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Lawmakers, whistleblowers heatedly hammer away at VA inspector's report updated 8 hours 32 minutes ago

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and two whistleblowers harshly grilled the top watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday.

Ahead of Senate vote, many Democrats wary of plan to arm Syrian rebels updated 10 hours 5 minutes ago

Many Democratic senators are skeptical of the President's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

Obama, Kerry: No U.S. troops will be sent into combat against ISIS in Iraq, Syria updated 11 hours 6 minutes ago

The U.S. isn't returning combat troops to Iraq, President Obama insists, despite his top general's suggestion that the Pentagon could consider that option.

Menendez on ISIS vote: 'It has nothing to do with the election' updated 13 hours 31 minutes ago

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he wants to hear "specifics" about the plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Biden says use of term 'Shylocks' was a poor choice updated 14 hours 17 minutes ago

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

VA whistleblower says investigation has been a 'whitewash' updated 14 hours 22 minutes ago

Dr. Sam Foote, the main whistleblower in the Phoenix VA scandal, wants an independent review of delays in care. He calls a recent inquiry a "whitewash."

Joe Biden goes to Iowa with a bunch of nuns updated 14 hours 30 minutes ago

Joe Biden headlines a small Catholic event in Iowa, stoking speculation about his presidential aspirations.

Latest in long line of Benghazi committees under way updated 14 hours 57 minutes ago

The first hearing of a new congressional committee investigating Benghazi got underway without the fireworks that marked the many previous inquiries.

Iowa Democrats to Hillary Clinton: Slam the door in Iowa, win the nomination updated 17 hours 19 minutes ago

Vets from Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign and supporters in Iowa want her to use the state's first-in-the-nation caucus to shut the door on the nomination.

Hurdle removed for government spending, ISIS bill vote updated 17 hours 52 minutes ago

Conservative group won't hold lawmakers accountable for vote on government funding bill, which also includes provision to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS.

Why Rand Paul can't shake isolationist image updated 17 hours 53 minutes ago

Sen. Rand Paul is trying to shed the perception he's an isolationist, but members of his own party are making it hard for him to escape that image.

Clinton supporters launch counterattack on Benghazi claims updated 18 hours 17 minutes ago

Clinton supporters launch a counteroffensive against claims that documents related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, were sanitized.

Iowa chickens vs. Senate candidate's yard updated 19 hours 3 minutes ago

Iowa Republicans are making the most of a neighborhood dispute involving chickens and Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley.

NRA focuses on three major Senate races updated 19 hours 44 minutes ago

The National Rifle Association will weigh in on three of this year's key Senate races with a multimillion dollar ad buy beginning Wednesday.

Top U.S. military officer: U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, if necessary updated 21 hours 48 minutes ago

The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman says he would recommend sending military advisers, already deployed to Iraq, into combat against ISIS if necessary.

Gillibrand: I wanted to tell labor leader 'to go f*** himself' updated 1 days ago

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she had to hold her tongue when a male labor leader made comments about her post-pregnancy weight,

When are troops 'advisers' and when are they 'boots on the ground'? updated 1 days ago

White House and Pentagon officials scramble to clarify, after joint chiefs head seems contradict Obama's pledge of no "boots on the ground" in Iraq.

Sen. Manchin: Willing to shut down government over Syria war vote updated 1 days ago

Sen. Joe Manchin voices opposition to plans to arm Syrian rebels fighting ISIS and says he's willing to shut down the government over it..

CNN Poll: One in four Americans worry about getting Ebola updated 1 days ago

Roughly one in four Americans worry that they or someone in their family will get Ebola, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.

First on CNN: With new ad, Democrats try to paint Scott Brown as Mitt Romney updated 1 days ago

A new political ad against Republican Scott Brown could easily have been an attack ad against Mitt Romney in 2012.

Jindal blows off low CNN poll numbers updated 1 days ago

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't be dissuaded by lousy CNN New Hampshire poll numbers.

House leaders lobby wavering colleagues ahead of ISIS vote updated 1 days ago

House leaders are working the phones and button-holing members to secure support for arming Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

McConnell hits back against Grimes' skeet-shooting ad updated 1 days ago

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign hit back against rival Alison Lundergan Grimes' skeet-shooting ad.

