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Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, DOJ officials go to Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials,…

Dave Goldberg

Obama 'heartbroken' about Dave Goldberg

Add President Obama to the list of prominent people offering kind words about Dave Goldberg.

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, DOJ officials go to Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, as well…

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Huckabee poised to make another W.H. bid

When Mike Huckabee makes his presidential announcement Tuesday, his pitch won't come from his multimillion-dollar beachfront home or the anchor desk where he…

Scott Walker Wisc

Gov. Walker slights Obama, Clinton on foreign policy

Gov. Scott Walker on Monday sought to use President Barack Obama's slipping popularity on foreign policy issues as a punching bag and sought to bolster his…

Joseph Dunford

Obama to tap general for top military post

President Barack Obama plans to name a trusted military adviser with ties to his drawdown of troops in Afghanistan as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…

US military exercises

Pentagon dispels rumors of Texas takeover

Don't mess with Texas -- even if it's just an exercise.

Amid unfounded, Internet-fueled rumors that U.S. Special Operations Forces might be trying to take over…

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Clinton agrees to testify before panel in May

Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi later this month, according to a letter from her attorney to the panel's…

Ben Carson

Can Ben Carson cure what ails America?

Ben Carson wants to convince voters that a doctor is best positioned to fix what's ailing America.

"I'm Ben Carson, and I'm a candidate for president of the…

Chris Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly

Former Christie allies plead not guilty

Two former associates of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges related to their alleged role in the lane closures on the…

President Obama talks at extremism summit

Brother's Keeper enters new phase

From the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, Monday, President Barack Obama announced a spin-off of his already-existing "My Brother's Keeper"…

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina announces presidential bid

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president on Monday, becoming the first declared female candidate to seek the Republican…

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton defends Clinton Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton dismissed the controversy over foreign donations to his family's foundation, saying in a testy interview that the charitable…

Ben Carson mom's health delays campaign events

Retired physician Ben Carson told Sinclair Broadcasting on Sunday night that he plans to announce his candidacy for president of the United States, but his…

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Obama gives 'superhero' fist bump

President Barack Obama doesn't stop very often when he walks out of the White House to board Marine One.

But usually a little boy in goggles and superhero…

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Does Carly Fiorina have foreign policy cred?

In 2007, then-CIA Director Michael Hayden was wrestling with a pressing question, one that would rattle the secretive organization long after his tenure: How,…

Obama sells trade deal to House Democrats

President Barack Obama is promising his personal support to fellow Democrats who end up supporting a proposed Pacific trade deal that is controversial to many…

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South Korean reportedly arrested in the North

A South Korean who lives in New Jersey was arrested last week for crossing into North Korea illegally, the North Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.…

Gov. John Kasich

John Kasich: WH run 'looks pretty good'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that the likelihood he'll enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination "looks pretty good."

Kasich set up a…

John Boehner at news conference

Boehner: Obama needs Clinton on trade

House Speaker John Boehner says he believes Hillary Clinton supports President Barack Obama's free trade push, but "she just won't say so."

Boehner's comments…


Lindsey Graham on 2016 plans: 'Get ready'

A small group of 2016 presidential contenders took turns Friday making their pitch to a large gathering of South Carolina's Republican activists, keenly aware…

Reported sexual assaults down significantly in U.S. military

Study: Sexual assault in U.S. military plummets

The percentage of military personnel who said they were victims of sexual assault dropped dramatically over the past two years, plunging by about 27%, the…

Rick Perry speaks at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Perry, Cruz get warm receptions in SC

A small throng of GOP presidential contenders descended upon South Carolina this weekend as some of the state's most involved Republican activists gathered in…

Feds decline to pursue charges based on Hoboken mayor's allegations

Christie aides cleared of strong-arm claims

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman on Friday cleared senior officials in Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration of allegations that they tried to strong-arm a…

Marie Harf

US official targeted in tweets by Ankara mayor

First we were all Americans. Then we were all Charlie Hebdo. Now we're all blonde.

David Wildstein

Bridgegate: 1 guilty, 2 indictments, 'liars'

Two key figures in the scheme to close lanes and create traffic tie-ups on the George Washington Bridge were indicted Friday, hours after a former key ally to…

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Report: New safety rules for rail tank cars unveiled

United States and Canadian officials unveiled new safety rules for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and other flammable liquids, The Associated…

Jose Mallea

Jeb Bush hires Rubio's ex-campaign manager

Jeb Bush's political operation is bringing on a longtime friend of Marco Rubio, a move that represents the competitive state of presidential politics in…

Biden Iran

Biden pushes against critics of Iran negotiations

Vice President Joe Biden took the stage Thursday night at the Washington Institute's 30th Anniversary Gala with a clear message to the crowd: The United…

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Can Sanders fill the Warren void?

