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Giuliani: Ferguson is a 'significant exception'

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the controversy surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a white police…

Lindsey Graham


Is the GOP presidential field growing by two?

Add two more to what's the possibly largest club in Washington: Republicans who might seek their party's 2016 nomination.

Obama prepares for immigration speech

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Skit: Obama dumps 'Schoolhouse Rock' Bill

You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to reach the Capitol building in Washington, so just imagine what the tumble down is like.

Or, just ask "Schoolhouse Rock"…


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Obama backer faces sexual abuse charges

A prominent supporter of President Barack Obama and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign was arrested last week on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse…


GOP's Sen. Graham: 'Shame on us' over immigration

A key Republican senator chastised his House GOP colleagues Sunday for failing to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

"Shame on us as Republicans," Sen.…

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dead at 78

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead, a Washington hospital spokeswoman said early Sunday. He was 78.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

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Obama on 2016: Americans want 'new car smell'

After taking responsibility for his party's sweeping defeat in the midterm elections, President Barack Obama now says that he is aware that his brand has lost…

Senator Lindsey Graham

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Graham blasts GOP-led Benghazi report

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has some harsh words for the recently released Benghazi report, led by his own party.

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Obama backer faces sexual abuse charges

A prominent supporter of President Barack Obama and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign was arrested last week on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse…

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U.S. to extend combat role in Afghanistan

In a policy shift, President Barack Obama has decided to extend the combat role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan into 2015, allowing troops to keep fighting the…

Michelle Obama

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Why students are saying #ThanksMichelleObama

Students unhappy with school meals are taking it out on the first lady by sharing images on social media of lunches sarcastically tagged #ThanksMichelleObama.

Obama golfing

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Obama golfs with Jeter in Vegas

President Obama has traded GOP rancor and late-fall temperatures in Washington for a golf outing with Derek Jeter at the nicest golf resort in Las Vegas.

Millenials turn up heat against low wages

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Obama immigration plan gives micro wage boost

Want to get paid more? The White House claims President Obama's immigration plan will raise wages for immigrants and American-born alike.

But the amount seems…

Libya US consulte Benghazi aftermath

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GOP-led report debunks Benghazi theories

An investigative report prepared by the House Intelligence Committee finds little to support questions raised about CIA actions on the ground in Benghazi,…

President in Las Vegas on immigration

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Obama lobbies for immigration support

His new immigration plan stamped and signed, President Barack Obama on Friday rallied support behind his decision to delay deportation of millions of…

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Holder calls for calm ahead of Ferguson decision

Attorney General Eric Holder released a video message Friday, announcing new guidance for police when they respond to demonstrations and calling for…

White House after dark

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Woman faces gun charge in White House arrest

A woman who was arrested with a handgun outside of the White House Thursday night has been charged with a felony, accused of carrying a pistol without a…

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House GOP files Affordable Care Act lawsuit

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday he has sued the Obama Administration in federal court over its decisions to make changes to the President's health care…

Affordable Care Act website

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Affordable Care Act enrollment stats fudged

Only 6.7 million Americans were enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans as of mid-October, not 7.1 million, the Obama administration admitted…

Obama makes immigration deal

On immigration, a tale of two presidents

When George W. Bush couldn't get an immigration overhaul though the Senate, he gave up. When Barack Obama couldn't get a bill through the House, he changed the…

Man with two flags


Judge overturns Montana same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge overturned Montana's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions.

Immigration debate

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GOP hammers case against Obama on immigration

Opponents of President Barack Obama's plan, which makes sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system by use of executive order, focused their criticism…

Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay

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Five Guantanamo detainees transferred

Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay were transferred to the nations of Slovakia or Georgia as part of the U.S. plan to reduce the facility's population of…

Hillary Clinton

Clinton: I support Obama's immigration plan

Hillary Clinton offered her firm backing Thursday of President Barack Obama's plan to issue an executive action to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

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Obama: 'You can come out of the shadows'

President Barack Obama is ordering the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades, despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by moving…

Obama immigration video

Obama tests limits with immigration plan

President Barack Obama's plan to take the immigration system in his own hands is a daring test of the limits of presidential power.

