Senate panel critical of ex-DHS watchdog

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The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.

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Feds prepare to take over Oregon’s health exchange

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Republicans hate it. Democrats like it.

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Big week for Ben F. Kerry, ‘diplomutt’

Secretary of State John Kerry’s yellow lab got a taste of the public stage this week.

No, southern whites are not the new blacks

No, southern whites are not the new blacks

A convoluted analysis of voting patterns overstates southern whites’ loyalty to the GOP

Social Security Adminstration to resume some paper earnings statements

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Super PACs and campaigns can’t talk to each other. But they basically do.

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In speech, Clinton urges women to ‘get into the arena’

In speech, Clinton urges women to ‘get into the arena’

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All the times President Obama was amazed by a robot

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John Kerry brings his dog to work

John Kerry brings his dog to work

Secretary of State John Kerry's dog Ben paid a visit to the State Department on Thursday.

What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common?

What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common?

Strangely enough: campaign donors.

Cliven Bundy: The tea party’s latest anti-hero

Cliven Bundy: The tea party’s latest anti-hero

The formula: Anti-government anger + lack of organization = supporting people who wind up hurting your case.

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What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common?

They don’t share a lot, but Sens. Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell do have at least one thing in common.

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Thinking about moving? Here’s how far your dollar goes everywhere in the U.S.

A new government statistic allows income comparisons across states and metros.

Obama says U.S. will stand by treaty obligations to Japan

Obama says U.S. will stand by treaty obligations to Japan

President says China-Japan dispute over islands in East China Sea should be settled through diplomacy.

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Stephen Colbert explains America’s lime shortage (VIDEO)

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How wealthy campaign donors may reduce political polarization and weaken the Tea Party

The McCutcheon v. FEC decision may empower the wealthy -- but they’re also a moderating force.

Honoring beauty of Lupita Nyong’o is fine but what’s next for her and other ‘dark girls’

Honoring beauty of Lupita Nyong’o is fine   but what’s next for her and other ‘dark girls’

Expanding societal notions of how to measure beauty, talent and excellence will take more than a magazine cover.

Are you “thinking about” running for president? Join the club.

Are you “thinking about” running for president? Join the club.

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A barrage of anti-Obamacare ads

A barrage of anti-Obamacare ads

Americans for Prosperity unleashes four new ads attacking the Affordable Care Act.

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Top 5 USDA discoveries of 2013, including weight-loss flour

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Recognition for jurisdiction: A bold move to end impunity for the atrocities in Syria

How the International Criminal Court could mitigate war crimes in Syria.

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For Christie, it’s ‘not about me’ — it’s about the cliches

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Criminal information from polygraphs may go unreported

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In the Loop: Cory Booker, Democrat of Tinseltown

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'Asia pivot' paradox: Obama, Japan, S. Korea and China

'Asia pivot' paradox: Obama, Japan, S. Korea and China

President Obama is in Asia for a four-country tour to promote commerce and trade as part of his administration's so-called "Asia pivot." But with rising tensions in the region, what does his relationship with Japan, South Korea and China look like?

Defying VEEP advice, female Senate candidate declares herself a woman

Defying VEEP advice, female Senate candidate declares herself a woman

GOP Senate candidate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land declares herself a woman in a new TV ad, which is exactly what Selina Meyer says not to do.

Court limits amount defendant must pay in child porn case

Court limits amount defendant must pay in child porn case

Supreme Court rejected a ruling that one man’s computer images made him liable for a $3.4 million award.

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Could it be a crime to lie in politics?

Could it be a crime to lie in politics?

Ohio's ban on lies about political candidates has made it to the highest court in the land. Now, the Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a politician's "right to lie."

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So, what did Hillary Clinton accomplish at the State Department?

That question stumped a State Department spokeswoman on Wednesday.

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Terri Land and Selina Meyer of 'VEEP' have very different campaign styles

Terri Land and Selina Meyer of 'VEEP' have very different campaign styles

In a new ad, Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land is using the fact that she's a woman as part of her Senate campaign strategy. This contrasts a recent clip from HBO's "VEEP."

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Abe poured the sake. Then President Obama drank it.

The president launches his Asian tour by dining on sushi alongside the Japanese prime minister.

Gender pay gap narrows, but women shouldn’t be happy about it

Gender pay gap narrows, but women shouldn’t be happy about it

The gender pay gap has narrowed over the past decade largely because men’s earnings are falling, not because women’s wages are rising.

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What would make Southeast Ukrainians take up arms?

It’s personal more than political.

New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

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What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

What opponents describe as the nation’s “most extreme” pro-gun law greatly expands where Georgians can carry guns. But it also does much more.

Teen stowaway prompts congressman to seek airport security perimeter review

Teen stowaway prompts congressman to seek airport security perimeter review

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) seeks GAO review of airport security perimeter after teen stowaway in jet wheel well.

The rich are dominating campaigns. Here’s why that’s about to get worse.

The rich are dominating campaigns. Here’s why that’s about to get worse.

The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision stands to make campaign donations even more unequal.

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Campaign 2014: Terri Lynn Land 'Really'

Campaign 2014: Terri Lynn Land 'Really'

Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land (R-Mich.) takes on Democrat Gary Peters in this ad by Land for Senate.