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House GOP cancels vote on immigration bill

House Republicans on Thursday canceled a vote on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration…

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CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday and admitted the agency spied on computers used by its staffers who…

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Bush writes book about Bush

For George W. Bush, this project is personal. The 43rd president of the United States has written a book about his father, who happens to be the nation's 41st…

Scott Walker Wisconsin Governor

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Walker's bargaining rights law upheld by state Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Scott Walker scored a big victory Thursday after the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the collective bargaining rights law that angered public…

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House authorizes lawsuit against Obama

The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers at…

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Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error

Senators trying to mount a head-on battle with the House over highway funding may have doomed their own bill with a $2 billion mistake.

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CIA interrogation report could be released next week

A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 terror attacks could be…

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Bergdahl to be questioned soon about capture

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will meet next week with the general who's looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was captured by the Taliban in 2009, the Army…

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House approves bill to overhaul VA

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. House approves filing lawsuit against…

Donetsk, Ukraine damage

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Ukraine claims rebels planted mines near MH17

The road isn't easy -- past shelling and eerie separatist checkpoints. But where it leads is harder still.

Twelve days after MH17 was blown out of the sky,…

Guns

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Domestic violence: Next in gun-control fight

The scene is intense: A man is ferociously knocking on a door while a woman inside the house calls 911, saying that her ex is trying to break in. A child sits…

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Will latest sanctions on Russia work?

More Russian aggression in Ukraine. More U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Moscow. What seems like diplomatic tail-chasing so many months into the…

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Senate votes to start debate on emergency border bill

The Senate voted on Wednesday to take up a $2.7 billion Democratic spending bill to address the southern border crisis.

Lawmakers voted 63-33 on a procedural…

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More VA employees told to falsify data

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it…

Immigration reform supporters

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WH mulls steps on immigration it can take on its own

As Congress wrestles with legislation aimed at easing the southern border crisis, the White House is considering steps President Barack Obama can take on his…

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Surprise Senate highway vote near deadline

Alert: last-minute plot twist on a national issue that may involve your commute.

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Obama lambasts Republicans for 'hatin' all the time'

Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama used a Wednesday morning speech in Kansas City, Mo., to lambast Republicans who are…

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House GOP leaders unveil smaller border bill

Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican leaders further scaled-back their…

John Boehner

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Boehner denies GOP plans to impeach Obama

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama, blasting talk about it as "a scam…

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Appeals court rejects Health law challenge

Score one for Affordable Care Act supporters in court on Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel in Washington unanimously rejected a novel challenge to how the…

Bob McDonald VA nominee

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Senate confirms McDonald as Veterans Affairs secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, a former corporate CEO and an ex-Army officer, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

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Frustrated governor writes Obama about border kids

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam expressed frustration with the Obama administration's decision to place 760 unaccompanied minors in his state without…

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WH: Major costs to delaying climate change policy

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

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US, EU hit Russia with more sanctions

Russia became more isolated Tuesday than it has been at any time since the end of the Cold War after new, hard-hitting sanctions were announced by the…

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Obama admits boyhood crush on Linda Ronstadt

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

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U.S.: Russia violated missile treaty

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

Gay marriage, brides on wedding cake

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Appeals court rejects Virginia same-sex ban

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

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What will get done before Congress' recess?

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

Michelle Obama, official portrait

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First lady steps up political push

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

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Congress reaches tentative VA reform deal

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

Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin to launch own news channel

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

Bullets, gun magazine

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Judge rules against D.C. handgun ban

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

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Poll: Romney tops Obama but loses to Clinton

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

Sonia Sotomayor with kids

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Sonia Sotomayor sets kids upon Hillary Clinton

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

Rand Paul

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Paul: 'Fight for justice' on unfair sentences

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

Dan Pfeiffer

The White House

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

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

Michelle Kwan

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Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad

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

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Tentative deal reached to fund VA fixes

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

President Obama gives State of the Union address 2013

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Poll: Majority say no to impeachment, lawsuit

