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Is the U.S. holding too much oil in reserve?

Does America have too much oil in its reserves?

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon fired off a letter this week asking the Department of Energy to study the "size and…

Issa, Ebola hearing

4 issues raised at the Ebola House hearing

One day after the fourth case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, lawmakers met with administration and public health officials in an…

Obama hugs Nina Pham

President Obama hugs Ebola-free nurse

Before Nina Pham headed back home to Dallas, Texas, she made one exciting final stop.

The 26 year old nurse, who is now Ebola free, met with President Obama…

Monica Lewinsky

Government report: Lewinsky mistreated in '98

A government report obtained by CNN on Friday states that government agents and lawyers mistreated Monica Lewinsky when they approached the former White House…

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin finds a Democrat she can support

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin snubbed home state Republicans this year, instead endorsing an independent candidate for governor and his Democratic running…

Voting booth Nov 5

Will last minute strength be enough for Dems?

Democrats in key Senate races are showing some strength in the final stretch of election season -- but it may not be enough to keep the chamber.

New White House fence jumper

White House fence jumper quickly detained

A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental health problems, and has been arrested in a previous security breach there,…

Don Young Alaska high school remarks

Congressman offends high school students

Rep. Don Young has never been known for mincing words, but his comments Tuesday regarding suicide to an Alaska high school took the "breath away" from his…

Obama gun shop display

Utah gun shop stirs controversy with Obama display

A Utah gun shop is prominently displaying a target bearing a resemblance to both President Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden, and the shop's owner said he…

Chris Christie

Labor chief: Christie's 'head in the sand'

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday panned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comments that he's "tired" of the minimum wage debate.

"Chris Christie's got his…


Commissioners propose seceding from Florida

Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag.

Ottawa, Canada shooting

Washington monitoring Canada shootings

Washington -- one of the world's most secure cities -- is reacting cautiously following the attacks at Canada's Parliament Hill.

Obama on the phone with Putin

Obama calls, thanks Dallas hospital workers

President Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked health care workers at the hospital in Dallas where a patient died of Ebola and two nurses became infected with the…

Ron Klain

Day one for Ebola czar

The seasoned Democratic operative President Barack Obama tapped last week to head his administration's Ebola fight got to work on Wednesday, though Ron…

Jeffrey Fowle at home

Fowle's emotional arrival home from N. Korea

After five months of detention in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle arrived back in Ohio early Wednesday for an emotional reunion with his family.

Bristol Palin fight

Palins describe brawl in police recordings

Bristol Palin describes being dragged through the grass and called a series of obscenities during a massive brawl last month in recordings of Anchorage police…

Obama Boehner golf

The President's club: How golf took over the White House

American Presidents have come and gone -- but one club tends to unite them all.

So often a meeting point for the captains of politics and industry, the golf…

Job fair

Election issue: Why people still feel the economy stinks

U.S. unemployment is down. Consumer confidence is up. Inflation is low. Things are improving, yet Americans are still worried.

Obama Ukraine press conf

Obama's ISIS, Ebola 'mission creep'

President Barack Obama is loading new missions on the U.S. military with fast-expanding mandates and no certain end dates as he grapples with the threats…

Sen. Tom Coburn

'Wastebook': All that fits in pork barrel

Monkeys taught how to gamble and play video games. People paid to watch grass grow. Swedish massages given to rabbits. These are just a few examples from the…

Matt Olsen

Ex-official: U.S. lost track of terrorists

Ripping the cover off top-secret U.S. surveillance programs pushed foreign terrorists underground and out of intelligence services' reach, a former top…


Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee, the charismatic Washington Post editor who guided the paper through the era of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate and was immortalized on screen…

Ben Bradlee and Bill Clinton

Bradlee was an icon, journalists say

The death of Ben Bradlee, the iconic editor of The Washington Post who oversaw the paper's coverage of the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers, saddened…

Donkey Elephant Democrat Republican

Study: Liberals, conservatives inhabit different worlds

Ever wonder why your avowed-conservative brother and fervently-liberal aunt can't even seem to agree on the facts?

Omar Gonzalez

Mental exam set in White House intruder case

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a full mental competency screening for Omar Gonzalez, who is accused of jumping the White House fence, after a disputed…

Obama Kansas speech nationalism

White House corrects record on 'unpaid bills'

The White House has issued on Tuesday a corrected official transcript of a speech President Barack Obama gave Monday at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago to…

Man jokes don't touch my girlfriend

Man to Obama: Don't touch my girlfriend

The woman who voted next to President Barack Obama on Monday says she was "embarrassed and just shocked," after her fiancé jokingly told him "Mr. President,…

Airstrikes over Syria 9_25_14

Ex-counterterror head: 'Imminent threat'

The former head of U.S. counterterror operations said Tuesday the "imminent threat" posed by an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria hasn't lessened after a U.S. air…

Brownies blurb

Colorado wants to ban pot-laced brownies, candy

Colorado health officials want to ban sales of marijuana-infused brownies, cookies and most candies.


