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    • 9:53 AM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Central American leaders convening at White House on kids crossing border

    Washington — President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at the border

    • 7:30 AM, Jul. 25, 2014

    Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

    Chicago — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort t

    • 6:17 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Bentivolio returns U.S. Chamber of Commerce award over immigration disagreement

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio on Thursday took the unusual action of returning a special interest group's award he happily accepted earlier this year after disagreeing with the organization's stance on immigration policy.

  1. Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

    Miami — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

  2. Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Los Angeles — President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

  3. Social Security tech plan battles delays

    Washington — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.

  4. Control of U.S. Senate depends on the South

    Atlanta — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.

    • 3:46 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Las Vegas — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called 'a hailstorm' of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

  5. Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

    San Francisco — As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have 'gone off the rails' and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and

    • 12:06 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Washington — The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

  6. U.S. border proposals head toward stalemate

    Washington — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border.

  7. Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    Washington — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

  8. Agents get subsidized insurance under health care law using fake IDs

    Washington — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

  9. Black leaders worry about low voter turnout in November

    Las Vegas — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote in

    • 6:45 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Dingell can't keep up — Kim who?

    Rep. John Dingell, meet Kim Kardashian. Kim who? Dingell, D-Dearborn, was perplexed Monday by a tweet from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

    • 12:26 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Health law rulings may affect Mich. subsidies

    Washington Conflicting rulings from two federal appeals cast doubt Tuesday over the future of President Barack Obama's health care law, especially for many low- and ...

  10. Business mogul defeats longtime congressman in Georgia Senate runoff

    Atlanta — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S.

  11. Boehner: No border money without policy changes

    Washington — House Speaker John Boehner says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return ...

  12. Working-class whites lose voting majority in Ohio

    Columbus, Ohio — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging ...

  13. Gridlocked Congress has long to-do list, uncertain success

    Washington — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and ...

    • 11:12 AM, Jul. 21, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

    Washington — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, ...

    • 6:12 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
    • Politics-National
  14. Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Washington — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said 'she hasn't asked me yet.'

    • 4:26 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

    Washington — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama ...

    • 2:16 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
    • Politics-National

    U.S. appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

    Oklahoma City — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that ...

    • 7:42 AM, Jul. 18, 2014
    • Politics-National

    On Detroit tour, Biden says Ukraine has accepted U.S. help with plane crash

    Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he offered the Ukrainian president U.S. assistance in determining the cause of a Malaysian airliner's crash along the ...

    • 11:59 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Detroit Catholic leaders press Obama to halt deportation of children

    Detroit — Security was tight and emotions raw Thursday as Marygrove College officials and religious leaders publicly urged President Barack Obama and the ...

    • 5:02 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
    • Politics-National

    State judge legalizes gay marriage in Florida Keys

    Miami — A judge legalized gay marriage in Florida's most gay-friendly county on Thursday, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who said the state's ...

    • 5:38 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Boehner ties emergency border funding to law change

    Washington — Amid hardening positions by both political parties, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he's losing optimism that Democrats and Republicans ...

    • 11:59 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
    • Politics-National

    Republicans rip handling of inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups

    Washington Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of ...

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