Post Politics: May, 2014

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 05/31/2014

Cruz wins Southern straw poll

The Texas senator narrowly edged Ben Carson in the Republican Leadership Conference survey.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:58 PM ET, 05/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/31/2014

Herman Cain says he might run for president again

Cain dropped out of the 2012 campaign after allegations of multiple affairs.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 05/31/2014

Cruz: GOP leads in 2014 because of shutdown

Cruz says GOP “graybeards” need to acknowledge his gambit worked.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:14 PM ET, 05/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Rubio to campaign in Iowa for Joni Ernst Monday

Rubio has endorsed Ernst, the front-runner in Tuesday’s Senate primary, and his PAC launched a TV ad for her this week.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:38 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Mitt Romney: ‘Important’ to get immigration reform done by 2016

The former advocate of “self deportation” is now hopeful for reform.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:32 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Haley Barbour to tea party: ‘Reagan compromised on everything’

Barbour: “It’s idiocy to think 60 million (Republican voters) can agree on everything.“

By Aaron Blake  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Jay Carney steps down as White House press secretary

Carney replaced as White House spokesman by his deputy, Josh Earnest.

By David Nakamura  |  02:03 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jay carney, Obama

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Hillary Clinton’s book isn’t out yet — but you’d never know it by the hype

A ballyhoo that has multiple layers of significance for Clinton.

By Katie Zezima  |  12:37 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/30/2014

Lawmakers frame Shinseki resignation as initial step forward after VA scandals

But both Republicans and Democrats say there is more work yet to be done.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VA Scandals

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Magic Johnson to help lead effort for black and Hispanic young men

“My Brother’s Keeper” seeks to leverage government, corporate and nonprofit programs to help young men of color.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:33 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Want to see a nasty GOP House primary? Oh, it’s just getting started in Kansas.

Tiahrt vs. Pompeo. This one won’t be friendly.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Obama: Hillary Clinton would be ‘very effective’ if she runs for president

“Hillary and I -- we’re buddies,” the president added in an interview aired Friday.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Eric Shinseki: ‘I think he has to go’

The ex-VA official and wounded Iraq war veteran delivers a political and psychological blow to her former boss.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Obama to meet with Shinseki at White House as resignation calls mount

The president wants an update from his embattled cabinet secretary.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:16 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 05/30/2014

READ IN: Friday, May 30, 2014: Podesta briefs House Dems on EPA rule, Shinseki fights for his job, Tillis leads Hagan, Cuomo moves to fend off liberals and Republicans postpone ACA alternative

Podesta briefs House Dems on EPA rule, Shinseki fights for his job, Tillis leads Hagan, Cuomo moves to fend off liberals and Republicans postpone ACA alternative.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:03 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 AM ET, 05/30/2014

Hillary Clinton: Politicizing Benghazi ‘just plain wrong’

Excerpt from her new book contains detailed account of events surround the attack.

By Vincent Bzdek and Philip Rucker  |  07:46 AM ET, 05/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Phil Robertson: GOP needs to ‘get Godly’

The Duck Dynasty star is the main attraction at the Republican Leadership Conference.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:56 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Jindal suggests public-school-free district is not the answer

New Orleans this week became home to the nation’s first public school-free district.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:28 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 08:24 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Priebus: GOP is going to pick its own debate moderators

Priebus says moderators like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will not be allowed.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:24 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Holder named daughter after Maya Angelou

Attorney general was a huge admirer of the author and poet.

By Sari Horwitz  |  06:05 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony featured in ad attacking GOP candidate

The ad targets Arizona gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:56 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Senate Democrats, Republicans begin buying late airtime

Democrats spending money in Colorado, Arkansas and New Hampshire.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:40 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio’s campaign office vandalized

His campaign says “this was no random act.“

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:53 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/29/2014

House panel votes to allow school districts to temporarily opt out of dietary rules

The House Appropriations Committee voted to allow school districts to temporarily opt out of school dietary requirements.

By Tom Hamburger  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Hillary Clinton to sit down with Fox News on June 17

The interview will come a week after Clinton’s memoir is released.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Martin O’Malley headed to Iowa in June

Cue a new round of 2016 speculation!

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Palin, Santorum try to topple Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) as heated primary nears end

The national tea party figures try to build momentum for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R).

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 05/29/2014

At concussions summit, Obama urges cultural shift

At Thursday’s White House concussions summit, Obama urged a cultural shift in sports

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:33 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/29/2014

Why is Hillary Clinton trying to save African elephants? Chelsea Clinton explains.

The former first daughter tells Outside Magazine about the roots of her mother’s interest.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:12 PM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Bush and Obama at West Point: Bookends of a Foreign Policy Era

Two presidents. One stage. A dozen years apart.

By Karen Tumulty  |  11:44 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, commencement, west point

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Poll: Obamacare still unpopular after enrollment surge

Opinions are firm.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Boehner stops short of calling for Shinseki’s resignation

Boehner’s remarks on Thursday were consistent with his previous statements on the brewing VA scandal.

By Wesley Lowery  |  10:33 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/29/2014

That time Paul Ryan got confused with Anthony Weiner (VIDEO)

It happened. Twice!

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mistaken Identity

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Republicans launch ad against Jimmy Carter’s grandson as he picks up steam

The latest sign Jason Carter has a real chance of winning the governor’s race: The GOP is attacking him early.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:07 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/29/2014

House Democrats buy fall television advertising

The DCCC has reserved more than $43 million in airtime in 36 districts.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 05/29/2014

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch: Gay marriage will become the ‘law of the land’

The senator from Utah opposes gay marriage, but sees it becoming legal everywhere.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:54 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Cheney calls Obama the ‘weakest’ president of his lifetime

The former vice president goes after the president.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:41 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 05/29/2014

READ IN: Thursday, May 29, 2014: Dam breaks on Shinseki, DCCC reserves fall airtime, Walker attorney talks settlement, EPA regulation could close coal plants

Dam breaks on Shinseki, DCCC reserves fall airtime, Walker attorney talks settlement, EPA regulation could close coal plants

By Reid Wilson  |  08:03 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Pro-Cochran super PAC says McDaniel ‘doesn’t tell the truth’ in closing ad

The group targets his legislative attendance record and accuses McDaniel of voting in the Democratic primary.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:20 AM ET, 05/29/2014

Elizabeth Warren makes fundraising pitch for Brian Schatz in contested primary

Schatz gets a boost from the liberal icon.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:20 AM ET, 05/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Football great Herschel Walker joins the ranks of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

The former Eagles running back turns campaign surrogate in a new ad.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:05 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 05/28/2014

School cafeteria food fight becomes an all-out food war

Lobbying groups, the Secretary of Agriculture and even a group of retired generals weighed in on whether the new federal school lunch program is working effectively.

