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Panel predicts China will keep confronting US

Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China's president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday.

Hagel: Islamic State presents new challenge to US

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Islamic State group "an incredibly powerful new threat."

Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on "pretty firm legal footing."

Support builds for ending benefits to former Nazis

Supporting is growing on Capitol Hill to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits.

Washington toughening stance on Venezuela abuses

The White House signaled on Wednesday that it will take a harder line against human rights abuses by Venezuela's socialist government against its opponents.

Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration -- in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

Pot backer who quit TV job on air fights subpoena

An Alaska television reporter who quit her job with a four-letter tirade during a live newscast after revealing she supported pot legalization is fighting a subpoena from the state panel that enforces election laws.

AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign spying and would do little to stop terror plots, the executives argued.

Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.

GOP governors attack Obama's immigration order

The nation's Republican governors on Wednesday lashed out at President Barack Obama's plans to unilaterally protect millions of immigrants from deportation, but clashed over whether their congressional colleagues should threaten a government shutdown in response.

NJ man enters agreement in White House case

A New Jersey man arrested after driving onto White House grounds the day after a different intruder got through the front door has entered into an agreement that could lead to his case being dismissed.

Vets' moms to Congress: Boost suicide prevention

Marine Corps veteran Clay Hunt was just 26 when he committed suicide, following tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democrats: Go big on the economy in 2016

Democrats say the main lesson of the November election is simple: Go big on the economy.

Iowa man arrested near White House with gun in car

The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man Wednesday afternoon after finding a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in the trunk of his car parked near the White House.

Rep. Brat who beat Cantor vows to stay accessible

Rep. Dave Brat came down the hallway on his way to his office, a bag slung over his shoulder and no aide in sight, and bent over to take a swig from a public water fountain. It's a sight you rarely see from members of Congress, who usually drink from the water in their offices.

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