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National Rifle Association

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NRA gathers as gun debate cools, shifts focus

The National Rifle Association holds its annual meeting with the gun debate cooling overall and pivoting to the states, where gun-control advocates are…

Obama in Japan

Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan in land dispute

The United States stands by its security agreement with Japan in its dispute with China over a group of islands, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Jail cell, prison


More drug offenders eligible for clemency

More federal prisoners serving sentences for non-violent crimes can apply for clemency after the Justice Department announced new rules Wednesday.


Man shoots at gun range gun control

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Georgia law OKs guns in schools, bars

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe…

Chris Christie

State of New Jersey

Christie knocks Letterman for fat jokes, backs Colbert

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a shot Wednesday on Twitter at David Letterman over the retiring comedian's jokes about the governor's weight.

Mitt Romney headshot

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Mitt Romney's new starring role

Mitt Romney is weighing in on competitive Republican primary for a GOP held House seat in California -- the latest sign that the 2012 Republican presidential…

Obama, Shinzo Abe

Pete Souza/The White House

Obama starts tour with reassurance to Japan

President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the first part of his Asia trip that started with reassuring Tokyo of U.S. support in its bitter…


Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency

The IRS is in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves.

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul in Chicago: School choice is 'the great equalizer'

Continuing his outreach to minority voters, Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Chicago Tuesday that the debate over school choice is not a Republican vs.…


GOP primary to fill seat after cocaine scandal

Four Republican candidates are facing off Tuesday in a primary in southwestern Florida for a seat left open by the resignation of a congressman following a…

2012 DNC Convention 2

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15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic convention

The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60…


You could soon use bitcoin to support political campaigns

Bitcoin enthusiasts may soon be able to use the digital currency to support political campaigns.

Chris Christie out

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Christie on pot: Colo. law 'not the quality of life we want'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeated his well-known opposition to legalizing marijuana in his state, and sharply criticized one that has done just that -…

Christie town hall


Another NJ bridge controversy brewing

The George Washington Bridge may not be the only one used in an apparent act of political retribution by appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and a…

GOP raises cash using Bush's socks


GOP raises cash using George H.W. Bush's socks

What's the GOP's latest weapon against Democrats? President George H.W. Bush's fashion.

Keystone XL pipeline


Obama pushes back Keystone decision

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is extending the comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline report -- a move that could…

White House Easter Egg Roll


Obamas open up South Lawn for Easter Egg Roll

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South…

W Neil Eggleston

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama names new White House counsel

President Barack Obama has tapped Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston as White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

Richard Blumenthal blurb


Senator nearly hit by train during safety event

A Connecticut senator is nearly hit by a train during a commuter safety press conference.

Republican, Democrat, political buttons


GOP House group takes in $21 million, outraised by Dems in first quarter

The group working to keep control of the House in Republican hands raised $9.9 million in March and finished the first quarter of the year with $31 million…

Barack, Michelle Obama on Easter

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Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church

President Barack Obama attended Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, a house of worship that he visited the Sunday before he was first…

Elizabeth Warren

Jason Reed / Reuters

Warren repeats she's 'not running for president'

Days before the release of her new book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated that she's not angling for a White House bid.

Barack Obama August news conference


Why are some Dems running from the Affordable Care Act?

Recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that the Affordable Care Act will cost about $5 billion less to implement in 2014 than originally…

Hillary Clinton


Undocumented immigrant describes her 'glass ceiling' to Clinton

When Nova Bajamonti walked into to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York on Thursday, she knew the day would be different. Hillary Clinton, an inspiration…

Cliven Bundy

REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

What made Nevada rancher fight the feds?

When the Bureau of Land Management retreated from a standoff with Cliven Bundy, a few hundred people traveled to his Nevada ranch to protest what they see as…

Justin Bieber

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Deport Bieber? White House declines comment

The White House has declined to comment on a "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card" petition, saying the "We the People" petition…

Ukraine protests 2

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House lawmakers push back on Ukraine aid

The White House is not going far enough in sending aid to Ukraine, say top Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee in a letter to…

Harry Reid as shutdown pressure grows

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Nevada senators face off over militia groups

In a blunt exchange that hit on a major American divide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, stood by his comments that militia groups…


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Memo says GOP competitive in 5 more Senate races

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group tasked with getting Republicans elected to the Senate, believes Republicans have expanded the 2014…

Amy Kremer


Amy Kremer to resign from Tea Party Express

Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairman who's played a major role in elections for the past five years, is resigning.