By Tom Hamburger  |  04:48 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 05/28/2014

GOP congressman on gay marriage: ‘Life is too short’ to stand in its way

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) makes his support for same-sex marriage official.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:38 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Obama remembers Maya Angelou, a ‘fierce friend’

Obama’s sister was named after the writer and poet, who died Wednesday at 86.

By Katie Zezima  |  03:16 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/28/2014

The tea party and GOP establishment are happily married in the Iowa Senate race

Pop quiz: What do Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have in common?

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Pro-Hillary Clinton group plans to bolster candidates in 2014

Ready for Hillary could serve as a flanking political operation for Clinton by contributing to candidates she endorses.

By Matea Gold  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Calls for Eric Shinseki’s resignation grow among Republicans, Democrats

Head of House Veterans Affairs Committee and a Democratic senator running for reelection are among those calling for his ouster.

By Ed O'Keefe and Wesley Lowery  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/28/2014

What goes around comes around in politics: Georgia Senate edition

Karen Handel backs Jack Kingston against a Republican who took a swipe at her education.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/28/2014

Eight key takeaways from Obama’s West Point speech

The speech outlines Obama’s vision for a 21st century foreign policy

By Katie Zezima  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/28/2014

Veterans group targets five Democratic senators up in 2014 over VA bill

Concerned Veterans for America goes after some vulnerable members up for reelection.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 05/28/2014

One of the biggest winners in the Texas runoffs? Ted Cruz.

Three reasons for the tea party senator to celebrate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:57 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 05/28/2014

Bill Young’s widow pledges to challenge Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) in 2016

She endorsed Jolly in a contested primary earlier this year, but now has little good to say about him.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:38 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 05/28/2014

John Kerry: Edward Snowden should ‘man up’ and return to the U.S.

“The bottom line is this is a man who has betrayed his country,” the secretary of state said.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:34 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/28/2014

READ IN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Residual force to remain in Afghanistan, Obama delays deportation review, Rep. Hall loses, poll shows Hawaii’s Schatz taking lead

Residual force to remain in Afghanistan, Obama delays deportation review, Rep. Hall loses, poll shows Hawaii’s Schatz taking lead

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Rep. Ralph Hall defeated by John Ratcliffe

Hall, 91, becomes first incumbent defeated in a primary this year. He is the oldest member of Congress and one of the last World War II veterans on Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:22 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Texas

Posted at 09:13 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Obama orders delay of immigration deportation review

President delays much-anticipated immigration review in hopes of a legislative solution.

By David Nakamura  |  09:13 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama; immigration

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Patrick defeats Dewhurst in Texas LG runoff

Another disappointing loss for a onetime rising star.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:08 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Edward Snowden says he was ‘trained as a spy’

Snowden speaks to NBC News about his past.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:42 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Fast-food workers and members of the clergy hold sit-in at Thom Tillis’s office

Moral Monday protesters congregated at the senate candidate’s office on Tuesday afternoon.

By Jaime Fuller  |  06:00 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Cochran, McDaniel take fight over blogger arrest on the air

The ads reflect the dominant topic in the campaign: Illicit photos taken of Cochran’s bedridden wife.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:09 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 05/27/2014

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson to address Republican Leadership Conference

Robertson stoked controversy last year when he called homosexuality a sin and compared it to bestiality.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:40 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/27/2014

Environmental group targets Democrat in messy congressional primary

Deja vu all over again in California’s 31st district?

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Romney endorses former campaign aide in New York congressional race

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee backs Elise Stefanik, who worked on Rep. Paul Ryan’s vice presidential campaign.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:44 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 05/27/2014

Hillary Clinton says in memoir she formed ‘unexpected partnership’ with Obama

Clinton discusses her relationship with the president in a new book excerpt.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:26 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 05/27/2014

READ IN: Tuesday, May 27, 2014: New EPA regulations coming, Texas runoff today, NRSC buys in Arkansas and Colorado, and the new generation of veterans’ groups

New EPA regulations coming, Texas runoff today, NRSC buys in Arkansas and Colorado, and the new generation of veterans’ groups.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 05/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/25/2014

GOP’s Rep. King calls for more background checks in wake of Calif. killings

The New York congressman also said he hopes to pursue legislation to enhance mental health screening.

By Robert Costa  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Red state Democratic Senate challengers call on Shinseki to resign over VA scandal

The move helps these Democrats put distance between themselves and the Obama administration.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:08 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Kerry to testify June 12 on Benghazi attacks

The announcement ends a standoff with House Republicans about his testimony.

By Paul Kane and Karen DeYoung  |  02:41 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/23/2014

RNC files lawsuit seeking to raise unlimited sums

By Matea Gold  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Judge puts Rep. John Conyers back on the ballot in Michigan

A topsy-turvy situation gets a new twist.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:15 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/23/2014

Republican Ernst picks up pace, raising $410,000 in 45 days for Iowa Senate race

Ernst is the apparent frontrunner in crowded field of contenders vying for the GOP Senate nomination.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/23/2014

A good week for Big Potato

House, Senate appropriations panels move to include potatoes in key federal program.

By Holly Yeager  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 05/23/2014

GOP Rep. Charlie Dent congratulates same-sex couples in Pennsylvania

Rep. Charlie Dent is happy for same sex couples in his state who can now marry, and he’s on the brink of giving them his full blessing.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  08:36 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 05/23/2014

READ IN: Friday, May 23, 2014: Obama announces Cabinet shuffle today, more arrests in Mississippi, Coakley leads Dem field in Massachusetts, and Senate Majority PAC takes a whack at McConnell

Obama announces Cabinet shuffle today, more arrests in Mississippi, Coakley leads Dem field in Massachusetts, and Senate Majority PAC takes a whack at McConnell

By Reid Wilson  |  08:04 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Obama’s stroll is no walk in the park for Secret Service

The Secret Service prefers to have the president in controlled situations. But on Wednesday, normal civilians on the Ellipse were surprised to see Obama out and about, close enough to touch -- and close enough for one elated woman to hug.

