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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy walks out of the speaker nominee election after dropping out of the race on Capitol Hill on October 8, 2015.

Conservatives celebrate McCarthy shocker

By Tal Kopan, CNN
House conservatives have chafed under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team since the GOP took over the majority in 2011. Now, they have their double revenge.
Boehner is resigning as speaker and his No. 2, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, shocked Washington on Thursday by dropping out of the race for the top job.
The US Supreme Court is seen August 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court hears new death penalty arguments

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
The Supreme Court heard arguments concerning the death penalty on Wednesday, for the first time since the issue bitterly divided the justices last term.
In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data.

Snowden's ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from U.S.

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Edward Snowden says he's offered "many times" to go to prison in the United States as part of a deal to return from exile in Russia but is still waiting for an answer from the American government.
The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents about top secret mass surveillance programs told the BBC in an interview he would be willing to reach a plea bargain with U.S. authorities.
A woman walks under the Triumph Arch next to Moldovan flag on Stefan Cel Mare street in Chisinau city October 8, 2013. In Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, scores of youths dreaming to emigrate are easy prey for human traffickers but an interactive theatre project helps them resist the lure. Brazilian director Augusto Boal invented this participatory form of theatre in the 1970s in a bid to give voice to audiences. A short play about a social problem is turned into a forum of discussion: "spect-actors" suggest different solutions and even climb onstage to enact them. Around 600,000 Moldovans out a population of 3.5 million (excluding the separatist region of Transnistria) reside abroad in search of a better life, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More than one third do so illegally due to labour and visa restrictions in the European Union and surrounding countries. Moldova is one of the main "source countries" in Europe for sex trafficking and forced labour. The exact number of Moldovan victims remains unknown but the IOM helped more than 3,000 of them between 2000 and 2012. AFP PHOTO/DANIEL MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

FBI helped thwart nuclear smuggling plot in Moldova

By Evan Perez, CNN Justice Reporter
The FBI helped Moldovan authorities in a series of cases aiming to thwart potential smuggling of radioactive and nuclear material, a U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said.
US President Barack Obama speaks before signing H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which includes assistance for Americans who lost their jobs to foreign outsourcing, and H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, which includes fast track trade promotion authority (TPA) that allows Obama to negotiate trade treaties, including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), after Obama signed the bills during a bill signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 29, 2015.

Can Obama's massive trade deal pass Congress?

By Eric Bradner, CNN
President Barack Obama got much closer Monday to locking in a major part of his legacy: the biggest regional free trade deal in history.
But first he has to win the political battle in Congress and on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
The US Capitol Building is pictured at dusk in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2011. Spurred on by President Barack Obama, US lawmakers set the stage late Friday for a frantic beat-the-clock weekend effort to avert a catastrophic debt default sure to rattle the world economy.

Chaffetz, Webster promise to delegate power

By Tom LoBianco, CNN
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Monday that he is running for House speaker, in part, because he and other rank-and-file Republicans feel they have been shut out from major House Republican decisions.

House speaker's race just got nasty

By Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju, CNN
The race for Speaker could turn the House floor into complete chaos later this month, prompting an ugly public fight and further roiling a Republican Party struggling to present a governing vision for the country.
President Barack Obama speaks during a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, on Sunday May 25, 2014, ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

Obama can't stay in Afghanistan, but he can't leave

By Stephen Collinson, CNN
It took a horrific tragedy to remind the nation that its longest war, though often forgotten, is by no means gone.
Outrage over the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by an American gunship Saturday focused increasingly rare media scrutiny on a conflict in which U.S. combat officially ended last year -- but where fighting still rages.
The US Supreme Court is seen August 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Is the Supreme Court poised for a shift to the right?

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Judicial conservatives and some Republican presidential candidates feel abandoned by Chief Justice John Roberts for his vote -- once again -- in favor of the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that he dissented in other cases they care about concerning issues like gay marriage and housing discrimination.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29: House Speaker John Boehner holds his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. During the press conference the Speaker listed the accomplishments of the Republican party that saved US tax payers trillions of dollars, but admitted much more needs to be done. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Why John Boehner quit

By Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh, CNN
The House speaker seized control of an ending that was beginning to feel inevitable.

The House conservatives who want to rule the world

By Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju, CNN
Life for the next speaker won't be any easier.
The conservative lawmakers have the potential to make or break the candidacy of California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy or any other would-be speaker. And they know it.
Children hold banners and placards while listening to speakers at a rally outside the 9th Circuit federal court in Pasadena, California on July 16, 2015, where Immigrant rights organizations, labor, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from Arizona and Los Angeles gathered. After a multiple-year legal battle, the state of Arizona's embattled efforts to deny driver's licenses to immigrants who have been granted DACA under a federal program will face what could be yet another blow to Arizona when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments this Thursday in a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups challenging the discriminatory policy. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Legal fight over Obama immigration's orders may outlast his presidency

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Mario Sidonio is an aspiring astrophysicist with big American dreams. But lately the 17-year-old has been waking up every day hoping a federal appeals court will come down with a ruling that could help his family secure a better future.