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  • Kerry: ISIS is being defeated

    ISIS gang

    ISIS

    Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the United States' allies in the Middle East remain on course to defeat ISIS -- though he acknowledged the challenge in Syria is a particularly difficult one.

    "Each time the Iraqis have now gone forward in ...

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  • Top conservative says Boehner's job is safe

    Boehner kiss at media

    A leading conservative House member says there's no move afoot to oust Speaker John Boehner.

    Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, said Sunday that Boehner's decision to advance a one-week measure to keep...

  • Netanyahu calls U.S. trip 'crucial'

    Israeli leader seeks to bolster ties with Jordan

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his polarizing trip to Washington as "crucial" as storm raged over his planned speech to Congress. He boarded a flight in Tel Aviv Sunday.

  • Rand Paul wins 2015 CPAC straw poll

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    Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, with 25.7% of the vote, event organizers announced Saturday at the National Harbor, Maryland, Confab.

    But the biggest winner of the st...

  • Republicans agree with ... Elizabeth Warren?

    Elizabeth Warren

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    At first glance, they could easily fit in at an Elizabeth Warren rally. They want to break up the big banks. They don't trust Wall Street and bemoan its outsized role in politics. They are worried about the growing gap between the poor and the rich.

  • Cuba talks terror list a sticking point

    US, Cuba discuss normalizing relations

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    U.S. and Cuban delegations struck a tone of measured optimism coming out of talks Friday at the State Department on the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • 6 questions about Netanyahu's visit

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    Pool

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is just days away from landing in Washington, where a storm is raging over his plans to address a joint session of Congress.

    A few dozen Democrats plan to skip the speech, the White House isn't done blasting t...

  • Janet Yellen meets with conservatives

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    Janet Yellen met Friday with conservative economists and activists who shared concerns about the potential negative impact of keeping interest rates low for too long.

  • India 'about to take off,' government says

    Narendra Modi

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    "India is about to take off." That was the bold declaration from India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as he delivered his first full-year budget since his party won a resounding victory at the polls last May.

  • Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

    John Boehner at news conference

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    House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security.

    Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Fri...

  • Jeb Bush survives -- and thrives -- at CPAC

    Jeb Bush, February 2014

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    Jeb Bush didn't just survive his journey into the conservative bear pit. By the end, he actually seemed to be enjoying it.

    The former Florida governor's troubled relationship with grassroots conservatives is no secret. He is at odds with much of the R...

  • Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown

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    The House approved a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, avoiding a partial shutdown just hours before a Friday night deadline. President Barack Obama signed the bill.

  • What happens if DHS shuts down?

    Jeh Johnson

    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    Congress has just a few hours until Department of Homeland Security funding runs out, and with no clear compromise in sight a department shutdown is looking likelier by the minute.

    A bill that would have kept the agency open for three more weeks unexp...

  • Barack Obama: 'I loved Spock'

    Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek poster

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    President Barack Obama added himself to the long list of those remembering beloved actor Leonard Nimoy -- who died earlier today at the age of 83.

  • Walker blames media for comparing workers to terrorists

    Walker CPAC

    Pool

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his home-state battles against labor unions prepare him to take on terrorism -- but he denies he's comparing the two.

  • WH gets confrontational toward Netanyahu

    Netanyahu 2013

    Pool

    The White House has significantly lowered the level of representation it is sending to the annual conference of a large pro-Israel lobbying group, as tensions between the U.S. and Israel continue to mount.

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S....

  • 34 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech

    Netanyahu in Jerusalem

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress next week has further strained an already tense relationship with President Barack Obama.

    And a number of top Democrats --- including Vice President Joe Biden, whose job...

  • GOP isn't sold on a woman in the White House

    Fiorina CPAC

    Pool

    Republicans know women will be crucial to winning the presidency -- they're just not clamoring for a woman to be in the White House.

    Conservative women gathered here at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference bristled -- sometimes vehement...

  • Reform for high-skilled immigrants begins

    Immigration reform highly skilled workers

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    H-1B spouses, get ready to work!

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that select H-4 visa holders will be eligible for employment authorization.

    It was part of President Obama's executive action on immigration in Novem...

  • Hoyer calls McCarthy a 'coward,' apologizes

    Steny Hoyer

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    Tempers flared on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday night when the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy a "coward."

    McCarthy had just updated members on plans for a vote on a three-wee...

  • Christie uses CPAC to position himself against Bush

    Christie town hall

    CNN

    Last May, in a radio interview, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it would be "stressful" to campaign against Jeb Bush if both men run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

    "Because I consider Jeb a friend," Christie said. "And he's b...

  • 6 Republicans to watch in DHS fight

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte

    CNN

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's push to move past the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security could put several fellow Republicans in a tough spot.

    McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could soon hold a vote on legislation that ...

  • Cruz fails to derail Attorney General nominee

    Loretta Lynch hearing

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    President Obama's nominee to be attorney general cleared a key hurdle on her way to confirmation Thursday, gaining support from three Republicans.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to move Loretta Lynch's nomination to the full Senate floor fo...

  • Get ready for lawsuits over net neutrality

    Comcast

    Comcast is firing warning shots over the FCC's historic decision Thursday.

    The agency passed new Internet regulation prevent network owners -- like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon -- from discriminating against what kind of traffic runs ...

  • IRS watchdog updates on Lerner investigation

    IRS

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    The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner's emails told a congressional panel on Thursday night they are looking into the possibility of criminal activity.

    Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the Interna...

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