By Carol Leonnig  |  06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Obama to nominate Julian Castro as HUD secretary

Shaun Donovan will be nominated to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.

By Katie Zezima  |  06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014

Do you ride the D.C. Metro? Thank the Great Society.

Even the architecture aimed “to be worthy of the Great Society.”

By Katie Zezima  |  06:19 AM ET, 05/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Great Society

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 05/22/2014

DA says Cochran’s primary rival not cleared in nursing home photo case

“Until the investigation is complete, no person or persons have been cleared,” the district attorney says.

By Robert Costa  |  10:21 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Harvey Milk honored with postage stamp

“This stamp reflects our longstanding commitment to civil rights,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman.

By Katie Zezima  |  05:36 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Mississippi tea party activist arrested in connection with Thad Cochran case

A new twist in a story that has rocked the Mississippi Senate race.

By Sean Sullivan and Robert Costa  |  02:50 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Harry Reid: Redskins ‘should get rid of having a group of Americans as mascots’

Senate leader intensifies his calls for the National Football League to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:31 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 05/22/2014

VA’s Shinseki vows to stay on the job

In brief interview, embattled VA secretary said veterans “deserve our best work. They’re going to get it.“

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:42 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/22/2014

McConnell opponent Grimes (D) calls for Shinseki to resign over VA scandals

She’s the first major Democratic Senate contender to do so.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Club for Growth endorses Loudermilk, Johnson in Georgia runoffs

The antitax group wades into two U.S. House runoffs.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Boehner: ‘I’m getting a little closer’ to calling for Shinseki’s resignation

Speaker cites news reports from his home state as reason for his growing outrage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:25 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 05/22/2014

Christie angers conservative activists with court pick

Conservatives were not pleased with the renomination of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:09 PM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Romney to campaign for Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race

Romney will try to give Ernst a boost during the stretch run next week.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:26 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Billionaire environmentalist Steyer zeroes in on seven 2014 races

Steyer’s targets will include Senate races in Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Michigan.

By Matea Gold  |  10:05 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Poll: Shinseki gets more blame than Obama for VA woes

Thirty-three percent hold Shinseki and the VA accountable.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 05/22/2014

READ IN: Thursday, May 22, 2014: Reading the Shinseki tea leaves, Walker leads Burke, Lee Terry’s third-party trouble, House Dem super PAC makes late buys, and the prospects for betting on federal races in Nevada

Reading the Shinseki tea leaves, Walker leads Burke, Lee Terry’s third-party trouble, House Dem super PAC makes late buys, and the prospects for betting on federal races in Nevada.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:05 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2014

Obama touts tourism, acts to streamline foreign visitors’ entry to the U.S.

President Obama, and his baseball-loving aides will journey to NY Thursday to tout tourism.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Baseball, President Obama

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/22/2014

How did we get to Sesame Street? Via LBJ’s Great Society.

“I think the Great Society is Grover.”

By Katie Zezima  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Great Society

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Obama declares the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region of N.M. a national monument

“One of the great blessings of being an American is that we are blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes and real estate on Earth,” Obama said.

By Katie Zezima  |  07:21 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Cantor clarifies position on one part of immigration debate

House majority leader says he still supports a bill that would grant citizenship to eligible children of illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:51 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 05/21/2014

Obama praises Seahawks’ ‘Legion of Boom’

President Obama welcomed the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House on Wednesday.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:41 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/21/2014

David Barron’s judicial nomination clears procedural hurdle

The nominee had faced resistance due to Obama administration’s policy on drone strikes against Americans suspected of terrorism.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, judicial nominations, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/21/2014

What is the VA Accountability Act?

A quick primer on a bill set for a vote Wednesday in the House designed to address concerns about mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 05/21/2014

McDaniel sends combative open letter to Cochran, as Miss. primary heats up

McDaniel wants a debate. Cochran’s camp says no thanks.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:50 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/21/2014

DCCC chair accuses NRCC chair of ‘showboating,’ but declines to make seat predictions

The House Democratic campaign chair hits back.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:11 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 05/21/2014

John Barrow, David Scott become first Democrats to call for Shinseki’s resignation

Georgia lawmaker is also considered among the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:59 PM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Democrats appoint 5 members to Benghazi select committee

House Democrats had floated the idea of boycotting the committee, but ultimately chose to participate.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:43 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Benghazi

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Grimes says in ad she ‘won’t answer’ to the president

In her first general election ad in the Kentucky Senate race, Grimes doesn’t mention she’s a Democrat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:21 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Obama to address VA allegations at 10:45 a.m.

It will be the president’s first remarks on allegations that veterans died while awaiting care.

By Katie Zezima  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 05/21/2014

It’s Perdue vs. Kingston in Ga. GOP Senate runoff

Campaigning starts now.

By Katie Zezima  |  08:39 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  midterms

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 05/21/2014

READ IN: Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Incumbents roll in Tuesday primaries, White House starts moving on VA scandal, Nevada to join Healthcare.gov, and Pat Sajak buys a whole lot of vowels

Incumbents roll in Tuesday primaries, White House starts moving on VA scandal, Nevada to join Healthcare.gov, and Pat Sajak buys a whole lot of vowels.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:03 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014

The biggest winner in primaries: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The country’s largest business lobby aims to break tea party’s hold on Republican Party

By Tom Hamburger  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014

The fight LBJ could not win: D.C. home rule

LBJ’s commitment to self-rule for the District also reflected his personal connection to the city.

By Karen Tumulty  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Great Society

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Sen. Walsh hits Daines on abortion in ad featuring woman who says she was raped

Dueling ads featuring women in the Montana Senate race.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Monica Wehby wins Republican Senate primary in Oregon

The pediatric neurosurgeon will face off against Sen. Jeff Merkley this fall.