Bernie Sanders has a problem: He isn't Elizabeth Warren.

Liberal Democrats have been trying to get Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, to run for…

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Clinton campaign blasts GOP abortion bill

The House voted, as expected, to block a D.C. law banning discrimination by employers against employees who have had abortions. on Thursday night --- but the…


Obama to re-launch inner-city youth initiative

As unrest in Baltimore again focuses attention on race relations in America, President Barack Obama plans to re-launch his My Brother's Keeper Initiative --…

Senate all-nighter

Rubio, Cotton throw wrench into Iran bill

A procedural sneak attack by a pair of Republican senators has thrown a monkey wrench into the debate over the Iran bill as the two critics of a nuclear deal…

Obama speaks at Kennedy Institute dedication

Obama library to be located in Chicago

The Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be located in Chicago, two people familiar with the decision confirmed to CNN, with an official…

Javad Zarif, Iran foreign minister, meets with counterparts from E3+3

Senate defeats GOP amendments to Iran bill

The Senate on Thursday is continuing to debate an Iran bill after the body rejected a Republican amendment a day earlier that would have jeopardized White…

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Huckabee: Supreme Court can't overrule God

Mike Huckabee rallied a crowd of Hispanic evangelicals on Wednesday night, pushing back in the debate over religious freedom just one day after the Supreme…

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SCOTUS takes up death penalty drug case

A sharply divided -- and at times testy -- Supreme Court took up Wednesday a case questioning the lethal injection protocol used for Oklahoma inmate Clayton…

Bernie Sanders 2016

Bernie Sanders is running for president

Bernie Sanders is in.

The independent Vermont senator railed against the political machine --- blasting "ugly 30-second ads," billionaire big-money donors and…

Shinzo Abe

Japan PM Abe pushes trade deal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out his vision for deeper Japanese involvement in Asian security and global diplomacy on Wednesday in a historic speech to…

Bill Clinton

Plane carrying Bill Clinton makes abrupt stop

A plane carrying former President Bill Clinton stopped abruptly to have one of its engines fixed in Tanzania on Wednesday, multiple sources told CNN.

Federal Reserve

Don't expect a Fed rate hike soon

The Federal Reserve's liftoff party looks like it's probably not coming until September or later this year.

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Lynch: Violent protests 'counterproductive'

Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the violent Baltimore protests "counterproductive to the ultimate goal here" in a speech at the Justice…

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Obama pitches 'most progressive trade deal'

President Barack Obama acknowledged the obstacles his own party has thrown in front of his free trade agenda in Congress, but made a fresh pitch Tuesday for a…

Cop and protester in Baltimore

W.H. stresses prep for Baltimore protests

Attorney General Loretta Lynch was briefed about the building tension in Baltimore even before she was sworn in on Monday, a senior administration official…

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Clinton calls Baltimore riot 'heartbreaking'

Hillary Clinton told an audience of about 150 campaign donors on Tuesday the Baltimore riot was "heartbreaking."

Sen Bernie Sanders

Reports: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will run for president and seek the Democratic nomination, The Associated Press and NBC News reported Tuesday.

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Justices skeptical of redefining marriage

Supreme Court justices appeared divided Tuesday during historic arguments over the constitutionality of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy returning…

Obama, Baltimore violence

Obama: 'No excuse' for violence in Baltimore

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the "criminals and thugs who tore up" the city of Baltimore on Monday night, after rioting and looting paralyzed…

Freddie Gray protests Monday

WH faces new racial crisis in Baltimore

Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday night the Justice Department will continue its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and send…

Rand Paul

Rand Paul stands by Obama over drone attack

Sen. Rand Paul defended President Barack Obama over the accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. drone attack in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch makes history

Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the new U.S. attorney general on Monday, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch, the country's first African-American woman to serve in the…

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Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, we made mistakes'

The Clinton Foundation, fighting back against charges of conflict of interest in a forthcoming book, is trying to tamp down a growing political problem by…

Bernie Sanders

Sanders announcement 'within days?'