Senator: Ebola as serious as ISIS updated 1 days ago

Sen. Lamar Alexander warned that the deadly Ebola outbreak must be taken "as seriously as we take the threat of ISIS."

Pleated shorts and a cup-o-joe: Early morning with John Boehner updated 1 days ago

Before spending the rest of his day in a suit and tie, House Speaker John Boehner wakes up early, jumps into a pair of pleated khaki shorts and heads out for a morning stroll.

Too liberal vs. too conservative in Iowa Senate race updated 1 days ago

Democrats think their best chance to win Iowa Senate seat is to focus on issues against Republican's compelling personal story.

Sanford's custody battle won't be as public as he thought updated 1 days ago

Rep. Mark Sanford's scheduled court hearing Monday was postponed. He and his ex-wife plan to settle their custody battle through mediation, a report says.

Ray Rice firing not enough, says senator who wants 'special scrutiny' of NFL updated 1 days ago

Commenting on the Ray Rice firing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal says NFL needs to do more to combat domestic violence, league "deserves special scrutiny."

War against ISIS: What does Rand Paul's 'yes' mean? updated 1 days ago

Sen. Rand Paul said "yes" to the question of whether he'd vote in favor of going to war with ISIS. But he still opposes parts of the President's plan.

U.S. ramping up Ebola effort as Obama heads to CDC updated 2 days ago

Two situations -- Ebola in West Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria -- are prompting President Obama to embark on a 2-day U.S. road trip.

ISIS fight: Congress to vote on arming Syrian rebels updated 2 days ago

The U.S. House could vote as early as Wednesday to approve the arming and training of Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS.

Mark Sanford says he and fiancée have broken up updated 2 days ago

Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina announced in a 2,300-word Facebook post Friday that he and his Argentine fiancée have broken up.

Study finds politics stinks -- literally updated 2 days ago

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

Obama hits road to deal with pair of global crises updated 2 days ago

Two situations -- Ebola in West Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria -- are prompting President Obama to embark on a 2-day U.S. road trip.

Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa; so is this a fresh start or deja vu? updated 2 days ago

CNN's Peter Hamby looks at how Hillary Clinton is handling herself in Iowa -- site of a hard loss in the 2008 presidential caucus.

Holder unveils program to counter recruiting by extremist groups updated 2 days ago

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces a Justice Department program to try to thwart recruitment by extremist groups such as ISIS.

New Hampshire Senate race in dead heat updated 2 days ago

The New Hampshire Senate race continues to be a hotly contested contest between Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown.

In Iowa, DREAMers confront Clinton updated 2 days ago

Hillary Clinton was confronted with a dose of electoral politics in Iowa on Sunday when a DREAMer asked her about immigration and deportations.

Paul, Clinton top presidential poll in New Hampshire updated 2 days ago

Rand Paul is the most popular among the crowded list of potential Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according a new CNN/ORC poll.

Is Obama's plan for confronting ISIS legal? updated 2 days ago

Experts are discussing whether President Obama has legal authority to take military action against ISIS under a 13-year-old measure to counter al Qaeda.

Grimes ad blasts away at Obama and McConnell updated 2 days ago

Holding a shotgun and shooting skeet, Democratic candidate out to topple Republican Mitch McConnell attempts to flip the script in a new television ad.

Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video; Washington turns attention to NFL updated 2 days ago

President Barack Obama has seen the footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee.

Hillary Clinton stumps for Iowa Democrats, and herself updated 2 days ago

Hillary Clinton stumps for candidates in Iowa at the Harkin Steak Fry, with 2016 presidential politics looming.

The final steak fry: Honoring Harkin with a large helping of politics updated 3 days ago

The Tom Harkin steak fry, a must-stop Iowa political event for 42 years, will be held for the last time Sunday after 42 years.

The "Inside Politics" forecast: Michelle Obama's push to fire up the base updated 3 days ago

Another big challenge facing President Obama and some new twists on key 2014 dynamics and players during our trip around the "Inside Politics" table.

Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution' in Iowa updated 3 days ago

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont talks in Iowa about the middle class, health care, and the degrading influence of money in politics.

Kerry: Countries 'in the region' willing to aid strikes against ISIS updated 3 days ago

Secretary of State John Kerry said some countries "in the region" are willing to aid in strikes against ISIS.