By Jaime Fuller  |  01:02 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Tuesday

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 05/21/2014

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) easily defeats Bryan Smith

The business-backed congressman defeats his tea party challenger.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:23 AM ET, 05/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Clinton-backed candidate Margolies loses to Boyle in Pennsylvania

The former congresswoman and mother-in-law of Chelsea Clinton will not be going back to Congress next year.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:18 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Tom Wolf easily wins Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor

The businessman cruises to victory.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:43 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:33 PM ET, 05/20/2014

McConnell, Grimes win easily in Kentucky

The Senate minority leader defeats Matt Bevin.

By Philip Bump  |  07:33 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Hillary Clinton to sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts

The media blitz surrounding Clinton’s forthcoming memoir is coming into view.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:02 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Obama: ‘In five years it will no longer be called Obamacare.’

Republicans coined the term, then Obama adopted it, but will it stick around in the future?

By Katie Zezima  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/20/2014

DCCC outraises NRCC in April by $3 million

House Democrats’ campaign arm won the month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:24 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Transcript: Rep. Tammy Duckworth on the VA scandal and Eric Shinseki

Illinois Congresswoman and Iraq war veteran talks about seeking treatment at the VA, being a former official at the department and now overseeing it from Congress. And her blood pressure.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Obama’s field of Little League dreams featured spokesman Jay Carney’s daughter

White House press secretary Jay Carney’s daughter was among the children playing at Friendship Park.

By David Nakamura and Colby Itkowitz  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Obama

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Clay Aiken sees his celebrity status as both a blessing and a curse in run for Congress

The North Carolina candidate sees a double-edged sword.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:55 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/20/2014

Sen. Dick Durbin to headline ‘Ready for Hillary’ fundraiser

The second-ranking Senate Democrat is backing Clinton’s prospective 2016 campaign.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Boehner: ‘There’s not that big a difference’ between tea party and GOP

Speaker’s message to reporters: There’s nothing to see here.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House, House Republicans

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Poll: Voters have more faith in Republicans to handle economy

On the top issue of the 2014 elections, voters side with the GOP.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 05/20/2014

READ IN: Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Primaries in 6 states, Oregon marriage ban unconstitutional, OFA quits fundraising, Roberts a rare sight in Kansas, and bookmark our new ad tracker!

Primaries in 6 states, Oregon marriage ban unconstitutional, OFA quits fundraising, Roberts a rare sight in Kansas, and bookmark our new ad tracker!

By Reid Wilson  |  07:54 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014

Obama to host business executives Tuesday

They include leaders from Ford, Lufthansa and Ericsson

By Katie Zezima  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s (R-Mich.) campaign manager departs

The departure comes in amid a contested primary.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:04 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 05/19/2014

GOP-aligned Crossroads spending more than $9 million in Senate ad barrage

The Crossroads groups will run ads in Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado and North Carolina.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:52 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Obama attends fundraiser dinner at Potomac home of big donors

For the bargain price of $10,000 per person guests could enjoy an “intimate dinner” with the president.

By Desikan  |  07:45 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Duckworth: ‘I’m not surprised’ by allegations against VA

Illinois lawmaker is an Iraq war veteran, double amputee and former assistant secretary at the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:08 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, Veterans Affairs

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Marco Rubio (still) won’t say whether he smoked pot

The Florida senator is not budging.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:33 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 05/19/2014

What things that we now consider common came out of LBJ’s Great Society?

Today we take a look at padded dashboards.

By Katie Zezima  |  04:19 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Great Society

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 05/19/2014

White House: Obama ‘has confidence’ in embattled VA Secretary Shinseki

Obama stands by Eric Shinseki, under fire for allegations veterans had to wait months for care at the VA.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:32 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Obama to declare largest national monument in his tenure, in N.M.

Obama will declare a nearly 500,000-acre national monument in New Mexico on Wednesday

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:59 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 05/19/2014

N.H. police commissioner who used racial slur in reference to Obama resigns

Town officials confirmed Monday that the 82-year-old police commissioner who was heard publicly calling President Obama the n-word — sparking nationwide outrage — has tendered his resignation.

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:48 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  race

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/19/2014

The public’s opposition to gay presidential candidates is waning

A new poll shows most Americans say it wouldn’t matter.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Jim Webb leaves the door open to a White House run

In a radio interview, the Democrat doesn’t rule it out.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Virginia Politics

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 05/19/2014

Ayotte, Shaheen want police commissioner who called Obama the n-word to resign

Calls grow for the ouster of Robert Copeland, who used a racial slur about the president.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:57 PM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  race

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 05/19/2014

READ IN: Monday, May 19, 2014: Donovan to OMB, Castro to HUD, VA scandal building, Tuesday primary preview, backer of Cochran’s opponent arrested, and the NRSC’s worst nightmare: ‘Draft Palin’

Donovan to OMB, Castro to HUD, VA scandal building, Tuesday primary preview, backer of Cochran’s opponent arrested, and the NRSC’s worst nightmare: ‘Draft Palin’

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014

What things that we now consider common came out of LBJ’s Great Society?

Today we take a look at child-resistant packaging on medication.

By Katie Zezima  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Great Society

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 05/19/2014

DCCC raises $7.1 million in April

The House Democratic campaign arm’s numbers drop from the previous month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:03 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014

DSCC edges out NRSC in April fundraising

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm won the month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:02 AM ET, 05/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 05/18/2014

Cisco CEO asks Obama to curtail surveillance, according to reports

Reports come after company’s top lawyer called for the government to codify rules

By Katie Zezima  |  05:54 PM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 05/18/2014

RNC Chairman Priebus: Hillary Clinton trying to ‘sweep Benghazi under the rug’

The RNC head takes on the potential 2016 presidential candidate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:24 PM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/18/2014

Feinstein calls Benghazi panel a ‘hunting mission for a lynch mob’

The Senate Intelligence chair criticizes Republican efforts.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 05/18/2014

Democrat Deval Patrick says he worries about the ‘inevitability’ of a Hillary Clinton run in 2016

The Massachusetts governor thinks average voters may be turned off by a coronation.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:14 AM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/18/2014

Top aide says Obama is ‘madder than hell’ about VA scandal

Denis McDonough says the president isn’t pleased.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/18/2014

