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 Vice President Joe Biden leaves the stage after a speech in Washington in April.

VP Joe Biden plans visit to Pittsburgh on Labor Day

The White House said in a news release today that further details will be released later.

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 President Barack Obama on Sunday said he is changing the name of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, to Denali.

White House renaming Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

By renaming the peak Denali, President Barack Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

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 A sign painter outlines the Pope Francis' nose on the side of a New York City office building in preparation for his visit in September.

Pope’s political messages cause some to pick, choose

Members of Congress aren’t likely to budge from their entrenched positions even at the urging of a world spiritual leader.

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U.S. immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico

The transition is unfolding as the GOP is debating immigration policy.

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 A crew member at work earlier this month on the bridge of the Coast Guard ship the Alex Haley, on patrol in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Arctic seen as land of opportunity

As Vladimir Putin beefs up Russian presence there, the U.S. has few military assets in the far north.

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Appeals court deals blow to lawsuit over NSA’s bulk phone data collection

The panel’s ruling also reversed a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed by a district court judge in December 2013.

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 Scott Walker, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin governor, gives a foreign policy speech on the campus of The Citadel on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Experts: GOP candidates’ tough talk doesn’t always square with facts of U.S.-China relationship

“Uncoupling” the United States from China, as tycoon Donald Trump proposes, would mean undoing the largest trade relationship in the world.

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 Former President George W. Bush dances with band director Asia Muhaimin on Friday as the band plays during a visit to Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

George W. Bush makes a low-key return to New Orleans 10 years after Katrina

The former president saluted the post-storm resilience of New Orleans as he and his wife revisited the city’s first public school to reopen.

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 President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans on Thursday for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Obama, in New Orleans, praises results of federal intervention

The president explicitly linked New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina to the nation’s recovery from the 2008 recession.

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Ice-deprived walruses are again huddled on the Alaskan coast

This is the seventh time in a decade that walruses have been driven out of the Chukchi Sea by warming waters.

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 Joe Biden

More Democrats crack open door for Biden’s run

Meanwhile, party front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton battled questions over her use of a private email server.

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Trump deflects policy questions

One study by the American Action Forum estimated mass deportation to cost from $400 billion to $600 billion over a decade.

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Reid backs push to save nuclear deal with Iran

With the Senate minority leader’s backing, President Barack Obama now only has to secure seven more votes from lawmakers to sustain a veto.

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Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest

For months, the State Department has stood behind its former boss, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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The Trump Bowl: Republican front-runner packs ’em in for Friday night rally

The Alabama turnout for Trump was all the more impressive given that it materialized on just two days’ notice.

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Scientists see link between global warming, California drought

Man-made climate change is worsening California’s drought and likely to make an ever-drier future.

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National briefs: Two women are first to pass Army Ranger school

Plus: Protests after teen’s death, Prison escapee arraigned, ‘Female Viagra’ company sold, Drones disrupt air traffic

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Swing-state poll suggests Joe Biden may have opening

Poll finds Joe Biden faring as well or better than former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

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 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate, presents his plan for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday at Cass Screw Machine Products in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

GOP hopeful Scott Walker offers health plan with tax credits

The Wisconsin governor also took a swipe at Republican rivals in Congress for their inability to repeal the law.

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 New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez

Another Democratic senator says he will vote against Iran nuclear deal

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is a prominent Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Climate warrior Obama gives OK for Arctic Ocean drilling

The Obama administration has lifted curbs on Shell Oil’s Arctic Ocean drilling.

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 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after serving on jury duty in New York on Monday.

Trump immigration proposal divides GOP presidential field

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker embraced some of the plan Monday, but other contenders dismissed elements as unworkable.

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 BGR’s employees or close associates have been involved with the presidential campaigns of three former governors — Jeb Bush of Florida, Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — and they have ties to Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. The firm also has a representative in Hillary Clinton’s inner fundraising circle.

Big lobbyist morphed into GOP force with bridge to Democrats

BGR, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, has ties to seven presidential candidates — and a very public voice.

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Trump expands vision of securing U.S. borders

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton

Group backing Clinton gets $1 million from untraceable donors

Hillary Rodham Clinton said  “the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money” must be stopped, before an anonymous $1 million donation.

