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Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice updated 20 hours 11 minutes ago

Newly uncovered documents from a confidante of Hillary Clinton are making headlines about the former first lady. But they also reveal new details about legacy moments in her husband's presidency that were frustrating and distracting to the White House.

First on CNN: Tax-writing lawmakers' tax issues -- do as I say... updated 21 hours 28 minutes ago

A CNN investigation of all 39 members of the committee that writes the country's taxes found that at least eight have faced tax problems of their own.

White House: U.S. won't issue visa for Iran's newly named U.N. envoy updated 4 days ago

The U.S. tells Iran that it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, the White House says.

Sebelius out, Obama nominates new health secretary updated 4 days ago

President Barack Obama will tap OMB Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius had 'toughest job in Washington' updated 4 days ago

Kathleen Sebelius, as head of Health and Human Services was often in the crosshairs of GOPers bent on Obamacare repeal and beset with implementation issues.

Is 2016 election starting earlier than 2012 did? updated 4 days ago

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.

Official: Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning updated 4 days ago

Kathleen Sebelius -- who weathered heavy criticism over the flaw-filled launch of the Obamacare website, then saw the program through as it topped a major milestone -- is resigning as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, a White House official said Thursday.

African-American lawmakers ask Army to reconsider new hairstyle rule updated 4 days ago

African-American female lawmakers are taking the Army to task for a new ban on a number of ethnic hairstyles, guidelines which some are calling racially biased.

Inside Politics: For Democrats, intensity is paramount updated 4 days ago

Democrats' best hopes for improving midterm odds is to build enthusiasm around economic issues

Army's ban on dreadlocks, other styles seen as offensive to some African-Americans updated 5 days ago

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.

Obama: LBJ 'Great Society' legacy is 'why I'm standing here today' updated 5 days ago

President Barack Obama honors the Civil Rights Act, a measure that helped pave his way to the White House.

What you might not know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act updated 5 days ago

The 1964 Civil Rights Act revolutionized America, and here are the things you may not know about the bill.

Ryan's path to prosperity might be rocky road in Iowa updated 5 days ago

With his budget approved by the House, Paul Ryan is turning his attention to Iowa to headline a high-profile Republican event that will only fuel speculation he's laying the groundwork for a potential presidential run in 2016.

Obamacare hits 7.5 million sign-ups, Sebelius says updated 5 days ago

Obamacare enrollment stands at 7.5 million, surpassing its April 1 target of 7 million, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says.

Tears, angry accusations mark hearing on delayed VA care, deaths updated 5 days ago

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers lashed out at officials from the Veterans Affairs Department on Wednesday, accusing the agency of allowing veterans to die from delayed or absent medical care at its facilities and stonewalling a follow-up congressional inquiry.

In political extramarital affairs, the mistress rarely emerges unscathed updated 6 days ago

Rep. Vance McAllister, says his affair will not sideline his political career. But the women involved in political scandals rarely fare so well.

Issa accuses Democratic counterpart of obstructing IRS investigation updated 6 days ago

Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa of California of engaging in McCarthyism in IRS hearings.

Hagel: Russia causing itself long-term harm with Ukraine steps updated 6 days ago

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking the long view on Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Utah seeks to uphold same-sex marriage ban updated 6 days ago

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.

Secret Service makes internal changes after alcohol incidents updated 7 days ago

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

Many doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act could pass today updated 7 days ago

A historian, a longtime lawmaker and an MLK lieutenant doubt that the 1964 Civil Rights Act would pass today.

U.S. Navy ship to arrive in Black Sea by Thursday updated 7 days ago

Navy warship USS Donald Cook arrives in Black Sea Thursday as NATO members consider what to do about the Ukraine situation.

White House working on tending its own house on pay disparity updated 7 days ago

A question about gender pay disparity within the White House surprised the administration.

Kerry faces tough criticism from Senate panel he used to head updated 7 days ago

Secretary of State John Kerry faces harsh criticism from the Senate panel he used to lead.

Democrats trying to make minimum wage a key midterm issue updated 8 days ago

Democrats know their push to try to force a vote in the Republican-led House isn't going anywhere. But that's not the point.

