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Upbeat Obama bids goodbye to tough year updated 7 hours 44 minutes ago

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

Obama applauds LeBron's 'I Can't Breathe' shirt updated 7 hours 48 minutes ago

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

Rick Perry is really really really very wrong about Hanukkah updated 8 hours 16 minutes ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares Hanukkah to the Boston Tea Party, but Joel Baden says he gets some historical facts wrong.

Obama on race: Americans carry 'hidden biases,' but are 'basically good' updated 8 hours 16 minutes ago

In some of his broadest remarks on racism yet, President Obama said Friday that he believes people are "basically good" and want to address racism.

Obama's year-end message: North Korea, Cuba and Congress updated 8 hours 23 minutes ago

President Barack Obama prodded Congress to eliminate the United States' decades-old Cuba embargo Friday, saying that improving relations with the communist country will help open its "hermetically sealed society" -- even if changes come in "fits and starts."

Michele Bachmann's not so quiet exit updated 8 hours 29 minutes ago

Statuary Hall inside the Capitol is the storied site of many key moments in U.S. history -- from heated debates about slavery to inaugural lunches with presidents.

Rubio and Paul spar over Cuba updated 8 hours 33 minutes ago

Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rand Paul traded barbs on Friday over their divergent opinions on the Obama administration's move to normalize relations with Cuba.

The lame duck is loose updated 8 hours 52 minutes ago

The lame duck is loose. Little more than two years before the moment he stands next to his successor at the presidential inauguration of 2017, President Barack Obama is feeling unshackled from the constraints of eyeing the next election cycle after last month's disastrous midterms for Democrats.

Government hacks and security breaches skyrocket updated 12 hours 36 minutes ago

The North Korean hack of Sony Pictures that unleashed proprietary information, leaked embarrassing emails and brought the multi-billion dollar company's operations to its knees was unprecedented. But cyber security and intelligence experts warn that this is only the beginning.

McCain to hold cybersecurity hearing after Sony attack updated 13 hours 15 minutes ago

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

Washington outraged over Sony decision updated 13 hours 21 minutes ago

From Hollywood to Washington, the outrage is spreading over Sony Pictures' decision to cancel a movie release following a cyber attack and threats from a group of North Korea-backed hackers.

The Pentagon has a new name for ISIS updated 13 hours 25 minutes ago

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

5 burning questions for Obama updated 13 hours 35 minutes ago

President Barack Obama is set to close a week jam-packed with news of a breakthrough with Cuba and new tensions with North Korea on Friday with a 1:30 p.m. EST news conference.

2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement updated 13 hours 43 minutes ago

President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba set off an immediate clash with Republicans keen to use the dramatic foreign policy shift to further their own White House aspirations.

Colbert says farewell with a little help from Washington updated 14 hours 34 minutes ago

Comedian Stephen Colbert bid farewell on his final show Tuesday night with the help of a pantheon of celebrities, including an array of Washington notables.

Investigators think hackers stole Sony passwords updated 15 hours 24 minutes ago

U.S. investigators have evidence that hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system, allowing them broad access, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN. The finding is one reason why U.S. investigators do not believe the attack on Sony was aided by someone on the inside, the officials tell CNN.

Obama and Putin: From frosty to frozen updated 17 hours 44 minutes ago

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

Report: Secret Service stretched 'beyond its limits' updated 23 hours 22 minutes ago

The Secret Service is stretched "beyond its limits" and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks -- and the White House needs a better fence -- an independent review has found.

Cuba decision boosts Rubio's profile updated 1 days ago

Sen. Marco Rubio seized on the Obama administration's announcement on Cuba to regain some footing nationally.

Obama looks to Cuba to test an old theory updated 1 days ago

Barack Obama made a pledge -- to talk directly with America's enemies -- that most other politicians found naive.

Military could release Bergdahl court martial determination updated 1 days ago

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

The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars continues updated 1 days ago

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

Wikileaks: Classified report detailed assassination shortcomings updated 1 days ago

Targeted assassinations or the capture of senior insurgent leaders in larger counterinsurgency operations can provide both positive and negative outcomes according to a classified CIA document posted by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks on Thursday.

When Fidel Castro sent FDR fan mail updated 1 days ago

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

Jeb Bush's banking career ripe for attack updated 1 days ago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to step down from his advisory role at British bank Barclays at the end of the year became the latest indication he's gearing up to jump into the presidential race — and underscored one of the main liabilities he could face if he does run.

U.S. airstrikes kill 3 top ISIS leaders updated 1 days ago

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

The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars continues updated 1 days ago

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

Grimes: Paul can't run for two offices at once updated 1 days ago

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is threatening to ask courts to stop Republican Rand Paul from running for the Republican presidential nomination and re-election to the Senate at the same time.

Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba updated 1 days ago

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked."

Poll finds Americans split on government's role updated 1 days ago

Americans' pessimism about the nation's economic conditions contributed to Democrats' losses this cycle.