"This has been a really difficult…

Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices

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Clinton memoir gets a title: "Hard Choices"

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated next memoir will be titled "Hard Choices," the book's publisher announced Friday.

The memoir will…

Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child.

The only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of state…

Obama, 7-19-2013


Obama would cut deficits by another $1 trillion

The official nonpartisan take on President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal is in: He would curb deficits even more than today's policies.

Beau and Joe Biden

Beau Biden plans to run for governor in Delaware

Beau Biden said Thursday he won't seek re-election this year as Delaware attorney general and plans instead to run for governor in 2016.

Obama, Biden

Pete Souza/The White House

'Guys' trip' raises questions about Obama's '16 choice

The selfie. The "guys' trip." An endorsement? Not quite.

Chris Christie on Election Day

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Poll: Christie, Paul, Bush are top Republicans

A new survey indicates Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul and former Gov. Jeb Bush would all fare about the same in a potential presidential matchup against…

Obama, Biden selfie

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'Pals': Biden, Obama make selfie time

Let the selfies continue. Vice President Joe Biden posted his first selfie late Wednesday, hours after launching his Instagram account.

Obama Biden jobs near Pittsburgh

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama, Biden announce millions for job training

Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he's putting hundreds of…

Abortion rights, anti-abortion supporters

Jim Young/Reuters

Judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional.

Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg to mount $50 million NRA challenge

Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association.

The former New York City mayor…

US Capitol


2014 midterms: What's at stake

Their approval rating is horrendous. They rarely get along or get anything done. So here's your chance to do something about it.

With the entire House of…

Chelsea Clinton

Brian Yaklyvich/CNN

Will Chelsea Clinton go into the family business?

Chelsea Clinton is once again keeping the door open to a possible run for office in the future.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Obama


Has Aung San Suu Kyi lost her voice?

Having endured nearly 15 years of house arrest with grace and courage, Aung San Suu Kyi has earned a reputation throughout the world as a political superstar…

Bo, Sunny Obama

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First lady, dogs visit military families

First Lady Michelle Obama visited military families on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday, with first dogs Bo and Sunny in…

Chris Christie


Christie's interview with investigators

The first news report linking his top aides to an alleged political payback scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge made Chris Christie "sick to…

Alison Ernst Clinton shoe thrower

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Woman faces federal charges in Clinton shoe incident

An Arizona woman now faces federal charges for allegedly throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton.

NSA, National Security Agency HQ, Fort Meade, Md

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Stories about NSA surveillance win Pulitzers

Two news organizations' stories about National Security Agency surveillance, based upon documents leaked by Edward Snowden, have been awarded the Pulitzer…

Man smokes e-cig

REUTERS/Mike Segar

Report: E-cigarettes appealing to kids

A dozen Democratic members of Congress released a report on Monday concluding that electronic cigarettes "aggressively (promote) their products by using…

Christie at Fort Lee NJ City Hall

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sources: Another Port Authority resignation expected

Another New Jersey representative on the board of commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is stepping aside, according to several…



Obama marks Holy Week, reflects on Kansas shooting

President Barack Obama took time on Monday at a Holy Week prayer breakfast to reflect on the deadly shooting outside a Jewish community center in Kansas.

Rand Paul


Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran

Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn't rule out the containment of Iran's nuclear program.

Ted Cruz


'16 hopefuls sound familiar conservative themes in NH

Affordable Care Act? Check. Harry Reid? Check. Kathleen Sebelius? Check. A smattering of potential 2016 hopefuls looking to bank early points among Granite…

Kathleen Sebelius

Sebelius' resignation and the politics of health law

Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing health and human services secretary, said the decision to step down from her post was hers -- not the Obama administration's.


Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

GOP base includes racist 'elements,' congressman charges

Over 50 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the issue of race is back in the political headlines, after comments from Attorney General Eric…

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Democratic campaign chair: 2014 too early to call

It's too early in the game to predict which party will clean up in November's midterm elections, Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic…

Pro-Russian protesters, Luhansk, Ukraine

Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

'Nothing grassroots' about Ukraine uprisings, U.S. official says

Attacks on police stations and government buildings in eastern Ukraine bear "telltale signs of Moscow's involvement," a top U.S. administration official said…

Iran map


Iran sticks with U.N. envoy choice Aboutalebi

A senior Iranian official said Saturday that Tehran is not considering a replacement for Hamid Aboutalebi, its choice for ambassador to the United Nations,…

Paul Ryan in Colorado

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For GOP, 2016 election starting earlier than 2012

The calendar reads April 2014, but in some ways it feels like it's April 2015, when the next race for the White House will be in full swing.

And the early moves…

Sylvia Mathews Burwell


Senate Democrats upbeat about confirming Burwell

Senate Democrats are upbeat about the prospects for confirming Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Health and Human Services secretary, several Democratic…

Paul Ryan RNC speech

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Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'infighting' for Lent

Rep. Paul Ryan called on the Republican Party to unify in a speech Friday, saying it should "give up the infighting" for Lent.

San Diego cross

REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

DOJ: Cross atop war memorial is appropriate

The United States will defend against efforts to remove a giant cross atop a war memorial in Southern California over claims it violates the constitutional…

Rand Paul

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Paul disparages Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

Presidential politics were in the air Friday in New Hampshire as Sen. Rand Paul took direct aim at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton.

The Kentucky…

Obama gives DNC speech

Jim Young / Reuters

Obama caps civil rights focus at landmark play

After two speeches heralding the civil rights movement and its impact on his life, President Barack Obama on Friday took in a revival of 'A Raisin in the Sun,'…

Rep Tom Petri

U.S. House of Representatives

GOP congressman to announce retirement

Add Rep. Tom Petri to the growing list of House members who are retiring at the end of the year rather than running for re-election.

Iran map


U.S. won't issue visa for Iranian diplomat

The United States has told Iran that it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, the Islamic republic's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, the…

Michelle, Barack Obama, 2009 inauguration


Obamas' income drops 21% to $481,098

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama reported an adjusted gross income of $481,098 for 2013 -- about 21 percent less than the year before.

Alison Ernst Clinton shoe thrower

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Accused Clinton shoe-thrower identified

Las Vegas Police are pursuing disorderly conduct charges against a woman who allegedly threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech on Thursday.

Barack Obama

Jim Young/Reuters

Obama on 'birther' controversy: 'That was crazy'

President Barack Obama grew nostalgic and paused with laughter Friday while remembering the noisy controversy over his birth certificate a few years ago.

Alan Gross jailed in Cuba

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American held in Cuba for 4 years ends hunger strike

Alan Gross, the former American subcontractor who's spent four years imprisoned in Cuba, ended a hunger strike Friday that he launched last week in a bid to…

President Obama in Tennessee

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama to narrow in on voting rights

If President Barack Obama's remarks Thursday at Lyndon Johnson's presidential library were meant to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement, Friday's…

Sebelius testifies


Sebelius had 'toughest job in Washington'

Shortly after Kathleen Sebelius was tapped to carry out President Barack Obama's signature health care reform effort, the head of Health and Human Services…

Obama nominates Sylvia Burwell


Obama nominates new health secretary

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next…

Hillary ducks shoe

Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton

A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.

She ducked and it missed her, joking…

Army dog tags, American flag


Army's ethnic hairstyle ban offensive to some

The U.S. Army's new ban on many types of ethnic hairstyles has African-American women who wear their coifs in dreadlocks, braids and cornrows in a twist.


Prison inmate holding bars


U.S. moves toward less time for drug crimes

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing guidelines that could shorten prison stays for about 70% of federal drug trafficking…

Fast food worker McDonald's

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Minnesota to increase minimum wage

Minnesota is set to join the growing list of states raising minimum wage above the federal level.



