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Man jumps White House fence, gets into building

A man jumped a fence at the White House late Friday and made it through the North Portico doors into the building before he was captured, Secret Service…

US Capitol


Congress dodges ISIS bill on its way out

The smell of exhaust from idling cars fills up the Capitol parking lot. Congressional aides have their engines revved -- ready to whisk their bosses to train…

Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea Clinton baby watch: What we know

Here's what we do know about next week: Bill and Hillary Clinton will kick off the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on September 21.

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Obama sets new plan against college assaults

The Obama administration is launching a big new offensive: Combating sexual assault on college campuses.

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Syrian Kurds warn of crisis as ISIS advances

The latest ISIS advance in Syria has brought a swath of the country's north-central Kurdish region under siege, with Kurdish leaders warning of another…

Hillary Clinton

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Democrats making hard sell to women

Democrats were making an election-year pitch to women on Friday, mindful of their past advantage among the voting bloc and hoping to convince enough women to…

NFL logo sign outside football stadium

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Hagel looking into military ties to NFL

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked his staff for detailed information about the U.S. military's relationships with the National Football League in the…

Police in Ferguson


Bill aims to curb police 'militarization'

A new Senate bill is the first proposed legislation to curb so-called police militarization after the disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri.

Affordable Care Act website, health care website

As open enrollment nears, ACA website still isn't totally safe still isn't as safe as it should be, and the annual open enrollment period starts again in just two months.

Former La Gov Edwin Edwards

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87-year-old felon wants back in Congress

It's Sunday morning at the New Life Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but the man preaching to the choir is no minister.

Petro Poroshenko addresses Congress

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Ukraine gets support, but not U.S. lethal aid

American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military,…

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Hillary Clinton's madcap media mob

If Hillary Clinton decides not to run for president -- and yes, that is still possible -- her return to the media lion's den might be a factor in her thinking..

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Biden: Use of term 'Shylocks' was bad choice

Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "Shylock," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words."

Rob Ford


Rob Ford has cancer, to begin chemotherapy

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford soon will begin chemotherapy to treat a rare and aggressive cancer, a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in the city said Wednesday.

Dr. Zane…



Obama: US must back partners against ISIS

The U.S. is not returning combat troops to Iraq, President Barack Obama insisted again Wednesday, despite the suggestion by his top general that option is…

House Benghazi Select Committee hearing


Latest Benghazi committee starts work

Two years after the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, many Republicans still have unanswered questions about security issues…


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Hurdle removed for passing ISIS vote

For conservatives conflicted over how to vote on a major measure Wednesday that would fund the federal government and authorize the president to arm Syrian…

Scotland independence vote


Why is the U.S. nervous about Scottish vote?

Faced with the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to…

US Capitol


House gives military authority to train, arm Syrian rebels

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

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ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama speech

The production is slick. The imagery: ominous. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center.

Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey, ISIL map

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General open to anti-ISIS U.S. ground troops

America's top military officer raised the specter Tuesday of U.S. troops in Iraq taking on a combat role to fight ISIS, a position that was quickly knocked…

US Capitol


House leaders lobby members on ISIS vote

A day before the House votes on whether to give President Barack Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS, leaders of both political…

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US ramping up Ebola effort

President Barack Obama embarks on a two-day U.S. road trip Tuesday to assess and amplify his government's response to two unconnected overseas emergencies --…

Obama getting on Air Force One

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Obama hits road to deal with global crises

Two unconnected overseas emergencies -- the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria -- are prompting President Barack Obama to…

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Who is part of the coalition to battle ISIS?

In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone."

Allies and…

Republican, Democrat, political buttons


Study finds politics stinks -- literally

If you and your significant other share political views, it could be because you like each other's smell.

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Gillibrand drops F-bomb in webcast

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday she had to hold her tongue when a male labor leader made comments about her post-pregnancy weight shortly after she began…

Bennie G Adkins receives Medal of Honor

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Medal recipient killed up to 175 enemies

As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger.…

former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford


Mark Sanford's custody hearing postponed

Three days after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford revealed personal details about legal disputes with his ex-wife, the South Carolina Republican's scheduled court…

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Holder unveils program to counter extremists

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a Justice Department program to try to thwart recruitment by extremist groups such as ISIS, attempting to…

Hillary is thinking about it

Hillary Clinton in Iowa: Fresh start or deja vu?

