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Obama to do 'everything I can' to close Gitmo

President Barack Obama says he plans to push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during his final two years in office -- potentially fulfilling a…

Chris Christie


Christie: Tell Cuba to hand over cop killer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate -- finally broke his silence on President Barack Obama's decision to…

Sen John McCain

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McCain hits Obama on North Korea hack, Russia

President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are once again at odds over national security: this time, it's over the North Korean cyberattack on Sony…

Obama end of year news conference

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Upbeat Obama bids goodbye to tough year

Barack Obama actually looks like he's having fun being president.

The commander-in-chief showed the world an unfamiliar face in a punchy end-of-year news…

Ben Carson


Inside the push to draft Ben Carson for president

John Philip Sousa IV has a mission: Convince a retired neurosurgeon with no political experience to run for President -- and then help him win.

Sousa, 67,…

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Mad about N. Korea? Hack back, group says

Jo Jin-hye, who escaped North Korea, wanted to watch "The Interview." The comedy lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose dynasty she loathes.

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Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'

President Barack Obama prodded Congress to eliminate the United States' decades-old Cuba embargo Friday, saying that improving relations with the communist…

Obama end of year news conference

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Obama calls on only female reporters

President Barack Obama took eight questions during his Friday press conference --- and all of them from women journalists.

It was an unusual and deliberate move…

James Franco

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Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

While talking about the Sony hack during his end-of-year press conference, President Obama called actor James Franco "James Flacco."

Within a minute or two,…

Senator John McCain

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McCain to hold hearing after Sony attack

Sen. John McCain, the incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing into the cyber attack on Sony Pictures in the first two…

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Washingtonians bid farewell to Colbert

Comedian Stephen Colbert bid farewell on his final show Thursday night with the help of a pantheon of celebrities, including Washington notables and…



2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba set off an immediate clash with Republicans keen to use the dramatic foreign policy…

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Obama lauds LeBron's 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

President Barack Obama praised basketball star LeBron James for wearing an "I Can't Breathe" protest shirt during his pre-game warmup last week.

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Officials: Hackers stole Sony computer credentials

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system, allowing them…



Obama and Putin: From frosty to frozen

The tanking Russian economy seems to be doing little to encourage President Vladimir Putin to repair relations with the West.

In fact, Putin is slipping deeper…

Osama bin Laden file


Report detailed shortcomings of assassination, capture

Targeted assassinations or the capture of senior insurgent leaders in larger counterinsurgency operations can provide both positive and negative outcomes…

Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush's banking career ripe for attack

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to step down from his advisory role at British bank Barclays at the end of the year became the latest indication he's…

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Rick Perry likes Jeb Bush, but for how long?

As Rick Perry sat in the Texas governor's mansion about a month before he prepares to hand over the reins after 14 years in office and contemplates another run…

Dianne Feinstein

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Sony hack renews cybersecurity push

White House Economic Council Director Jeff Zients pointed fingers at Congress on Thursday for not acting fast enough on cybersecurity legislation, in the wake…

Citibank ATMs

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Warren allies march outside Citi: 'Break big banks'

A group of protesters gathered outside Citi's headquarters in New York chanting "break big banks."

Made up largely of Senator Elizabeth Warren's supporters,…

Payday lenders

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Payday lenders spend millions in Washington

Payday lenders are spending millions of dollars in Washington in an attempt to stop the government from cracking down on the industry.

And it appears to be…


U.S. Air Force

Army to launch 'blimp' that detects missiles

The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington, D.C. area from cruise missiles and…

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Military could pursue Bergdahl court martial

A senior administration official tells CNN that the Pentagon may soon, perhaps even before Christmas, announce whether or not Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl will…

ISIS suicide car bomb attack

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Pentagon has new name for ISIS

There's yet another new name for ISIS among those fighting against the terror group. Daesh.

Fidel Castro

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When Fidel Castro sent FDR fan mail

President Barack Obama jolted the long, tumultuous relationship between the United States and Cuba with his decision to normalize relations with a country…

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Report: Secret Service stretched too thin

The Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks -- and the White House needs a…

US airstrikes on ISIS

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U.S. airstrikes kill 3 top ISIS leaders

U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.