Senate schedules its own Ebola hearing

The Senate will hold a hearing on the increasingly political debate over the government's handling of the Ebola outbreak -- but not until after the midterm…

Jeffrey Edward Fowle in North Korea

American released from North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at a club for foreign sailors, has been released and is on his way home, a…

Clintons, Chelsea Clinton wedding

Clinton family remembers Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was known for being a designer to first families, and the Clintons were no exception.

The famous designer -- who died at 82 on Monday --…

Vote, election file

What key Senate race means for 2016

Potential 2016 presidential contenders are paying close attention to this year's Senate race.

Edward Gough Whitlam former Aus PM

Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies

Edward Gough Whitlam, the former Australian Prime Minister who strengthened ties abroad, has died, the Australian government said Monday.

At 98 years old, he…

Alison Grimes

Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers

In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the…

Monica Lewinsky, William Ginsburg

Lewinsky's new mission: End cyberbullying

Monica Lewinsky told an audience in Philadelphia on Monday that her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying. Her speech -- and her goal -- come as the…

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter

Monica Lewinsky took another step into the public spotlight on Monday when she joined Twitter.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump months away from 2016 decision

As 2016 hopefuls flock to early caucus states, Donald Trump told an Iowa audience not to count him out -- at least not until he makes his decision about…

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Barack Obama votes Monday in Illinois

President Barack Obama is home to cast his ballot Monday, the day early voting begins in Illinois, and he isn't afraid to reveal whom he's casting his ballot…

Eric Holder announces Ferguson investigation

Eric Holder's legacy: From Guantanamo to Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder strode in to a raucously triumphant welcome at Justice Department headquarters on cold, sunny February morning in 2009, less than…

Ebola health care workers China

WHO to review Ebola response amid criticism

The World Health Organization vowed Saturday to make public a full review of its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa once the crisis is under…

Supreme Court 3

Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law

Texas election officials can go ahead and enforce a controversial voter identification law opposed by the Obama administration and civil rights groups, the…

Ron Klain

GOP slams Klain pick as Ebola czar

Republicans who pressed President Barack Obama for a more coordinated federal response to the Ebola outbreak are blasting the appointment of Ron Klain, a…

Rick Weiland

Weiland surprises in South Dakota's senate race

Rick Weiland says when he was walking down the street making the music video for the song he wrote, a woman stopped him and thought he was country crooner…

Thom Tillis

McCain helps North Carolina GOP candidate

The Republican candidate for Senate in North Carolina brought in a foreign policy and national security heavyweight, a week after his opponent Sen. Kay Hagan's…

Television with remote

Nebraska GOP ad may be 'Willie Horton' of 2014

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee released a tough ad Friday that links the Democratic challenger in a competitive House race in…

Carl DeMaio

DeMaio accuser turns to lie detector

A former campaign aide who has accused Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio of sexual harassment released the results of an independent lie detector…

Ron Klain

Sources: Obama will name Ron Klain Ebola Czar

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to…

Marriage licenses issued in Las Vegas

Same-sex marriage OK in Alaska, Wyoming

Same-sex marriage in Alaska can move forward after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected the state's request to delay enforcement. The one-sentence order…


Obama's embarrassing restaurant moment

Ever had your credit card turned down at a fancy restaurant? President Obama can commiserate.

Hunter Biden

Who is Hunter Biden?

Hunter Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after failing a drug test, The Wall Street Journal reported…

Gay marriage, Supreme Court

Feds recognize gay marriage in 5 more states

The federal government is expanding it recognition of same-sex marriages to five states where a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed such marriages to…

John Kerry August 12

Kerry sends out call to arms on Ebola crisis

Using some of the most dramatic language yet by a U.S. official, Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called on world leaders to contribute far more to the…

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright is on a Wheaties box

Well, here's a first. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is on a Wheaties Box.

What is typically known for showcasing superstar athletes like…

Bill Clinton old racehorse

Bill Clinton: I'm an 'old racehorse'

Former President Bill Clinton poked fun Thursday at his reputation as Democrats' "campaigner-in-chief" during a political swing through New Hampshire.