Karl Rove: I’m not questioning Hillary Clinton’s health; I’m questioning whether 2016 run is a ‘done deal’

The Republican elaborates on his comments that set off a firestorm.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/17/2014

Man arrested for allegedly photographing Thad Cochran’s wife in nursing home

Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, is accused of posting an illegally obtained photograph of the bedridden wife of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) online.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 05/17/2014

Julian Castro to become HUD secretary

Obama plans to announce a Cabinet shuffle next week, according to Democratic officials.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:39 PM ET, 05/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 05/16/2014

Jarrett pulls back from suggesting Obama has ‘commitment’ from Boehner on immigration

White House senior adviser suggested Thursday that the House speaker had actual plans to push for immigration legislation this summer.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:33 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/16/2014

Sen. Angus King (I) endorses colleagues Collins (R) and Shaheen (D)

The independent keeps his himself rooted in the political middle.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/16/2014

READ IN: Friday, May 16, 2014: No earmarks in WRRDA, Ernst leads Iowa field, Crossroads lands in Alaska, White House has ‘commitment’ from Boehner, and Biden’s book royalties

No earmarks in WRRDA, Ernst leads Iowa field, Crossroads lands in Alaska, White House has ‘commitment’ from Boehner, and Biden’s book royalties

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 05/15/2014

President Obama, first lady disclose assets worth between $1.95 million and $7.15 million

Obamas release annual report on personal financial assets

By David Nakamura  |  06:05 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 05/15/2014

White House to hold summit on youth sports and concussions

The administration is expected to announce new commitments by the public and private sectors to raise awareness.

By Katie Zezima  |  05:28 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 05/15/2014

Reid: If Jill Abramson story is true, ‘perfect example’ of why pay parity bill should pass

Senate leader weighs in on the ouster of the top editor at The New York Times.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:05 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate Democrats

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2014

Eric Shinseki safe on Capitol Hill — for now

Senators of both parties signal they’ll be keeping closer tabs on the VA and its leader in the coming months.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/15/2014

Poll: Hillary Clinton tops all potential GOP foes in Ohio

The former secretary of state bests all the top Republican prospects in the swing state.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 05/15/2014

Condoleezza Rice says there are ‘unanswered questions’ about Benghazi

The nation’s former top diplomat sees value in a House select committee investigating the matter.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:54 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 05/15/2014

Top White House lawyers to make pitch to senators for troubled judicial nominee

Meeting comes amid concerns about two of Obama’s picks to serve on federal courts.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:51 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, judicial picks, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 05/15/2014

READ IN: Thursday, May 15, 2014: Nabors dispatched to VA, the Senate’s next nuclear fight, Sasse’s patron: Karl Rove, net neutrality vote today, and our first look at the battle for the House

Nabors dispatched to VA, the Senate’s next nuclear fight, Sasse’s patron: Karl Rove, net neutrality vote today, and our first look at the battle for the House

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014

Lesbian PAC to endorse 15 Democrats

Short Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and the incoming board chair of LPAC, says she is hopeful that her group will one day find GOP candidates to support.

By Tom Hamburger  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/15/2014

GOP candidate for Mass. governor plays up support for gay brother (Video)

Charlie Baker features his gay brother in a new web video.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:21 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Karl Rove on Clinton’s blood clot: ‘Is this going to be the issue of the 2016 campaign? No.’

But, he says, “she’ll need to deal with this at some point.“

By Jaime Fuller  |  11:21 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 05/14/2014

In wake of allegations, Obama dispatches close adviser to oversee review of VA

Announcement comes in wake of allegations of treatment delays and untimely deaths at VA centers.

By Katie Zezima  |  11:12 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Clinton defends economic record

Addressing a liberal audience, he says he is tired of hearing that income inequality had been increasing unabated since the late 1970s.

By Desikan  |  09:11 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Christie predicts ‘Bridgegate’ will only be a ‘footnote’ by the time he decides about 2016

The New Jersey governor talks about his future a policy summit in Washington.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:13 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Harry Reid opposes Obama judicial pick Michael Boggs

The announcement could upend White House’s goal of confirming dozens of federal judges before election season begins in earnest.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:54 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, judicial nominations, Senate

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Bill Clinton urges Dems to defend Obamacare

But the former president acknowledges some candidates may have to at least keep a distance from it.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Bill Clinton: Rove’s comment is a reminder that ‘consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds’

Former president scoffs at former George W. Bush adviser’s statement about Hillary Rodham Clinton and ” traumatic brain injury.“

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  12:41 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 Campaign, Hillary Clinton

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 05/14/2014

Hillary Clinton defends her ‘hard choices’ at State Department

By Philip Rucker  |  12:22 PM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/14/2014

Scott Walker endorses Doug Ducey in Arizona governor’s race

The Wisconsin governor wades into a contested primary.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/14/2014

READ IN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Sasse, Ricketts win in Nebraska, Conyers booted off ballot, tax cut extenders bill expected to pass today, and social conservatives don’t like GOP’s Oregon front-runner

Sasse, Ricketts win in Nebraska, Conyers booted off ballot, tax cut extenders bill expected to pass today, and social conservatives don’t like GOP’s Oregon front-runner

By Reid Wilson  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 05/14/2014

Pete Ricketts wins Republican nomination for Nebraska governor in tight race

The Omaha businessman edged out Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:38 AM ET, 05/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:52 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) survives primary scare

Terry survives a scare against an under-funded primary opponent.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:52 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:01 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Former Maryland GOP chairman wins nomination for Congress in W.Va.

Alex Mooney was a Maryland state senator until 2011 and later served as party chairman before switching states.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:01 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Tea-party-backed Ben Sasse wins Nebraska primary for U.S. Senate

Sasse’s victory is a much-needed win for national tea party groups.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:00 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2014

County clerk rules Rep. John Conyers ineligible to appear on ballot

The county clerk said that Conyers submitted just 592 valid signatures -- well short of the 1,000 required under the law.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Clay Aiken wins congressional primary by 390 votes in final count

Aiken defeated former state commerce secretary Keith Crisco, who died suddenly on Monday after suffering a fall, by 1.37 percentage points

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:58 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 05/13/2014

The tug of war between NASA and Russia continues.

