National Politics

Politics House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance
In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden's impact on the debate over privacy versus security.
Politics TV ad war begins quickly in Kentucky after primary TV ad war begins quickly in Kentucky after primary
Instantly on the attack, allies of Republican leader Mitch McConnell launched a televised barrage against newly minted Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky's high-stakes Senate race on Wednesday, a day after primaries in several states that also set up a Republican runoff in Georgia and left tea party insurgents still scratching for a breakthrough triumph.
Politics Obama: Any misconduct at VA hospitals will be punished Obama: Any misconduct at VA hospitals will be punished
Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.
Politics Sources: Justice Department to reveal drone memo Sources: Justice Department to reveal drone memo
On the eve of a critical Senate vote and under court order, the Obama administration signaled it will publicly reveal a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.
Politics Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban
A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has "no rational reason" for preventing gay couples from marrying.
Politics House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt
House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.
Politics NJ gov tries to revive national ambitions in Maine NJ gov tries to revive national ambitions in Maine
Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fought to revive his presidential aspirations in northern New England on Wednesday, declaring he would not be silenced by scandal while campaigning alongside one of the nation's most endangered Republican governors.
Politics Democrats propose Feb. voting to begin 2016 race
The Democratic National Committee's rulemaking body is recommending a 2016 presidential voting schedule that begins with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 and follows with voting that month in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Politics GOP presidential hopefuls met with donors on sly GOP presidential hopefuls met with donors on sly
Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls, high-powered donors and other national political and business leaders gathered last month at a five-star resort in Georgia for a secretive meeting to discuss the midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy.
Politics Some Colorado sheriffs ending immigrant detainers
Several Colorado sheriffs will no longer honor requests from federal immigration authorities to continue to detain someone once they are eligible to be released on the charges for which they were initially arrested.
Politics Rand Paul seeks new allies among Romney 2012 team Rand Paul seeks new allies among Romney 2012 team
Fighting to move beyond his father's shadow, Sen. Rand Paul is crafting new alliances with the Republican Party establishment during a Northeast tour that began Friday in Boston.