National parties test their pitches in Florida's 13th District special election updated 8 days ago

It's just for one congressional seat for about eight months but Tuesday's special election in Florida has taken on huge political significance.

5 things to watch in Florida special election updated 8 days ago

Special congressional election in Florida 13 is in the national political spotlight and awash in outside advertising money.

Republicans win first election showdown of the year updated 8 days ago

Republican David Jolly edged out Democrat Alex Sink to win Tuesday's special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District.

Evangelical Latinos say they could be force in midterm elections updated 8 days ago

The fast-growing evangelical Protestant Latino voting bloc is more relevant than ever, and it's up for grabs ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Democrats seize on equal pay as a midterm issue updated 8 days ago

The equal pay fight has injected Wendy Davis' campaign with fresh energy and a much-needed dose of optimism. For the first time, she is playing offense.

Republicans hit a nerve when it comes to Obamacare updated 8 days ago

Republicans are going all in, hoping that the payout is big. Like control of the Senate, big. Their big bet: Obamacare.

What we learned from Florida-13 updated 8 days ago

The results of Tuesday's special congressional election in Florida tells us a few things about how the midterm election season might play out.

Is the Senate's climate change all-nighter more than a one-night stand? updated 8 days ago

If insomnia kicks in tonight, you can watch the Senate. It will either put you to sleep or get you thinking... about climate change.

Republican establishment chooses electability over purity updated 8 days ago

It's no secret that a battle has been brewing within the Republican Party. This year, it has gotten off to a good start for Republican incumbents.

A Boehner bypass? House conservatives have their own midterm message updated 8 days ago

An group of House conservatives, unhappy with the midterm strategy of Speaker John Boehner, has its own plans.

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party? updated 8 days ago

Ro Khanna, an upstart candidate backed by some of tech's biggest names, is looking to take Silicon Valley's transformational vision to Washington.

Why is this man running for governor of California? updated 8 days ago

As he mounts a long-shot bid against California Gov. Jerry Brown, barely anyone believes Neel Kashkari can win; Kashkari himself expresses honest skepticism

Eight things to watch in the eight months till Election Day updated 8 days ago

Will Republicans win back the Senate? Can Democrats retake the House? And who will win gubernatorial battles?

Justices reject review of case concerning religious liberty in the marketplace updated 8 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected review of a closely watched religious liberty appeal over a business owner's right to deny services to gays and lesbians.

Are Ron Paul supporters ready for Rand Paul to carry the torch? updated 8 days ago

It's clear many Ron Paul supporters don't view Rand as a replacement for his father. In their eyes, Ron is the legend that sparked a libertarian resurgence.

Democrats highlight equal pay in political push updated 8 days ago

From the White House to Capitol Hill to the campaign trail, Democrats are planning an across-the- board push on paycheck equality on Tuesday, the party's first large-scale coordinated effort on the issue ahead of November's midterm elections.

Seven key times and dates in the seven months leading up to the midterms updated 8 days ago

We're seven months to the day before Election Day 2014. Here are some key dates and times for the midterms.

Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial updated 9 days ago

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday's memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

A Republican tries to save the minimum wage increase updated 10 days ago

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is launching what may be a long shot effort to forge bipartisan compromise over a minimum wage increase.

The artist known as 'W': Paintings unveil George W. Bush's softer side updated 11 days ago

President George W. Bush unveils his paintings for the first time publicly.

Inside Politics: Democrats' good week updated 11 days ago

Democrats know the history: 2014 is all but certain to be a tough year. But some hope to salvage the year.

'Shocking' report on CIA interrogation closer to public release updated 12 days ago

Some details of the CIA's notorious interrogation program are a step closer to public release.

Latest Fort Hood shooting revives broader gun debate updated 12 days ago

The latest Fort Hood shooting raises questions about security at military bases and broader gun control issues.

House panel to vote on holding ex-IRS official in contempt updated 12 days ago

Engaging a rarely used power, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa announced his committee will vote next Thursday on whether to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency's targeting of conservative organizations.

State Department defends costly art program updated 13 days ago

The State Department defended its Art in Embassies program on Wednesday following a report that it plans to purchase a $400,000 sculpture for the embassy compound under construction in Islamabad.