"I feel…

Charlie Crist

Charlie Crist is now selling fans

Are you a Charlie Crist Fan? If so, today is your lucky day.

Same-sex marriage, gay marriage

Judge rejects Arizona's same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and has refused to stay his ruling. Unless the state appeals the…

Hunter Biden

Biden's son ousted from Navy after drug test

The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed.

Tom Frieden in Ebola congressional hearing

Midterm politics hang over Ebola hearing

The campaign trail for two candidates in top-tier Senate races took a detour Thursday to a Capitol Hill committee room for a high-profile hearing on Ebola.…

Chris Christie

Really? The worst job in America?

To hear Chris Christie describe it, being a United States senator must be the worst job in America.

"I would rather die than be in the United States Senate.…

President Barack Obama, Ebola cabinet meeting

Reports: Obama authorizes National Guard call-up for Ebola

President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the call-up of National Guard reserves to address the Ebola crisis if needed.

Senate roll call

Republicans are positive they'll win Senate

The political strategist spearheading the Senate Republicans' campaign effort declared Thursday, perhaps not surprisingly, his party will take control of the…

Poverty hunger food bank

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty, according to a special report by the Census Bureau Thursday that provides an alternative look at the worst off…

Ann Romney RNC speech

Ann Romney still 'done' with 2016

Ann Romney told CNN on Thursday that she is still "done" with the idea of another presidential bid, but adds "you know, you never do say never."

"At this point…

Obama file 3

Obama on ISIS: Expect 'long-term campaign'

Emerging from a closed meeting with the heads of foreign militaries, President Obama told reporters the effort to dismantle the terror group ISIS "is going to…

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton campaigns in New Hampshire

In early 2000, shortly after Al Gore beat Bill Bradley by a too-close-for-comfort four points in the state's first-in-the-nation primaries, Ray Buckley, then…


Hillary Clinton sharpens message in Kentucky

Hillary Clinton sounded a populist tone in a fiery campaign appearance Wednesday, as she continued to unveil a political message ahead of the midterm elections.

Obama talks Ebola with CDC director

Obama: Ebola czar 'may make sense'

President Barack Obama said Thursday night that it "may be appropriate" for him to appoint a czar to lead his administration's response to Ebola.

Obama on Ebola response

Obama vows 'more aggressive' Ebola response

President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will respond to new Ebola cases "in a much more aggressive way," taking charge of the issue after a…

Gen Martin Dempsey

Gen. Dempsey: 'I don't see' Baghdad falling

The U.S. has a "winning strategy" to defeat ISIS, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN exclusively Wednesday, adding that he "can't foresee"…

Cash Money File 6

Why deficits have fallen so dramatically

The verdict on the federal budget for 2014 is in: Revenue jumped and spending barely grew. As a result, the deficit dropped like a stone.

Michele Bachmann headshot

Bachmann has 'no plan to run' in 2016

Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is getting ready to leave Congress at the end of this year, but what she isn't too sure about is another presidential…

U.S. Capitol, House of Representatives.jpg

DCCC plays triage ahead of midterms

The turbulent political environment and a flood of outside spending from Republican backed Super PACs are throwing House Democrats on defense twenty days…

Obama 9-3-2013

Missouri official calls for military coup

A county official in Missouri is scaling back her latest suggestion that American troops should overthrow President Barack Obama.

Jefferson County Recorder of…

Rick Perry

Perry cuts short Europe trip amid Ebola scare

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is cutting short an economic development trip through Europe to return home as officials in his state work to stop the spread of Ebola.

US Capitol new generic

Obama and Democrats hit new lows in poll

As Democrats head into the last throes of the campaign season, the party and the president are facing some of their lowest favorability and approval ratings,…

Michelle Obama dances with turnip

Turnip + Michelle Obama cutting loose = viral Vine

Michelle Obama, never one to turn down an opportunity to champion healthy eating, has co-opted a popular tune -- and, in six seconds, created a viral sensation.…

Ann Romney 2

Ann Romney on Mitt 2016: No 'at this moment'

And you thought speculation around Mitt Romney 2016 was "Done. Done. Done."

Cylvia Hayes

Oregon governor's fiancee planned a pot farm

The fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber lived on property that was to be used for growing marijuana, and married an illegal immigrant for money during a…

Joe Biden new blurb

'White boy' Biden calls tea party 'crazy'

Vice President Joe Biden, in a closed-door meeting with black clergy in South Carolina Tuesday, referred to himself as "the only white boy on the east side of…


Iowa Senate candidate dies in plane crash

A medical doctor-turned Libertarian Senate candidate in Iowa died when a plane he was piloting crashed around 11 p.m. Monday.

