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Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned one of his children is gay.

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Gun sweepstakes used as GOP outreach tool

Candidates are offering high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.

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Obama: Young adults push health care sign-up

Thirty-five percent of the 8 million who have enrolled are under age 35.

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 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden after talking about college affordability at the Lackawanna College gymnasium in Scranton, Pa., last year.

Obama shifts visit to North Fayette campus

The president is expected to pitch his program to promote skills training for careers in fields with a growing demand.

4 days ago


Burwell nod gives health law opening to GOP

They want details on how many enrollees have paid for their plans, the age composition of the enrollees and data's influence on insurers.

5 days ago


Obama, citing new laws, says GOP moves to deny voting rights

President Barack Obama on Friday stepped up efforts to rally his political base heading into a competitive midterm campaign season.

1 week ago


New 'face,' old Obamacare issues

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.

1 week ago


White House to bar Iran's U.N. envoy

The unusual decision follows a political tempest on Capitol Hill related to the diplomat's involvement in the 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis.

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Democrats hoping equal pay issue will mobilize female voters

President Barack Obama signed two executive actions promising equal pay for women.

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Congress advances earlier release for convicts

Legislation that could result in the early release of about 34,000 prisoners has judges and probation officials intrigued and concerned.

1 week ago


U.S. works to cut China worries on cyberstrikes

But China has not reciprocated -- a point visiting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to make in a speech Tuesday.

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The Bush crowd has a big barbeque

They celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 41st president's administration.

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Obama readies workplace executive orders

He would bar federal contractors from retaliating on employees who discuss their pay, and require compensation data based on sex and race.

1 week ago


Senate set to pass jobless benefit extension

In the House, however, Republicans favor starkly different approaches to the issue.

1 week ago


Dems portray Kochs as Scrooges

After months of wincing in the face of negative ads funded by the industrialists David and Charles Koch, Democrats find a way to fight back.

1 week ago


Mental health groups split over Rep. Murphy's bill

Congress will hear testimony Thursday on the most ambitious overhaul plan for the mental health care system in decades.

2 weeks ago


Florida's bid to trim voting rolls set back

A court ruled that Florida tried to "systematically" cut noncitizen voters from the rolls within 90 days of the 2012 presidential election.

2 weeks ago


Panel set to release CIA report

A panel's scheduled vote today would send to the president a long-delayed report, parts of which would be declassified.

2 weeks ago


Very wealthy donors could hold even greater sway over campaigns

The ruling by a sharply split court opens the door even wider for a narrow universe of donors to expand their giving.

2 weeks ago


Justices overturn key limit on campaign contributions

The narrow decision was another victory for justices who have whittled back a campaign finance regime they feel violates speech rights.

2 weeks ago


Congress OKs funds for resident doctors at pediatric hospitals

The program provides funding to 54 children's hospitals, including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

2 weeks ago


GM chief deflects House salvo

In her first head-on questioning from Congress, General Motors' new chief executive, Mary Barra, sought Tuesday to quell a furor.

2 weeks ago


Obamacare exceeds sign-up goal

President Barack Obama hailed the tally topping 7 million, saying it "has made our health care system a lot better."

2 weeks ago


Rep. Ryan budget proposal would cut $5 trillion

The 99-page plan is Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan's last manifesto on government austerity as head of the Budget Committee.

2 weeks ago


GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

The nation's top auto safety regulator will seek to cast blame on General Motors.

2 weeks ago


Ukraine solution eludes Kerry in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov advanced far-different proposals on how to calm tensions.

2 weeks ago


GOP enacting new restrictions on voting in pivotal swing states

The new electoral restrictions on registering and voting go beyond the voter identification requirements that caused partisan brawls.

2 weeks ago


GOP insiders touting Jeb Bush for 2016

Many of the Republican Party's most powerful insiders have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft the former Florida governor.

2 weeks ago


Obituary: Jeremiah A. Denton / Vietnam War hero, U.S. senator from Alabama

He called himself "an average product of Middle America," but his story was anything but ordinary.

2 weeks ago


Over 6 million sign up for health care insurance

The administration originally expected 7 million to buy health plans during the law's initial six-month enrollment period.

3 weeks ago


Christie cleared in his own probe, but others loom

The taxpayer-funded report relied on interviews with Gov. Chris Christie and other officials in his administration, who were not under oath.

3 weeks ago


 James Schlesinger in a 2004 photo.

Obituary: James Schlesinger / Former CIA chief and Cabinet member

James Schlesinger was a Republican economist who advanced to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s.

3 weeks ago


Years of disrespect at the U.N. pass as women rise to power

A record one-third of the members of the U.N. Security Council, the organization's most powerful body, are represented by women.

3 weeks ago


Obama's ties with Europe get new test in Russia dispute

The president will also be confronted with other European frustrations with the U.S. that are bubbling just below the surface.

3 weeks ago


Michelle Obama urges open Web access, adds edge to China trip

The first lady prefaced her comments by noting that the United States must "respect the uniqueness" of other cultures and societies.

3 weeks ago


Obama turns up the heat on Putin

President Barack Obama expanded sanctions against top aides and reputed financial associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

4 weeks ago



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