Haji Mutazz was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's…

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Carter: Cuba decision 'long overdue'

Former President Jimmy Carter lauded the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with and ease sanctions imposed on Cuba, steps he said would benefit the…

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D.C. outraged over Sony's 'The Interview' decision

From Hollywood to Washington, the outrage is spreading over Sony Pictures' decision to cancel a movie release following a cyber attack and threats from a group…

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In the sea between U.S. and Cuba lies long history

Just 90 miles away, Cuba inevitably shares a long history with the United States, from conquistadors to the Spanish-American War to the Cold War.

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Mystery man among 5 freed in U.S.-Cuba deal

Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents…

Obama movies

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Obama: 'Go to the movies'

President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony…

Cuba protesters in Miami

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Opinions strong on U.S.-Cuba policy change

Church bells rang out Wednesday afternoon in Havana, marking a major moment in history -- Cuba and the United States are renewing diplomatic relations after…

North Korea propaganda mural

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Analyst: We underestimated North Korea

As the United States gets ready to blame the Sony hack on North Korea, a troublesome question is emerging: Just what is North Korea capable of?

Hillary Clinton


Clinton backs Obama's Cuba moves

Hillary Clinton backed President Barack Obama's historic easing of decades-old sanctions against Cuba on Wednesday and said she is "deeply relieved" by the…

Man smokes Cuban cigar

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Wait for Cuban beaches, cigars remains

The end of the 50-year freeze in diplomatic relations with Cuba will mean many more U.S. travelers could be on their way to the neighbor island, only 90 miles…

Old cars in Cuba, embargo

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9 questions: Get up to speed on Cuban embargo

President Barack Obama will ease sanctions imposed against Cuba under the U.S. embargo after Cuba agreed to release American aid worker Alan Gross.



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Could Obama go to Cuba?

President Barack Obama could be among the Americans traveling to Cuba now that restrictions on passage to the island are being loosened.

Obama on phone with Cuba

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Gross release: How it happened

Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

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Historic thaw in US, Cuba standoff

A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

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American Alan Gross freed by Cuba

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major…

Rick Perry

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Rick Perry gets Hanukkah really wrong

On Tuesday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- long a public fan of Judaism -- marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah by comparing it to the…

Alan Gross

Alan Gross flown from Cuba: 'I'm free'

As soon as Alan Gross got out of Cuban airspace Wednesday morning, he called each of his two daughters to say the two words he had dreamed of saying for years:…

Cuba US diplomatic mission

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U.S. moves expected to ease Cuban trade restrictions

The United States is easing trade restrictions on Cuba. It is a major step that could lead to finally ending the Cold War era embargo, a tasty prospect for…

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Obamacare signups surge for 2015

Consumers have rushed to sign up for Obamacare to have coverage for Jan. 1. Nearly 2.5 million people have selected health insurance in 35 states using…

Tony Blinken

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Blinken confirmed by Senate as Kerry's deputy

In the face of Republican opposition, the Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to be deputy secretary of state Tuesday.

Vice President Joe Biden…

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New York cinema cancels "The Interview" premiere after hackers' threat

A theater has canceled the New York premiere of "The Interview" after a group that claimed it hacked Sony Pictures posted a threat against people who go to…

Jeb Bush lunch

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Bush will defend expanded immigration

Jeb Bush says he has "no problems" pushing policies in a 2016 Republican presidential primary that would allow more legal immigrants.

The former Florida…

Senator Lindsey Graham

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Potential Bush bid sways none in GOP field

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's surprise announcement that he'll "actively explore" a presidential bid Tuesday morning did little to dissuade his potential…

Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush's long campaign begins

The 2016 presidential race isn't an abstract parlor game anymore.

