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  • Rick Perry hits the road

    Texas Gov Rick Perry

    REUTERS/Chris Keane

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in court on Friday, but he won't be there. Instead, he'll be testing the waters for a possible presidential run.

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    By Ashley Killough CNN
  • US Supreme Court puts Va. gay marriage on hold

    Gay couple, same-sex couple

    Clifton Wiggins/CNN

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That means gay and lesbian couples cannot legally wed in the state for now.

    The Richmond-based U.S....

  • George W. Bush takes the ice bucket challenge

    George W Bush ice bucket challenge

    George W. Bush/Facebook

    The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone presidential.

  • Holder's pitch for easing tension in Ferguson

    Obama and Holder discuss Ferguson

    REUTERS/Larry Downing

    After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into issues of race, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Missouri, as President Barack Obama's top emissary.

  • Pentagon looks at police militarization issue

    Police in Ferguson

    CNN

    The sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the law enforcement response has sparked a debate about what some call the "militarization of police," after armored vehicles, stun grenades and high-tech weaponry were brought in to calm the ...

  • Former Sen. Jim Jeffords dies

    Jim Jeffords

    CNN

    Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he bolted from the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

    The former Vermont lawmaker had been in declining health and died at a military retirement center in Washington, according t...

  • Hillary Clinton makes big political move, heads to Iowa

    Hillary Clinton greets crowd

    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Hillary Clinton will headline Sen. Tom Harkin's Iowa Steak Fry next month, according to organizers, a move the steps up Clinton's political activity ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

  • Al Gore sues Al Jazeera

    Al Gore

    Reuters

    Al Gore says Al Jazeera America is withholding $65 million from Current Media shareholders after buying the cable channel last year, and he's gone to court to get it.

    "Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was a...

  • Assange to leave Ecuadorian Embassy 'soon'

    Julian Assange on Ecuadorian embassy balcony

    Olivia Harris/Reuters

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he'll leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London "soon" after living there for two years to avoid extradition to Sweden.

    "I can confirm I am leaving the embassy soon, but not for the reason you might think," Assange s...

  • Nixon: Ferguson police were 'aggressive'

    Missouri governor Jay Nixon

    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Gov. Jay Nixon is criticizing the "over-militarization" of the police response to protests that have been spurred by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Nixon appeared on most of the political talk shows on Sunday, calling ...

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry vows to fight charges

    Texas Gov Rick Perry

    REUTERS/Chris Keane

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling his indictment politically motivated, vowed Saturday to fight charges he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.

    "This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and those respo...

  • Perry has no regrets about veto

    Rick Perry

    David Ruff/CNN

    In a defiant interview on "Fox News Sunday," Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said again that despite a recent indictment, he wouldn't take back the veto threat that triggered the legal action. However, the leader of a Texas watchdog group told CNN's "State ...

  • Rogers: 'Never say never' for combat troops

    Soldier in Iraq

    DOD File

    Republican Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN Sunday he'll "never say never" to the possibility of U.S. combat troops returning to the ground in Iraq to fight Islamic extremists.

    The question has come up in recent weeks as the Obama administration has watched ...

  • Germany recorded Clinton, Kerry calls

    John Kerry Middle East negotiations

    REUTERS/Pool

    Germany's intelligence service has intercepted phone calls by two U.S. secretaries of state, German media reports reveal.

    The news comes several months after Germany complained about the United States eavesdropping on its politicians.

    German intelligen...

  • Jeb Bush opposes Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative

    Jeb Bush

    David S. Holloway/CNN

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his opposition Thursday to an overwhelmingly popular proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in his state.

    The Republican said "allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under...

  • Rick Santorum set to travel to Israel

    Santorum campaigns in Colorado

    Rick Wilking / Reuters

    Rick Santorum is heading to Israel.

  • Who is the man who will lead Iraq?

    Iraq unity march

    REUTERS/ Mushtaq Muhammed

    The country is in your hands.

    That's what the speaker of Iraq's Parliament reportedly told Haider al-Abadi the day he was named to replace Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    A Shiite lawmaker then shook Abadi's hand. "May God help you," he told him, acco...

  • 'Meet the Press:' Gregory out, Todd in

    Chuck Todd David Gregory split shoht

    REUTERS/Fred Prouser

    NBC named Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press" on Thursday afternoon, beginning a revamp by network news managers who say they want the iconic program to be the "beating heart of politics."

  • Russian convoy to Ukraine changes course

    Russian tanks in Crimea

    Anonymous

    A convoy of 280 Russian trucks headed for Ukraine, which Moscow says is carrying relief goods for war-weary civilians, has suddenly changed course, according to a Ukrainian state news agency.

    With thousands of Russian troops still posted near the Ukra...

  • Anticipating hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama

    Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama

    Lawrence Jackson/The White House

    The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a mutual friend.

  • 310,000 may be dropped from their healthcare coverage by Sept.

    Health insurance forms

    Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

    Over 300,000 individuals who enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage come the end of September if they fail to provide the proper documentation demonstrating legal residency, according to the Obama admi...

  • Hillary Clinton to party with Obama

    Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama

    Lawrence Jackson/The White House

    Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha's Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

  • U.S. considers evacuation of Iraq refugees

    Sinjare refugees, Yazidis

    Warzer Jaff for CNN

    Additional U.S. military advisers are now on the ground in northern Iraq with the Obama administration considering a possible air evacuation of thousands of minority Yazidis under threat from Islamic State militants and trapped on Mount Sinjar.

    Presid...

  • Rand Paul hits the Hamptons

    Rand Paul

    Eric Thayer/Reuters

    Photos of Sen. Rand Paul in the Hamptons on Saturday raised some questions about the Kentucky Republican, who had previously said he couldn't attend a social conservative event in Iowa over the weekend because he had a "family commitment."

  • Landrieu charged taxpayers for campaign trip; fixed mistake

    Sen Mary Landrieu

    JKUSA/CNN

    Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New Orleans. Another lesser-known flight Landrieu took that same day mistakenly cost taxpayers mo...

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