automakers to road test cars to ensure the accuracy of gas mileage claims, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed…

Kennedy compound break in

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Man breaks into Kennedy compound

A man wearing a Captain America T-shirt and camouflage shorts broke into the Kennedy compound in Barnstable, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, police said. When…

Hillary Clinton

Clinton hints at run on 'Daily Show'

When Jon Stewart gave Hillary Clinton a career aptitude test on the 'Daily Show' Tuesday night, her answers alluded to a presidential bid -- and she touched on…

Immigration protester

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Poll: Immigration tops list of most important issues

The percentage of Americans who say that immigration is the nation's top problem has soared over the past month, according to a new national survey.

Iran nuclear facility, enriched uranium, yellowcake

CNN

Iran nuke talks deadline like to be extended

Negotiations between Western powers and Iran to reach a permanent agreement on the future of Tehran's nuclear ambitions are likely to be extended beyond the…

Henry Kissinger

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Henry Kissinger 'resting' after heart surgery

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger underwent heart surgery to replace an aortic valve at a New York hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital…

John Boehner

CNN

House GOP plan in works cheaper than Obama's

House Republicans are crafting their own plan to address the surge of immigrant children at the southern border that would be significantly less expensive than…

Obama

Pool

Obama's Republican road rage

His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.

Immigrants arrive in Honduras

CNN

Honduran families deported from U.S.

The woman's eyes were swollen and red after she got off a plane in this violence-plagued Central American city Monday.

She told CNN she'd cried the whole way on…

Hillary Clinton

State Department

Clinton to make third appearance on ''The Daily Show'

Hillary Clinton will sit down Tuesday with "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart.

White House debt talks

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At dinner of peace, Obama addresses war

President Barack Obama used the annual White House Iftar dinner Monday evening to briefly discuss the crises unfolding in the Mideast.

Immigration debate

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Growing immigration protests hit Arizona

A trumpeter played a Mariachi-style "Star-Spangled Banner" as protesters sparred around him in an Arizona city that's become the latest flashpoint in the…

John Kerry

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Kerry postpones Mideast trip for now

Secretary of State John Kerry is postponing a visit to the Middle East to give Egyptian efforts at negotiating a cease-fire between Israelis and Hamas a chance…

House of Representatives chamber

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Congress: 12 work days for border compromise

Talk about a tall order. A Congress that can agree on little has 12 scheduled work days to forge a compromise on one of the most volatile issues -- immigration…

Obama, Tappan Zee Bridge

Pete Souza/White House Photo

With deadline looming, Obama to again push infrastructure

Once again using some of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure as his backdrop, President Barack Obama this week plans to pressure lawmakers into finding…

Eric Holder

Eric Holder: 'We are at a dangerous time'

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts.

George W Bush

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George W. Bush has 2nd knee replacement

Former President George W. Bush had partial knee replacement surgery over the weekend -- this time on his left knee, just weeks after the similar procedure on…

Barack Obama

Whitehouse.gov

Democrats continue to pile on Obama for skipping the border

Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas.

Kerry Zebari

The State Department

Kerry in Austria for Iran nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Austria on Sunday for talks with five other world powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program.

The participants…

US Capitol

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Battle lines set in immigration debate

The ball is now in Congress' court.

Less than one week after President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the tens of thousands of…

Maryland Gov Martin O'Malley

CNN

O'Malley: Immigrant children sent back to 'certain death'

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley advocated for sympathy for the surge of young Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. southern border, arguing that to…

Rick Perry glasses

CNN

Perry: Paul 'isolationist policies' are 'curiously blind,' 'wrong'

"Curiously blind" and "wrong."

Is Rick Perry previewing harsh political attacks against Rand Paul should the two potential 2016 presidential candidates square…

Biden in NH Friday

Larry Downing / Reuters

Biden: Governors 'best hope we have' to end partisan politics

Vice President Joe Biden told the nation's governors that they're "the best hope we have" at ending the "corrosive" politics that are hurting the country.

"The…

Republicans

Longing for a win, GOP gives Senate hopeful a big microphone

If you're a national political party salivating over the prospect of winning a seat that's long been in your opponent's hands, what should you do?

border fence, Mexico, immigration

CNN

Sponsor stands by law blamed in border crisis

Is a law designed to protect children from human trafficking actually causing a humanitarian crisis along the U.S. southern border, allowing thousands of…

John Kerry

The State Department

Kerry unveils audit in Afghan election crisis

An audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election results will begin within a day in Kabul, and the two candidates will accept its determination of who…

Protesters return to sender

REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

US official at border: 'We'll send you back'

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has something to say to people contemplating illegal migration to the United States: "We'll send you back."…

Capitol

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House Republicans vote for business tax cut

House Republicans, who fervently pound the podium against the deficit, didn't blink Friday at passing a whopping $287 billion business tax cut measure with no…

Angela Merkel

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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

Pool

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…

Capitol

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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…

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