With a seven-paragraph Facebook post on Tuesday, Jeb Bush instantly transformed the nascent…

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Bill Clinton: Garner 'didn't deserve to die'

Former President Bill Clinton said the African American man killed with a chokehold by a white police officer "didn't deserve to die," and that while race…

CitiBank settlement


Congressman defends 'Citibank' provision

The mystery congressman responsible for the inclusion of language in the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that caused a progressive outcry is coming forward…

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Senate extends 'temporary' tax breaks for 2014

Congress on Tuesday night extended dozens of expired "temporary" tax breaks for 2014.

Senator Ted Cruz R Texas

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Cruz apologizes for ruining weekends

Sen. Ted Cruz apologized Tuesday to Republican senators for disrupting their schedules last weekend when he unexpectedly forced the chamber to be in session…

Barack Obama

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Judge: Immigration move unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama's move to halt deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants violates the…

US Capitol


Dems use nuclear option to clear judges

As they make a final push to approve presidential nominations before Republicans take control of the Senate, Democrats said Tuesday the confirmation of a…

Keystone pipeline unbuilt

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McConnell: Keystone bill first up in Senate

The Republican-led Senate plans to force a showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as new members take office in January.

Jeb Bush

Bush to 'actively explore' presidential bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has decided to "actively explore" a presidential bid after conversations with his family over Thanksgiving, he said in a Facebook…

Jeb Bush

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7 things to know about Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush surprised the political world on Tuesday by deciding to "actively explore" a 2016 bid. Here are six things to know about Bush:

1. He was the governor…

Marco Rubio

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Source: Rubio on track for 2016 run

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is on track to run for president in 2016 even if Jeb Bush also jumps into the race, a source close to Rubio says.

President Obama making Ferguson remarks

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Obama: Pakistan attack shows Taliban 'depravity'

The school attack that left more than one hundred children dead in Pakistan demonstrates the "depravity" of the terrorists responsible, President Barack Obama…

Donald Trump

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Trump 'seriously considering' 2016 bid

Once again, Donald Trump claims he's flirting with a run for the White House.

Elizabeth Warren

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Warren promises she's not running in 2016

She's said it once, and she'll say it four times: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not running for president.

Asked four times by NPR's Steve Inskeep on Monday morning…

Department of Veterans Affairs

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Report: VA misled Congress and media

The Department of Veterans Affairs misled Congress and members of the media about how many veterans died or suffered serious harm as a result of extreme…

President Barack Obama speaking to troops at Fort Dix

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Obama says U.S. 'hammering' ISIS in speech to troops

President Barack Obama offered a bullish assessment of his war on Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Monday, even as he acknowledged small gains by ISIS…

Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy

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Senate confirms new surgeon general

The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats -- in the final days of their majority control of the chamber -- overcame…

Jeb Bush, February 2014

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Jeb Bush to grads: 'Shake things up'

Jeb Bush name-checked Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg on Monday while telling University of South Carolina graduates that "young people and…

Romney concession speech

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'Ready for Romney' group site launches

If encouragement from major GOP donors and favorable polling isn't enough, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by…

White House

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Power outages hit White House, federal buildings

Several federal buildings in downtown Washington lost power for a short time Monday morning as a result of a "transformer explosion" at the Office of Personnel…

US Capitol from the front

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What's left for Congress in the lame duck?

The Senate passed a spending bill to fund the government through next September --- so why haven't they gone home yet?

Dick Cheney

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Cheney has no regrets

A defiant former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by his defense of the extreme interrogation techniques used by the CIA on detainees in the wake of the 9/11…

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5 fat roadblocks in the way of tax reform

Some of the best tax minds in the country agree on one thing: Corporate tax reform will be a very, very heavy lift.

Jeb Bush


Why is Jeb Bush releasing 250,000 emails?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Sunday he will release 250,000 emails from his two terms in office and write an eBook outlining his governing philosophy.…

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Progressives gird for Capitol Hill battle

Washington is entering a new era of kamikaze governance, this time with Democrats at the helm.

Thursday night's spending showdown saw progressive Democrats…

Elizabeth Warren

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Sen. Warren ends up a winner in spending fight

Sen. Elizabeth Warren lost her battle over the government spending bill. But she ended the week a winner.

