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Rebels kill 7 after voting in Indian elections

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A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting... More>>

Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 27

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Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said. More>>

$66M expansion for Mandalay Bay convention center

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The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. More>>

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016. More>>

Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November. More>>

Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November. More>>

Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 11 people

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A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest episode in an uptick in violence in the run-up to next... More>>

Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she believes the outcome of the standoff in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia. More>>

Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

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Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were... More>>

As peace deadline nears, Abbas says he has options

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to show that he has alternatives if U.S.-mediated talks with Israel break off Tuesday, the deadline for agreeing on a possible extension. More>>

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

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The fight for the Senate majority boils down to boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian - if party operatives' spin is to be believed. More>>

Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

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A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that... More>>

Palestinian rivals to try again for unity deal

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Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold new elections - a potentially historic step toward mending the rift that has split their people between two sets of rulers for... More>>

Mauritanian president says he will run again

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Mauritania's president, who initially took power in a coup, says he will run again in upcoming elections. More>>

Afghan election commission delays vote results

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Afghanistan's election commission delayed a planned release of full results from the April 5 presidential election to allow for recounts and audits, officials said Wednesday, a development that adds to the confusion... More>>

Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president

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Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25. More>>

Republican activists push party on gay marriage

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As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to... More>>

Republicans in NC's Senate race trade few hits

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The candidate in North Carolina's Republican Senate primary with backing from the party's Washington establishment came under little direct criticism Tuesday night as his top rivals had their first real chance to... More>>

Sen. Rand Paul says school choice could expand GOP

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said voters in perennial Democratic strongholds such as Chicago and Milwaukee will think differently if they see Republicans not just visiting these places, but discussing issues pertinent to their... More>>

Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

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Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft... More>>

Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

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The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states. More>>

Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

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You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. More>>

Udall ad attacks GOP's Gardner over abortion

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Democratic Senator Mark Udall aired the first ad of his closely-watched re-election campaign on Tuesday, highlighting his challenger's opposition to abortion rights. More>>

Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

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President Barack Obama's hometown and Hillary Rodham Clinton's home base as a senator are among the 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party's presidential nominating... More>>

Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

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Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. More>>

Sen. Warren says she's not running for president

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is insisting she isn't running for president in 2016. More>>

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home

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A prominent campaign worker in Afghanistan's presidential election was shot dead outside his home in the country's east, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban denied they were involved in the killing. More>>

Retired justice proposes changes to Constitution

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In his new book, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, two of which are directly related to guns. Others would abolish the death penalty, make it easier to... More>>

Clinton White House lawyer named top Obama counsel

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President Barack Obama is naming a prominent white collar defense attorney and veteran of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston will replace Obama's long-time counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who is... More>>

Suicide bombings, attacks in Iraq kill 33 people

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Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 33 people and wounded nearly 80 more on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections... More>>

Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war

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Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the... More>>

Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

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Mauritania has announced that its next presidential election will be held in June. More>>

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. More>>

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

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The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. More>>

Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

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Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he... More>>

Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

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Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. More>>

Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president

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Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted... More>>

Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

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Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a... More>>

Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

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Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. More>>

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

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Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. More>>

Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

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Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. More>>

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

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Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the... More>>

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

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Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. More>>

DNC raises $10.3M in March, has $14M in debt

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The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt. More>>

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

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The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. More>>

Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

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Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early... More>>

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine Video included

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Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. More>>

After Algerian landslide, what next?

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Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation - what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the... More>>

Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

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Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. More>>

Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state... More>>

Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

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Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was... More>>

UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

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Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year. More>>

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Video included

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Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced. More>>

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

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For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. More>>

Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

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Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds debt and... More>>

President defending health law good for some Dems Video included

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. More>>

Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

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A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed... More>>

Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

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A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate. More>>

Putin's choice of words shed light on Ukraine Video included

To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally... More>>

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. More>>

US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

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The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation. More>>

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers... More>>

India struggles with rebel threats during election

Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of... More>>

Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House. More>>

Key things to know as Algeria votes for president

Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. More>>

Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month. More>>

Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he... More>>

Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month. More>>

Algerian election faces disaffected populace

The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians. More>>

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President... More>>

House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November. More>>

Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year. More>>

Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark,... More>>

Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist... More>>

Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds. More>>

Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across... More>>

Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of... More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More>>

Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort. More>>

Egypt: El-Sissi in final step to run for president

Egypt's former military chief on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required, his campaign... More>>

Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever... More>>

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." More>>

Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide... More>>

Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future. More>>

'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans... More>>

Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan's presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote. More>>

Guinea-Bissau vote aims to bring stability

The people of Guinea-Bissau went to the polls on Sunday, and the question on everyone's mind was whether this tiny West African nation, known as a transit hub for cocaine traffic, will finally find stability through... More>>

Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing. More>>

Macedonia president seeks second term in election

Macedonia's president is seeking a second term in the Balkan country's fifth election since gaining independence following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in 1991. More>>

Uniformed men occupy Donetsk police HQ

Men in the uniforms of Ukraine's now-defunct riot police on Saturday occupied police headquarters in Donetsk, the eastern city that is one of the flashpoints of a wave of pro-Russia protests, hours after armed men... More>>

Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders. More>>

Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law. More>>

Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law. More>>

In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an Iowa audience Friday that his party can and must come together, and he held out his recently passed budget plan as a sign of growing GOP unity. More>>

Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he plans to retire, ending a 35-year career as a moderate Republican from east-central Wisconsin. More>>

Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions... More>>

Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." More>>

Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people. More>>

Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

Iraq's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, according to an Iraqi lawmaker and a statement from the deputy... More>>

La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister stayed out of sight as calls grew louder from Republicans back home demanding the GOP congressman's resignation after he was caught on video kissing the wife of a friend. More>>

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton as the former secretary of state began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. More>>

Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party. More>>

Elder President Bush to endorse GOP nominee in Ga.

President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat's campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday. More>>

Senate hopeful Brown: Health law erodes freedom

Announcing his campaign to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tweaked the state's "Live Free or Die" motto Thursday to bash both President Barack Obama's health care... More>>

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater... More>>

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination... More>>

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a... More>>

US Chamber of Commerce backs Tillis in NC race

Establishment-minded Republicans and social conservatives alike seem to have settled on a favorite candidate to face Sen. Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Democrat who is among the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election. More>>

House panel votes to hold IRS official in contempt

A House Committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings. More>>

India votes in crucial phase of national elections

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections Thursday, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states that are essential to the main opposition Hindu nationalist party's bid to end the... More>>

McAllister aide among few with access to kiss tape

A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance. More>>

Indonesia opposition leads, but less than expected

Indonesia's biggest opposition party came out ahead in early election tallies Thursday, but the showing was far less than expected given the popularity of its pick for president, viewed as the favorite in this... More>>

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