National Politics

Politics House approves $1.1T bill financing government House approves $1.1T bill financing government
Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy's near-collapse in 2008.
Politics CIA chief challenges Senate torture report CIA chief challenges Senate torture report
CIA Director John Brennan, responding to the Senate torture report, acknowledged Thursday in a rare televised news conference that "abhorrent" tactics were used on terror detainees and said it was "unknown and unknowable" whether the harsh treatment yielded crucial intelligence that could have been gained in any other way.
Politics Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Obama announces $1B for early childhood education
Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners.
Politics Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report
Abu Zubaydah was the first high-profile al Qaida terror suspect captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the first to vanish into the spy agency's secret prisons, the first subjected to grinding white noise and sleep deprivation tactics and the first to gasp under the simulated drowning of waterboarding.
Politics Liberal group urging Warren to seek White House Liberal group urging Warren to seek White House
A prominent liberal group is urging Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to seek the White House in 2016 and plans to spend $1 million in support of a new effort in early presidential primary states.
Politics Rick Perry: Most people expect me to run for president Rick Perry: Most people expect me to run for president
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he won't make up his mind about running for president until the middle of next year, but doesn't feel pressure to announce sooner because most people expect that he will.
Politics Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill
Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.
Politics Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, Senate report says Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, Senate report says
Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.
Politics US prepares for security risks from torture report US prepares for security risks from torture report
The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee will be the first public accounting of the CIA's use of torture on al-Qaida detainees held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Politics 'Null and void': House rebukes Obama on immigration 'Null and void': House rebukes Obama on immigration
Emboldened House Republicans issued a stern rebuke to President Barack Obama over immigration Thursday, passing a bill declaring his executive actions to curb deportations "null and void and without legal effect."
Politics House plans to vote down Obama immigration House plans to vote down Obama immigration
The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.
Politics Clinton: Protect Obama's environmental actions Clinton: Protect Obama's environmental actions
Steps that President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, but she avoided the contentious issue of the Keystone XL pipeline in remarks to a group that vigorously opposes it.
Politics Portman, Paul announcements affect 2016 Portman, Paul announcements affect 2016
Two prominent Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they would seek a second term in the U.S. Senate, although their announcements had dramatically different implications on the 2016 presidential contest.
Politics GOP govs starting to strut their stuff for 2016 GOP govs starting to strut their stuff for 2016
A half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders spent last week peacocking across the sprawling grounds of a pink-hued luxury resort, schmoozing with donors and sizing up the competition in the party's most fractured field in decades.
Politics House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories
A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Politics Obama launches sales mission on immigration Obama launches sales mission on immigration
Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own.
Politics Democrats preparing for Hillary Clinton campaign Democrats preparing for Hillary Clinton campaign
Hillary Rodham Clinton's strongest supporters held a strategy session Friday to prepare for her 2016 presidential bid, even though she has yet to say whether she will run.