Russia wants to bar the U.S. from using its rockets to launch military satellites.

By Katie Zezima  |  04:35 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Rubio clarifies climate change comments during National Press Club appearance

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledged that the climate is changing, questions proposed legislative fixes.

By Wesley Lowery  |  02:09 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Democrat Jany ends campaign against David Jolly less than two weeks after launching bid

Well, that didn’t last long.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:59 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 05/13/2014

Obama judicial pick faces questions on abortion, gay marriage, Confederate flag

The White House has stood by nomination of Michael Boggs despite opposition from some Democratic senators and rights groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:03 PM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Mary Landrieu’s dad suggests Putin barred her from Russia because of energy issues

Her dad signals that it was all about energy, But adoptions may have played a role, too.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:54 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Al Gore says GOP candidates ‘cowed into abandoning’ climate change

The former VP cites remarks by Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul questioning humans’ impact on climate issues.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Gore, CLIMATE

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/13/2014

Karl Rove: Hillary Clinton has to be ‘forthcoming’ about her 2012 health episode

If she runs for president in 2016, he noted that major media organizations will demand her medical records.

By Karen Tumulty  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/13/2014

READ IN: Tuesday, May 13, 2014: DSCC buys first Alaska ads, Senate negotiators release transportation bill, how to get around earmark bans, Primary Day in Nebraska and West Virginia

DSCC buys first Alaska ads, Senate negotiators release transportation bill, how to get around earmark bans, Primary Day in Nebraska and West Virginia

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Clay Aiken primary opponent Keith Crisco found dead

Early information was that he suffered injuries from a fall, a news report said.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:09 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Board clears Pat Roberts to appear on Kansas ballot, rejecting residency concerns

The challenge based on Roberts’s residency status has been rejected.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:58 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 05/12/2014

Boehner: ‘I expect I will be’ speaker in one year — but doesn’t commit to full term

But House leader dodges questions of whether he’ll serve out a full term.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:09 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 05/12/2014

NRCC eyes key rematches in promoting 10 candidates to ‘Young Gun’ status

Dold, McSally and Tisei are back for another try in 2014. The NRCC feels good about them.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:58 PM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/12/2014

Senate polls: Pryor leads Cotton; McConnell and Grimes neck-and-neck

More positive numbers for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 05/12/2014

READ IN: Monday, May 12, 2014: Shaheen-Portman vote tonight, another big Pryor lead, Roberts’ residency challenged, how lobbying firms make money post-earmarks

Shaheen-Portman vote tonight, another big Pryor lead, Roberts’ residency challenged, how lobbying firms make money post-earmarks

By Reid Wilson  |  08:06 AM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 05/12/2014

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck departing for AHIP

Brendan Buck will serve as lead spokesman for an association representing health insurers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:48 AM ET, 05/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 05/11/2014

Among a sea of maybes and waffling, Rubio says he’s ready to be president

Most potential 2016 candidates aren’t ready to say they’re ready to be president. Not Marco Rubio.

By Jaime Fuller  |  02:29 PM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/11/2014

Benghazi elicits tense rhetoric on the Sunday shows

Reps. Michelle Bachmann, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Trey Gowdy discuss the new House select committee.

By Jaime Fuller  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 05/11/2014

Asking everyone who is anyone: Are you running in 2016?

Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum are all asked whether they want to run for president.

By Jaime Fuller  |  12:20 PM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/11/2014

Defense secretaries current and past discuss military life, Putin and more

Chuck Hagel and Robert Gates make the Sunday show rounds

By Jaime Fuller  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/11/2014

Sen. Marco Rubio gives Hillary Clinton an ‘F’ for State Dept. tenure

The Florida senator discussed 2016 and Benghazi on the Sunday shows.

By Jaime Fuller  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 05/11/2014

Hillary Clinton writes tribute to mother in new book

Hillary Rodham Clinton pens a moving tribute to her late mother in a new memoir.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:34 AM ET, 05/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 05/09/2014

FBI arrests Indiana man for threatening Boehner over unemployment insurance

Brandon James Thompson left threatening message and voice mails, according to the FBI.

By Wesley Lowery  |  03:50 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 05/09/2014

House holds moment of silence for Nigerian girls

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) led the call.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:25 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 05/09/2014

Jindal hits HGTV for cancelling show over host’s anti-gay comments

The Louisiana governor again defends a cable TV conservative.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 05/09/2014

Boehner names Republican members of Benghazi probe panel

Democrats to huddle Friday afternoon to decide whether to participate

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:47 PM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 05/09/2014

Romney: GOP should raise minimum wage

“...our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” Romney says.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:50 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minimum wage

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 05/09/2014

Rahm Emanuel jumps on the Hillary Clinton bandwagon

Chicago mayor joins growing list of early endorsers of possible presidential run

By Philip Rucker  |  08:09 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/09/2014

READ IN: Friday, May 9, 2014: Dems debate Benghazi, why Gowdy got the call, Landrieu in BIG trouble, companies blame ObamaCare on earnings calls, and Bill Clinton on knifing a guy in an alley

Dems debate Benghazi, why Gowdy got the call, Landrieu in BIG trouble, companies blame ObamaCare on earnings calls, and Bill Clinton on knifing a guy in an alley.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2014

Solar panels here to stay atop White House roof

The White House now has solar panels on its roof, part of a broader push by Obama to expand solar deployment in the U.S.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change, Solar

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2014

Fate of Barron appeals court nomination unclear as White House offers drone memos

David J. Barron nominated to serve on a federal appeals court -- but senators want to see memos he wrote justifying drone strikes on American citizens.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:03 AM ET, 05/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Obama says he wants Pelosi back as speaker

Pelosi herself hasn’t said whether she’s aiming to reclaim the gavel.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:25 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 05/08/2014

House votes to impanel select committee on Benghazi

Members to be named Friday, unclear still if Democrats will participate

By Wesley Lowery  |  06:34 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 05/08/2014

House gives NASA more money to explore planets

Watch out, Mars. People are coming.

