Obama advisers seek help from black leaders

President Obama meets with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett personally briefed leading civil rights groups this week as President Obama seeks to preserve his support in the black community with his handling of a racially charged case in Ferguson, Mo.

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Michael Brown petition has 100,000 signatures, so the White House must respond

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All but two states saw economic growth in the last quarter of 2013

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George W. Bush takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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VIDEO: This is what happens when you challenge Chris Christie on Bruce Springsteen

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Small business owners looking to unseat incumbents

Unhappy with the current state of affairs in Congress, most say they plan to vote for challengers this fall.

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Odds of a Scottish Yes vote fading fast

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Job Corps turns 50 today. Here are four people the program helped.

Job Corps turns 50 today. Here are four people the program helped.

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The mythical swing voter

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Majority of Americans support Iraq airstrikes

Majority of Americans support Iraq airstrikes

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows some strange bedfellows.

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In Ferguson, a protest leader almost by accident

Keith Griffin arrived on a fact-finding mission hours after the shooting. By the next day, he was organizing.

Shrinking government: Federal hiring down, departures up

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Prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury

Prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury

It remains unclear if Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will ultimately be charged in Brown’s death.

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In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

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Ferguson protesters’ staging ground now silent

Ferguson protesters’ staging ground now silent

Torched after a rumor, the QuikTrip gas station attracted thousands, but a fence now keeps those people out.

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Q&A: What’s next as Brown shooting heads to grand jury

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Rick Perry's PAC releases 'Setting the Record Straight' on indictment

Rick Perry's PAC releases 'Setting the Record Straight' on indictment

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President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

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Hagel snatches new Pentagon chief of staff from U.N.

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House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

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Hiring the firm that battered Romney in 2012 results in an ad that’s a mirror image of those spots.

So, black teens who aren’t angels deserve whatever they get?

So, black teens who aren’t angels deserve whatever they get?

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Can paying people to vote increase voter turnout? L.A.’s looking into it.

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What do you think about the federal government’s veterans’ hiring preference?

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George W. Bush plans return to Washington in September for AIDS event

George W. Bush plans return to Washington in September for AIDS event

The 43rd president doesn’t spend a lot of time in Washington, but when he does it’s usually for global initiatives.

Listen to Michelle Duggar’s anti-anti-discrimination robocall

Listen to Michelle Duggar’s anti-anti-discrimination robocall

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The fascinating recent history of political primary ‘meddling’

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Why President Obama shouldn’t go to Ferguson

Obama’s presence would be bad for him and the national debate.

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Hickenlooper happy with implementation of marijuana program

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Meet Amanda Curtis. She’s a gun control-supporting vlogger. She’s also the Democratic Senate nominee in Montana.

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How Microsoft money is driving Washington’s gun background check debate

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After ‘Blackfish,’ SeaWorld hurt financially but keeps up political spending

After ‘Blackfish,’ SeaWorld hurt financially but keeps up political spending

The documentary last year examining the death of a SeaWorld trainer by a killer whale has hurt the theme park’s image and bottom line. But it hasn’t stopped its political spending.