Obama says anti-Islamic State strategy unchanged even as airstrikes increase

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that the Islamic State terrorists have been "particularly effective" at recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq and Syria but pledged to stay on track with his current strategy even though it "will not be quick" in bringing about the group's defeat.

Speaking at the Pentagon with his top ...Read more

Simple bill to help vets shows things in Congress aren't so simple

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WASHINGTON -- A bill that would create a uniform identification card for U.S. military veterans is in the final stages of its journey from idea to law, and is being seen both as a nice benefit for America's fighting men and women and an illustration of just how hard it can be to get anything through Congress.

Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vern ...Read more

Republicans set to try again with education overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- In late February, House conservatives were revolting on two different fronts: They didn't want to fund the Department of Homeland Security without language blocking President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration, and they didn't want to replace the No Child Left Behind education law without provisions giving more autonomy...Read more

Why isn't US tougher on Turkey's hesitance to fight Islamic State?

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WASHINGTON -- Last fall, when faced with questions about why NATO partner and regional ally Turkey wasn't pulling its weight in the fight against the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that there was "no discrepancy" between U.S. and Turkish policy on the extremists and said Ankara would define its role on its own timetable.

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Hope for a less-partisan Congress in Supreme Court ruling

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In last week's Supreme Court decision affirming the right of citizens' commissions to draw political districts, many California Democrats saw a lost opportunity to expand their ranks among the state's elected officials.

One California Democrat, herself a former elected official, saw an opportunity gained.

Ellen O. Tauscher was elected to ...Read more

Kerry tempers optimism for deal with Iran

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VIENNA –– U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tempered expectations that a nuclear deal with Iran is imminent as foreign ministers from world powers rejoined a ninth straight day of negotiations.

While progress continues to be made at the talks, "we are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," Kerry said Sunday ...Read more

Christie says clerks with objections to same-sex marriage have duty to keep oath

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ASHLAND, N.H. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections should not exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.

Public officials have a duty to enforce laws even if they don't agree with them, he said amid reports that some ...Read more

Fence jumper caught by dogs on White House lawn is sentenced

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A man who jumped over the White House fence in October and was taken down on the lawn by Secret Service dogs was sentenced Thursday to time served and a year of supervised release.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., who was arrested Oct. 22, pleaded guilty April 17 to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according to ...Read more

Rick Perry is not quite transcending the 'oops'

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It was clearly a slip of the tongue when former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the Charleston, S.C., church shooting an "accident" rather than an "incident" in an interview. But the same brief, friendly interview, with the conservative outlet Newsmax TV, shows the ways in which Perry 2.0 still suffers from the same shortcomings that turned him ...Read more

Scott Walker files papers to run for president

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MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker is making it official that he is running for president -- sort of.

On a day that he greeted President Barack Obama in La Crosse and GOP lawmakers finally made progress on the state's stalled budget, Wisconsin's Republican governor filed papers with the Federal Election Commission Thursday "after hearing from ...Read more

How freelance diplomacy bankrolled by Rockefellers has paved way for an Iran deal

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Cutting a nuclear deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would be the easy part for President Barack Obama, who must then persuade both houses of Congress to sign off on the pact. Republicans and many Democrats abhor the idea of lifting sanctions and readmitting oil-rich Iran to the global economy until it disavows...Read more

US stockpiles powerful bunker-buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks fail

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WASHINGTON -- As diplomats rush to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. military is stockpiling conventional bombs so powerful that strategists say they could cripple Tehran's most heavily fortified nuclear complexes, including one deep underground.

The bunker-busting bombs are America's most destructive munitions short ...Read more

Jim Webb becomes fourth challenger to Hillary Clinton in Democratic field

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WASHINGTON--Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"I understand the odds, particularly in today's political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out ...Read more

Export-Import Bank's demise is a victory for Koch brothers

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WASHINGTON –– The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, has been reauthorized 16 times, usually with little fuss and often with strong Republican support.

But Congress let the bank's charter expire this week, halting any new loans.

Even more surprising than the rare ...Read more

Ted Cruz signs books in Arlington, talks of breaking 'Washington cartel'

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sitting under a patio umbrella display at an Arlington Costco, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz signed copies of his new memoir for several hundred discount shoppers and other supporters who waited in a line that snaked through aisles and along a wall.

He opened with comments for the news media, saying his campaign ...Read more

In 'historic step,' Obama announces full diplomatic relations with Cuba

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WASHINGTON -- Casting aside more than a half century of hostilities, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and open respective embassies on July 20.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, he called the rapprochement "a historic step forward in our efforts to ...Read more

Jeb Bush below average in giving to charities

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WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush says he's proud of what he and his wife, Columba, have contributed to charity. But his tax records show they've given less than the national average and less than others with similar wealth.

The former Florida governor's boast that he and his wife had donated $739,000 to charity since he left the governor's office in 2007...Read more

Clinton on track to a raise record $45 million in first quarter

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is on track to raise a record $45 million in contributions during her first quarter as a 2016 presidential candidate, building a formidable campaign fund that further solidifies her position as the prohibitive Democratic front-runner, according to numbers released by her campaign Wednesday morning.

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Jonathan Bernstein: Robert Bork would not have changed history

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As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its eventful term this week, many political analysts are stepping back to look at the history leading up to its important decisions, particularly on the marriage case. The name that keeps coming up is Robert Bork.

Bork was the conservative firebrand who was Ronald Reagan's first choice to fill a Supreme Court ...Read more

Supreme Court quashes clean air rule, says cost must be considered

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WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must take cost into account when deciding whether to regulate mercury and other toxins emitted from coal-burning power plants.

In a case that pit states against each other, and split the energy industry as well, the court's 5-4 conservative majority ...Read more