"It's been seven years, and a lot has changed," Hillary Clinton said Sunday in her first visit to Iowa since the state dealt her presidential campaign a…

Hillary Clinton


Paul, Clinton top NH presidential poll

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is the most popular Republican among the crowded list of potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according to a…

David Haines


How many Western captives is ISIS holding?

The beheading of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS has intensified fears for other Western hostages being held by the jihadist group.

Ray Rice, Janay Rice


Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video

The growing outcry over how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with incidents of domestic violence has reached the nation's highest office. Even…

John Kerry August 12

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Kerry: Countries willing to aid against ISIS

Secretary of State John Kerry closed a trip to the Middle East saying countries "in the region" and "outside the region" are prepared to engage in military…

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Hillary Clinton to Iowa crowd: "I'm back!"

Hillary Clinton told reporters Sunday that the purpose of her return to Iowa for the first time in over six years was "to support candidates." But 2016's…

David Haines


Britain vows to 'confront' the ISIS 'menace'

The killing of British aid worker David Haines "will not lead Britain to shirk our responsibility" to work with allies to take on ISIS, British Prime Minister…

Sen Tom Harkin


Politics, steak on menu in Iowa

When Tom Harkin supporters Joan and Gary Kiernan decided to throw the congressional candidate a fundraiser in 1972, they charged $2 for the ticket, picked up…

Sen Bernie Sanders

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Sanders eyes 'political revolution' in Iowa

All the elements were there for low turnout: It was a beautiful, cloudless night, the Iowa-Iowa State game had just ended, and the state's critical place in…

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Justice Department invokes 'state secrets' in lawsuit

The Justice Department on Friday invoked the government's "state secrets privilege" to intervene in a private legal dispute between the owner of a Greek…

Kerry in Mideast

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Kerry seeks Egypt's support against ISIS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt had a critical role to play in countering extremism, as he met with Egyptian leaders in his latest effort to…

Obama head down Sept 11 2014

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Like predecessors, Obama drawn back into Iraq

Like most Americans, President Barack Obama is tired of war. Unlike most Americans, he just started another one.

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Is Obama's plan for confronting ISIS legal?

President Barack Obama told Americans he has all the justification he needs to fire missiles into Syria.

former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford


Mark Sanford says he and fiancée have split

Is this the quintessential TMI Facebook post?

Rep. Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor known for having an extramarital affair while his staff…

Sen Mary Landrieu


Senator reimburses feds over $30K in travel

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign paid for more than 12 years of wrongfully taxpayer-funded travel, her office announced on Friday.

Landrieu's campaign…

Rob Ford


Embattled Toronto mayor withdraws from race

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, hospitalized this week after the discovery of an abdominal tumor, has decided not to seek re-election.

At the advice of his doctors and…

Kerry negotiates in Turkey

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Limited commitment for Obama's ISIS coalition

So far, it least, it looks like a coalition of the not-so-willing to help President Barack Obama combat ISIS.

Hillary Clinton greets crowd

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

When Clinton almost became 'Madam President'

For most of the Maya Angelou's memorial service Friday morning in New York City, the speakers focused on the late poet and author.

Diane Foley

Foley's mother 'appalled' by U.S. government

The mother of James Foley -- an American journalist beheaded by ISIS militants -- said she is "embarrassed and appalled" by how the U.S. government dealt with…

Sarah Palin headshot

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Palin family at party where fight broke out

It's not the latest reality television show but real life for the Palin clan, at least according to reports from bloggers.

Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich, Rival Survival

Survivalist senators saving democracy

Is bipartisanship in Washington really dead? Not for a pair of junior senators from different parties who flew to the other side of the world to see whether…

ISIS militants and tank


CIA: ISIS has doubled in strength

A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates.

