Congress set to take 1st steps on Ukraine, Russia
2014-03-07 09:12:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives was poised Thursday to pass the first aid bill for Ukraine's new, pro-Western government, while both chambers of Congress looked to advance legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on Russian Presi...
Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
2014-03-07 09:09:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in C...
Senate blocks Obama's pick for civil rights post
2014-03-05 21:12:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Senate opposition blocked swift confirmation Wednesday for President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights division, the emotional residue of the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policema...
US calls any threat to Ukraine navy 'dangerous'
2014-03-03 19:24:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be a "dangerous escalation" of an extremely tense situation .
The State Department said that Washington would hold Moscow directly accountabl...
Deal could allow gays in Boston St. Pat's parade
2014-03-02 07:35:23 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations under a tentative deal to allow them to march in an event that once went to the Supreme Court to keep gays out, a marriage equality group said S...
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
2014-03-01 23:24:37 UTC
<h3>In an interview with TIME, the Arizona Senator said Obama is “naive” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”</h3>
In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said, “We are all...
Obama frames populist theme for Dems in 2014
2014-03-01 00:25:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking a decidedly partisan tone, President Barack Obama sought Friday to define this year's elections as a stark choice between Republicans pushing failed policies from a bygone era and Democrats advocating freedom and opportu...
U.S. Army study gives women taste of combat tasks
2014-02-26 11:17:33 UTC
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Standing just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top ...
Senators hit rivals hard and fast in GOP primaries
2014-02-25 08:28:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.
These senators ...
Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget
2014-02-24 19:45:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.
GOP intent on highlighting health care woes
2014-02-24 10:56:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.
Maryland's online health car...
Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay
2014-02-24 10:52:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.
While governors from Connecti...
AP Exclusive: Shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases
2014-02-23 09:45:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards.
While the country's immigration co...
NJ's Christie keeps low profile as Dems attack
2014-02-22 08:43:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nation's governors gather in Washington.
Republican officials have been eager to change the subject as Demo...
Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year
2014-02-21 09:01:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.
Obama meeting with Dalai Lama rankles China
2014-02-22 08:31:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama on Friday over the strong objections from China that the U.S. was meddling it its affairs. The White House took pains to ensure the meeting was not portrayed as a c...
Ryan says he's keeping his options open for 2016
2014-02-19 08:08:29 UTC
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan, the most recent Republican nominee for vice president, said Tuesday he's keeping his options open about a prospective run for president but won't look at the 2016 contest in earnest until after Congress ...
Obama, fellow Dems are at odds on big trade bills
2014-02-19 07:53:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them inste...
White House: Stimulus bill was good for economy
2014-02-18 06:40:29 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on M...
Mitt Romney: Hillary Clinton has her own vision for where she would take the country
2014-02-17 07:54:42 UTC
Mitt Romney believes former President Bill Clinton "embarrassed the nation" with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but doesn't think it will be a factor in 2016 if Hillary Clinton runs for president.
“I think Hillary Clinton, if she becomes a nomine...
Gay Marriage: Odds may improve for a Supreme Court decision
2014-02-15 06:57:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories.
It's no accident t...
Suspense in Senate: Debt vote shrouded in secrecy
2014-02-14 07:51:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line.
Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line.
So on perhaps the most impo...
Obama to hold more than 18 Dem fundraisers in 2014
2014-02-14 07:43:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party's efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans...
Afghanistan frees detainees US calls 'dangerous'
2014-02-14 07:39:19 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Disregarding heated American protests, Afghanistan released 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison on Thursday, despite warnings that the men are dangerous Taliban fighters and bomb-makers likely to return t...
Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos
2014-02-11 07:54:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's co...