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Trial of former Virginia Gov. McDonnell heads to jury next week updated 5 hours 39 minutes ago

Closing arguments end in the trial of former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and his wife on corruption charges.

Obama's no 'strategy yet' comment on ISIS in Syria sparks a political uproar updated 7 hours 42 minutes ago

No Syria strategy? President Obama's comment sparks a political uproar.

Five other U.S. leaders and the words that tripped them up updated 12 hours 15 minutes ago

President Obama isn't the only leader whose own comments have given opponents ammunition. Here are five others.

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns' updated 1 days ago

Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tries to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

McConnell, the Democrats and the limits of a secret tape updated 1 days ago

Democrats have touted a story about a secret audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell talking to a donor summit arranged by the Koch brothers.

More and more, signs point to U.S. airstrikes in Syria updated 2 days ago

More and more, signs point to U.S. airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets.

Hillary Clinton to court Democratic women in September updated 2 days ago

As Hillary Clinton eyes a potential 2016 presidential run, she will speak to a key constituency next month: women.

General disciplined over handling of sex assault allegations updated 2 days ago

A major general who formerly headed U.S. Army operations in Japan will be forced to retire and do so at a lower rank after the military concluded that he failed to "properly address" sexual assault allegations in his command, the Army said on Wednesday.

Mitt Romney keeps 2016 talk alive with a 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario updated 3 days ago

Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb and Dumber" scenario.

Montana's 'refreshing' candidate 'needs more time' updated 3 days ago

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is famous for his flat-top and middle of the road politics. Amanda Curtis, Tester's fellow Democrat and would-be colleague from Montana, is known for her nose ring and her unabashedly liberal affiliations.

In South Carolina, Rubio heals wounds on the right updated 3 days ago

Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year.

Jackie Kennedy letters withdrawn from auction updated 4 days ago

Jacqueline Kennedy's personal and heartfelt letters to an Irish priest about love, faith, and the 1963 death of her husband will no longer be sold at auction.

Major Democratic operative joins Rick Perry legal team updated 4 days ago

Rick Perry hired another high powered lawyer to his already well-stacked legal team, which is just as much about sending a message than winning the case.

South Carolina back in 2016 spotlight updated 4 days ago

This week, South Carolina gets a piece of the action.

Republicans urge airstrikes in Syria to defeat ISIS updated 5 days ago

Republicans in Congress have begun their most forceful push yet, urging President Barack Obama to begin a military campaign into Syria to defeat ISIS.

Hit ISIS targets in Syria? Not so fast updated 6 days ago

As President Barack Obama decides whether to strike ISIS inside Syria, he has political considerations as well.

Obama orders review of military equipment sales to police updated 6 days ago

Official: Obama orders a review of programs allowing for state and local enforcement to buy military equipment.

Is Obama heading toward airstrikes in Syria? updated 7 days ago

After three years of avoiding it, President Barack Obama finds himself being pushed toward military action in Syria.

Who's doing what to fight ISIS updated 8 days ago

What the international community is doing to combat ISIS.

Obama 'third term' label concerns some with Clinton ties updated 8 days ago

Some former aides have quietly worried Republicans tying Clinton to Obama could be effective.

Obama and Holder hone their messages on race-tinged issues updated 8 days ago

On race-tinged issues, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder hone their messages.

Vargas, others appeal to Obama administration on deportations updated 8 days ago

Filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas and 10 others asked the U.S. government on Wednesday to halt deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants like themselves who have strong and productive ties to the United States.

Supreme Court: No same-sex marriage in Virginia, yet updated 9 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That means gay and lesbian couples cannot legally wed in the state for now.

A confident Rick Perry hits the road after indictment updated 9 days ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in court on Friday, but he won't be there. Instead, he'll be testing the waters for a possible presidential run.

Defiant Rick Perry at courthouse: 'We will prevail' updated 9 days ago

A defiant Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was booked on Tuesday on two felony charges related to his handling of a local political controversy.

