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  • David Duke considers run against Scalise

    21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he may run for Congress against the No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise recently apologized for a speech he gave in 2002 to a white supremacist ...

  • Kerry to visit Ukraine, Germany next week

    52 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government amid heightened conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. U.S. officials say Kerry will be in ...

  • 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016

    1 hour, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016.

  • Mitt Romney to update supporters on plans for 2016 campaign

    3 hours, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters about his plans for the 2016 presidential campaign. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host conference calls for staff ...

  • Scott Walker ramping up a national political operation

    8 hours, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the crowded Republican presidential field. On Friday, Walker addresses a Washington audience for the first time this year. It's his only ...

  • Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits

    14 hours, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government ...

  • Seattle officer who arrested man with golf club reassigned

    15 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has reassigned an officer involved in the arrest last summer of a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk. Officer Cynthia Whitlatch ordered ...

  • Texas GOP chief leaves role, joins Rand Paul political team

    18 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday picked up the backing of the Republican Party of Texas' chairman, who is stepping down from his role to take a position as a national senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican's presidential ...

  • Senator: Taliban detainees have communicated with Haqqani

    18 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar. ...

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    19 hours, 48 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Shortly ...

  • Dems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill

    20 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are threatening to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's recent immigration policies. Without action by Congress by Feb. 27, the department will lose ...

  • Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

    22 hours, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they are talking about. Matching polls of both the general ...

  • New chief of CIA Clandestine Service once saved Hamid Karzai

    22 hours, 20 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA officer credited with saving Hamid Karzai's life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the agency's spying arm. The officer, a former Marine who's under cover, has twice been ...

  • Bill calls for end to travel ban to Cuba

    23 hours, 5 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators wants to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to go to Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation. Current law generally bans travel to Cuba, although there ...

  • Obama to propose $74 billion increase above current spending caps, increase of about 7 percent

    23 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to propose $74 billion increase above current spending caps, increase of about 7 percent.

  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

    1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would levy new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't reach an international agreement that would prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The bipartisan vote on ...

  • Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch is moving closer Thursday toward an expected confirmation, with a series of witnesses set to testify on her nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee. During a daylong hearing before the committee on ...

  • Biden: More costs for Russia unless Moscow changes course

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says Russia must face increasing penalties unless it changes course on Ukraine. Biden spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (por-oh-SHEHN'-koh) on Wednesday, just as advances by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ...

  • Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece's new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity. Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to congratulate him on his party's ...

  • State Dept. officials ready to meet House Benghazi panel

    1 day, 18 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday that officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In a letter to the panel's Republican chairman and top Democrat, Assistant ...

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