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  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 1:08 am
    U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.
  • Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 1:08 am
    Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.
  • Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 1:04 am
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party avoid being sidelined by majority Republicans over the next two years.
  • Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 1:01 am
    Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
  • FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 12:56 am
    In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.
  • GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 12:37 am
    The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.
  • Senate delays vote on bipartisan bill on Medicare doc fees
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 12:24 am
    The Republican-run Senate has delayed giving final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation permanently blocking Medicare cuts for physicians until next month.
  • Complex US-Iran ties at heart of complicated Mideast policy
    Associated Press | March 27, 2015 12:21 am
    U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq's deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.
  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 9:20 pm
    Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law.
  • Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 9:05 pm
    The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday.
  • Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 7:44 pm
    A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.
  • Bergdahl charges stoke fresh criticism of prisoner swap
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 4:01 pm
    The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed.
  • House panel asks White House for documents on Bergdahl swap
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 3:52 pm
    The House Oversight panel is asking the White House for intelligence information, reports and documents on the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years, for five members of the Taliban.
  • Gov. Scott Walker's immigration stance at center of dispute
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 3:44 pm
    A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration erupted on Thursday, highlighting the Republican's struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch a Republican presidential bid.
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Senators vote on amendments, score points
    Associated Press | March 26, 2015 3:12 pm
    The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there's the "vote-a-rama."