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Obama recalls 'best chance' to get bin Laden

President Barack Obama said opportunities to strike Osama bin Laden were so rare that he was willing to risk failure and international embarrassment in May…

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C.J. Cregg returns to the White House

Former "West Wing" star Allison Janney made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing Friday.

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Demonstrators gather outside California GOP convention

Hundreds of demonstrators descended on the California Republican Convention Friday to protest Donald Trump ahead of his speech.

Protesters -- some of whom wore…

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Trolls target journalist after Melania Trump GQ article

Trump trolls aren't happy with a new GQ feature on Melania Trump.

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Russians 'barrel roll' over another US Air Force plane

A Russian SU-27 conducted a "barrel roll" Friday over the top of a U.S. Air Force RC-135 which was flying a reconnaissance mission in international airspace…

Aleppo, Damascus, Syria

U.N. envoy: Syrian truce 'hangs by a thread'

In Syria, the blood continues to flow, civilians continue to die and the tears keep falling.

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Clinton: Experience with men 'off the reservation'

Hillary Clinton on Friday brushed off Donald Trump's sometimes personal attacks against her as him being "off the reservation" -- something she said she has…

Carly Fiorina, April 27, 2016

Fiorina praises Clinton in 2008 video

Carly Fiorina and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton might not agree on much these days, but eight years ago the former Hewlett-Packard CEO…

Ted Cruz

Cruz's Indiana plan: Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks

Ted Cruz, having been trounced by Donald Trump in six consecutive states, has gone from banking on an Indiana win to facing a campaign collapse without one.


Ted Cruz in Maryland

Ted Cruz's dramatic week

Even by the standards of the 2016 presidential campaign, Ted Cruz has had a dramatic week.

Unusual tactical campaign moves, unforced errors on the trail and…

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Pentagon disciplines military members in Afghanistan hospital strike

The Pentagon announced that they have disciplined 16 members of the military for their role in the October airstrike against a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan,…

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Pence to endorse Cruz Friday

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence endorsed Ted Cruz Friday, just days before a primary that could make or break the Texas senator's chances of halting Donald Trump's…

Sen Tim Kaine

Kaine rejects rumors he'll be on Clinton ticket

Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday that he's "not looking for another post," and said he will not be Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho gets political

While some Bernie Sanders supporters might not vote for Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination, Margaret Cho told CNN she hates to see the…

Will Ferrell, Feb. 9, 2016

Uproar over report Ferrell to play Reagan

Will Ferrell is well-known for his George W. Bush impersonation, but reports that he will play another president have riled some people.

According to Variety,…

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Trump's new target: Sanders supporters

With the Republican presidential nomination within his grasp, Donald Trump is courting an unlikely group of voters: Bernie Sanders supporters.

Carly Fiorina, September 18, 2015

Can Carly Fiorina help Ted Cruz in California?

Ted Cruz's highly unusual move announcing that he would name Carly Fiorina as his running mate certainly brought him a major splash of attention this week.

Ted Cruz, April 28, 2016

Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

Former House Speaker John Boehner called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," in a withering interview at Stanford University…

John Kasich

Indiana paper backs Kasich in bid to stop Trump

The editorial board of Indiana's largest newspaper on Thursday praised John Kasich ahead of next week's primary in a bid to stop Donald Trump -- despite a…

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Powder found in letter addressed to Trump

The scene at Trump Tower in New York has been deemed safe after a letter addressed to Donald Trump contained a suspicious white powder, authorities said…

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Protesters take to streets after Trump rally in California

Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event here, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and…

Donald Trump in Wisconsin

Trump pressed on 'woman card,' foreign policy

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday said Hillary Clinton would pose less of a challenge than most of his GOP rivals.

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Cruz on Kasich bond: 'There is no alliance'

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday downplayed the idea of an alliance between himself and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump…

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Lawmaker gets impeachment signatures against Ala. gov.

An Alabama lawmaker said Thursday he has collected enough signatures to initiate the impeachment process against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bobby Knight for Trump

Bobby Knight: Trump would drop A-bomb like Truman

Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight believes Republican front-runner Donald Trump would have the "guts" to drop a nuclear bomb, just like former President…

Jeb Bush

Bush breaks his silence, calls for a contested convention.

A reflective Jeb Bush said he had no regrets Thursday about his failed presidential bid, saying in his first interview since leaving the race that Donald…

Narendra Modi

Ryan invites India's Modi to address Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that he has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint meeting of Congress this summer.

