National Politics

Politics Gun control group focused on at least 11 races Gun control group focused on at least 11 races
A gun-control organization led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, outlined plans Tuesday to support candidates in at least 11 congressional races this year who have backed efforts in Congress to enact stricter gun control laws.
Politics Obama: Congress consulted on soldier exchange Obama: Congress consulted on soldier exchange (Photo Gallery)
President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier's freedom, saying his administration had consulted with Congress "for some time" about that possibility.
Politics Obama orders 30 percent cut in power plant CO2 emissions Obama orders 30 percent cut in power plant CO2 emissions
The Obama administration rolled out a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions on global warming in U.S. history.
Politics Obama's new carbon limits likely to spark messy fight Obama's new carbon limits likely to spark messy fight
The new pollution rule the Obama administration announces Monday will be a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy but is likely to provoke a messy and drawn-out fight with states and companies that produce electricity.
Politics Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary
White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.
Politics Clinton 'proud' of diplomatic accomplishments Clinton 'proud' of diplomatic accomplishments
Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in her new book that she wishes she could have made different, unspecified decisions as President Barack Obama's secretary of state but remains proud of her accomplishments as the nation's top diplomat, according to excerpts released Tuesday.
Politics As primary nears, Cantor mailer attacks 'amnesty' As primary nears, Cantor mailer attacks 'amnesty'
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is boasting in a new campaign mailer of shutting down a plan to give "amnesty" to "illegal aliens," a strongly worded statement from a Republican leader who's spoken favorably about acting on immigration.
Politics First lady responds to school meal critics First lady responds to school meal critics
First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines.
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.