Nice words but limited commitment so far for Obama's ISIS coalition updated 3 days ago

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

Justice Dept. invokes 'state secrets privilege' to block lawsuit updated 4 days ago

The Justice Department on Friday invoked the government's "state secrets privilege" to intervene in a private legal dispute between the owner of a Greek shipping company and a U.S. nonprofit that advocates against Iran's nuclear program.

The fight against ISIS: That which we call a 'war' ... updated 4 days ago

Shakespeare's famous "What's in a name?" comes to mind given confusion over what to call Washington's military action against ISIS.

Senator reimburses federal government more than $30,000 in travel spending updated 5 days ago

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

Poll: Iowa Senate race is extremely close updated 5 days ago

Only one percentage points separates Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate.

Women senators demand 'zero tolerance' in NFL on domestic violence updated 5 days ago

A bipartisan group of women senators waded into the ongoing drama over the NFL, Ray Rice and domestic violence.

Like predecessors, Obama drawn back into Iraq updated 5 days ago

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

Clinton tops Democrats in Iowa while Huckabee leads Republicans updated 5 days ago

The poll leaders for 2016 presidential race in Iowa: Hillary Clinton for Democrats and Mike Huckabee for Republicans.

When Clinton almost became 'Madam President' updated 5 days ago

Grandson of Maya Angelou makes quip about Hillary Clinton as president at memorial service.

Coordinating ISIS coalition familiar ground for Allen updated 5 days ago

John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, will coordinate the coalition to battle ISIS, Secretary of Sate John Kerry announces.

GOP reminds Iowa of Clinton's past failure in state ahead of her return updated 5 days ago

The last time Hillary Clinton was in Iowa, she was limping away from a disappointing third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.

Palin family attended party, where fight broke out updated 5 days ago

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

McCain claims victory in policy fight with Carney updated 5 days ago

An elephant never forgets, they say, especially a veteran political one like Republican Sen. John McCain.

Obama's critics dismiss Yemen, Somalia airstrikes as model to fight ISIS updated 6 days ago

When President Obama cited strikes in Yemen and Somalia as a tactic , it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

Senator's fund-raising appeal: Michelle Obama may run for Senate updated 6 days ago

Michelle Obama hasn't given any indication that she'll run for political office, but Sen. Mark Kirk is suggesting otherwise.

Survivalist senators go to deserted island; can they save democracy? updated 6 days ago

Two senators -- one Republican, one Democrat -- spent a week on a deserted island as part of a survivalist adventure.

Wendy Davis violated Texas election law, GOP opponent alleges updated 6 days ago

Republican campaign battling Democratic nominee Wendy Davis for the Texas governorship files a complaint accusing Davis of violating state election law.

Boehner hits Obama for ruling out boots on the ground updated 6 days ago

House Speaker John Boehner says he'll support President Obama's ISIS plan but is still very skeptical about it.

First lady to campaign for Democrat in tight Iowa Senate race updated 6 days ago

First lady Michelle Obama is heading to Iowa next month to campaign in one of the closest Senate races of the 2014 midterms.

Hambycast: Want to be president? Talk to this guy updated 6 days ago

It's September of 2014, but Bakari Sellers is already getting calls and visits from the small crop of Democrats considering a 2016 presidential bid.

Democratic candidates finding distance from Obama on ISIS updated 6 days ago

Democratic senators in tough re-election races found a multitude of ways to distinguish themselves from President Barack Obama after his ISIS speech

Showdown: Jay Carney, John McCain face off on CNN updated 6 days ago

Jay Carney, who's now a political analyst for CNN, entered a rare, public dispute with Sen. John McCain on CNN.

Ari Fleischer details 9/11 with President Bush updated 6 days ago

Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer sent out a series of tweets Thursday detailing what took place 13 years ago on the day of the September 11 attacks.

5 takeaways from Obama's ISIS speech updated 6 days ago

When President Obama announced his plan Wednesday night to launch air strikes in Syria against ISIS, he opened a new chapter in the American war on Islamic extremism. Click here to get all the facts on President Obama's speech to the nation on his new strategy to combat ISIS with air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Or click here to read the transcript.

How did Americans rate Obama's ISIS address? updated 6 days ago

How did viewers react to President Obama's speech on a plan to defeat ISIS? Overall, Americans gave the it high marks, but party lines did show.