Modi will…

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Americans' confidence in economy at 2016 low

Americans' confidence in the economy is sinking.

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Obama: We 'couldn't take victory laps' on economy

President Barack Obama said he regrets he didn't do a better job promoting the country's economic recovery to the American people in an interview with The New…

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Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia

After Donald Trump gave a much-anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday, some of the most glowing reviews that he received were from a place that doesn't…

Donald Trump, Sept. 19, 2015

Trump's Muslim backers celebrate his success

Sajid Tarar, like many Donald Trump supporters, appreciates the unconventional Republican presidential candidate's strong stances on security, illegal…

Fiorina and Cruz

Jeb Bush: Carly Fiorina pick is a 'smart move'

Jeb Bush praised Thursday the unusual decision by Ted Cruz to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate -- despite not yet securing his party's presidential…

Obama speaking in Argentina

Obama: I know I hurt the feelings of 'fat cat' bankers

It looks like President Obama and Wall Street bankers will just have to agree to disagree on their status as "fat cats."

Bruce Springsteen blurb

North Carolina arena pays price for 'bathroom bill'

The cancellation by Bruce Springsteen and other high-profile performers over North Carolina's anti-LGBT law has cost a major venue nearly $200,000 in ticket…

Kelly Ayotte

Ayotte on Trump speech: 'I did not listen to it'

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday she did not watch Donald Trump's foreign policy speech.

Caitlyn Jenner red carpet

Caitlyn Jenner takes Trump up on bathroom offer

Donald Trump recently said Caitlyn Jenner could use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower and the transgender reality star posted a Facebook video of…

DOnald Trump, April 20, 2016

Donald Trump stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night

Whether or not you think Donald Trump is qualified to be president, he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

John Kasich

John Kasich likes to talk

John Kasich is his own man. It's a point of pride for the Ohio governor -- and one he touts often on the campaign trail. But it's also something that can…

Sarah Palin

Rim shot! Sarah Palin slams Ted Cruz's basketball faux pas

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin poked at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for his basketball faux pas on Tuesday night, joking that putting a ball through a hoop as opposed…

Carly Fiorina, April 27, 2016

Fiorina: Trump hasn't scored 'touchdown' yet

Ted Cruz's new running mate, Carly Fiorina, said Thursday that Donald Trump can't declare victory until he's crossed the goal line for the Republican…

Fiorina and Cruz

Cruz names Fiorina as running mate

Ted Cruz formally named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate Wednesday -- a last-ditch move to regain momentum after being mathematically…

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GOP establishment begins warming to Trump

In February, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn bluntly said that a Donald Trump nomination could be an "albatross" to his Republican Party.

Wednesday, with Trump…

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Kerry recalls Vietnam War's influence on his career

Just days before the 41st anniversary of the fall of Saigon, Secretary of State John Kerry got choked up Wednesday while recounting a historic Senate…

Donald Trump foreigh policy speech

Donald Trump's foreign policy: 'America first'

Donald Trump had a foreign policy sales pitch for U.S. voters and a blunt message for the world Wednesday: America comes first.

Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer no fan of Cruz-Fiorina ticket

After GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate, Sen. Barbara Boxer took to Twitter to rip the pair,…

The White House

Secret Service proposing 'taller and stronger' White House fence

The U.S. Secret Service is proposing a "taller and stronger" White House fence following an increasing number of people attempting to breach the security…

Tenn Gov Bill Haslam

Tennessee governor signs 'therapist bill' into law

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday signed a bill into law that allows therapists and counselors with "sincerely held principles" to reject gay, lesbian,…

Bernie Sanders, April 14, 10`6

Sanders laying off hundreds of campaign staffers

Bernie Sanders' campaign is laying off more than 200 workers, campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Wednesday.

The campaign is downsizing from its current 550…


Dennis Hastert gets 15 months in prison in hush money case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims' fund in a hush money case that…

US Capitol Building, Washington DC

Democrats block bill over Iran nuclear amendment

Senate Democrats unexpectedly blocked a major spending bill for energy and water programs Wednesday to prevent a vote on a Republican amendment that would ban…

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan hosting take your kids to work day

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who famously said he wouldn't give up time with his family to take the top leadership post, is putting the spotlight on children…

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TSA official says he was instructed to racially profile Somali-Americans

A Transportation Security Administration employee alleged in testimony before Congress Wednesday that he was instructed to racially profile Somali-Americans.

