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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Obama reassures Japan as he begins Asian visit

Obama reassures Japan as he begins Asian visit

Early talks include the countries’ roles in security of the region, then a meeting with royalty.

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

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

Interchangeable, all-purpose phrases are de rigueur for Chris Christie, Obama, pols of either major party.

Criminal information from polygraphs may go unreported

Criminal information from polygraphs may go unreported

When spy-agency workers admit to criminal activity on lie-detector tests, law enforcement may not be told.

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In the Loop: Cory Booker, Democrat of Tinseltown

In the Loop: Cory Booker, Democrat of Tinseltown

The senator from New Jersey spends a lot of time on that other coast.

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."

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

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."

Abe poured the sake. Then President Obama drank it.

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.

What would make Southeast Ukrainians take up arms?

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

The site, announced by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, allows users to create and upload r sum s, find job openings, and match their military skills with occupations.

What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

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.

Is 2014 the year self-funders strike back? Maybe.

Is 2014 the year self-funders strike back? Maybe.

Self-funders didn’t do well in 2012. But they may be able to turn things around this year.

This ad might be the GOP’s best response to the ‘war on women’

Female candidates are engaging with the “war on women” rhetoric, perhaps none better than Terri Lynn Land in Michigan, who is running for an open Senate seat.

Unions plan protests against Postal Service’s Staples deal

Unions plan protests against Postal Service’s Staples deal

The USPS claims the deal will boost business and provide greater convenience, but the unions call it a move toward privatization that will hurt service quality.

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A national wildlife refuge named a rare red wolf after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell after she visited the site back in December.

The rocky relationship between Russia and the European Court of Human Rights

The rocky relationship between Russia and the European Court of Human Rights

Russia may withdraw from Europe’s human rights court. Here’s why that matters.

The 4 big takeaways from the NYT/Kaiser Senate polls

The 4 big takeaways from the NYT/Kaiser Senate polls

Republicans are crying foul over the poll’s sampling, but it’s hardly all bad for the GOP.

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

Georgia’s ban was challenged this week, and South Dakota’s could be next.

Tom Steyer suggests $100 million might not be enough in 2014

Tom Steyer suggests $100 million might not be enough in 2014

The billionaire climate activist won’t commit to a specific dollar figure.

Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan

Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan

Free trade agreements are complicated. Let’s try to figure out what this new one in Asia is all about.

Stephen Colbert gets to know California’s 29th district (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert gets to know California’s 29th district (VIDEO)

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) sat down with the Comedy Central host.

Video: Jon Stewart satirizes Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a standoff with feds

Video: Jon Stewart satirizes Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a standoff with feds

“It is your standard boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow story,” Stewart said.

What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections

What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections

There’s a major corruption scandal, no clear presidential front-runner, and the first local-level elections in 14 years.

President Obama visits town devastated by deadly mudslide

President Obama visits town devastated by deadly mudslide

He says the nation will stand behind Oso, Wash., for “as long as it takes” to recover.

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Louisianans passed that point on March 30. Residents of Connecticut and New Jersey have a few weeks to go.

Doubt the Big Bang? You’re not alone.

Doubt the Big Bang? You’re not alone.

And why politicians struggle to talk about science and faith.

READ IN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scary poll numbers for red state Dems, Clawson wins FL-19 primary, the GOP’s demographics problem, AFP back on air in New Hampshire

Four factors shaping Obama’s visit to Asia

Four factors shaping Obama’s visit to Asia

Here are the things everyone will be thinking about during Obama’s trip.

Cory Booker, Hollywood leading man

Cory Booker, Hollywood leading man

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) returns to Los Angeles this week for a fundraiser.

IRS paid bonuses to tax-delinquent employees, report says

IRS paid bonuses to tax-delinquent employees, report says

The IRS doled out more than $2.8 million to workers with recent conduct issues including nonpayment of taxes, an inspector general said.

‘False’ ad is mostly true

‘False’ ad is mostly true

The Thom Tillis campaign in North Carolina says a Democratic ad is false, but is it really?

Mo. governor faces impeachment charges

Mo. governor faces impeachment charges

Republicans are examining impeachment charges involving same-sex couples and concealed weapons permits.