Obama cautious in comments on Ferguson, no visit now updated 10 days ago

As outrage flares and more questions are raised over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama increasingly finds himself drawn to the center of the discussion.

Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president updated 10 days ago

Howard Dean still thinks Hillary Clinton will have a Democratic challenger in 2016 -- maybe several. But he won't be one of them.

Perry team rips 'outrageous' indictment, court date set updated 10 days ago

The head of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's newly unveiled legal team declared that last week's grand jury indictment of the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender has "no merit" and constitutes an "outrageous assault on the rule of law" that is certain to be rejected in the courts.

The strange political bedfellows behind 'The Giver' updated 11 days ago

Liberals and conservatives seem to agree that "The Giver," a film about a dystopian society that suppresses freedom, has a message worth listening to.

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in political drama, dies updated 11 days ago

Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he bolted from the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

Ferguson police were 'aggressive,' a critical Missouri governor says updated 11 days ago

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon criticized the "over-militarization" of police response to protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

German intelligence recorded Clinton, Kerry calls, German media reports updated 12 days ago

Germany's intelligence service has intercepted phone calls by two U.S. secretaries of state, German media reports reveal.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: 'We don't settle political differences with indictments' updated 13 days ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted on two felony charges updated 14 days ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity.

Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration updated 15 days ago

Internal divisions within the GOP on immigration raises questions about being more friendly to Latinos.

Clinton dances between loyalty and self-interest updated 15 days ago

Hillary Clinton finds herself in an impossible position.

Sen. Mary Landrieu to reimburse Senate for charter flight updated 15 days ago

Sen. Mary Landrieu will reimburse the Senate more than $5,700 for a charter flight she paid for with taxpayer money after CNN questioned the expense.

The Obama Doctrine: Inarticulate or disengaged? updated 16 days ago

It sounds like advice offered by parents to teens on prom night: Don't do stupid stuff. But it also is an important guiding U.S. foreign policy principle

U.S. considers air evacuation of refugees in northern Iraq updated 16 days ago

U.S. troops will arrive in northern Iraq to assess the humanitarian crisis as the U.S. considers a possible air evacuation of thousands of Yazidis.

What hand will al-Maliki play in Iraq? updated 16 days ago

While senior U.S. officials say they are now less worried about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launching a coup to stay in power, they still predict he'll try to obstruct the political process to keep his designated successor, Haider al-Abadi, out of office.

Exclusive: Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign flight was charged to taxpayers updated 17 days ago

A $3,200 bill for a flight to a fundraiser was paid from Sen. Mary Landrieu's Senate budget instead of her campaign account.

Partisan divisions emerge over U.S. mission in Iraq updated 19 days ago

As the U.S. continues limited, targeted airstrikes for the third day in Iraq, political divisions around the scope of U.S. involvement are emerging.

History made: Incumbent governor loses primary in Hawaii updated 19 days ago

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie loses to state Sen. David Ige, marking the first time an incumbent governor loses a primary election in the state.

James Brady's death ruled a homicide, police say updated 20 days ago

Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide, police told CNN on Friday.

Why Obama decided to strike ISIS updated 20 days ago

As Islamist militants swept through northern and western Iraq in early June in a lightning advance, President Barack Obama examined his options and announced that he would be prepared to "take targeted and precise military action."

In Iowa, Rand Paul previews 2016 campaign message amid dust-ups updated 21 days ago

Rand Paul wears his political ambition for all to see. Look no further than the tie he sported during a three-day trip to Iowa. It had yellow images of corn, the crop that epitomizes politics in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

This is what's at stake in the 2014 midterms updated 21 days ago

The races are mostly set for November 4th and it is expected to be a difficult year for the Democrats.

Hillary Clinton's unpaid warriors updated 21 days ago

Taj Magruder has never voted for Hillary Clinton. He has no connection to her paid staff. And he is not collecting a paycheck from a cadre of groups anticipating a Clinton presidential run in 2016.

VA blames 'confusion' for misstatements about deaths updated 21 days ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs apologizes for causing "confusion" in communicating about the number of deaths caused by delayed care.

