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  • Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
    Associated Press | March 29, 2015 11:32 am
    Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images
    Associated Press | March 29, 2015 9:13 am
    A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.
  • O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' families should share
    Associated Press | March 29, 2015 8:24 am
    Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House.
  • AP Exclusive: Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program
    Associated Press | March 29, 2015 5:12 am
    The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.
  • Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 8:28 am
    Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.
  • Delete, erase, shred: enemies of federal record-keepers
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 6:04 am
    In the never-ending quest to preserve the government's history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 1:29 am
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.
  • GOP-guided budget sets up battles between Congress and Obama
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 12:08 am
    With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
  • Kerry orders a review of recordkeeping at State Department
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 12:08 am
    The State Department has ordered an internal audit of its recordkeeping, part of a top-to-bottom look at the agency's practices in the aftermath of revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure.
  • After a few stumbles, GOP lawmakers regain footing on budget
    Associated Press | March 28, 2015 12:04 am
    Republicans are looking like they've finally figured out how to govern.
  • US rescues Saudi airmen from water south of Yemen
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 7:57 pm
    A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
  • Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 6:09 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean," permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.
  • Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 5:53 pm
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.
  • AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 5:09 pm
    Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leaders had been invited. That's striking considering the tight U.S.-Japan alliance in the 70 years since World War II ended. British, South Korean and German leaders have been invited multiple times. So have two Liberian presidents and a Latvian one - more than 100 invitations overall since the war. So why not Japan? The answers have to do with underlying friction that has been a part of U.S.-Japanese relations and, more recently, frequent changes of Japanese leaders.
  • Gov. Walker in Texas, out of sight during immigration flap
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 4:56 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border without addressing questions being raised about his stance on immigration.