By Katie Zezima  |  06:25 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Geithner recalls Bill Clinton talking about anti-Wall Street ‘blood lust’

He says the former president presented him with a graphic hypothetical.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Boehner says Benghazi committee ‘shouldn’t be and will not be a partisan process’

“This doesn’t need to be, shouldn’t be and will not be a partisan process,” he says.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:36 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Benghazi, House

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Okla. attorney general seeks execution delay following botched lethal injection

The attorney general’s office says the delay will provide time for a review of last month’s botched lethal injection.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  death penalty

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Boehner refuses to address NRCC fundraising off of Benghazi

House expected to approve Benghazi committee today, unclear if Dems will participate

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Harry Reid on Benghazi: ‘I haven’t had time to read everything’

Senate leader calls the issue “important” but says his chamber won’t establish a special committee to investigate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:46 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Benghazi, Senate Democrats

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/08/2014

Sarah Palin endorses underdog Maness in Louisiana Senate race

The former Alaska governor enters the mix in yet another race.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Federal Election Commission approves bitcoin donations to political committees

Panel says a PAC can accept bitcoins and purchase them, but it must sell them and convert them into U.S. currency before they are deposited into an official campaign account.

By Matea Gold  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/08/2014

The Harry S. Truman Union Station? Senators want to rename D.C.’s train hub.

Missouri senators say their native son -- the 33rd president -- is worthy of the honor.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Obama administration updates education guidelines for undocumented immigrant students

The move is part of broader push to move forward on smaller immigration measure in lieu of congressional action.

By David Nakamura  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Bobby Jindal: Culture warrior?

Despite the waning influence of religious conservatives, GOP suitors like Jindal continue to line up

By Tom Hamburger  |  09:33 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 05/08/2014

READ IN: Thursday, May 8, 2014: ‘Conspiracy week’ continues, surveillance deal close, new polls in IA, KY, MI, ME and OR, and Lundergan Grimes buys first ads (for real this time)

‘Conspiracy week’ continues, surveillance deal close, new polls in IA, KY, MI, ME and OR, and Lundergan Grimes buys first ads (for real this time)

By Reid Wilson  |  08:06 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 AM ET, 05/08/2014

Obama suggests sense of powerlessness in confronting the world’s evils

Obama shares glimpse of struggle to confront world’s atrocities in speech to Holocaust awareness organization.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  02:41 AM ET, 05/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 05/07/2014

House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

House votes to hold the former IRS official in contempt after she refused to share details of her involvement in agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:07 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, IRS

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 05/07/2014

Hillary Clinton: No reason for Benghazi investigation to continue

The former secretary of state talks to ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

By Jaime Fuller  |  05:40 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 05/07/2014

Polls shows GOP up big in Montana, narrowly behind in Iowa, N.H., Michigan

Rep. Steve Daines (R) leads by 12 in Montana, according to a new poll.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:43 PM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 05/07/2014

New ad by Rep. Ralph Hall’s primary opponent reminds voters that Hall is 91

Age is an issue in a primary involving the oldest member of Congress.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:38 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/07/2014

House Democrats protest structure of proposed Benghazi probe panel

Democratic leaders want panel to be seated evenly, not 7-to-5 split as proposed; chance of bipartisan panel seem slim.

By Wesley Lowery  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 05/07/2014

Marco Rubio does Spanish-language TV ad for Cory Gardner

Rubio touts the Colorado Republican in new ads from the Chamber of Commerce.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:28 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 05/07/2014

READ IN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Establishment takes NC, OH primaries, U.S. help to Nigeria, Shaheen leads Brown, Conway launches KY GOV bid, Chamber goes big on House races

Establishment takes NC, OH primaries, U.S. help to Nigeria, Shaheen leads Brown, Conway launches KY GOV bid, Chamber goes big on House races

By Reid Wilson  |  08:05 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 AM ET, 05/07/2014

Clay Aiken clings to slim lead in N.C. primary, but opponent doesn’t give up

Aiken’s up, but it’s not quite a done deal yet.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:49 AM ET, 05/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) survives primary

Jones has often voted against the rest of his House GOP colleagues.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:55 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:26 PM ET, 05/06/2014

In victory for Walker and allies, federal judge halts Wisconsin campaign finance probe

Judge says the investigation infringed on the free speech rights of the activists involved.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:26 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Tillis wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina

The GOP establishment scores a big win.

By Sean Sullivan and Robert Costa  |  09:25 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Obama: Kidnapping of nearly 300 girls may mobilize world against Islamic militant group

The group Boko Haram has taken responsibility for the April kidnappings.

By Katie Zezima  |  05:53 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Obama administration will let spouses of some on immigrant work visas get jobs

The change comes for the spouses of people with H-1B visas, which are given only to those working in particular highly-skilled fields, such as engineering or computer science.

By Katie Zezima  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson to host ‘Ready for Hillary’ fundraiser

By Philip Rucker  |  02:27 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/06/2014

U.S. team to help Nigeria find nearly 300 abducted girls, White House announces

The girls were taken from a school by Islamic extremists last month.

By Katie Zezima  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Indicted New York congressman: Charges were ‘politically motivated’

Embattled Congressman says 20-count indictment was politically motivated.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/06/2014

Republican 2016 hopefuls to gather in D.C. with 2014 in mind

At least seven GOP White House hopefuls are confirmed to speak at “Road to Majority.“

By Philip Rucker  |  12:38 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/06/2014

20 female senators calling on Obama to further condemn Nigerian kidnappings

They’re banding together to ask that the Obama administration seek official action at the United Nations.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Pelosi: New Benghazi inquiry should be split evenly among Dems, GOP

House Minority leader stops short of saying whether Democrats will participate.

By Wesley Lowery  |  10:21 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bengnhazi

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Franken’s first TV ad touts his record on jobs

The Democratic senator from Minnesota hits the airwaves.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:47 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014

READ IN: Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Mass. scraps exchange, Keystone bill on life support, N.C., Ohio primary day, Obama chats with meteorologists, House spends $38k a month on car leases

READ IN: Primary Day edition

By Reid Wilson  |  08:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014

Kerry jokes that he might ‘screw up’ as secretary of state

The secretary of state is only a week removed from some controversial comments.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:10 AM ET, 05/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Pryor to join Obama for tour of Arkansas tornado damage

The senator, one of the most embattled Democratic incumbents, requested that the president make the trip.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:42 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Podesta touts White House record on oil and gas, climate change

He argues the Democrats have bolstered the nation’s oil and gas industry while tackling global warming.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Biden defends remarks that undocumented immigrants are ‘already Americans’

Said Americanism is “a question of principles, idealism and character.“

By Katie Zezima  |  03:12 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Santorum says GOP should raise the minimum wage

The former senator from Pennsylvania says the GOP’s knee-jerk opposition “makes no sense.“

By Aaron Blake  |  03:05 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minimum wage

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/05/2014

House Ethics Committee extends review of Luis Gutierrez

Chicago-area lawmaker accused of using House funds to pay a former chief of staff for non-official business.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Is Rand Paul’s North Carolina visit a preview of 2016?