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Liberals slam networks for not airing Obama

A top liberal advocacy group is lambasting ABC, NBC and CBS for deciding to not air President Barack Obama's primetime address on immigration Thursday despite…

President speaks on immigration reform


Half of Americans oppose executive action

About half of all Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's incoming executive action on immigration despite agreeing with Obama on principle,…

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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Swedish court upholds Assange arrest warrant

A Swedish appeals court on Thursday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's latest request to dismiss an arrest warrant for alleged rape and molestation --…

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Big jump in Medicaid spending after Obamacare

Medicaid spending is expected to soar more than 11 percent in fiscal 2014 as many states expand the program under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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Gov't: China could take down US power grid

China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack…

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Sen. Al Franken goes after Uber

Uber's apology over an executive's comments theorizing about launching a smear campaign against journalists wasn't enough for Sen. Al Franken.

White House

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Man arrested at White House

A man was arrested at the White House Wednesday after the Secret Service found a rifle and ammunition in his car parked nearby.

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Interim Secret Service testifies on failures

Joe Clancy, the interim director of the U.S. Secret Service, said that the agency has been "severely damaged in recent years by failures" and explained some…

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President Obama's Keystone problem

President Barack Obama's Keystone pipeline headache is only going to get worse.

Border Patrol agent at US Mexican border

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Obama to announce immigration plan Thursday

President Barack Obama will unveil his long-awaited immigration plan Thursday evening, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of…

Senate votes on Keystone pipeline 2

Senate blocks NSA surveillance bill

Republican opponents of White House-backed legislation that would rein in NSA surveillance programs narrowly blocked the Senate from taking up the bill Tuesday…

Obama on Malaysia Airlines crash 7-18


Obama condemns 'horrific' terror attack

President Barack Obama condemns the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four Israelis as a "horrific" terror attack and urges Israelis and Palestinians…

Speaker Boehner Thursday after midterms

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Boehner: Veto like calling Americans 'stupid'

House Speaker John Boehner might have taken a cue from Jonathan Gruber.

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Obama praised Jonathan Gruber in 2006

President Barack Obama is trying to distance himself from MIT economist Jonathan Gruber who has drawn heat for saying the "stupidity of the American voter" was…

Barack Obama

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Obama seeks review of hostage-taking response

The U.S. government is conducting a review of how it responds when American citizens are taken hostage by overseas terrorists, including how the families of…

Senate votes on Keystone pipeline 2

US Senate kills Keystone pipeline bill

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an…

Keystone pipeline unbuilt

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Landrieu says she has Keystone votes

Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu says she has the 60 votes she needs for the Senate to advance a measure Tuesday that would authorize construction of…

Chris Christie

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Christie warns GOP against shutdown

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned newly elected House Republicans over lunch on Monday not to shut down the government unless there's a clear end game.

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Cruz fires back at Franken on net neutrality

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to net…

Capitol Hill

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Can the Republicans balance the budget?

With Republicans getting ready to take over on Capitol Hill, a key senator has renewed party calls to balance the federal budget.

Scott Walker Wisconsin Governor

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Wisconsin governor dings Clinton on her age

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he feels no pressure to run for president at 47 because a certain political rival of his is toying with the idea well into…

G20 economic increase

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Mixed fortunes for G20 leaders in Brisbane

Vladimir Putin was the first G20 leader to leave Brisbane.

GOP American Crossroads


How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that…

Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security

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Homeland Security chief: Lone wolf attacks worry me

Lone wolf terror attacks remain a significant threat within the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday, and could occur without…

Department of State

Was State Department e-mail hacked?

The U.S. State Department recently detected "activity of concern" in portions of its e-mail system, a senior official said Sunday.

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Analysts: ISIS video 'sign of desperation'

Like a wounded animal lashing out in fury, ISIS is betraying hints of desperation in its latest video, which purportedly shows the aftermath of the beheading…

President Obama from news conference

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Obama denies deceiving voters on Obamacare

President Obama denied an accusation on Sunday that he had misled voters about his signature health care law in order to get it passed in 2010.