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns updated 13 days ago

If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

Too early to run Obamacare victory lap updated 13 days ago

White House's Obamacare celebration might be legitimate, but it could be premature as the long-term viability of the Affordable Care Act unfolds.

The high court's impact on money and politics updated 13 days ago

Campaign 2014 is in full swing with primary voting, and incumbents and challengers busy raising money.

D.C. mayor's collapse came amid disastrous March updated 14 days ago

For D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, no moment knocked the wheels off his campaign more than the U.S. attorney linking Gray to a 2010 shadow campaign scandal.

Secret Service director called to Capitol Hill to discuss misbehavior of agents updated 14 days ago

The head of the Secret Service, called to Capitol Hill to explain misbehavior by agents, insists problems don't reflect the broader culture at the agency.

Obamacare hits enrollment goal with 7.1 million sign-ups, President says updated 14 days ago

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that 7.1 million people had signed up on federal or state exchanges for coverage under the health care law.

27 years later, Jonathan Pollard case remains a diplomatic thorn updated 14 days ago

A judge's decision 27 years ago to throw the book at convicted spy Jonathan Pollard still reverberates today.

Is Crimea gone? Annexation no longer the focus of Ukraine crisis updated 15 days ago

Crimea's annexation is no longer the main focus of efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis.

Man who wanted to 'take out Obama' gets 25 years updated 15 days ago

An Idaho man who admitted trying to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting at the White House received a 25-year prison sentence on Monday.

Kerry heads to Israel for Mideast peace talks updated 16 days ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Israel on Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Kerry heads to Israel for Mideast peace talks updated 16 days ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Israel on Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Combative Christie is back, reporters learn the hard way updated 18 days ago

The defiant and combative Chris Christie that reporters knew from the past returned in full spring bloom on Friday.

Mike Rogers, key House Republican, won't run for reelection updated 18 days ago

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a key congressional voice on national security, says he will not run for reelection.

Inside Politics: Seeds of an Obama political recovery? updated 18 days ago

It's worth watching if we're seeing an Obama political recovery after a week of good news, but don't bet on it, suggest veteran Democratic strategists.

Holder: Government to recognize Michigan gay marriages updated 18 days ago

The federal government will recognize gay marriages in Michigan that occurred amid conflicting court rulings.

Iraq war vet introduces military suicide prevention bill updated 18 days ago

Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the first Iraq war combat veteran to serve in the Senate, has introduced legislation to reduce suicides among military veterans.

Is gay former Saudi diplomat victim of politics? updated 19 days ago

While President Barack Obama has made promoting rights for gays and lesbians worldwide a key foreign policy goal, that is little comfort to Ali Asseri, a former Saudi diplomat who is gay.

Obama warns against over-promising on Ukraine response updated 19 days ago

President Obama shifts the focus of responding to Russia's annexation of Crimea to helping Ukraine rather than confronting Moscow.

Obama, Pope Francis meet for first time updated 19 days ago

President Barack Obama gives Pope Francis seeds as a gift, a fitting token as their first-ever meeting provided a fresh start of sorts.

Obama says government should stop collecting, holding bulk phone data updated 19 days ago

The federal government must get out of the business of collecting bulk data about Americans' telephone calls, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Obama: U.S. and Europe united over Ukraine crisis updated 20 days ago

The United States and Europe are united in their support for Ukraine, President Obama said at EU-U.S. summit.

Potential candidates hoping to hit it big in Las Vegas updated 20 days ago

Several potential Republican presidential contenders are heading to Las Vegas this week hoping to hit the jackpot. And that's before they hit the casinos.

Obama continues chiding Russia on gay rights updated 20 days ago

A speech to Europe aimed at Russia sounded like President Obama's 2012 campaign theme, especially on gay rights.

Obamacare applicants to get more deadline flexibility updated 21 days ago

The Obama administration will extend the deadline for people who try to apply for health coverage through the federal marketplace by Monday but have difficulty.

