Treasury Dept. Hits Hezbollah With Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department is targeting a procurement network suspected of helping the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.

U.S., China Conclude Beijing Economic Summit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang declared the summit a success, citing trade and investment cooperation.

Obama Reaches Out to Perry on Border Crisis

President Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of GOP willingness to tackle the problem, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry pressured him to tour the border.

Germany Expels Top U.S. Spy

Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country in an ongoing spat over eavesdropping by the NSA.

Kerry Calls for Calm in Gaza

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is trying to stem the surging violence in Israel and Gaza in a way that allows the Jewish state to continue defending itself from Hamas rocket fire.

Boehner Says No to Palin's Call for Impeachment

House Speaker John Boehner squashed rumblings from his party to impeach President Obama over executive actions.

Secret Services Deploys K-9 Units Around White House

Although the Secret Service has used dogs since 1976 to screen areas for presidential visits, this is the first time they're being broadly deployed among the general public.

Judge Strikes Down Colo. Gay Marriage Ban

A Colorado judge on Wednesday struck down the state's gay marriage ban, making Colorado the 16th state to invalidate a prohibition on same-sex marriages in the past year.

Women's Groups Want Congress to Nullify Hobby Lobby Ruling

Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation to undo the landmark Hobby Lobby ruling that lets certain employers opt out of paying for health insurance coverage of birth control on religious grounds.

Kids Swamping U.S. Border, Officials Say

Administration officials told senators Wednesday they're struggling to keep up with the surge of immigrants fleeing violence-torn Central America.

Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years for Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the exasperated face of the deluged city during Hurricane Katrina, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

Menendez Presses Senate for Russia Sanctions

Senators exasperated with the Obama administration's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine threatened on Wednesday that Congress will act unilaterally on new sanctions.

Senate Shoos in Julian Castro as HUD Secretary

The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, boosting the national profile of a potential vice presidential contender in 2016.

Warren G. Harding's Spicy Love Letters to Be Released

The Library of Congress will publicly display years of salacious correspondence between former President Warren G. Harding and his longtime mistress Carrie Phillips.

Snowden Asks Russia to Extend His Stay

U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked Russia to prolong his asylum in the country, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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