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Sanders goal: 'Strongest progressive agenda'

Bernie Sanders, who acknowledges Tuesday night's primary losses in four of five states have made his path to the Democratic nomination even narrower, has a new…

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John Kasich hits the Oregon campaign trail

John Kasich made a deal to go one-on-one with Donald Trump in Oregon, and he's wasting no time.


Bison closer to 'national mammal' status

The U.S. House voted Tuesday evening to adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States, bringing the iconic animal one step closer…

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker

Airline CEO: Trump is all 'smoke and mirrors'

The CEO of one of the world's top airlines believes Donald Trump the president would be very different than Donald Trump the campaigner.

DOnald Trump, April 20, 2016

Trump's foreign policy: Global reaction

Editor's Note: Donald Trump laid out his foreign policy vision on Wednesday. Here's what he said -- and how countries around the world have reacted to Trump's…

Donald Trump, March 30, 2016

Despite sweep, Trump may not get all Pennsylvania delegates

Donald Trump swept through Pennsylvania on Tuesday night with 57% of the vote, 35 points better than his nearest competitor -- a trouncing that led Trump to…

Bob McDonnell sentenced to prison

Supreme Court sympathetic to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Several Supreme Court justices seemed sympathetic to arguments made Wednesday by lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once a rising star in…

Clinton Trump

A new war over the 'woman card'

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Tuesday declared their own war over women.

The Democratic and Republican presidential front-runners signaled a heated…

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Obama to visit Flint to survey water crisis

President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan, next month to take a first-hand look at the water crisis affecting the city, the White House said Wednesday.

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Trump and Clinton: Bring on general election

For Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 general election has all but begun.

The two presidential front-runners celebrated a victorious night Tuesday,…

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz: 'Major announcement' at 4 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will make "a major announcement" at 4 p.m. ET at the Pan American Pavilion in Indianapolis, he told reporters Wednesday morning.

Cruz Hayes

Cruz lookalike signs up for porn film

The resemblance between Searcy Hayes, 21, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is so uncanny, it has set the internet afire.

Such fame has brought a new job offer to Hayes,…

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan: GOP nominee will be chosen 'fairly and transparently'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday the Republican Party's presidential nominee will be chosen in accordance with the convention rules "fairly and…

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Trump, Clinton score major victories

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored huge victories Tuesday that bring them closer to a monumental duel for the White House in the fall.

Trump's political…

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John McCain: F-35 is 'a scandal and a tragedy'

Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost,…

The White House

White House lockdown lifted after fence-jumper's arrest

The White House was in a short lockdown Tuesday after a male suspect -- whom authorities say was attempting to flee after committing a robbery nearby -- jumped…

Trump University

Trump University case will go to trial

The slug-fest between Donald Trump and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over Trump University continues.

Bernie Sanders in Scranton

Reid says Sanders can't win

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that Bernie Sanders can't win the Democratic nomination, but he won't call on the Vermont senator to quit the…

Bernie Sanders campaign rally

Jane Sanders dismisses Trump advice on independent bid

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has some free advice for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: Make an independent bid for president.

"Bernie Sanders has been…

Lena Dunham, 2015 Golden Globes

Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump wins

Television actress and producer Lena Dunham says she's planning to move to Canada if GOP front-runner Donald Trump becomes president.

Bernie and Jane Sanders

Jane Sanders: No back tax returns until Clinton releases Wall Street transcripts

Bernie Sanders and Jane Sanders won't release their back tax returns until Democratic rival Hillary Clinton releases the transcripts of her Wall Street…


Flint crisis: Complaint against EPA seeks $220 million

An administrative complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleges negligence and demands more than $220 million in damages for its role in…

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato

Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato cancel NC gigs

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have become the latest performers to cancel North Carolina gigs to protest the state's "hateful" anti-LGBT law.