First on CNN: IG finds ex-ATF official took outside job while on federal payroll updated 21 days ago

Top officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inappropriately allowed a former ATF official to take a job at JP Morgan while still collecting his government salary, according to the Justice Department's internal watchdog.

Obama, Congress working on changes to NSA updated 21 days ago

President Obama and Congress are working on proposals to end the NSA's sweeping collection of bulk phone records.

Court majority harshly critical of Obamacare contraception mandate updated 21 days ago

A key provision of the health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama came under harsh criticism from the conservative majority of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Has Sarah Palin jumped the shark? Experts say no. updated 21 days ago

The promo for Sarah Palin's new reality tv venture features the gun-toting politico-turned-celebrity exploring American freedom: man caves and target shooting.

Michelle Obama's reasons to study abroad updated 21 days ago

While Michelle Obama's top White House initiative has been conquering childhood obesity, she is focusing on a new area during her trip to China: studying abroad.

Obama hails achievements of nuclear summit, but says more work is needed updated 21 days ago

President Obama hailed achievements of Nuclear Security Summit, including some countries' agreements to give highly enriched uranium to the U.S. for degrading.

Michelle Obama lauds study abroad as 'citizen diplomacy' updated 21 days ago

First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she won't talk politics.

U.S., other powers kick Russia out of G8 updated 22 days ago

Russia and Ukraine are overshadowing President Barack Obama's trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, a journey that was supposed to showcase Obama's global leadership.

Justices to hear 'Hobby Lobby' case on Obamacare birth control rule updated 23 days ago

Conestoga Wood Specialties was founded a half-century ago in a Pennsylvania garage. The Hahn family's commitment to quality is driven in large part by their Christian faith, which in turn may soon threaten the company's very existence.

Desire to break glass ceiling a big part of aura around Clinton updated 25 days ago

Clinton's advisers are losing the inevitability fight, in part, because some voters want to be a part of history.

The left is pushing Obama to use his executive authority updated 25 days ago

Putting President Barack Obama in a politically tricky spot, his political allies are asking him to sign executive orders for their policy priorities.

Inside Politics: Two days of reckoning for Obamacare updated 25 days ago

This year's first day of reckoning for President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative is fast approaching. The second is seven-plus months away.

In Beijing, Michelle Obama reprises pingpong diplomacy updated 25 days ago

First lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she won't talk politics.

Obama walks the talk on Ukraine, 'as we said we would' updated 26 days ago

President Obama walks the talk on Russia sanctions, "as we said we would."

Rand Paul: Will his star continue to rise? updated 26 days ago

Politicians like Sen. Rand Paul, the type of guys with national clout and a cult-like media following don't often visit zip code 40203.

Michelle Obama arrives in China for official visit updated 26 days ago

First Lady Michelle Obama is in China for an official visit to expand Sino-American relations, but she won't talk politics.

Obama to Iranians: 'We have the opportunity to start down a new path' updated 26 days ago

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Iran can soon improve its economy, its world standing and its people's lives if there's a breakthrough nuclear deal.

Robert Strauss, former Democratic Party chair, dies at 95 updated 27 days ago

Robert Strauss, a prominent Democratic figure who led the party at a crucial time and advised presidents, died on Wednesday, his law firm said. He was 95.

Clinton walks a 'fine line' on Putin updated 27 days ago

Hillary Clinton is talking tough about Russia these days, for reasons both pragmatic and political.

The color of valor: 24 minority veterans receive long overdue Medal of Honor updated 28 days ago

President Barack Obama honors 24 Army veterans, members of minority groups, with the Medal of Honor

FBI looks into dispute between CIA, Senate updated 28 days ago

The FBI has begun a preliminary inquiry into allegations by the CIA that Senate staffers obtained unauthorized access to classified documents related to the agency's now-defunct post-9/11 interrogation program, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. warns Russia: More sanctions coming due to Ukraine crisis updated 28 days ago

Vice President Joe Biden calls Russian President Vladimir Putin's moves to add Crimea to Russia a "violation of international law" and "a land grab."

The Affordable Care Act wants you updated 28 days ago

Only two weeks are left before the March 31st deadline to apply for Obamacare and the Obama administration is trying to reach every demographic imaginable.

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