Politics

White House: Obama to Delay Immigration Action

Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.


Third-party Senate Candidates Worry GOP

A pizza deliveryman in North Carolina, a "libertarian cop" in Kentucky and an Alaska candidate but not the one who was expected hope to do what a Kansas businessman did this week: shake up Senate races as third-party candidates, an often-dismissed lot.


Inhofe Pushes to Authorize Attacks on IS

The senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing legislation authorizing the president to use military force against Islamic state militants in Iraq, Syria and wherever else they threaten U.S. interests.


Castro Thinks John McCain, Israel Created Islamic State

Israel and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are responsible for the rise of the militant group Islamic State, former Cuban President Fidel Castro charged.


Sens. Have Competing Views on IRS Treatment of Tea Party

After investigating the IRS for more than a year, two key senators disagree on whether the tax agency treated conservative groups worse than their liberal counterparts when they applied for tax-exempt status.


National Guard Idled by Budget Crunch

Tens of thousands of Army National Guard members from New Hampshire to Hawaii have been idled because of a $101 million gap that has led to drills being postponed and travel being suspended.


Ukraine Signs Cease-fire With Russian-backed Rebels

The Ukrainian president declared a cease-fire Friday to end nearly five months of fighting in the nation's east after his representatives reached a deal with the Russian-backed rebels at peace talks in Minsk.


U.S. Forms 'Core Coalition' to Fight ISIS

The U.S. has announced the formation of a "core coalition" to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq, but warned it might take two or three years to squeeze the jihadis from the region.


NATO OKs New Force Aimed at Blocking Russia

NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack from Russia.


Chad Taylor's Name Will Stay on Ballot Despite Withdrawal

Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Kansas, says he'll challenge a decision to keep his name on the November ballot even though he wants to withdraw against incumbent Republican Pat Roberts.


'Cuba 5' Spy Expects Cronies to Be Released

A Cuban intelligence agent who spent more than 15 years in a U.S. prison said Thursday he's optimistic that softening U.S. attitudes will lead to the release of three fellow agents who remain behind bars.


Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Hackers breached the HealthCare.gov website and installed malware that could have been used to launch an attack on other websites from the federal insurance portal, the White House said Thursday.


Ukraine President Carefully Optimistic at NATO Talks

Ukraine President Poroshenko expressed "careful optimism" Thursday that a peace deal could be reached with Russian-backed separatists, even as he and NATO leaders agreed that Moscow should be punished for its role in the insurgency.


McDonnells Convicted of Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been convicted in a public corruption case that accused them of conspiring to use his office to promote a businessman's product in exchange for gifts.


Democrats Borrow a GOP Idea on Health Care Costs

A proposal would let individual states set their own targets to curb the growth of health care spending and if they succeed, they'd pocket a share of federal Medicare and Medicaid savings.


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