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  • Conservative group apologizes for post-Aurora photo in campaign ad

    23 April 2014, 7:03 pm

    The oeuvre of political advertising — and let’s, for a moment, let that affectation slide by — includes a number of reliable standbys.
  • New Senate polls offer three lessons and some hope for Democrats

    23 April 2014, 3:27 pm

    WASHINGTON — Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races.
  • U.S. spy chief bans employees from talking to journalists

    22 April 2014, 4:10 pm

    WASHINGTON — A new policy bars employees of U.S. spy agencies from providing reporters with "intelligence information," even if it is unclassified, without first getting official permission.
  • Obama's approval rating improves as healthcare drag eases

    21 April 2014, 4:20 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s job approval ratings have improved, if only slightly, from a low point during the winter, a trend that potentially could help embattled Democrats in key Senate races this fall.
  • First lady emphasizes fun and fitness at annual Easter Egg Roll

    21 April 2014, 4:00 pm

    WASHINGTON -- Instead of chocolate and candy baskets, the horde of children who gathered Monday on the Sou th Lawn for the White House’s Easter Egg Roll got an Eggtivity Zone and a Yoga Garden.
  • Obama names Washington veteran Neil Eggleston as White House counsel

    21 April 2014, 2:45 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama is turning to Neil Eggleston, a veteran of the Whitewater and Iran-Contra confrontations between Capitol Hill and the White House, to help guide his administration through what could be stormy years ahead with Congress.
  • For Hillary Rodham Clinton, archives evoke fiery White House years

    18 April 2014, 11:56 pm

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has been basking in the glow of good news for months.
  • Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    18 April 2014, 3:48 pm

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, perhaps until after November’s midterm election.
  • Crisis manager leaves White House counsel's office

    18 April 2014, 3:18 pm

    WASHINGTON – From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment – figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it, explain it and…
  • Establishment bites back: Chamber fights tea party in Senate races

    17 April 2014, 6:48 pm

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce jumped into two key Senate races this week -- another clear signal that the GOP establishment will try to stop tea party candidates from winning primaries as Republicans try to wrest control of the Senate from…
  • Chelsea Clinton announces she is pregnant

    17 April 2014, 5:22 pm

    Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother and that wish has finally come true -- with Chelsea Clinton announcing at a Clinton Foundation event Thursday that she and her husband are expecting a baby this year.
  • Eight million people signed up for healthcare, Obama announces

    17 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    WASHINGTON — Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces hit 8 million in the law’s first year, President Obama announced Thursday.
  • Health insurance gains since last fall hit 12 million, survey shows

    16 April 2014, 6:04 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggest that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since…
  • Louisiana Democrat highlights independence from Obama in new ad

    15 April 2014, 9:27 pm

    When Sen. Mary L. Landrieu assumed the chairmanship of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year, it was a major boon to her difficult reelection campaign—placing her in a prominent position to aid her state’s oil and gas industry and…
  • Obama grants clemency to correct a sentence extended by a court typo

    15 April 2014, 7:15 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of a drug convict, correcting a mistake that had extended his prison time by more than three years and could not be fixed by the courts.
  • Immigration activists push House GOP in last-ditch campaign for vote

    15 April 2014, 5:32 pm

    WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act.
  • U.S. appeals court upholds Obama administration limits on air toxics

    15 April 2014, 1:18 pm

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the…
  • Hawaii governor apologizes for questioning Inouye death-bed drama

    15 April 2014, 11:05 am

    Four days after questioning a death-bed letter at the center of Hawaii’s heated U.S. Senate race, Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized to the widow of its ascribed author, the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and others he offended. But he stuck to his key assertion…
  • Obama: Religious intolerance has 'no place in our society'

    14 April 2014, 12:10 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area.
  • Sebelius praises Obamacare, concedes rollout was botched

    13 April 2014, 4:16 pm

    WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that the health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons.
  • IMF urges Congress to back reforms giving fund more clout

    12 April 2014, 10:14 pm

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. made clear this week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has…
  • Obamas' federal tax rate rose as their income fell in 2013

    11 April 2014, 7:08 pm

    WASHINGTON-- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watched their income fall and their federal tax rate go up in 2013, according to IRS returns released Friday by the White House.
  • Hawaii governor questions deathbed drama in heated Senate race

    11 April 2014, 5:20 pm

    HONOLULU  — For political and emotional drama, it’s hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history, makes a death-bed request to name his successor in Washington.
  • Campaign commentary? Shoe, documents flung at Hillary Clinton

    11 April 2014, 3:24 pm

    LAS VEGAS – With a flash of comedic timing, Hillary Clinton dodged the first controversy of her not-yet-declared 2016 presidential run after a heckler threw a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at the former first lady and secretary of…
  • Obama names Sylvia Burwell to take over healthcare law implementation

    11 April 2014, 12:07 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and competent" to run the next phase of his signature…

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