Dr Craig Spencer


Senator: Reimburse cities for money spent on Ebola

The federal government should pay back New York and other cities that have shelled out millions to deal with Ebola, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

In New…

Mitt Romney

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Republicans reject government shutdown option

Republican lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed on Sunday talk shows that shutting down the government to avoid unilateral action by President Barack Obama on…

Affordable Care Act website, health care website

Obamacare 2.0 kicks off with few hitches seems actually works this time.

Obamacare 2.0 opened for enrollment early Saturday morning with less fanfare and fewer glitches than a…

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer Izumo


Relocation of U.S. base in Japan likely dead

It took 17 years for the approval of plans to relocate a controversial U.S. military base in Japan, and now it appears those plans won't happen after all.

Obama at ASEAN-USA Summit

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Obama flies home to a new political war

A defiant Barack Obama dives into what could be a defining period of his presidency this week, after repeatedly enraging Republicans from afar during his Asia…

Chuck Hagel

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Hagel may have to ponder troop recommendation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is acknowledging he may have to consider recommendations to place ground forces in Iraq to help forces there locate targets if,…

Bill Clinton


Bill Clinton handicaps the midterms

Former President Bill Clinton suggested on Saturday that the fall in Hispanic turnout for Democrats in 2014 was partly due to President Barack Obama's decision…

Obama signs health care law


Obama confident as health care site reopens

The Obama administration went into the first hours of the new enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act with confidence that last year's problems with…

Biden at 2012 VP debate


Biden stresses rising income inequality

Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the issue of income inequality to a gathering of major donors and activists Friday night, telling them Democrats will work…

Obama G20 Australia

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Obama: U.S. muscle, influence pivot to Asia

U.S. President Obama opened his appearance at the G20 summit of world leaders in Australia with a speech that had to make Beijing think.

He also took a shot at…

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U.S. Marine Corps

Marines chief laments unit readiness at home

Half of all U.S. Marine Corps units at their home bases are below the levels of required readiness, according to the new commandant of the Marine Corps.

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Walker tops Parnell in Alaska governor's race

CNN projects independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska gubernatorial race, defeating Republican incumbent Sean Parnell.

Gen Martin Dempsey


U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman travels to Iraq

Days after refusing to rule out recommending U.S. combat troops in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made an unexpected trip Saturday to the…

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Top 10 stocks members of Congress own

Following the money in politics is often telling.

American lawmakers have tens of millions of dollars invested in companies that actively lobby Congress,…

Vladimir Putin in talks

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Russia's Putin gets chilly reception at G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the northern Australian city of Brisbane to a scorching spring day, and a distinctly chilly reception.

Keystone XL pipeline


House approves Keystone pipeline proposal

The GOP-led House of Representatives passed legislation Friday, voting 252-161, approving construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would take that…

Hillary Clinton file 4

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McAuliffe on Clinton decision: '60 days'

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clinton family, thinks the former Secretary of State will decide whether she'll run for president in 60 days.


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Jane Byrne, Chicago's 1st female mayor, dies

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne -- the first and only woman to lead the city -- has died, the city's current mayor said Friday.

Global warming, climate change

US sending $3B to fight climate change

The United States will commit $3 billion to a fund that helps poor nations cope with climate change, a White House official said Friday.

Barack Obama White House Rose Garden

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Immigration waiting game expected to end soon

President Obama, who will act on immigration reform by the end of the year, has not reviewed final administration recommendations on immigration but is aware…

Mike Segar/Reuters

Affordable Care Act's next fight for survival

The Affordable Care Act -- the law that refuses to die -- is suddenly under attack again.

Chuck Hagel

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Hagel outlines overhaul of nuclear program

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday outlined actions -- some under way, some in the works -- to revamp the U.S. nuclear program, following reviews he had…

Obama in Myanmar

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President Obama: Myanmar must do 'hard work'

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it's time to move forward, said President Obama from the porch of an infamously symbolic home in the…

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Report: U.S. planes spy on American phones

Federal law enforcement agents reportedly fly small planes loaded with gear to spy on Americans' cell phone calls.