Ted Cruz booed at Christian unity dinner updated 6 days ago

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

Flashback: What's different about Obama's September 10 speech this year? updated 6 days ago

President Obama gave a speech on Syria exactly one year earlier than the one he gave Wednesday night. They had similarities and differences.

Obama escalates ISIS campaign in Iraq, broadens it to war-ravaged Syria updated 6 days ago

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

Strong reaction to Obama statement: 'ISIL is not Islamic' updated 6 days ago

President Barack Obama was trying to make a broader point when he uttered "ISIL is not Islamic," but the phrase could still come back to haunt him.

Romney before Obama speech: 'We don't have a President that knows what to do' updated 6 days ago

Republicans Mitt Romney and Chris Christie took the opportunity of Christie's birthday party Wednesday to blast Barack Obama on his foreign policy.

Analysis: Obama speech a do-over on 'no strategy' comment updated 6 days ago

Consider tonight's speech by President Obama to be the antidote to his now-infamous comments that his administration lacks a strategy for combating ISIS

Super PAC ad: Obama 'willfully blind to the threats we face' updated 6 days ago

A new super PAC is urging voters to vote with national security as a top priority.

Obama outlines ISIS strategy: Airstrikes in Syria, more U.S. forces updated 7 days ago

President Obama: U.S. airstrikes have been hitting ISIS targets in Iraq. Those strikes will be expanded to Syria.

Transcript: President Obama's Speech on Combating ISIS and Terrorism updated 7 days ago

My fellow Americans -- tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

CNN poll: Spike in American fears of terrorism around 9/11 anniversary updated 7 days ago

The number of people who say that acts of terrorism are likely to occur around the anniversary of 9/11 has significantly increased from three years ago.

Carney: Obama would give more speeches if networks would let him updated 7 days ago

Former White House spokesman Jay Carney is back in the media game as a political analyst for CNN.

Democrats' favorite bogeymen fight back updated 7 days ago

After several years of attacks, allies of the conservative Koch brothers, who in past years rarely publicly contested critics, are now fighting back.

Jay Carney joins CNN as commentator updated 7 days ago

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

Bernie Sanders challenges Hillary Clinton: 'Is [she] going to say that?' updated 7 days ago

Bernie Sanders wants you to know he's talking about the issues that Hillary Clinton is not.

As Obama prepares for ISIS fight, where are the doves? updated 7 days ago

Two of the most antiwar members of Congress are considering supporting expanded military action against ISIS.

Top question for Obama: What's his plan for ISIS? updated 7 days ago

President Obama will address a nation that's simultaneously war-weary and ready for military action against ISIS

Cheney rips Obama's foreign policy, tells GOP to focus on defense in midterms updated 7 days ago

House Republicans sought the counsel of former Vice President Dick Cheney on foreign policy.

Rancher Cliven Bundy hits the campaign trail in Nevada updated 7 days ago

Defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has hit the campaign trail in Nevada for tea party candidates.

CNN/ORC poll: Most think Congress is worst in their lifetime updated 7 days ago

Eight weeks before the midterms, new CNN poll shows voters in key regions favor Republicans , highlighting challenges for Democrats trying hold the Senate

National security hawks call for airstrikes targeting ISIS leaders updated 7 days ago

On the eve of President Obama's speech on his strategy to combat ISIS, national security hawks are demanding U.S. airstrikes against the group's leaders.

Hoping for '16 payoff, Ready for Hillary greases midterm wheels updated 7 days ago

Ready for Hillary is trying to win over important state parties by exchanging data with other Democrats.

VA inspectors say Phoenix was in total 'chaos' and warn of more risk updated 8 days ago

The Phoenix VA was in total "chaos" with patients needing urgent care, the Inspector General's Office testifies at a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Obama to Congress: No vote needed on ISIS strategy updated 8 days ago

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday he has the authority to carry out his planned strategy against ISIS fighters.

Could Cruz's immigration move lead to shutdown fight? updated 8 days ago

Sen. Ted Cruz says Congress should "use all means necessary" to stop President Obama from granting what Cruz considers amnesty to more illegal immigrants.

Same-sex marriage advocate backs Republican in Senate race updated 8 days ago

In her Senate bid in Oregon, Republican Monica Wehby enlisted the help of a prominent gay rights activist to unveil her support for same-sex marriage.

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