Politics

Fate of Iraq Will Be Decided Soon: Kerry

Iraq was close to all-out sectarian war on Monday after Sunni militants that al-Qaida shuns as 'too bloodthirsty' seized control of its western border.


Iraqi Army Claims It Has Retaken Refinery, Border Crossings

Army troops have taken control of the Baiji refinery and killed more than 60 insurgents, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said Tuesday.


ISIL Rebels Seize Iraq's Largest Refinery

Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have taken control of the Baiji oil refinery and have offered Iraqi troops safe passage if they give up their weapons and leave.


Issa Doesn't Buy IRS Email Claims

Republicans on Darrell Issa's committee aren't buying assurances by the head of the IRS that he's seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails relating to political groups' potentially illegal use of tax laws.


Sotomayor: Race Affirmative Action Works, Economic Doesn't

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said race-based affirmative action works to improve diversity in higher education, but that using geographic or economic status doesn't.


Court Releases Awlaki Drone Memo

A federal appeals court has released the Justice Department memo that lays out the legal justification for the killing of four Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.


Tea Party Patriots: 'When Did Laura Ingraham Become Chris Matthews?'

After being called out by Fox News' Laura Ingraham for lack of influence on Dave Brat's primary victory over Eric Cantor, right-wing activist group Tea Party Patriots shot back in the pages of the Washington Post.


Ex-Im Bank Emerges as Flash Point in GOP Fight

The White House and an influential pair of business organizations called for the Export-Import Bank's charter to be renewed, a day after new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the agency should be phased out.


IRS Braces for Another Beating Over Lost Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will address technical questions about the agency's email system and its policy for retaining official documents before a House committee that seems predisposed to disbelieve him.


Bowe Bergdahl Begins Outpatient Treatment in Texas

Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said.


Cochran, McDaniel Contest Drawing to a Close

Mississippi voters will go the polls Tuesday to decide between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party favorite.


Rand Paul: Blame Iraq on Cheney, Not Obama

Sen. Rand Paul, who represents the GOP's libertarian wing, criticized those who pushed the U.S. military invasion in Iraq and are now blaming the Obama administration for the aftermath it is dealing with.


Kerry Arrives in Iraq for Urgent Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has begun talks in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a more inclusive government.


Obama: Threat from Iraq Militants Could Grow

Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.


Boston Marathon Bombings Suspects' Friends Due in Court

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev plans to ask a judge to release him on bail while he awaits trial on charges of impeding the investigation into the deadly attack.


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