A new entry and a waiting game on the Democratic side, a go-slow approach from a leading Republican, and the big stakes of 2016 filled our Sunday morning trip…

Constance Zimmer White House Correspondents Dinner

Hollywood stars dish at DC brunch

Ask a bunch of Hollywood stars to name Republican presidential hopefuls and you start getting a lot of "ums" and beelines for the nearest exit.

But you'll also…

Cecily Strong delivered long string of one-liners

Cecily Strong's top 10 WHCD jokes

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Cecily Strong skewered political candidates and news agencies Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents'…

Ted Cruz addresses Christian forum on religious summit in Iowa

Ted Cruz: Democrats home to 'liberal fascism'

Sen. Ted Cruz argued Saturday that Democrats have become so extreme and "intolerant" of religious views that "there is no room for Christians in today's…

Obama uses 'anger translator' for White House Correspondents Dinner monologue

WHCD 2015: Obama's top 10 jokes

President Barack Obama had one motto Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner: take no prisoners.


Clinton plans 3-state swing in May

Hillary Clinton's May schedule will include trips to Nevada and South Carolina, three days of fundraising in donor-heavy California, and, once those are…

Gov Bobby Jindal

Jindal says he'd attend same-sex wedding

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Saturday that his preference for what he calls the "traditional view of marriage" wouldn't stop him from attending the…

George W. Bush, June 4, 2005

Report: Officials struggled with post-9/11 warrantless surveillance

A newly declassified report on the Bush administration's post-9/11 warrantless surveillance program says U.S. intelligence officials struggled to assess its…

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

2016 Dem hopefuls converge on South Carolina

The rain fell relentlessly on the convention center in Columbia on Saturday as Democrats from all parts of South Carolina flooded their party's state…

Scott Walker

Walker, Rubio spar over WH credentials

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit back Saturday at potential GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio over the Florida senator's charge that there's "no way" a…


Bruce Jenner comes out ... as a Republican

Bruce Jenner didn't just come out as a transgender woman Friday night --- he also came out as a Republican.

In a two-hour special aired on ABC, Jenner, 65, sat…

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US aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf

The USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the Persian Gulf Saturday to conduct what a U.S. defense official called routine maritime security operations, days after…

Nicolas Maduro Venezuela

Woman hits Venezuelan president with mango

How would you get your nation's president to hear you out? Put your name and number on a mango and hit him in the head with it?

No? Then you're not Marleni…

Obama correspondents dinner

What to expect in Obama's speech Saturday

Expect some swagger from President Barack Obama at Washington's big prom Saturday night.

Chief Justice John Roberts

John Roberts' big moment

Chief Justice John Roberts is back in the spotlight.

Roberts -- who shocked conservatives nearly three years ago by providing a pivotal vote to uphold…

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch makes history

The highly politicized five-month battle to choose President Barack Obama's next attorney general came to a close Thursday when the Senate finally voted to…

Obama Colorado gun control

Obama, Dems set to clash over trade

President Barack Obama's push for free trade got another boost on Thursday, when a House panel passed legislation setting up trade promotion authority,…


Obama confronts 'cruel' reality of drone war

The long trail of civilian death left by President Barack Obama's drone war finally has an innocent American face.

In an extraordinary moment, Obama appeared…

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Clinton slams GOP for lack of leadership

Hillary Clinton used her first speech as a presidential candidate on Thursday to knock Republicans who "offer themselves as leaders" but "who take a very…

Biden what does it take for gun control

Joe Biden shores up U.S.-Israel ties

Speaking on the anniversary of Israel's independence, Vice President Joe Biden sought to bolster U.S. ties to the Jewish state amid tensions over a preliminary…

Gen David Petraeus

Petraeus gets 2 years probation, fine

Gen. David Petraeus, once a widely celebrated military leader who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was touted as a potential presidential…

Aerial view of Pentagon

Carter: Russians hacked Pentagon systems

Russian hackers accessed an unclassified Pentagon network earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday, the latest high-profile penetration…

President Obama from news conference

U.S. drone strike accidentally kills hostages

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that a U.S. counterterrorism operation targeting an al Qaeda compound in January accidentally killed two innocent…

George H

Elder Bush's home alarm-free for 13 months

President George H.W. Bush's Houston home was not protected by a working alarm system for at least 13 months, according to an investigation conducted by the…

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Clinton campaign spars with Benghazi committee

After Hillary Clinton refused to privately testify about her email use before the congressional committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, her campaign…

Marco Rubio in NH

Rubio leads GOP field in new national poll

Sen. Marco Rubio leads all Republican presidential hopefuls in a new poll released Thursday morning, capturing some momentum in the weeks after he became the…

Loretta Lynch

Senate clears trafficking bill; Lynch vote on Thursday

After a long delay, the Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill to combat human trafficking.