Warren implored her colleagues to change the bill…

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Senate sends spending bill to Obama

The Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending measure Saturday night funding most of the government through September, removing the threat of a shutdown for…


Top Dems deny there's a party rift

One might think Democrats are in disarray, given the recent legislative battle that pitted the Obama administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…

Guantanamo Bay Gitmo

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McCain prepared to help close Guantanamo

An unlikely ally is offering a glimmer of hope that President Barack Obama can make good on his vow to close Guantanamo Bay before leaving office.


Capitol at night

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Senate passes spending bill

The U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September, approving it in an unusual Saturday evening vote.

Eric Holder

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Reporter will not be forced to reveal source

Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to seek to compel New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal a confidential source, according to a law…

John McCain


McCain says 'most likely' running in 2016

John McCain says he is "most likely" running for re-election in 2016, but is aware that he will be a top target for conservative groups gunning for…

Bachmann thanks Iowa supporters


Bachmann ready to 'take the handcuffs off'

Rep. Michele Bachmann says now that she's leaving Congress, she can "take the handcuffs off." Minnesota congresswoman said she wants to play a major role in…

US Capitol from the front

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Senate pushes vote on spending bill to Monday

After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into…

Michele Bachmann

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At party, Bachmann tells Obama to bomb Iran

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann had some parting advice for President Barack Obama at the White House Christmas Party: Bomb Iran.

School bus drives past Welcome Sandy Hook sign

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Sandy Hook 2 years later: One senator's push

Sunday marks the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre that killed twenty children and six teachers on December 14, 2012.

Joe Biden new blurb

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Biden talks about threatening to kill a bully

Vice President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday night about how, as a child, he stood up to a local bully by smashing the boy's head and threatening to kill him.

Hillary Clinton


Clinton wins award from gay hookup app

Users of Grindr, the leading gay hookup app, have voted Hillary Clinton their "Straight Ally of the Year."

Scott Walker Wisconsin Governor

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Wis. governor's Hanukkah message: 'Molotov!'

Wisconsin's governor is taking some heat for what he calls a typo in a Hanukkah letter.

Capitol at night

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Congress poised to end where it started

This Congress is going out just the way it began: in complete disarray.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel


Emanuel: How Chicago saved its small businesses

In the face of dwindling budgets and changing societal needs, the nation's mayors are using innovation to solve their most pressing problems

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio


O'Reilly 'emissary' booted from press conference

A correspondent for Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" ambushed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference in the Bronx on Thursday.

Capitol at night

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Congress narrowly averts government shutdown

Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown that was slated to take effect at midnight. The House approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the…

Tomahawk missiile launch, ISIS, Syria

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Use of force authorization passes committee

A resolution authorizing the use of force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria was passed out of the Foreign Relations Committee at a meeting Thursday. The vote…

Capitol at night

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Dem backlash throws spending bill in doubt

A backlash from Democrats over add-ons to a massive government spending bill is throwing passage of the measure into doubt and once again raising concerns…

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Congress considers plan to allow pension cuts

More than a million retired and current truck drivers, construction workers and other union workers could see their pension benefits cut if Congress passes a…

Congressional staffers walk out


Hill staffers walk out in wake of grand jury decisions

Some congressional staffers walked off their jobs Thursday afternoon to show their support for the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the wake of the…

Cheney Interview

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Cheney: 'The report's full of crap'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called a Senate panel's report on U.S. interrogation tactics during George W. Bush's administration is "deeply flawed" and a…



Number of legal commercial drones expanding

The U.S. Government is expanding the number of commercial companies that can legally use unmanned aerial systems, often called UAVs or drones.

Obama foreign policy speech at West Point

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24 states now suing Obama over immigration

Twenty-four states have signed onto the legal challenge against President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration, incoming Texas Gov. Greg…

US Capitol

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Congress reaches spending deal

Top lawmakers agreed to $1.1 trillion government funding bill late Tuesday, just two days before federal agencies are due to run out of money. The negotiating…

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