The terror group that calls itself the Islamic…

John Boehner


Boehner to Obama: Don't reject ground troops

House Speaker John Boehner blasted President Barack Obama on Thursday for saying no U.S. combat troops would be placed on the ground in the fight against ISIS…

John Kerry Middle East negotiations


Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's…

ISIS supporter with flag


Post-9/11: A whole new world of terror threats

Even as smoke rose from the World Trade Center, as people clawed through rubble at the Pentagon, there was one name -- and one name only -- synonymous with…

Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich, Rival Survival

Discovery Channel strands rival senators on island

Two U.S. senators are going to extreme lengths to express support for bipartisanship: they're letting the Discovery Channel strand them on an island "Survivor"…

Obama speech package

How did Americans rate Obama's ISIS address?

President Barack Obama firmly laid out his plan Thursday to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, the terrorist organization that now controls large swaths…

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Ted Cruz booed at Christian unity dinner

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was heckled and booed until he left the stage at an annual gala celebrating Middle Eastern Christians on Wednesday.



What's different about Obama's Syria speeches?

No, you haven't stepped into a time machine -- President Barack Obama's address to the nation on his strategy for dealing with the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq…

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Obama escalates ISIS campaign to Syria

It was a speech that Barack Obama -- a war-stopping, Nobel Peace Prize-winning president -- never wanted to give.

Obama ISIS speech

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Obama ISIS strategy includes Syria airstrikes

It's time to go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Wednesday night in a nationally televised address intended to sell stepped-up…

VA Medical Center


VA needs to hire 'tens of thousands' of workers

The VA is going on a hiring blitz. The beleaguered Veterans Affairs department is launching a major recruitment campaign to bring aboard legions of doctors,…

Obama meets with Security Council before ISIS speech

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Top question for Obama: What's his plan?

When President Barack Obama steps in front of cameras Wednesday, he'll be addressing a nation that's simultaneously war-weary and ready for more military…

Obama ISIS speech serious face

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama gets do-over on 'no strategy' comment

Consider tonight's speech by President Barack Obama to be the antidote to his now-infamous comments two weeks ago that his administration lacks a strategy for…

Kerry, Iraqi PM


Kerry and Iraqi PM meet to discuss ISIS

In Baghdad on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the U.S. and a "broad coalition" of nations would help Iraq fight ISIS militants. His…

David Cameron


Cameron begs Scotland not to rip UK apart

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is campaigning in Scotland Wednesday in a last-minute bid to persuade voters to stick with the United Kingdom ahead of an…

Jay Carney

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Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator

Jay Carney, who stepped down as White House press secretary in June, is stepping back into the political fray as a commentator for CNN.

Obama boy faceplants Oval Office

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Boy's Oval Office faceplant goes viral

A bored kid plants his face into the Oval Office couch while his parents meet President Barack Obama.

Cromarty Harbor Scotland

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Scotland's independence vote: The essentials

On September 18, Scots go to the polls to vote on the future of their country.

Capitol on night before govt shutdown

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Poll: Most say Congress worst in lifetime

Eight weeks before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows that voters in key geographic regions favor Republican candidates heading…

Phoenix VA Medical Center


VA inspectors: Phoenix facility was in total 'chaos'

The Phoenix VA, where dozens of veterans died waiting for care and were placed on secret wait lists, was in total "chaos" with patients needing urgent care and…

Obama Afghanistan announcement 5-27


Obama: No vote needed on ISIS plan

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday he has the authority to carry out his planned strategy against ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria…

US Capitol

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Congress back, can't wait to leave again

Members of Congress returned to Washington on Monday from a five-week summer break. And they already can't wait to go back home.

James Foley


Masked man in Foley video possibly ID'd

U.S. law enforcement officials believe they may have identified the masked man seen in the ISIS video of the killing of American journalist James Foley, two…


ISIS Video

CNN poll: Majority of Americans alarmed by ISIS

Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States, according to a new…

Bill Clinton George W Bush 09-08

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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush yuk it up

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sounded like old college buddies when they appeared in Washington on Monday.

Immigration reform supporters

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Finger-pointing over immigration delay begins

President Barack Obama postponed executive action on immigration, but Democrats want voters to know the delay isn't his fault.

