December 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
December 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
The National Security Agency tracks the locations of nearly 5 billion cellphones every day overseas, including those belonging to Americans abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
December 4, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
With the fight over solving Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall now headed to the courts, the financially troubled state faces a grim possibility: The plan could be tossed, and Illinois could wind up in an even deeper fiscal hole than the one it's in now.
December 4, 2013 @ 4:07 pm
President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty. "That should offend all of us," he declared. "We are a better country than this."
December 4, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
Between diplomatic headaches in Afghanistan and the Mideast, John Kerry spent happy hour Wednesday praising a wine-producing but poor Eastern European nation for resisting Russia's grasp.
December 4, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
The Obama administration faced strong bipartisan opposition Wednesday to plans for limited U.S. engagement with Myanmar's powerful military due to concerns over human rights and its lingering ties with North Korea.
December 4, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
The familiar black dog with the white chest and white front paws starred in past Christmases in President Barack Obama's White House, but America's first pooch had to let someone else in the picture this holiday season: his little sister, Sunny.
December 4, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
Some numbers that help tell the story behind Christmas at the White House:
December 4, 2013 @ 2:13 pm
More than 90 percent of health insurance plans offered to lawmakers and congressional staff cover abortion, an unforeseen consequence of a Republican amendment to President Barack Obama's health law.
December 4, 2013 @ 1:48 pm
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged Wednesday to serve out her full six-year term and not run for president in 2016.
December 4, 2013 @ 12:43 pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that cutting his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over five years.
December 4, 2013 @ 11:13 am
Most Americans say the nation's influence in world affairs is declining, disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy and would prefer more emphasis on domestic affairs, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
December 4, 2013 @ 11:06 am
The Supreme Court seemed likely Wednesday to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California air force base.
December 4, 2013 @ 10:58 am
A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says there's no evidence yet that Iran is violating last month's nuclear accord with world powers.
December 4, 2013 @ 10:57 am
Four ex-Blackwater guards are pleading not guilty to multiple manslaughter charges stemming from a deadly 2007 shooting on the streets of Baghdad.