The vote was 99-0.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was the only senator…

China flag flag

Expert: 'U.S., China need long-term alliance'

China's economic and military rise under President Xi Jinping can be managed peacefully if Washington and Beijing can commit to a stable relationship for the…

ISIS flag flying

Poll: ISIS a bigger threat than Iran, Russia

Americans see ISIS as a bigger threat to the United States than Iran, Russia, North Korea or China, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Fist bump on Senate floor

Rand Paul, Harry Reid fist bump on Senate floor

At the end of a long day in the Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, donned a pair of sunglasses as he approached the Senate floor and went in for…

Rand Paul vaccines

Report: Rand Paul's son charged with DUI

Presidential candidate Rand Paul's son, William, received a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol this past weekend, according to reports.

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Food workers walk out on US Senate

About 40 contracted workers from the United States Senate walked off their jobs Wednesday morning and joined more than 1,000 labor activists at a rally calling…

Obama prepares for immigration speech

Obama heads to Florida to talk climate

President Barack Obama ventured into the South Florida Everglades on Wednesday to lend urgency to his environmental agenda, declaring the dangers of climate…

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Hillary's problem: Will economic recovery die before the election?

The Hillary Clinton campaign is doing a lot of math on voters and fundraising. But here's another metric they are likely looking at: economic growth.

Women on the $20 bill

Making change: Lawmakers want a woman on the $20

The push to make a woman the face of the $20 bill is gaining traction in Congress.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation this week…

Abortion protests

New abortion controversy hits Congress

The same day that the Senate reached a deal on abortion language in a bill to combat human trafficking, the House of Representatives began considering…

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame announces 2016 bid

The 2016 race welcomed yet another challenger vying to become America's next commander-in-chief on Monday. No, it wasn't Jeb Bush or Elizabeth Warren -- it…


Klobuchar's 'cornfield idea' leads to deal

A month ago, the office of Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar was embarrassed when it was revealed that a staff member had learned of but failed to flag…

DEA Head Michele Leonhart

Holder: Embattled DEA chief is retiring

It didn't happen on 4/20 -- marijuana's high holy day -- but Michele Leonhart is stepping down in mid-May as administrator of the Drug Enforcement…

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Liberal senators oppose Comcast merger

Six of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate are petitioning government regulators to reject Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

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Why 52% of Americans think the Obama economy is good

For the first time since President Obama took office, a significant majority of Americans give the economy two thumbs up.

Obama end of year news conference

Poll: Economic optimism hits new peak

President Barack Obama's approval rating is shifting back toward positive territory, as the public's take on the economy hits a new high mark for Obama's…

Biden, Obama

Biden still waiting as 2016 heats up

As Hillary Clinton spent the first weeks of her presidential campaign meeting voters in Iowa, her closest potential rival for the Democratic nomination -- Vice…

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Jeb Bush heads to Europe

Jeb Bush will visit Europe in early June, stopping in Germany, Poland and Estonia, according to an aide to the former Florida governor.

News of the trip, first…

Hillary Clinton NH campaign

Clinton's campaign rolls into New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton is trying to win voters over a half-dozen at a time --- and so far, it's working.

The former secretary of state's campaign rolled into New…

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Obama to push climate agenda in Everglades

President Barack Obama on Wednesday plans to visit the Everglades --- the South Florida wetlands that form part of the state's large tourism sector ---- to…

Bernie Sanders

Sanders to Clinton: 'Are you on the side of working people?'

Vermont Senator and potential presidential contender Bernie Sanders is calling on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "to be clear" on President Barack…

Lindsey Graham

Graham: I'm '91% sure' I'll run for president

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he's "91 percent sure" he'll run for president -- the only question that remains is whether he can raise the money he…

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Huckabee to announce

Huckabee to join GOP sweepstakes

Eighteen months before Election Day, the Republican presidential field is growing by leaps and bounds. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee throws his hat into…

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Waitress gives Kansas gov. something to chew on

Topeka waitress Chloe Hough waited on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback when he ate at Boss Hawg’s Barbeque. Hough, whose family has been affected by Brownback’s…

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Supreme Court to hear gay marriage arguments

The debate over same-sex marriage moves to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, where justices will hear arguments about whether there's a constitutional right to…

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