ISIS supporter with flag


U.S. coalition needs Mideast to beat ISIS

A 10-nation group the Obama administration has gathered to fight ISIS could help, but more important will be the nations that surround the Islamist militant…

Obama news conference

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Ebola is a 'national security priority,' Obama says

President Barack Obama on Sunday signaled for the first time that he is likely to dispatch U.S. military resources to help fight the serious outbreak of Ebola…

Dianne Feinstein

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Lawmakers to Obama: Let us handle immigration

One day after President Barack Obama announced that he is delaying executive action on immigration, top lawmakers urged the President to ditch his plans for…

Obama golfing

Obama on golfing: It made for bad optics

President Obama said he should have known better than to go golfing immediately after speaking about the beheading of an American journalist.


Larry Downing/Reuters

Obama: U.S. to 'start going on some offense'

President Barack Obama will address the country Wednesday to explain to the nation "what our game plan is going forward" in the fight against ISIS.

In an…

Chuck Todd

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Chuck Todd's plan to give 'Meet the Press' a boost

"We're making a few changes around here," Chuck Todd said as he began moderating his first edition of "Meet the Press" on Sunday.


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Obama postponing immigration action

President Barack Obama says he's postponing executive action on immigration until after November's elections because it would be "more sustainable"…

Ahmed Abdi Godane aka Mukhtar Abu Zubayr


Al-Shabaab names new leader; Somalia on alert

The Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has named a successor to its leader killed in an American airstrike this week, a spokesman said Saturday.


John Kerry


U.S. courts partners against ISIS

A meeting of foreign ministers at the close of the NATO summit in Wales gave the world its first look at how the United States and international partners plan…

Drone and media antenna outside Sotloff home

REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Media weigh concerns over airing terror video

There are no easy answers when journalists have to decide how to cover a terrorist group's video.

The issue resurfaced Tuesday when a member of the Islamic…

Vote, election file

Why November election is hard to predict

It was supposed to be a cakewalk for Eric Cantor. The analysts said so. The polls said so. Cantor felt so comfortable that the House majority leader wasn't in…

Warren campaigns

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Sen. Warren: The economy works for billionaires

Senator Elizabeth Warren says she picked up a lot of her feistiness from reading Nancy Drew novels as a kid. Today she believes the most important mystery to…

Hillary Clinton greets crowd

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Clinton to decide on '16 run around New Year

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the span of a few months, has gone from saying she is not thinking about running for president to telling an…

Romney concession speech

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Romney, Clinton duel in op-eds

Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton had dueling opinion pieces about foreign policy in The Washington Post on Friday, but neither former presidential candidate…

Chris McDaniel

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Mississippi GOP primary fight continues

Lawyers for state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed an appeal Friday with the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn last week's judicial decision rejecting McDaniel's…

Elizabeth Warren

Jason Reed / Reuters

Warren's unvarnished view of Clinton in 2004

In the context of 2016, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are rivals for the Democrats' presidential nomination whose every word about each other is…


NATO agrees on new 'spearhead' force

NATO members agreed Friday to form a "spearhead" force of several thousand land troops ready to deploy within a few days, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen…

Ahmad Abousamra US man helping ISIS


Source: U.S. man helping ISIS on social media

He's fluent in both English and Arabic, and if his college degree in computers is any indication, he has a way with technology. Then there's his interest in…

Ahmed Abdi Godane aka Mukhtar Abu Zubayr


Pentagon: Al-Shabaab leader killed in U.S. strike

Ahmed Godane, the leader of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, was killed this week in a U.S. military operation, the Pentagon said Friday.

Aqsa Mahmood

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How a Glasgow girl became an ISIS bride

In November of last year, 19-year-old Aqsa Mahmood gave her father, Muzaffar, a long hug goodbye.

Troops in the Ukraine

REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Ukraine, rebels sign ceasefire deal

Ukraine's government and separatist leaders signed a ceasefire deal Friday after talks in Belarus, raising hopes of an end to the nearly five-month conflict…

Marines, Afghanistan

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Bombing that killed U.S. troops 'avoidable'

A friendly fire incident that killed six soldiers in Afghanistan, including five Americans, was a result of botched communication and a series of other errors…

Navy vet loses nose


Navy vet loses his nose waiting for treatment

Edward Laird is one of the faces behind the VA scandal -- a face he says is disfigured because he had to wait so long for treatment.

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