Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

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Republican critics denounced the president’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.

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Warren voices concerns about free-trade pact with Asia

Warren voices concerns about free-trade pact with Asia

Her letter to the White House comes on the heels of her break with the president on the recent budget deal.

Deal throws Obama foreign policy into sharp relief

Deal throws Obama foreign policy into sharp relief

The new policy reads like a microcosm of the president’s overall foreign policy

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The nuclear option and its fallout

The nuclear option and its fallout

Obama has been able to make his mark on the federal judiciary, but easier confirmations came at a price.

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush could inherit a political network that was built on his family’s behalf.

Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12

Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12

Grants of clemency part of an Obama initiative to foster equity in criminal sentencing.

Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

Obama’s Cuba move opens a new political front

Republican critics denounced the president’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.

Supreme Court’s inaction benefits ‘dreamers’ in Arizona

Justices won’t review decision, so state officials must issue driver’s licenses to some illegal immigrants.

Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

President Obama delivered the following remarks on December 17, 2014.

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In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

THE TAKE | Can he take advantage of his establishment support without letting it encumber his candidacy?

Some urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Some urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Conservatives say gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

Congress goes home

Congress goes home

While it did appear ugly, the House and Senate avoided the worst excesses of 2013.

What Congress’s last-minute tax deal means for businesses

What Congress’s last-minute tax deal means for businesses

In the spirit of the holidays, there’s a Tiny Tim way to look at the deal, and a Scrooge way to look at the deal.

Poll: GOP gets a bounce from midterm victories

Poll: GOP gets a bounce from midterm victories

Before the election, 33 percent had a favorable impression of Republicans. Afterward? Now it’s 47 percent.

Los Angeles police expanding use of body cameras

The city plans to have them on 7,000 officers by the summer.

An abrupt end for the least productive Congress in modern history

An abrupt end for the least productive Congress in modern history

“Thank God it’s over,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said as he left the chamber after the final vote.

Clinton: U.S. ‘should never condone or practice torture’

Clinton: U.S. ‘should never condone or practice torture’

Former secretary of state, Robert De Niro and Tony Bennett were honored by a human rights group.

In Cleveland, entrenched distrust complicates efforts to reform policing

In Cleveland, entrenched distrust complicates efforts to reform policing

In the wake of the shooting of Tamir Rice and a scathing Justice Department report, the city is a testament to the breadth of the racial chasm between police departments and African American communities in some major U.S. cities.

Obama bans oil drilling off southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama bans oil drilling off southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama preempts oil, gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, citing risk of harm to salmon fishery

From the war on terrorism to a tranquil college campus

From the war on terrorism to a tranquil college campus

TSA chief John S. Pistole leaves a job he loves for a setting he adores.

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Former membership also has its privileges

Former membership also has its privileges

Leaving Congress doesn’t mean leaving all the perks behind.

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Federal employees heavily involved in fight against Ebola

Federal employees heavily involved in fight against Ebola

Several agencies, even the Fish and Wildlife Service, have assigned staff to battle the disease.

Is this tilapia or red snapper? The label might lie.

Is this tilapia or red snapper? The label might lie.

A presidential task force proposes steps to curtail black-market fishing and false labeling of seafood.

Jeb Bush scrambles 2016 presidential field and money race

Jeb Bush scrambles 2016 presidential field and money race

The former Florida governor’s decision to explore White House bid thrusts him to front of the pack.

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Woodhouse brothers scolded by mom on C-SPAN

Woodhouse brothers scolded by mom on C-SPAN

Democrat Brad Woodhouse and Republican Dallas Woodhouse received a surprise during their joint appearance on C-SPAN when their mother called into scold them for fighting over the holidays.

Millennials just aren’t that into working for the government

Millennials just aren’t that into working for the government

Only 7 percent of federal workers are under the age of 30 — the lowest figure in nearly a decade.

Obama surgeon general nominee confirmed

Obama surgeon general nominee confirmed

Vivek Murthy overcomes NRA opposition and questions about his experience to win confirmation.

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Getting things right on sexual harassment on the Hill

Getting things right on sexual harassment on the Hill

The spending bill includes a report calling on the Capitol to catch up on rules for proper interaction.

NASA built a $349 million tower — for a program scrubbed years earlier

NASA built a $349 million tower — for a program scrubbed years earlier

In June, NASA finished worked on a tower that was immediately shut down. No wonder. The program it was designed for had been canceled in 2010.

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Jeb Bush gives University of South Carolina commencement address

Jeb Bush gives University of South Carolina commencement address

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush told fall 2014 graduates "no matter what path you choose, don't let anyone else ever tell you how big to dream."

As Jeb Bush gears up for 2016, S.C. is a case study

As Jeb Bush gears up for 2016, S.C. is a case study

In South Carolina, new GOP political power centers present a challenge for Bush in reviving his family’s network.

Court rules police may make ‘reasonable’ mistakes in law

Court rules police may make ‘reasonable’ mistakes in law

An officer who uncovered cocaine during an errant traffic stop made a “reasonable” mistake, court rules.

Obama courts Latinos for immigration battle

Obama courts Latinos for immigration battle

With opposition from Republicans looming, Obama is counting on Latino support on immigration reform. But frustrated activists could press him to do more to protect illegal immigrants.

Supreme Court lets blocking of Arizona abortion law stand

Supreme Court lets blocking of Arizona abortion law stand

Activists argue the law would make it tough to get medical abortions. The state says it was meant to protect women.

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Harry Reid: 'I haven't been home . . . in such a long time'

Harry Reid: 'I haven't been home . . . in such a long time'

Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday on the Senate floor that he had yet to sleep in a Las Vegas-area home he purchased with his wife in May.

Harry Reid lands a late punch with Senate move

Harry Reid lands a late punch with Senate move

The outgoing majority leader exploited a GOP rebellion to push some Obama nominations forward.

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Eric Cantor has moved on

Eric Cantor has moved on

After 14 years in Congress, the former House majority leader looks back at his time on the Hill.

Graves: Common ground possible on small-business issues

Graves: Common ground possible on small-business issues

Outgoing House Small Business chairman urges both parties to start making life easier for entrepreneurs.

Jeb Bush moves stoke expectations about 2016

Jeb Bush moves stoke expectations about 2016

A tight-knit group of longtime aides has been huddling with Bush in recent weeks, sketching out the look and feel of a possible campaign for the Oval Office.

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Will this be the term for same-sex marriage?

Will this be the term for same-sex marriage?

Watchers are trying to determine if the Supreme Court will finally take up case.

Democrats divided on their path to 2016

Democrats divided on their path to 2016

Democrats have seen the opening of fissures within their once-disciplined ranks, marking the start of an internal struggle over the ideological identity and tactical direction of the party.