Senate passes Obama plan to fight militants

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President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels exposed a deep rift Thursday among Democrats over waging war, with a large bloc of liberals staunchly opposed to the modest mission, fearing another long-term engagement in Iraq.

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Some senators up for re-election aren’t hustling home just yet

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), in a newly tightened race against an independent challenger, can’t get out to Kansas just yet.

If states held a referendum on whether to leave the U.S., this is how they might vote

If states held a referendum on whether to leave the U.S., this is how they might vote

One in four Americans said they would want their state to secede from the United States, a Reuters poll found.

Hillary Clinton is pretty close to having a great campaign stump speech

Hillary Clinton is pretty close to having a great campaign stump speech

Gender could prove a compelling piece of it.

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Campaign 2014: Orman for Senate: 'Who will Greg caucus with?'

Campaign 2014: Orman for Senate: 'Who will Greg caucus with?'

In this ad released by independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman, Orman says that if he is elected independents could control the balance of the Senate.

Politicians sing. We judge them. You agree?

Politicians sing. We judge them. You agree?

We judged their performances. Now it’s your turn.

The NFL partners with the National Domestic Violence Hotline

The NFL partners with the National Domestic Violence Hotline

The hotline saw an increase in its call volume after highly publicized domestic violence cases involving NFL players.

Joe Biden had a remarkably terrible week

Joe Biden had a remarkably terrible week

I mean, seriously?

The Human Rights Campaign is hiring a full-time staffer in Wyoming and Nebraska

The Human Rights Campaign is hiring a full-time staffer in Wyoming and Nebraska

It’s the first full-time employee the group will have in either state.

Montana is the Best State in America

Montana is the Best State in America

Montana’s tax system matches most closely with what Americans -- both conservative and liberal -- think is fair.

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Joe Biden's worst week

Joe Biden's worst week

Vice President Joe Biden is wont to put his foot in his mouth. But this week, he really upped his game. It was not a good week for Joe Biden.

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Campaign 2014: David Perdue 'Secure Our Border'

Campaign 2014: David Perdue 'Secure Our Border'

Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue accuses his Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn, of having a campaign plan that says she "funded organizations linked to terrorists."

For 69 months, North Dakota has had the lowest state unemployment rate

For 69 months, North Dakota has had the lowest state unemployment rate

For much of that time, it’s held onto that title by a sizable margin.

In Scotland, the polls got it wrong. Or did they?

In Scotland, the polls got it wrong.  Or did they?

Actually, the polls got “it” right, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of useful lessons we can draw about polls, poll aggregation, and Twitter data from the Scottish referendum.

Biden ends week with one more doozy

Biden ends week with one more doozy

The vice president picked the wrong GOP senator to reminisce about.

Two senators will now drink coconut water in a very bipartisan manner on primetime TV

Two senators will now drink coconut water in a very bipartisan manner on primetime TV

Hollywood Reporter posts footage from Discovery Channel’s upcoming political reality TV special.

Local governments are still fighting to get marijuana on the November ballot

Local governments are still fighting to get marijuana on the November ballot

Cities and counties nationwide will ask voters to weigh in on decriminalization, with some still fighting to get questions on the ballot.

Americans think 51 percent of every tax dollar is wasted. Come on, guys.

But people don’t really believe that.

Scotland votes to stay. For now.

Scotland votes to stay. For now.

Britons wake to find that their troublesome northern neighbors have decided to stay for now. More trouble expected.

Pentagon effort seeks to retain U.S.’s technological edge

Pentagon effort seeks to retain U.S.’s technological edge

Concerned that the U.S. is losing ground to Russia and China, the Pentagon is promoting industry innovation.

Today is a very good day for Chris Christie

Today is a very good day for Chris Christie

Bridgegate may be over.

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The Rezillos, ‘No’: The Week in One Song

Scotland says “nae.“

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Bill Clinton would paint a cat in a bathtub … if he could (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart and the former president talk about foreign policy and Clinton’s post-presidency.

Auditors see more delay for DHS headquarters

In a report to Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said DHS and the General Services Administration should consider alternatives to the plan to locate the headquarters complex.

What type of climate treaty would people around the world support?

A video explains what features of a climate agreement domestic publics are most and least likely to support.

Navy Yard staff remember massacre

Navy Yard staff remember massacre

Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre with sadness, but also pride

Obama’s unofficial spokesmen: Jon Hamm and George Clooney?

Celebrities have become an integral part of conveying messages to the masses for the White House.

CIA performance review: “He is endowed with a certain lethal gentleness” and other outtakes

CIA performance review: “He is endowed with a certain lethal gentleness” and other outtakes

Amid hundreds of articles released by the CIA was a compilation of funny lines from employee performance reviews. We picked our favorites.

Pat Roberts just got some very bad news. It’s pretty unlikely it’ll decide the Senate.

Pat Roberts just got some very bad news. It’s pretty unlikely it’ll decide the Senate.

Inches matter in politics. And Kansas is a game of inches.

Election forecasting: Nate Silver vs. Sam Wang

I agree with Nate Silver and John Sides that a forecast should be constructed via a sensible combination of available information.

Immigration claim goes too far

Immigration claim goes too far

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) goes out on a limb with a new attack ad -- and falls off.

Is the federal hiring system broken?

Is the federal hiring system broken?

Is federal hiring broken?

Since 2009, the state prison population shrank. Then last year happened.

Since 2009, the state prison population shrank. Then last year happened.

The reversal of a recent trend suggests some recent incarceration reforms may need to be tweaked.

Visclosky aide offered earmarks for donations, convict says

Visclosky aide offered earmarks for donations, convict says

According to FBI files, a lobbyist said the congressman’s representative told him earmarks were “for sale.”

Ukraine to get $53 million in ‘non-lethal’ aid from the U.S.

Ukraine to get $53 million in ‘non-lethal’ aid from the U.S.

Despite disagreement over providing weapons, Poroshenko, Obama share warm words at the White House.

Holder announces federal initiative on bias, policing

Holder announces federal initiative on bias, policing

Program in response to Ferguson, Mo., killing aims to build trust between community and police.

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Navy Yard workers remember when their world shattered

Navy Yard workers remember when their world shattered

Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre. They are sad, but they also have pride in their colleagues.

Man arrested in connection with California wildfire

Man arrested in connection with California wildfire

Bail for Wayne Allen Huntsman was set at $10 million, but police provided few details of the arrest.

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In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

Lawmakers had to choose between a big-time picnic or listening to Gingrich and DeLay discuss 1994.

National digest: Sept. 19, 2014

National digest: Sept. 19, 2014

A roundup of news from across the nation.