Trump v Clinton

What to watch in Tuesday's primaries

Donald Trump can't lock up the Republican nomination Tuesday -- but he can counter his two opponents' divide-and-conquer strategy and reassert his dominance in…

Sen Pat Toomey

Vulnerable senator casts vote for Cruz

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who is expected to face a tough re-election battle this fall, voted for Sen. Ted Cruz for president in the Pennsylvania primary…

DOnald Trump, April 20, 2016

PA's wild card delegates could break Trump

Donald Trump is expected to win Tuesday's Pennsylvania Republican primary in a landslide, but the size of his all-important delegate haul figures to be a…

Early voting, Ohio

Judge upholds controversial NC voter ID law

A federal judge on Monday upheld North Carolina's voting requirements, ruling that the tough measures won't impact African-American and other minority voters.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sanders floats Elizabeth Warren as possible VP

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders alluded to possible vice presidential picks Tuesday, even floating liberal darling Massachusetts Sen.…

Christie eye roll

Christie wife throws some shade during Trump's speech

As Donald Trump laid into Hillary Clinton during his victory speech Tuesday night, saying she was only getting support from other women because of their…

Chalk board

6 things to know about tuition-free college

Free college sounds awesome.

Can it really work in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders certainly thinks so.

"Public colleges and universities tuition-free? Damn right!…

Ted Cruz, April 2016

Cruz's fellow lawmakers may decide his fate at GOP convention

House and Senate Republicans are quickly being selected as delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer, potentially giving them tremendous…

Ohio Gov John Kasich

Kasich: It's Trump who's desperate, not me

John Kasich said Monday he's not the desperate one on the campaign trail. Donald Trump is.

"The Trump people are very desperate. They're very fearful that…

Dennis Hastert in court

Hastert accuser sues for $1.8 million

A man who says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused him has filed a lawsuit, seeking $1.8 million that the victim says was promised to him to…

Cruz and Kasich

Ted Cruz and John Kasich: 2016 frenemies

Ted Cruz and John Kasich are sudden allies -- but they're not friends.

The Texas senator and Ohio governor roiled the Republican presidential primary late…

Supporters surround Trump, March 19, 2016

Trump signs Playboy mag with him on the cover

After most of his rallies, Donald Trump inches his way along a ropeline with a hoard of Secret Service agents and scrawls his signature on a mix of hats, books…

Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly (file)

Megyn Kelly lands Donald Trump interview

The long-awaited Megyn Kelly-Donald Trump rematch is set. The Republican presidential frontrunner has agreed to a sit-down interview with Kelly that will air…

Donald Trump campaigns in Delaware

Donald Trump: 'How handsome am I?'

Donald Trump admits he hasn't acted very presidential in the GOP primary, but he thinks he at least looks the part.

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Redskins ask Supreme Court to hear trademark case

The Washington Redskins' case surrounding whether or not the team can trademark its controversial name may go to the Supreme Court.

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Ted Cruz VP shortlist includes Carly Fiorina

Ted Cruz's campaign is vetting a list of potential vice-presidential choices including Carly Fiorina, an indication that the campaign could choose a running…

Barack Obama with David Cameron

Next to Obama, world leaders take a pass at knocking Trump

It was a time for expressing "opinions" among friends -- in a big way. Even on a referendum that is not in one's own country.

Such was the stance of the White…


US official: ISIS cells in UK, Germany, Italy

America's top intelligence official, James Clapper, said Monday that ISIS has clandestine cells in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

Trump and Clinton

Clinton knocks Trump's lavish lifestyle

Hillary Clinton cast Donald Trump as out of touch with the United States while campaigning Monday in Delaware.

Sen Harris Wofford

Former PA Sen. Wofford, 90, announces marriage to a man

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford announced Sunday that he is marrying a man 50 years his junior, almost 20 years after his wife died.

Charles Koch

Charles Koch: System is 'rigged' in favor of wealthy

Republican billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch and Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders may agree on one thing: The U.S. economic system - especially the tax…

Donald Trump campaigns in Delaware

Trump hires another GOP veteran

The Trump campaign is continuing to beef up its political operations.

Final five candidates

Poll: Trump's support among young voters historically low

A new poll suggests that a race for president between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could yield the lowest support for a Republican candidate among young…

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump

GOP veteran: Trump's a disaster, Cruz is only a fiasco

Republican front-runner Donald Trump will need to secure the required 1,237 delegates by the end of the primary season -- or come very close -- if he is to…

Obama on NATO forces

Obama pleads for unity in Europe

President Barack Obama made a lengthy, personal plea for European unity Monday as the continent faces an uncertain future, casting a fractured union as…

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C.J. Cregg returns to the White House

Former "West Wing" star Allison Janney made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing Friday.

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Trump met by protests at California speech

Demonstrators storm California GOP convention to protest Trump.

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Trump goes in back door to avoid protesters

Donald Trump goes in the back door with his entourage to avoid protesters at an event in California.

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