New White House fence jumper

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Fence-jumping review faults Secret Service's training

Organizational confusion, gaps in training, a series of communication failures and more allowed Omar Gonzalez to jump a fence and enter the White House in a…

Marijuana grow farm

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'It's zero!' Dem Blumenauer on pot deaths

How many people died of marijuana overdoses last year?

Chris Christie apologizes

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2016 looms as Christie to make pig decision

Gov. Chris Christie has a big decision to make come December: Anger the governor of Iowa, who holds significant power in the first-in-the-nation presidential…

Mike Beebe

Arkansas gov to pardon son on drug charges

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his son for a felony drug charge from more than a decade ago.

"It will probably be in the next few weeks," said Matt…

Elizabeth Warren

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Warren joins Senate Democratic leadership

Firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined Senate Democratic leadership Thursday after Senate Democrats convened Thursday to assemble a leadership team for their…

US Capitol

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New lawmakers start first day of school

One week after Republicans scored massive electoral victories in the House and Senate, the 58 wide-eyed and triumphant House lawmakers-to-be descended upon…

Hillary Clinton nutcracker

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Urban Outfitters sells Hillary Clinton nutcracker

Urban Outfitters has brought back its Hillary Clinton "nutcracker" doll just in time for the holidays.

Sarah Palin

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Palin, 'Duck Dynasty' to rally in Louisiana

As Rep. Bill Cassidy wages a runoff campaign against Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, he'll get some in-person support this weekend from Sarah Palin…

Obama at ASEAN-USA Summit

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Obama determined as ever to bypass Congress

For President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress, distance does not make the heart grow fonder.

Gift Cards

Feds seek to make prepaid cards safer

The federal government is trying to make sure more prepaid card users can swipe in safety.

Fords Theater federal government shutdown


Could immigration cause a Gov't shutdown?

Congressional Republicans are vowing to fight President Barack Obama's plan to change immigration laws through executive action, but they are struggling with…

Mike Huckabee waving

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Fox News reviews Huckabee political activity

Fox News and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson went their separate ways last week. Is Fox host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee next?

Harry Reid as shutdown pressure grows

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Harry Reid: Dems won't engage in 'obstruction'

In his first public comments since the election, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid Wednesday pledged cooperation with Republicans when they take Senate…


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What to expect from the lame duck Congress

Triumphant Republicans return to Washington Wednesday to prepare for a new era of GOP dominance on both sides of the Capitol.

But first, they have to get…

Same-sex marriage, gay marriage

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Court overturns SC same-sex marriage ban

A U.S. District Court judge has overturned South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.

The ruling, by Judge Richard M. Gergel in Charleston, does not mean an…

Mitch McConnell

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Top Republicans slam U.S.-China climate deal

Top Congressional Republican leaders quickly criticized the U.S.-China climate change pact to cut carbon emissions that President Barack Obama announced while…

Obama, Xi Jinping


US, China reach historic climate change deal

In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb their greenhouse gas…

President Barack Obama, Ebola cabinet meeting

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Sources: Obama seeks new Syria strategy

President Barack Obama has asked his national security team for another review of the U.S. policy toward Syria after realizing that ISIS may not be defeated…

Obama with Chinese president

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Secret talks led to historic climate deal

The major climate agreement President Obama sealed Tuesday came nearly a year after he wrote a letter to his Chinese counterpart laying the groundwork for this…

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APEC summit ends with rare news conference

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged cooperation on a range of common interests as they concluded an unusually colorful…

Putin, Obama

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Obama, Putin meet (briefly) in China

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin crossed paths Tuesday during a summit of world leaders in China -- but little else.

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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Bush 'wanted Dad to be alive' to read book

Former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that he wanted to publish his personal biography about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, now because…

Rosa DeLauro

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Congresswoman falls victim to burglary attempt

After winning her 13th term to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, the last thing Rep. Rosa DeLauro expected from a whirlwind week was an armed…

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