Ebola symptoms sign

Poll: U.S. could be doing more on Ebola

Americans are concerned about Ebola, and many of them are unsatisfied with President Barack Obama's response, according to a new poll.

Forty three percent of…

Eric Holder announces Ferguson investigation

WH: No Holder replacement before midterms

The sure-to-be politically fraught nomination process for Eric Holder's replacement as attorney general will come after next month's midterm elections, the…

Obama listens to CDC director via phone, gets Ebola update

White House aims to show Obama at work

He may not be zipping into a flight suit on the deck of an aircraft carrier, but President Barack Obama is embracing the set pieces of a commander at war…

Obama headstone

Obama headstone turns heads for Halloween

A Halloween decoration with a political message has been turning heads in Arizona.

Ann, Mitt Romney, RNC 2012

Mitt Romney's open letter: I love Ann

Mitt Romney took to the social media blogging site, Medium, to write a love letter to his wife Ann Romney on Tuesday.

Ann Romney, Mitt Romney

Ann Romney on 2016: 'Done. Done. Done.'

A third presidential bid for former Republican nominee Mitt Romney is definitely not in the cards if his wife has any say.

"Done," she said, when asked by the…

Hazmat team member disinfects residence of health worker with Ebola, Dallas

White House says no Ebola czar, despite calls

The White House continued to rebuff demands from Republican lawmakers to name an Ebola "czar" Monday, saying the current strategy headed by a top adviser…

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis defends Abbott wheelchair ad

Texas state senator Wendy Davis defended her campaign's political ad that features an empty wheelchair and attacks Greg Abbott, saying "the intent was to…

Hillary Clinton lecture

With a bullhorn, Hillary Clinton heckled

A man with a bullhorn interrupted Hillary Clinton on Sunday during a speech she was giving in San Diego.

The heckler, sporting a suit and tie, sounded a loud…

United States map, US map, America

Could Americans be happy?

Between the Ebola threat, fears about ISIS, a slow economic recovery and little enthusiasm for President Barack Obama or Congress, it's hard to believe that…

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren: Obama's economic team chose Wall Street over 'families'

Senator Elizabeth Warren, always outspoken on the tension between Main Street and Wall Street, took shots Sunday at a system she said is "rigged" against the…

Gen Martin Dempsey

Gen. Dempsey: ISIS nearly reached Baghdad airport

The leader of U.S. military efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq says the terror group came within 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of the Baghdad airport.

Republican, GOP, elephant

GOP fights for 2014's early voters

Forget about pushing voters to the polls in the final 72 hours. Republican war rooms are now just as focused on turning voters into votes weeks before…

Scott Brown

GOP stokes Ebola fears against immigrants

Conservative Republicans are painting Latino immigrants as Ebola carriers to fan the anti-immigration reform movement, but health experts say those fears are…

First Lady Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama botches candidate's name

The next time Michelle Obama goes to rally for a candidate at a campaign event, she might want to take a good look at the sign pasted on the front of her…

Rand Paul filibusters on floor of Senate

Rand Paul to CNN: Aid to Israel OK -- for now

In 2011, Sen. Rand Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he would favor a halt of U.S. foreign aid, including assistance to Israel.

In August, at the height of the…

Kay Hagan

GOP pounces after Hagan missed ISIS hearing

Sen. Kay Hagan is punching back at her opponent after getting slammed by Republicans this week over missing a classified briefing on ISIS and other security…

Texas Senator Wendy Davis

Davis ad uses wheelchair to criticize foe

Wendy Davis is attacking her partially paralyzed Republican opponent Greg Abbott in the Texas governor's race -- with an ad that features an empty wheelchair.…

Rep Duncan Hunter

GOP Rep: Terrorists in U.S. -- maybe not ISIS

Men affiliated with terrorist organizations have crossed the United States' southern border and the Department of Homeland Security is splitting hairs by…

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More details released on Canadian gunman

New video of Ottawa gunman released

New details are emerging about Michael Zehaf Bibeau, the man suspected of gunning down a Canadian soldier before running into the main Canadian Parliament…

Group wants support for immigrant detainees

Group seeks support for female immigrant detainees

A group called the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is raising funds to help immigrant women and children being held in detention…

Former Blackwater guard Nick Slatten CENTER

Ex-Blackwater guards guilty in Iraq killings

A jury in Washington convicts four former Blackwater security guards of killing 17 unarmed Iraqis seven years ago.

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