Paul was in North Carolina Monday campaigning for GOP Senate primary candidate Greg Brannon.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:43 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2014

Boehner taps Rep. Trey Gowdy to lead Benghazi select committee

The committee will further probe the State Department’s handling of 2012 attack in Libya.

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:31 PM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Manchin on campaigning with Obama: ‘No’

Manchin says he might run for governor rather than reelection in 2016.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:51 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Romney endorses Tillis on eve of North Carolina primary

The 2012 presidential nominee wades in at the 11th hour.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 05/05/2014

Poll: Obamacare hits new low

Another poll spells bad news for Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:45 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 05/05/2014

GOP Senate hopeful Ernst fires gun in ad vowing to ‘unload’ on Obamacare

A GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa releases another attention-grabbing ad.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:15 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 05/05/2014

READ IN: Monday, May 5, 2014: Keystone’s last stand, GOP +4 on generic ballot, primary season begins, New Jersey debt downgraded — again

Keystone’s last stand, GOP +4 on generic ballot, primary season begins, New Jersey debt downgraded - again.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:59 AM ET, 05/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 05/04/2014

Santorum: Boehner ‘has no choice’ but to form Benghazi committee

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said the House speaker has to respond to a “firestorm” of concern about the Benghazi matter.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:57 AM ET, 05/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/04/2014

Ayotte calls for tougher sanctions on Russia

The New Hampshire Republican said the U.S. needs to impose stricter sanctions on Russia before the Ukrainian elections.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 05/04/2014

Sen. Al Franken: ‘I’d be a really hard subject to satirize’

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a former “Saturday Night Live” star, answered questions about whether the comedian Franken would poke fun at the lawmaker.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:10 AM ET, 05/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 05/04/2014

Schiff: Benghazi select committee a ‘colossal waste of time’

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also said Democratic leaders should not appoint anyone to the committee.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:17 AM ET, 05/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2014

White House: Obama to tour storm damage in Arkansas

President Obama will make his first trip to Arkansas since taking office.

By David Nakamura  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, Obama

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 05/02/2014

Sen. Tim Kaine backs Hillary Clinton for president in 2016

Kaine joins a coterie of Obama donors, surrogates and advisers lining up behind Clinton in the run-up to 2016.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:02 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 05/02/2014

Planned Parenthood head shrugs off DGA’s Wendy Davis snub

Cecile Richards likens Davis’s underdog status to that of her mother, the last Democratic governor of Texas.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:05 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/02/2014

Dems rally around newcomer Jany against Rep. David Jolly in Florida swing district

Dems are backing a candidate with a military background in a swing seat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:36 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/02/2014

House GOP to form select committee on Benghazi attack

Republicans renew push for answers about 2012 terrorist attack that left four Americans dead.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:06 PM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/02/2014

Congressional Dems, GOP quick to adopt jobs report for midterm messages

Both parties say the economy could be even better, and that it’s the other party’s fault.

By Wesley Lowery  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 05/02/2014

Clerk says Conyers won’t qualify for ballot

Four people gathering signatures for Conyers do not appear to have been registered to vote, which is required in Michigan.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:12 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 05/02/2014

Kentucky Senate candidate Grimes won’t debut on television next week

The Democrat has proven an aggressive fundraiser, hauling in $2.7 million over the first quarter of the year.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:50 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 05/02/2014

Embattled former congressman David Rivera will run for U.S. House again

Rivera’s decision could complicate the GOP picture in a district the party is hoping to pick up.

By Sean Sullivan  |  08:33 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 05/02/2014

READ IN: Friday, May 2, 2014: Kerry in South Sudan, ACA grabs front page headlines, Rick Scott: Progressive, Lundergan Grimes makes first ad buy, Dems (still) have turnout problems

Kerry in South Sudan, ACA grabs front page headlines, Rick Scott: Progressive, Lundergan Grimes makes first ad buy, Dems (still) have turnout problems

By Reid Wilson  |  08:03 AM ET, 05/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014

In distancing self from Obama, Pryor calls Democrats ‘his party’

A revealing comment from a red-state Democrat.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:02 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 05/01/2014

Congressional Dems: House GOP catering to right by stalling immigration vote

Pelosi says she believes Boehner sincerely wants to pass reform bill, but is hanstrung by his caucus.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:57 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 05/01/2014

Director of Oklahoma Department of Corrections recommends a stay on executions

The request to Gov. Mary Fallin comes after the botched execution of an inmate.

By Katie Zezima  |  03:52 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  death penalty

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/01/2014

McCain calls White House official a ‘political hack’ when discussing Benghazi on Fox News

The senator renews his call for a select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks.

By Jaime Fuller  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Senate leaders pay tribute to retiring workers well-known on Capitol Hill

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and a 41-year Senate subway driver are set to retire this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:56 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/01/2014

Rep. Donna Edwards to chair DCCC’s ‘Red to Blue’ program

The Maryland Democrat will lead a program designed to promote the best House recruits.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 05/01/2014

CBS head: Colbert is ‘more moderate’ than people think

Les Moonves says people misunderstand the new “Late Show” host’s politics.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:18 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 05/01/2014

READ IN: Thursday, May 1, 2014: Messaging votes flying, shakeup at DIA, Paul parachutes into NC, Udall big on TV in Colorado, and could John Conyers miss the ballot?

Messaging votes flying, shakeup at DIA, Paul parachutes into NC, Udall big on TV in Colorado, and could John Conyers miss the ballot?

By Reid Wilson  |  08:08 AM ET, 05/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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