National Politics

Politics Ex-NY Gov. Mario Cuomo, famed for oratory, dies at 82 Ex-NY Gov. Mario Cuomo, famed for oratory, dies at 82
Cuomo died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure at his home, the same day his son Andrew started his second term as governor, according to a statement released by the administration. He was surrounded by his family.
Politics House GOP leader admits he spoke at white supremacist gathering House GOP leader admits he spoke at white supremacist gathering
As Republicans struggle to attract more votes from minorities heading into the 2016 presidential election, a House GOP leader has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists, though his office denies any association with the group's social views.
Politics NY congressman, Michael Grimm, to resign after guilty plea NY congressman, Michael Grimm, to resign after guilty plea
Following his guilty plea, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm had said he would stay in Congress as long as he could. But on Monday, a Republican source told The Associated Press that Grimm is expected to resign before the start of the new Congress next week.
Politics Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes
People close to President Barack Obama say he is energized at not having to worry about helping — or hurting — Democrats in another congressional election on his watch. He has become more comfortable with his executive powers.
Politics Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Clinton economic approach under scrutiny
Members of Hillary Rodham Clinton's party are watching closely how the former secretary of state outlines steps to address income inequality and economic anxieties for middle-class families. Some members of the party's liberal wing remain wary of Clinton's ties to Wall Street, six-figure speaking fees and protective bubble.
Politics Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board
The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. Bush has been a director since 2007.
Politics Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March
Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left.
Politics Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016? Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?
Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.
Politics Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms
For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections.
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.