Rick Perry really likes Jeb Bush, but for how long? updated 1 days ago

As Rick Perry sat in the Texas governor's mansion about a month before he prepares to hand over the reins after 14 years in office and contemplates another run for the White House, he fondly remembered his "good friend" Jeb Bush, who announced this week he is "actively" exploring his own presidential run.

Carter: Obama's 'long overdue' Cuba decision 'courageous' updated 1 days ago

Former President Jimmy Carter lauded the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with and ease sanctions imposed on Cuba, steps he said would benefit the Cuban people and not the country's autocratic rulers.

Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami updated 1 days ago

Church bells began to ring in Havana, harking history -- Cuba and the United States are easing relations after decades of ice-cold tension.

Obama: 'Go to the movies' updated 2 days ago

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

What Congress can do to block Obama on Cuba updated 2 days ago

President Barack Obama's move to relax travel, trade and economic restrictions with Cuba set off a firestorm from opponents on Capitol Hill, who immediately vowed to block the new policy.

Clinton backs Obama's Cuba moves updated 2 days ago

Hillary Clinton backed President Barack Obama's historic easing of decades-old sanctions against Cuba on Wednesday and said she is "deeply relieved" by the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

9 questions you were embarrassed to ask about the Cuban embargo updated 2 days ago

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

Gross release: How it happened updated 2 days ago

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

Pope plays key role in historic Cuba deal updated 2 days ago

Pope Francis was key in bringing about the change in U.S.-Cuba policy, including release of Alan Gross.

Historic thaw in U.S., Cuba standoff updated 2 days ago

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

Could Obama go to Cuba? updated 2 days ago

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

Rubio pledges to block vote on Cuban ambassador updated 2 days ago

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday outlined plans to protest President Obama's move to thaw diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Rick Perry compares Hanukkah rebels to the Boston Tea Party updated 2 days ago

Rick Perry may not be dancing with rabbis this Hanukkah season, but Texas' outgoing chief is still looking to find common ground with the Chosen.

GOP's McSally wins last unresolved House race updated 2 days ago

Republican Martha McSally won the last unresolved House race of the 2014 midterm election, ousting Democratic Rep. Ron Barber the Arizona district once represented by Gabby Giffords.

Cuba releases American Alan Gross, paves way for historic easing of American sanctions updated 2 days ago

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed as part of a deal with Cuba that paves the way for a overhaul in U.S. policy.

McConnell: Keystone bill first up in new Senate updated 2 days ago

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

Obamas say they're still affected by everyday racism updated 2 days ago

They're the most powerful couple in the country but President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama say they're sometimes still treated like help.

Bush: 'No problems' defending expanded immigration updated 2 days ago

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

Potential Bush bid sways none in GOP field updated 2 days ago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's surprise announcement that he'll "actively explore" a presidential bid didn't dissuade some of his potential GOP opponents.

Jeb Bush's long campaign begins? updated 2 days ago

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

Coburn's last stand kills terrorism insurance act updated 2 days ago

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, insists on changes to a bill reauthorizing a federal terrorism insurance program, so the bill will expire at year's end.

Hillary Clinton: Ban torture through U.S. law updated 2 days ago

Hillary Clinton weaves together the outcry over a recent report on U.S. torture abroad and protests against police killings of unarmed black men.

Judge: Obama's immigration move unconstitutional updated 2 days ago

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama's move to halt deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants violates the Constitution -- but it's not clear that the ruling will have any immediate impact.

Alan Gross still in Cuban prison despite senators' tries to win his freedom updated 2 days ago

Sens. Jeff Flake and Tom Udall are able to meet with but not free Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor serving 15 years in a Cuban prison

Blinken confirmed by Senate as Kerry's deputy at State updated 2 days ago

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

Cruz apologizes for ruining weekends updated 3 days ago

Sen. Ted Cruz apologized Tuesday to Republican senators for disrupting their schedules last weekend when he unexpectedly forced the chamber to be in session after Senate leaders had agreed to send everyone home.

Obama: Pakistan attack shows Taliban 'depravity' updated 3 days ago

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

Democrats use nuclear option to clear record number of judges updated 3 days ago

As they make a final push to approve presidential nominations before Republicans take control of the Senate, Democrats said Tuesday the confirmation of a record number of federal judges was evidence they were right to make controversial changes to filibuster rules, despite objections from Republicans.

Congressman defends 'Citibank' provision in spending bill updated 3 days ago

The mystery congressman responsible for the inclusion of language in the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that caused a progressive outcry is coming forward to defend the provision. The measure weakens banking regulations designed to prevent another financial crisis.

Source: Rubio on track for 2016 run updated 3 days ago

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

7 things to know about Jeb Bush updated 3 days ago

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

Bill Clinton: Garner 'didn't deserve to die' updated 3 days ago

Former President Bill Clinton said that the Garner "didn't deserve to die."

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' 2016 presidential bid updated 3 days ago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has decided to "actively explore" a presidential bid.

