• Arguments wrap in trial of former Va. Gov. McDonnell

    Bob McDonnell

    Paul Courson/CNN

    Closing arguments concluded Friday in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. The two are accused of conspiring to commit corruption after accepting money loans from a person hoping to gain the governor's influential sup...

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  • Rand Paul defends remarks about Clinton

    Rand Paul

    Barry Schlegel/CNN

    Sen. Rand Paul on Friday defended his criticism of Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

    The Kentucky Republican, rebutting claims that Benghazi criticism is "politically motivated," said Clinton's handling ...

  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager steps down

    Mitch McConnell walking in Capitol

    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    A little more than two months before Election Day, Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stepped down Friday, resigning amid a long-brewing controversy involving Benton's ties to Ron Paul's presidential bid in 2012.

    "With a heavy hear...

  • 5 U.S. leaders and words that tripped them up

    Al Gore

    Reuters

    Speaking off the cuff is always a bit of a tightrope act for the occupant of the nation's highest office, and even more so when it's in front of a room of reporters.

    President Barack Obama teetered on that high wire Thursday when he said that he and h...

  • Xi Jinping: Following Deng Xiaoping

    Xi Jinping China

    Reuters

    The 110th birthday of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was celebrated on August 22 with an exhibition, a television biopic, and a series of national events. The "paramount leader" ruled for more than a decade, kick-starting China's market economic...

  • Rick Perry, Rand Paul tweak Obama over 'strategy' comments

    Obama statement on ISIS and Ukraine

    REUTERS/Larry Downing

    Two potential Republican presidential candidates didn't hold back Friday when railing against President Barack Obama for saying he and his advisers "don't have a strategy yet" for dealing with ISIS in Syria.

  • Uproar over Obama's no Syria strategy comment

    Obama

    Larry Downing/Reuters

    When is a strategy not a strategy? When it's a political football. President Barack Obama has ignited fresh conservative criticism by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.

  • Convicted Cold War spy John Walker dies

    Cold War spy John Walker

    usni.org

    John Walker Jr., a former U.S. Navy officer convicted of spying decades ago for the Soviet Union, has died in federal prison, according to the U.S. government.

    Walker, 77, died Thursday at a federal correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, the...

  • Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge

    Chris McDaniel

    REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    A Mississippi judge has tossed out state Sen. Chris McDaniel's challenge to that state's June 24 GOP primary runoff results.

  • Former Presidents Clinton, Bush to launch new initiative

    George W Bush, Bill Clinton

    Mike Stone/Reuters

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

  • Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC

    Chelsea Clinton

    Peter Kramer/NBC

    Chelsea Clinton, who joined NBC as a special correspondent in 2011, is stepping down from the news network.

  • Report: ISIS waterboarded captives

    James Foley with camera

    Courtesy Nicole Tung

    At least four ISIS hostages in Syria were waterboarded during their captivity, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the treatment of the abducted Westerners.

  • McConnell: Shutdowns are a 'failed policy'

    Mitch McConnell

    Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

  • Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

    Sen Mary Landrieu

    JKUSA/CNN

    Republicans seized on a news report Tuesday that raised questions about whether one of the Democrats' most vulnerable senators up for re-election actually resides in the state she represents.

  • Mitt Romney's 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario

    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb and Dumber" scenario.

  • 151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero

    Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

    Library of Congress

    More than 151 years after his heroic service at Gettysburg during the Civil War, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously, the White House announced Tuesday.

  • First-week sales of Paul Ryan's book slow

    Paul Ryan at RNC 2012

    CNN

    Rep. Paul Ryan's first solo book sold 6,266 copies in its first week of publication, according to Nielsen Bookscan data provided to CNN by a publisher.

  • White House: Shutdown prospect won't stop immigration action

    Immigration demonstration White House

    REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    President Barack Obama won't forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another government shutdown, the White House said Wednesday.

  • New French government announced

    Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler

    Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

    A new French government was announced Tuesday, one day after it dissolved amid turmoil among top ministers.

  • Bill Gates, wife give $1 million to gun control

    Bill and Melinda Gates

    Anthony Bolante/Reuters

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have together donated $1 million to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a gun control advocacy group.

  • Former FBI Director Freeh still hospitalized

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was seriously injured and hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident in Vermont, state police said.

    Vermont State Police said Tuesday that Freeh was still hospitalized and being treated for his injuries. There was no ...

  • Obama announces new efforts for vets

    Obama, 8-26-2014

    Pool

    President Barack Obama detailed Tuesday how his administration is attempting to rectify shortfalls in caring for war veterans, just as new threats abroad could require more sacrifices for American military families.

  • Signs point to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

    Obama discusses Syria, Situation Room

    Pete Souza/The White House

    President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the White House insists.

    More and more, though, the signals and nuance from the administration and the military suggest such a campaign could be c...

  • Scathing report slams veterans' care

    Phoenix VA Medical Center

    CNN

    A lengthy report on wait times at VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had "clinically significant delays" in care, and six of them died, but investigators couldn't conclusively link their deaths to the delays.

    The scathing repo...

  • UK sorry for marking 200 years since WH burned

    Burning of the White House

    Library of Congress

    Who knew the War of 1812 could inflame passions in the age of Twitter? The British Embassy in Washington has apologized after tweeting a photo marking the 200th anniversary of British troops burning the White House on Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812.

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