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Nuclear talks with Iran deadlocked

Both sides looking for leverage as they struggle to reach framework for a deal.

about 17 hours ago

 Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. The law's opponents say it could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. . (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana governor defends new law

White House says Gov. Mike Pence is in “damage-control mode.”

about 16 hours ago

Case questions school barring American flags on Cinco de Mayo

The justices are considering the ramifications of a California case for free speech.

about 16 hours ago

 Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee on Benghazi speaks to reporters earlier this month at a news conference on the findings of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

No copies of Clinton emails on server, lawyer says

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer testified Friday before a House committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, in which the U.S. envoy to Libya

2 days ago

Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

2 days ago

 After Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, shown, announced he won’t seek re-election in 2016, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York moved to secure the role as the next Senate Democratic leader.

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Mr. Reid, 75, said.

2 days ago

U.S. House OKs bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

The measure spares doctors a 21 percent pay cut if it passes a Senate vote. The bill requires high-income earners to pay higher premiums.

3 days ago

Obama slows U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan

The United States will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year.

5 days ago

Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

The Homeland Security Department’s top deputy is accused of helping foreign investors get U.S. visas in cases involving prominent Democrats.

5 days ago

Fraternities lobby against campus rape investigations

College Greek-life organizations are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations.

5 days ago

 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California looks over her prepared remarks before speaking at an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

In rare deal, Boehner, Pelosi tout wins for seniors, doctors

An extraordinary bipartisan accord is letting both parties move toward ending permanently the annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians.

5 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets a supporter as he stands on stage Friday inside the Vine Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., with one of his daughters after delivering remarks announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for president.

Cruz seeks to enlist Christians for 2016 bid

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday at Liberty University.

6 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University.

Ted Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Liberty University

Mr. Cruz, a divisive figure in his own party, is not expected to be the sole GOP contender for long.

1 week ago

Cruz first to make formal 2016 bid

The Texas senator, 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama talks to the press during a tour of Cleveland State University.  Obama is in Ohio to speak about the middle class economy.

Obama rips GOP budget, announces $500 million outlay for manufacturing

During a visit to Cleveland, the president says the Republicans' proposal would not help middle-class families.

1 week ago

Democrats fault GOP for delayed vote on AG pick

Senate Democrats have been trying to make hay from the Republicans’ delay on a confirmation vote for the new attorney general nominee.

1 week ago

Clinton email probe likely

The former secretary of state and first lady’s failure to use a government email address has sparked a storm of criticism.

2 weeks ago

 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh.

VA bills aim to rescind tainted bonuses

The bills stem from reports last year that veterans died while waiting for care from the Phoenix VA, where employees manipulated wait lists.

2 weeks ago

Emails Clinton said were kept could be lost

The State Department disclosed Friday that until last month it had no way of routinely preserving senior officials’ emails.

2 weeks ago

 Craig Remsburg, left, escorts his son, U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, who was injured while fighting in Afghanistan, and President Barack Obama into a backyard welcome-home picnic Friday for Sgt. Remsburg at his new home in Gilbert, Ariz.

Obama tours VA hospital in Phoenix that was site of long waits linked to deaths

President Barack Obama gave one troubled outpost a once-over Friday, saying his new VA leadership is “chipping away at those problems.”

2 weeks ago

 In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  Members of Congress who are demanding Ms. Clinton’s emails are largely exempt from the threat of such scrutiny themselves.

Rules for saving, providing emails? Not for Congress

Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails are largely exempt from such scrutiny themselves.

2 weeks ago

Oil CEOs said to ask Obama administration to lift export ban

Producers are eager to lift the ban because oil in the U.S. is selling for about $10 less than the global benchmark.

2 weeks ago

Iran wants U.N. security council to ban future U.S. sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s moves added fresh fuel to the dispute between President Barack Obama and some Republican lawmakers.

2 weeks ago

Iran's ayatollah derides Republicans' letter on nuclear talks

Iran’s supreme leader called the letter “a sign of a decline in political ethics and the destruction of the American establishment from

2 weeks ago

Rift imperils authorization to combat Islamic State

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s formal request for congressional authorization to fight the Islamic State — once framed by lawmakers

2 weeks ago

 Sen. Tom Cotton

With Iran letter, Tom Cotton emerges as leading GOP national security hawk

The Arkansas Senator, a lanky, Harvard-educated Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he wasn’t surprised by the backlash.

2 weeks ago

Email controversy may overshadow Clinton presidential launch

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said he would like the former secretary of state and first lady to testify in Congress by April.

2 weeks ago

 A Georgia Tech student reacts upon shaking hands with President Barack Obama after he spoke Tuesday during a visit to the school in Atlanta. Mr. Obama talked about measures to help make college more affordable.

Obama plans to make it easier to pay student loans

President Barack Obama is directing federal agencies to ease the way student borrowers repay college debts.

2 weeks ago

Patriots or traitors? Iran letter sets off furious debate

Outrage and defenses grow in Washington over Senate Republicans’ open letter to Iran intended to kill a nuclear deal that is not yet

2 weeks ago

Politics and tradition collide over Iran pact

As a practical matter, presidents generally do not break international agreements.

2 weeks ago

Sens. Booker, Gillibrand and Paul unveil federal medical marijuana bill

The two Democrats and a Republican offered a bill to end the federal ban on medical pot and eliminate related state laws’ ambiguity.

2 weeks ago

 Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton defends email practices, and draws a line

Her decision to use private email was for convenience, said the former secretary of state and first lady.

2 weeks ago

 People walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march on Sunday in Selma, Ala.

Selma crowd is told that voting rights remain under threat

The Voting Rights Act was the great prize for the civil rights activists who marched in Selma, Ala., a half-century ago.

3 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama greets Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto during a visit in April. Mr. Peduto met with Mr. Obama earlier this morning, according to his official schedule.

Peduto to serve on Presidential Election Task Force for National League of Cities

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is among 17 officials selected to inform candidates on city issues in next year’s presidential election.

2 weeks ago

 Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Saturday night at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative.

Pressure on Hillary Clinton grows over email actions

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein became the first major Democrat to urge the former secretary of state to share more details.

3 weeks ago

Obama says nuclear deal offered to Iran is ‘extraordinarily reasonable’

The agreement will test whether the leadership of the Islamic nation is serious about resolving the dispute over its nuclear program.

3 weeks ago

 Students walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Friday as they visit historic sites from the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Selma, Ala. Selma is preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed civil rights march that resulted in a violent confrontation with Selma police and Alabama state troopers on the bridge on March 7, 1965.

Obama: Ferguson police ‘clearly a broken and racially biased system’

The president’s visit to South Carolina came the day before his historic trip to Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

3 weeks ago

 Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

U.S. Sen. Menendez: I’ve behaved appropriately in office

The New Jersey Democrat is under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor.

3 weeks ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak begins journey for Senate

The retired Navy admiral stood across from Independence Hall to declare his candidacy.

3 weeks ago

Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

3 weeks ago

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

3 weeks ago

Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

3 weeks ago

 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

3 weeks ago

 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

3 weeks ago

 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

3 weeks ago

State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

3 weeks ago

High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

4 weeks ago

Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

4 weeks ago

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

4 weeks ago

 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, speaks to reporters in 2008 at a news conference at a Chevrolet dealership in Bethesda, Md. Ms. Mikulski won’t run for re-election in 2016.

Mikulski, Maryland Democrat and role model, plans to retire from Senate in 2017

The surprising decision came just a few months after Republicans gained control of the Senate.

3 weeks ago


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