Justice cedes on Risen subpoena updated 3 days ago

The Justice Department is officially dropping its demand that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source for a book and articles he wrote.

Obama says U.S. 'hammering' ISIS in speech to troops updated 3 days ago

President Barack Obama offered a bullish assessment of his war on Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Monday, even as he acknowledged small gains by ISIS would mean the U.S. engagement there will be prolonged.

Trump 'seriously considering' 2016 bid updated 3 days ago

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

Democrats taunt Cruz over surgeon general vote updated 3 days ago

Democrats are taunting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for allowing them a victory on a nominee for surgeon general.

Senate confirms new surgeon general updated 3 days ago

The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats -- in the final days of their majority control of the chamber -- overcame stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association.

Senate terror bill debate won't sack Super Bowl updated 3 days ago

Congressional gridlock may have come close to shutting the government down, but Americans can breathe easy: D.C. won't shut down the Super Bowl.

Report: VA misled Congress and media updated 3 days ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs misled Congress and members of the media about how many veterans died or suffered serious harm as a result of extreme treatment delays, according to a new report by the department's top watchdog.

Obama demands football toss rematch with Christie updated 3 days ago

President Obama on Monday reminisced of better times with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Jeb Bush to grads: 'shake things up' updated 3 days ago

Jeb Bush name-checked Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg on Monday while telling University of South Carolina graduates that "young people and newcomers are often the great discoverers."

Goodbye, Congress: Moses, fish and 'awful' staff updated 4 days ago

Several congressional giants, who are retiring or were voted out of office, said their public goodbyes during the first half of December.

Former Bush officials defend interrogation tactics updated 4 days ago

Former Vice President Dick Cheney led a parade of George W. Bush administration officials who denounced a report on harsh interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects, saying he would "do it again in a minute."

Clinton: Fixing gender gap requires all the 'facts and figures' updated 4 days ago

As she positions herself for a potential presidential run in 2016, Hillary Clinton sought to shine her spotlight Monday on one of her longtime goals: narrowing the gender gap around the world through the use of data.

Power outages hit White House, federal buildings in D.C. updated 4 days ago

Several federal buildings, including the White House, lost power for a short time this morning.

Poll: Most Americans say waterboarding is torture updated 4 days ago

A new poll reveals that most Americans think extreme interrogation tactics like waterboarding are torture.

What's left for Congress in the lame duck? updated 4 days ago

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

'Ready for Romney' group site launches updated 4 days ago

If encouragement from major GOP donors and favorable polling isn't enough, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by an unknown benefactor urging him to run.

Cheney has no regrets: 'I would do it again in a minute' updated 4 days ago

A defiant former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by his defense of the extreme interrogation techniques used by the CIA on detainees in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, saying, "I would do it again in a minute."

David Koch is pro-choice, supports gay rights; just not Democrats updated 4 days ago

David Koch, one of America's richest businessmen and largest political donors, says he is just fine with giving money to candidates who hold different social views than he does because its his economic concerns that matter most.

Warren says (4 times) she's not running for president updated 4 days ago

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

'Ready for Romney' group site launches updated 4 days ago

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by an unknown benefactor urging him to run.

Democrats have a hypocrisy problem updated 4 days ago

The obscure banking provision that threatened to derail the recently passed government funding measure was derided by Democrats as a sop to Wall Street.

Jeb Bush email release stokes 2016 talk updated 5 days ago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Sunday he will release 250,000 emails from his two terms in office and write an eBook outlining his governing philosophy. The moves have set the political sphere atwitter with speculation he's closer than ever to deciding to run for president in 2016.

Progressives gird for Capitol Hill battle updated 5 days ago

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

McCain prepared to help Obama close Guantanamo updated 5 days ago

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

Top Dems deny there's a party rift updated 5 days ago

One might think Democrats are in disarray, given the recent legislative battle that pitted the Obama administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid against top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Jeb Bush's financial activity raises doubts about presidential run updated 5 days ago

Jeb Bush has taken financial steps that experts consider unusual for a potential presidential candidate.

The 'Inside Politics' forecast: Did Dems lay down important '15 marker? updated 5 days ago

"Inside Politics": Some important lessons -- and grudge matches -- of the government spending battle, and some faces to watch as we move into 2015 and 2016.

Senate sends spending bill to Obama, avoiding government shutdown updated 6 days ago

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

Senate passes spending bill updated 6 days ago

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

Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill updated 7 days ago

After hours of debate on the government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress into the weekend.

The death of horse-trading on the Hill updated 7 days ago

The art of compromise is being lost on Capitol Hill, where legislators scrambled to pass a spending bill.

National parks get boost from defense bill updated 7 days ago

Congress passed a bill that will bring the biggest expansion to the National Park Service in decades.

Hundreds of Obama alums urge Warren to run updated 7 days ago

Hundreds of former Obama campaign staffers signed an open letter Friday morning urging Elizabeth Warren to run.

Congress poised to end where it started updated 7 days ago

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

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