- State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released Thursday.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Alicia Keys flirty appeal to Speaker Ryan Updated: Feb-04-16 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Singer Alicia Keys has a flirty message for Speaker Paul Ryan: He can be her Valentine if the House acts on criminal justice reform.
- Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP Updated: Feb-03-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions between conservatives and pragmatists that transformed parts of 2015 into a GOP nightmare.
- High hopes, wide gulf as Obama, GOP look for common ground Updated: Feb-02-16 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON - Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama's final year? Don't get your hopes up.
- House GOP fails anew to repeal Obama's health care law Updated: Feb-02-16 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans failed in their latest futile attempt Tuesday to kill President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a Groundhog Day vote by the House that was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging.
- Iconoclastic presidential hopefuls worry Dems, GOP in House Updated: Jan-28-16 11:39 am
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are energizing voters as the first balloting of the 2016 presidential race nears. The maverick contenders also are alarming political operatives, fearing the damage each could wreak on House candidates come November.
- House Dems, who delivered for Obama, now diminished minority Updated: Jan-27-16 3:17 pm
BALTIMORE - House Democrats clawed their way into power and delivered a burst of historic legislation for President Barack Obama after he took office seven years ago. Now, in his final year, Obama is leaving them greatly diminished and confronting questions about whether their next generation of leaders can lead them back into the majority.
- Cornyn a 'peacemaker' as GOP rift on criminal justice widens Updated: Jan-26-16 2:36 pm
WASHINGTON - A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation's criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama's tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator.
- Analysis: GOP needs budget cuts to fulfill political promise Updated: Jan-26-16 10:18 am
WASHINGTON - Thanks to Congress' recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to bring the government's deteriorating balance sheet back into the black.
- GOP establishment moving a little closer to accepting Trump Updated: Jan-23-16 10:08 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Donald Trump and some mainstream Republicans are engaged in a long-distance flirtation. Both sides are coming to the realization that they'll need each other if the billionaire businessman becomes the party's presidential nominee.
- Presidential race shows evolving gender roles in politics Updated: Jan-22-16 7:39 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Carly Fiorina has a husband who quit his career to further hers. Chris Christie boasts of his wife being the family's top earner. Hillary Clinton is looking to get back into the White House, but this time as president.
- US Treasury Sec: Puerto Rico needs congressional action Updated: Jan-20-16 6:16 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew stressed on Wednesday during a visit to Puerto Rico that congressional action is the only solution to pulling the U.S. territory out of its worsening economic crisis.
- Senate Democrats block Syrian refugee bill from advancing Updated: Jan-20-16 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a bill that would crack down on Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to the U.S. as the debate turned into a referendum on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his policies.
- Gov't report: Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year Updated: Jan-19-16 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON - A government report released Tuesday estimates that this year's budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be attributed largely to tax cuts and spending increases passed by Congress last month. The deficit and debt picture over the long-term has also worsened considerably.
- AP EXPLAINS: What Congress can do about Puerto Rico's debt Updated: Jan-18-16 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Puerto Rico's $72 billion public debt crisis has forced congressional leaders to pay attention to a U.S. territory that's usually on the sidelines of American politics.
- US Treasury Secretary demands action on Puerto Rico's crisis Updated: Jan-15-16 3:21 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on Friday to pass legislation by March to help ease Puerto Rico's economic crisis before it's too late.
- House pledges bold election-year agenda, health care plan Updated: Jan-15-16 1:43 pm
BALTIMORE - Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin pledged Friday that the House will produce a governing agenda by the time Republicans pick their presidential nominee later this year. "This is nothing short of a generational defining moment," Ryan told reporters as Republicans wrapped up their annual retreat here.
- Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman Updated: Jan-14-16 7:27 pm
MIAMI - Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the detention center.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Time and Speaker Ryan waits for no one Updated: Jan-13-16 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - Time waits for no one. And neither does House Speaker Paul Ryan.
- Obama summons Americans to compromise and change Updated: Jan-13-16 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - With Americans soon to begin choosing his successor, President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran.
- GOP, Dems use cheers, boos to express their politics Updated: Jan-12-16 10:56 pm
WASHINGTON - In a polarized Washington, President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address drew sharply different partisan reactions, with a few exceptions.
- The Latest: Obama takes 'one more look at this thing' Updated: Jan-12-16 10:43 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address. All times EST:
- Highlights of president's State of the Union address Updated: Jan-12-16 10:40 pm
President Barack Obama's final State of the Union speech offered little in the way of new policy initiatives, but plenty of upbeat talk about prospects for a strong future. His hourlong address predicated future gains on bridging the partisan divides so evident between the White House and Republican-controlled Congress, and in the sharp rhetoric flowing from the 2016 presidential campaign. Some highlights of his address:
- Watching Obama speech? Check out political dynamics Updated: Jan-12-16 7:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House is promising a nontraditional address for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union. But, no, don't look for him to slow-jam Tuesday's speech or rap it.
- Wisconsin boy, 4, to be Ryan's guest at State of Union Updated: Jan-11-16 8:28 pm
MILTON, Wisconsin - A 4-year-old southern Wisconsin boy will be House Speaker Paul Ryan's guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.