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  • DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination
    Associated Press | February 25, 2015 7:56 am
    In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.
  • US new home sales fall slightly in January
    Associated Press | February 25, 2015 7:55 am
    Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur the real estate market.
  • Boehner on Homeland: House in 'wait-and-see mode'
    Associated Press | February 25, 2015 7:32 am
    House Speaker John Boehner says he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.
  • Kerry braces for Day 2 of quizzing on Capitol Hill
    Associated Press | February 25, 2015 7:04 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry has implored skeptical senators not to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran before a deal can be crafted, but he's certain to get another round of questions about the sensitive talks from members of the House.
  • Clinton says she would push for inclusive problem-solving
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 7:48 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if she decides to seek the White House again she would try to bring Republicans from red states and Democrats in blue states into a "nice, warm, purple space" that would encourage problem-solving.
  • Netanyahu turns down invite to meet with Senate Democrats
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 7:38 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip.
  • Kerry defends Iran negotiations before Congress
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 7:09 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry told wary lawmakers on Tuesday that it was premature to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran before any deal can be reached to keep Tehran from developing atomic weapons.
  • W.Va. man pleads guilty to threatening US Sen. Manchin
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 6:48 pm
    A 50-year-old West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
  • Lawmaker facing expenses questions hires lawyers, PR experts
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:52 pm
    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.
  • Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:32 pm
    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.
  • Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:17 pm
    George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • House, Senate GOP looking at food stamp overhaul
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:08 pm
    Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the nation's food stamp program, trying again after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago.
  • Obama nominates 1st US ambassador to Somalia since 1991
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:08 pm
    President Barack Obama has nominated a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years, filling a post that has been vacant since the Horn of Africa country collapsed into chaos in 1991, forcing the closure of the American embassy.
  • Obama nominates 1st US ambassador to Somalia since 1991
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:08 pm
    President Barack Obama has nominated a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades, filling a post that has been vacant since war forced the closure of the American embassy there.
  • Obama, lawmakers push for criminal justice reform
    Associated Press | February 24, 2015 5:00 pm
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. must continue cutting its crime and incarceration rates by reforming its criminal justice system.