Toddler causes security breach at White House, delays Obama address on Iraq updated 21 days ago

President Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq Thursday night when the briefing was a delayed by a security breach on the North Lawn.

Immigration question: How far can the President go on executive actions? updated 22 days ago

As the administration considers what executive actions President Barack Obama can take on immigration, the central question is how far can he go?

Obama signs $16 billion VA overhaul into law updated 22 days ago

President Barack Obama signs a $16 billion bill to help end excessive waits by veterans for VA health care.

Judges hear four states defend same-sex marriage bans updated 23 days ago

A prominent conservative judge expressed concerns Tuesday about whether Michigan's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional, saying that given "modern conceptions of marriage," the state's law seems "harder to justify."

Benghazi probe presses ahead despite new report updated 23 days ago

The GOP-led House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attack shows no sign of backing down despite a report from another congressional panel that, according to a top Democrat, found no intelligence failures around the deadly 2012 assault.

Does Snowden's celebrity breed copycats? updated 23 days ago

U.S. intelligence agencies fear Edward Snowden has achieved celebrity as a leaker and could be inspiring others to disclose classified national security information.

Final day of Obama's Africa summit to focus on security and corruption updated 23 days ago

President Obama will participate in a full day of discussion with African leaders Wednesday, the third and final day of the African Leaders Summit.

New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes updated 23 days ago

The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.

Incumbent senator's win ends ugly Kansas showdown updated 23 days ago

Tuesday's Senate primary in Kansas ended another ugly showdown that pit a tea party-backed challenger against an establishment Republican incumbent.

Public release of CIA report delayed updated 24 days ago

A report detailing the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 terror attacks will be delayed, an official said Tuesday.

VA misled on number of deaths tied to care delays, congressman charges updated 24 days ago

Rep. Jeff Rogers accuses the VA of "what appears to be an attempt to mislead Congress" by manipulating the number of veterans who died after delays in care.

Has Gaza conflict brought new low in U.S.-Israel relationship? updated 24 days ago

Tensions between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been strained for years. But the conflict in Gaza has ushered in a new low, some analysts say.

For undocumented children pouring over the border, no more military housing updated 24 days ago

The federal government will no longer be housing unaccompanied minors from Central America at three military facilities.

5 reasons Obama's Africa leaders' summit matters updated 24 days ago

As African leaders convene in D.C., U.S. far from developing political and economic relationships in Africa that can benefit both sides.

Detained American Alan Gross 'withdrawn,' saying goodbye updated 24 days ago

Detained American Alan Gross told his wife and daughter something they weren't expecting during a recent visit in Cuba: Goodbye.

With Congress divided, Obama to go his own way on immigration updated 24 days ago

With Congress divided, President Obama will go his own way on immigration.

James Brady, former Reagan press secretary and gun-control advocate, dies updated 24 days ago

James Brady, a former White House press secretary who was severely wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died.

Six weeks later, McDaniel challenges Mississippi runoff result updated 25 days ago

Chris McDaniel on Monday officially contested results showing he lost a Republican primary to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, revealing what his camp alleges is evidence of voter fraud and other irregularities.

#Congress is still not popular updated 25 days ago

Congress' lack of productivity and ongoing partisan drama continues to ensure that it is the center of political jokes.

From end to end: Rand Paul launches campaign-style barnstorm across Iowa updated 25 days ago

Sen. Rand Paul kicks off a three-day swing Monday across Iowa, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians.

Rick Perry says youths crossing the border is a 'side issue' updated 25 days ago

On the border crisis, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not talking about children migrants at all. Instead, he's talking about criminals at the border.

Lawsuit fears cause cops to turn down feds' immigration checks updated 26 days ago

Since April, law enforcement agencies in 18 states have decided to ignore Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to keep foreign-born people in jail

Obama: U.S. 'crossed a line' and tortured after 9/11 attacks updated 26 days ago

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that the United States "crossed a line" and tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 terror attacks.

