Politics

Obama's Overtime Initiative Praised, Condemned

President Obama's move to make more workers eligible for overtime pay is seen by Democrats as a potent midterm election issue and condemned by Republicans and business leaders as presidential overreach.


Ultranationalist Right Sector Eyes Power Bid in Ukraine

Right Sector, so far known for street thuggery in Kiev and providing an excuse for Russian incursion in Crimea, is trying to turn itself into a political party.


Merkel Calls for Consistency in Ukraine Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says West must remain consistent in responding to breaches in international law while keeping the door open for talks with Russia on Ukraine.


Senate Reaches Unemployment Benefits Deal

Bipartisan Senate bargainers struck a compromise renewing expired unemployment benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the upper house said Thursday.


Ukraine Loan Delayed While Congress Goes on Vacation

The $1 billion loan guarantee the U.S. promised to Ukraine, along with sanctions against Russia, has been hung up due to Republican objections to a part of the bill that would expand IMF lending capacity.


White House Knew of CIA Senate Report

The White House acknowledged it was aware of a Central Intelligence Agency report saying Senate staffers committed a crime by taking documents from a CIA computer.


Russia Risks 'Massive' Economic Damage: Merkel

Russia risks "massive" economic and political damage if it keeps to its course in Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, while President Obama reiterated that the U.S. will "apply costs" on Moscow if it doesn't get out of Crimea.


E.U. Moves Toward Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union has agreed on a framework for sanctions on Russia in a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected.


Hillary Clinton Takes Iowa Lead: Poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has switched places with N.J. Gov. Chris Christie in Iowa, according to a Quinnipiac presidential preference poll released Thursday.


Obama, Ukraine Discuss Russian Incursion in Crimea

President Obama met with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Oval Office to discuss the threat to Ukraine's "territorial integrity and its sovereignty."


Holder Endorses Changes in Drug Sentencing

Attorney General Eric Holder gave his OK to a proposal for shorter prison sentences for nonviolent drug traffickers.


Senate Committee OKs Bill to Sanction Russia

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill to offer aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Crimea.


G7 Presses Russia to Pull Troops Out of Crimea

The White House warned Russia on Wednesday that annexing the Crimean region of Ukraine would be illegal and a violation of numerous treaty obligations.


Obama's 'Between Two Ferns' Appearance Has Conservatives Upset

Bill O'Reilly and right-wing members of Congress are upset that President Obama appeared on 'Between Two Ferns' to plug the Affordable Care Act.


Jan Brewer Out on Term Limits

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday announced that she won't mount a legal challenge to run for a third term.


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