Obama credits LBJ legacy

Honoring the legacy of a former president he's barely mentioned previously, President Barack Obama on Thursday cast Lyndon B. Johnson's push to end legal…

Vance McAllister

U.S. House of Representatives

Kissing congressman called on to resign

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called Thursday on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign after surveillance video surfaced showing the married Louisiana…

lois lerner

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Republicans vote to hold ex-IRS official in contempt

The Republican-led House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 Thursday to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer…

Affordable Care Act website, health care website

Sebelius: ACA hits 7.5 million sign-ups

The number of people enrolled in the Affordable Care Act stands at 7.5 million -- an increase of 400,000 since the Obama administration announced it surpassed…

Kathleen Sebelius, 10-30-2013

Jason Reed/Reuters

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her position as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.

Gay marriage, same-sex marriage


Utah seeks to uphold same-sex marriage ban

As 2013 drew to a close, Laurie Wood had no realistic plans to marry, after being told for years it was illegal in her home state of Utah.

Issa, Cummings


Issa accuses Dem of obstructing IRS probe

Just when it seems impossible for things to get uglier between the two heads of a key House investigative committee, they have.

Obama at Fort Hood memorial

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Obama makes 'painful' return to Fort Hood

For the second time in less than five years President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Fort Hood in Texas on Wednesday to honor the…

lois lerner

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republicans on key House committee ask for former IRS official to be prosecuted

House Republicans took two significant swings at former IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday, voting to refer her to the Justice Department for criminal…

Vance McAllister

U.S. House of Representatives

Husband on kissing congressman: 'He has wrecked my life'

The husband of the woman caught making out with Rep. Vance McAllister said the Louisiana Republican destroyed his life and marriage.

"I'm just freaking…

Comcast, Time Warner Cable

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Comcast grilled in Senate over merger plans

Comcast says its pending merger with Time Warner Cable will benefit consumers, but some senators aren't so sure.

US Capitol

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GOP blocks 'paycheck fairness' bill in Senate

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic-backed proposal that aims to even the pay gap between men and women.

Secret Service police car

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Secret Service makes internal changes

The U.S. Secret Service has made some staffing and rule changes in the wake of recent incidents involving agents and alcohol in Amsterdam and in the Florida…

Hillary Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack

Jason Reed/Reuters

Hillary Clinton on 2016: 'I am thinking about it'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton divulged politics' worst-kept secret on Tuesday -- she's thinking about running for president.

Attorney General Eric Holder

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Holder spars with Republicans

Contempt goes two ways between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republicans.

LBJ, Lyndon B Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr

LBJ Presidential Library

Many doubt Civil Rights Act could pass today

On the day the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy called Lyndon B. Johnson, urging the President to postpone his…

President's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies

President Barack Obama's aunt has died in Boston after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to her immigration lawyer.

Obama in Oval Office

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

White House improving its own pay disparity

On a day when President Barack Obama trumpeted support of strengthening equal pay laws, a question about pay disparity between male and female staffers within…

Al Sharpton


Sharpton denies any wrongdoing in FBI informant role

Al Sharpton sharply denied Tuesday he did anything wrong when he disclosed information about the mafia to the FBI starting in the 1980s.

Obama signs executive orders on equal pay


Obama strengthens equal pay protections

President Barack Obama signed two executive actions Tuesday aimed at strengthening existing equal pay laws.

businesswomen office worker apart from co-workers


Equal pay: 5 things you need to know

You've heard it thousands of times: Women earn 77 cents to a man's dollar. But in many ways, this statistic is misleading. That said, the pay gap itself isn't…


US House

Married congressman 'sorry' after seen kissing staffer in video

Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness from God, his family and his constituents after a local newspaper published what it said was…

U.S. Capitol building.jpg

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Senate passes bill to block Iran's expected ambassador

The Senate passed rare bipartisan legislation Monday to give the Obama administration more leeway to prevent terrorists from representing countries at the…

Chuck Hagel

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Hagel visits Chinese aircraft carrier

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning at the Yuchi Naval Base at Qingdao on Monday, becoming the first foreigner…

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