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  1. Obama says after 9-11, U.S. 'tortured some folks'

    Washington The United States tortured al Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama acknowledged Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office.

  2. Colorado to begin offering licenses for immigrants

    Denver Thousands of immigrants have signed up to take advantage of a Colorado law that allows them to get drivers' licenses and identification cards beginning Friday, a heavy demand causing frustration for those who must wait.

    • 2:20 PM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

    Washington House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  3. Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.

    • 3:33 PM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    House leaders abandon border bill

    Washington Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support.

    • 3:57 PM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

    Washington President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential

    • 1:45 PM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    GOP chairman: Party competing for black votes

    Boston The chairman of the Republican National Committee says the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.

  4. Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov.

    • 1:18 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    U.S. Rep: Don't send Honduran children to Detroit, it's too dangerous

    An Iowa Republican in Congress argues the only place more dangerous than the Motor City is Honduras drawing the ire of a Michigan member of Congress.

    • 12:16 AM, Jul. 31, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Former IRS official called some Republicans 'crazies' in email

    Washington A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as 'crazies' and more in emails released Wednesday.

    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Bentivolio hosts immigration forum 5 days before GOP primary

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday in Livonia on the immigration crisis along the nation's southern border five days before the Republican primary that threatens his ability to remain in Congress.

    • 6:45 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    Washington The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

    • 1:20 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Kansas City, Mo. Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

    • 7:21 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    San Diego Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S.

  5. Terror threats at US chemical plants underestimated

    Washington The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of ...

    • 12:29 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Senate votes for reprieve for highly contested border bill

    Washington A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to ...

  6. GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

    Washington Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on ...

    • 11:36 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    Washington Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.

  7. White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer

    Washington A Paw Paw, Michigan, blueberry producer is among 15 'Champions of Change' for agriculture.

    • 12:23 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment talk

    Washington House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said ...

    • 6:55 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess

    Washington President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time ...

  8. Senate tweaks highway bill, returns to House

    Washington The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force ...

    • 10:17 AM, Jul. 29, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill to deal with immigration crisis

    Washington House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National ...

    • 2:16 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    U.S. court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Richmond, Va. A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the latest in a string of decisions overturning ...

    • 11:39 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Obama considers new move on immigration

    Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant ...

    • 5:28 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Washington A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and ...

    • 11:40 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Report: Medicare funding ison uptick

    Washington Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 four ...

  9. House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    Washington In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation Monday letting airline ...

    • 7:03 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Deal in works to improve vet care

    Washington The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.

    • 9:23 AM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-National

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Washington If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the ...

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