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

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Report: 4 journalists detained in Iran

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

Obama and Central American leaders

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Obama, Central American leaders meet on immigrant youth

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

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Lawmaker mistakes US officials for representatives of India

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

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Clinton blames Putin in MH17 shootdown

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

Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman inhales helium on Fallon show

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

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House GOP will vote on border bill next week

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

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Mary Poppins won't work for minimum wage

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

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Obama weighs sending guard troops to border

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

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Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor

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

Affordable Health Care Act support in Rhode Island

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Fake applicants got Affordable Care Act subsidies

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

Obama Afghanistan announcement 5-27

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Obama poll numbers not great, but hold steady

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

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CNN poll: Is Obamacare working?

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

Rep. Jack Kingston vs. David Perdue

Outsider beats insider in Ga. GOP primary runoff

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

Battle over birth control

White House revises contraception opt out

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

Sarah Palin

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Lead foot: Palin gets speeding ticket

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

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Justice Dept. suspends most poll-watching

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

Affordable Care Act website

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Split decisions on ACA: The impact on 4.7M Americans

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

President Obama in Tennessee

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Obama criticized for fundraising during tumult

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

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Appeals courts differ on health care

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

Department of Justice

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

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

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton would consider backing bid to limit money in politics

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

Rick Perry

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Perry sending National Guard to border

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

groceries

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Military family groceries won't be cut, for now

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

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Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

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

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Medal of Honor is for fallen brothers

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

Obama in Oval Office

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

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

Obama bars contractors from LGBT bias

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Obama bars contractors from LGBT bias

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

Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton: Hillary Clinton needs time

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

Vladimir Putin arty

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Kerry: 'Moment of truth' for Putin

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

John Kerry

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Kerry on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

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

Obama on Malaysia Airlines crash 7-18

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World events derail Obama's agenda

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

President Barack Obama wanted to drive down a…

Pro Russian separatist at MH17 crash site

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Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears

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

Dianne Feinstein

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Senate Intel chief: Putin should 'man up'

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

Debris at scene of MH17 crash Ukraine

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A 'game-changer' in relations with Russia

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

Immigration graffiti

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Obama to discuss immigration with Central American leaders

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

Edward Snowden at SXSW

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Snowden asks hackers to protect whistleblowers

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

Daniel Ellsberg, who famously…

Pro Russian separatists in Ukraine

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Obama, GOP lawmakers have harsh words for Putin

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

Chris Christie

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Christie: N.J. may consider housing immigrant kids

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

John Boehner payroll tax plan

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Boehner pessimistic about border bill now

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

Immigration supporters

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Immigrants or refugees? It makes a difference

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

Immigration debate

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Desperation, hope and children on the border

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

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Utah asks Supreme Court to act on marriages

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

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Need any more proof this Congress is done?

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

MH17 crash7

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Plane tragedy escalates the Ukraine conflict

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

The…

Obama foreign policy speech at West Point

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Obama: New Russian sanctions over Ukraine

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

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California's death penalty unconstitutional

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

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Justice probes missing IRS emails

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

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Bid in Senate to overturn Hobby Lobby fails

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

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Bergdahl grateful for release, lawyer says

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

Immigration protesters

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Immigrant kids not wanted, cities say

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

Honda pink car

Feds may press automakers further on mileage claims

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

Kennedy compound break in

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Man breaks into Kennedy compound

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

Hillary Clinton

Clinton hints at run on 'Daily Show'

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

Immigration protester

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Poll: Immigration tops list of most important issues

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

Iran nuclear facility, enriched uranium, yellowcake

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Iran nuke talks deadline like to be extended

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

Henry Kissinger

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Henry Kissinger 'resting' after heart surgery

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

John Boehner

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House GOP plan in works cheaper than Obama's

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

Obama

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Obama's Republican road rage

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

Immigrants arrive in Honduras

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Honduran families deported from U.S.

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

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

Hillary Clinton

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

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

White House debt talks

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At dinner of peace, Obama addresses war

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

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