• Woman hits Venezuelan president with mango

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    How would you get your nation's president to hear you out? Put your name and number on a mango and hit him in the head with it?

    No? Then you're not Marleni Olivo, who did exactly that, and in return is getting the new apartment she was asking for, sai...

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  • What to expect in Obama's speech Saturday

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    Expect some swagger from President Barack Obama at Washington's big prom Saturday night.

  • Iranian ships turn away from Yemen

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    A convoy of Iranian ships headed toward Yemen is now moving away from the war-torn country, days after the U.S. deployed warships to the Yemeni coast, according to two U.S. defense officials.

    One of those American ships, the aircraft carrier USS Theod...

  • John Roberts' big moment

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    Chief Justice John Roberts is back in the spotlight.

    Roberts -- who shocked conservatives nearly three years ago by providing a pivotal vote to uphold Obamacare -- once again faces a judicial crossroads in a historic case.

    The U.S. Supreme Court will h...

  • Loretta Lynch makes history

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    The highly politicized five-month battle to choose President Barack Obama's next attorney general came to a close Thursday when the Senate finally voted to confirm Loretta Lynch. The 56-43 vote makes Lynch the first African-American female attorney g...

  • Obama, Dems set to clash over trade

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    President Barack Obama's push for free trade got another boost on Thursday, when a House panel passed legislation setting up trade promotion authority, allowing deals negotiated by the administration to get a vote in Congress without any amendments.


  • Obama confronts 'cruel' reality of drone war



    The long trail of civilian death left by President Barack Obama's drone war finally has an innocent American face.

    In an extraordinary moment, Obama appeared Thursday in the White House briefing room to apologize for the accidental killings of an Amer...

  • Clinton slams GOP for lack of leadership

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    Hillary Clinton used her first speech as a presidential candidate on Thursday to knock Republicans who "offer themselves as leaders" but "who take a very different view" than she does on immigration, healthcare and women's issues.

    During Clinton's tim...

  • Joe Biden shores up U.S.-Israel ties

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    Speaking on the anniversary of Israel's independence, Vice President Joe Biden sought to bolster U.S. ties to the Jewish state amid tensions over a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran.

    Biden acknowledged the rift during his remarks at an event hosted b...

  • Petraeus gets 2 years probation, fine

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    Gen. David Petraeus, once a widely celebrated military leader who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was touted as a potential presidential candidate, was sentenced to serve two years on probation and to pay an $100,000 fine on Thursday f...

  • Carter: Russians hacked Pentagon systems

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    Russian hackers accessed an unclassified Pentagon network earlier this year, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday, the latest high-profile penetration of U.S. government networks that has been blamed on Russian hackers.

  • U.S. drone strike accidentally kills hostages

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    President Barack Obama announced Thursday that a U.S. counterterrorism operation targeting an al Qaeda compound in January accidentally killed two innocent hostages, including one American.

    Multiple U.S. officials told CNN the hostages, Warren Weinste...

  • Elder Bush's home alarm-free for 13 months

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    President George H.W. Bush's Houston home was not protected by a working alarm system for at least 13 months, according to an investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Bush's home was protected by a Secret Service detail that put...

  • Clinton campaign spars with Benghazi committee

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    After Hillary Clinton refused to privately testify about her email use before the congressional committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi, her campaign issued a blistering statement blaming Republicans for playing politics.

    Clinton campaign chai...

  • Rubio leads GOP field in new national poll

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    Sen. Marco Rubio leads all Republican presidential hopefuls in a new poll released Thursday morning, capturing some momentum in the weeks after he became the third major Republican to announce his presidential campaign.

    The Florida senator garnered su...

  • Senate clears trafficking bill; Lynch vote on Thursday

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    After a long delay, the Senate Wednesday easily approved a bill to combat human trafficking.

    The vote was 99-0.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was the only senator who did not vote.

    The bill had been hung up on a controversial abortion provision -- the so-ca...

  • Expert: 'U.S., China need long-term alliance'

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    China's economic and military rise under President Xi Jinping can be managed peacefully if Washington and Beijing can commit to a stable relationship for the long run, according to long-time China watcher and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Ru...

  • Rand Paul, Harry Reid fist bump on Senate floor

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    At the end of a long day in the Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, donned a pair of sunglasses as he approached the Senate floor and went in for a fist bump with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

  • Report: Rand Paul's son charged with DUI

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    Presidential candidate Rand Paul's son, William, received a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol this past weekend, according to reports.

  • Food workers walk out on US Senate

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    About 40 contracted workers from the United States Senate walked off their jobs Wednesday morning and joined more than 1,000 labor activists at a rally calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to require federal contractors to pay their more.

  • Poll: ISIS a bigger threat than Iran, Russia

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    Americans see ISIS as a bigger threat to the United States than Iran, Russia, North Korea or China, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

  • Obama heads to Florida to talk climate

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    President Barack Obama ventured into the South Florida Everglades on Wednesday to lend urgency to his environmental agenda, declaring the dangers of climate change an imminent threat to the state's economy.

  • Hillary's problem: Will economic recovery die before the election?

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    The Hillary Clinton campaign is doing a lot of math on voters and fundraising. But here's another metric they are likely looking at: economic growth.

  • Making change: Lawmakers want a woman on the $20

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    The push to make a woman the face of the $20 bill is gaining traction in Congress.

    Lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation this week aimed at giving a woman the chance to replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.


  • New abortion controversy hits Congress

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    The same day that the Senate reached a deal on abortion language in a bill to combat human trafficking, the House of Representatives began considering legislation that is igniting a new controversy over the divisive social issue.

    The House Oversight C...


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