On some issues, Paul and Christie sound a lot alike updated 26 days ago

Despite differences, Christie and Rand Paul are singing the same tune on some nontraditional GOP issues

Congress approves more money for Israel's Iron Dome updated 26 days ago

Congress approves another $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

House passes $694 million border bill updated 27 days ago

In a late night vote after a partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but it has no chance of becoming law.

House GOP passes border bill -- likely to no effect updated 28 days ago

House Republicans approve a border bill before going home for August, but it won't go anywhere.

Politics and pizza: Ted Cruz scuttles House GOP border plans updated 28 days ago

It's a scenario we've seen before: a gridlocked Congress pushes off legislative action until the last minute. But this time, leaders couldn't reach a deal.

Border bills stall in House, Senate updated 28 days ago

On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress.

Senate passes bill to overhaul VA, sends to Obama updated 29 days ago

The Senate easily approves a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs.

CIA apologizes for spying on Senate committee updated 29 days ago

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday and admitted the agency spied on computers used by its staffers who prepared an investigation of the controversial post 9/11 CIA interrogation and detention program.

U.S. ups pressure on Qatar to release American couple updated 29 days ago

The Obama administration urged Qatar on Thursday to allow an American couple convicted of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted daughter to return to the United States.

Ted Cruz bucks the establishment, again updated 29 days ago

Ted Cruz appears to have played a key role in the emergency border bill falling apart in the House.

This Congressman lived on the minimum wage updated 29 days ago

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio took the "minimum wage challenge" -- to live on a $7.25 per hour wage for one week.

Judge: Microsoft must turn over emails stored outside U.S. updated 29 days ago

Your email is subject to U.S. government snooping even if it is stored in computer servers outside the United States, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a potentially landmark case governing privacy and the limits of government surveillance powers.

Obama impeachment talk just political theater updated 29 days ago

Impeaching President Obama is not going to happen, even if Republicans take back the Senate and retain their House majority in the November elections.

Rubio plunges into immigration debate head first updated 29 days ago

Florida Senator Marco Rubio was one of only 11 Republicans to support a critical procedural vote to stem the tide of immigrant minors crossing the border.

House GOP seeks cover with slimmer border bill updated 29 days ago

House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down border bill with hopes of voting on it before August recess

Georgia governor, Atlanta mayor take differing stands on housing migrant kids updated 29 days ago

Government leaders throughout the country continue to debate how to handle unaccompanied Central American minors who cross the U.S.-Mexican border.

House approves bill to overhaul VA updated 29 days ago

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GOP-led House authorizes lawsuit against Obama updated 29 days ago

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 the expense of Congress and the Constitution.

Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears updated 30 days ago

Deadly violence, ongoing tensions and the deliberate downing of a passenger airplane. Though that turbulence is happening far away from American streets -- in Eastern Ukraine -- why should Americans worry?

Domestic violence: The next front in gun-control fight updated 30 days ago

An ad depicting a deadly domestic violence scenario attempts to portray what some women face. It is also depicts the next front in the gun control debate.

Dodging 2016 questions, Paul Ryan meets the press updated 30 days ago

Paul Ryan offers his views on pressing topics like climate change, immigration reform, and his newly-released plan to overhaul federal poverty programs.

Boehner: Impeachment talk a Dem 'scam' to raise money updated 30 days ago

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama, blasting talk about it as "a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

More VA employees said they were told to falsify data updated 30 days ago

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show.

U.S., EU coordinate on Russia sanctions, but will they work? updated 30 days ago

More Russian aggression in Ukraine. More U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Moscow.

White House mulls steps on immigration it can take on its own updated 31 days ago

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 own to address an immigration system widely viewed as broken and in need of reform.

Appeals court rejects novel Obamacare challenge updated 31 days ago

Score one for Obamacare supporters in court on Tuesday.

Senate confirms Robert McDonald as VA secretary updated 31 days ago

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

Is foreign policy a liability for Hillary Clinton? updated 31 days ago

Growing global crises could turn what is seen as one of Hillary Clinton's assets into a liability.

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