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National briefs: Family unsure why Ohio man climbed fence at Cedar Point

Plus: Clinton and Trump attend Iowa State Fair; Birthday golf with Obama and Clinton; Deputy killed in Nevada; New “Star Wars” land at

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Cubans sound unusually open to Kerry call for democracy

The island’s residents seem to be speaking more freely after the re-opening of a U.S. embassy there.

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AT&T helped NSA spy on an array of Internet traffic

The telecom giant has been considered “highly collaborative” in the spy agency’s documents.

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 Eduardo Santiago was was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000.

Connecticut’s highest court abolishes state death row

In a sharply divided 4-3 ruling, the court declared that the death penalty violates the state’s constitution.

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 President Barack Obama signs the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in a ceremony on March 30, 2010 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va.

Health law sign-ups growing while uninsured rate declines

Obamacare has reduced the number of Americans without health insurance to below 10 percent.

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 President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill on Aug. 14, 1935  in Washington.

As Social Security turns 80, is it overhaul time?

Social Security’s disability fund is projected to be depleted next year, while the retirement fund can pay full benefits only until 2035.

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Clinton’s lawyer hands over private email server to FBI

Her attorney also has agreed to give agents a thumb drive containing copies of thousands of emails that she had previously turned over.

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 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Tuesday.

Bush says Clinton shares blame for Islamic State rise

His statement was a prelude to a potential general election matchup in 2016.

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Loan refinancing, grants key to Hillary Clinton's college affordability plan

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday offered a plan to refinance student loans and make more grants so higher education is more affordable.

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After outcry, Trump defends his remarks on women

Critics say he went too far with caustic comments about Fox anchor Megyn Kelly during and after a Republican debate Thursday.

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Hand-Wringing in G.O.P. After Donald Trump's Remarks on Megyn Kelly

Mr. Trump was disinvited Saturday to an influential gathering of conservatives in Atlanta.

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29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama

The letter, from some of the  most knowledgeable experts on nuclear weapons and arms control, arrives as Mr. Obama is lobbying for the pact.

3 weeks ago

Clinton Emails Took Long Path to Controversy

The email account has  become a significant early chapter in the 2016 presidential race.

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White House moves to marginalize Schumer’s opposition to Iran nuclear deal

The forceful response was the latest example of the President Barack Obama’s take-no-prisoners approach to ensuring the survival of a pact.

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 Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Trump pulls no punches in 1st Republican debate

Earlier Thursday, seven Republican candidates whose numbers were lower than the top 10 in the polls debated 90 minutes on the same stage.

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Penn State, Carnegie Mellon join White House summit on gender equality

Members of the Obama administration met with business school deans and corporate leaders to talk about opportunities for women in business.

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Two years after scandal, the IRS still struggling to find its way

The IRS appears no better able to handle the growing crush of political nonprofits raising many millions this election season.

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Voter ID law in Texas biased against minorities, U.S. appeals court rules

The case is being watched in legal circles after a 2013 Supreme Court decision that blocked the voting act’s most potent enforcement tool.

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Kasich in, Perry, Santorum out for GOP debate

Fox News on Tuesday decided which 10 GOP contenders will take part in its televised presidential primary debate Thursday in Cleveland.

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Obama, Netanyahu pitch dueling visions of Iran accord

Obama and Netanyahu made dueling appeals Tuesday to U.S. Jewish leaders regarding the Iran nuclear accord.

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Companies to reveal extent of pay gaps

A new federal regulation will require publicly traded companies to divulge the disparity between the pay to bosses and median employees.

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Taliban leader worked as potato vendor to escape detection in Pakistan

Mullah Mohammad Omarain took refuge as a potato trader in a market in Karachi, Pakistan, while he was among the world’s most-wanted men.

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World briefs: U.S.-trained forces abducted in Syria attack

Plus:  IS involved in human slavery; Israeli extremist arrested; Russia claims Arctic area; U.S. reaches out to Venezuela; China jails

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 Republican presidential candidates gather on stage before a forum  Monday in Manchester, N.H. From left: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Scott Walker.

As debate nears, GOP hopefuls warm up

A forum drew all but three of the 17 major Republican presidential contenders and focused on aggressive responses to illegal immigration.

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Obama issuing stricter plan to curb industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize measures that promise to upend a century of electrical power generation.

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