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Bill Clinton, Blair say West has tough challenge

Former President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair say the West must proceed methodically but firmly against the Islamic State group trying to deepen its footprint in the Mideast. Amid new airstrikes by the United States and some Arab allies against the headquarters of ISIS in eastern Syria, ...

Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible — with a circle drawn around the White House. The ...

This Sept. 21, 2009 photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jerry Murphy)

Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a ...

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts listens while former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, right, speaks during a campaign stop at a mall in Dodge City, Kan, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Three-term incumbent Roberts is facing a challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dole campaigns for Roberts in Kansas Senate race

A newly upholstered chair and an American flag dominated Village Square Mall on the west side of Dodge City, the Kansas hometown of Sen. Pat Roberts, who is seeking re-election. But the man who took the seat — and who commanded the audience of more than 200 — wasn't Roberts. ...

Campaigns commonly share policy platforms, slogans

The Democrat running for Wisconsin governor acknowledges her campaign lifted policy platforms, including some exact language, from like-minded candidates. Republicans quickly charged plagiarism, but Mary Burke is just the latest in a long line of politicians in both parties who have shared slogans, talking points and campaign materials. With Burke ...

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton appear together during the "Reimagining Impact" session at the Clinton Global Initiative, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Clintons mark 10 years of annual summit

Bill and Hillary Clinton marked the 10th anniversary of the former president's annual Clinton Global Initiative, pointing to female empowerment around the globe as the former secretary of state considers a 2016 presidential campaign. The Clintons presided over their yearly gathering of world leaders, corporate executives and philanthropists on Monday, ...

Homelessness increases among school children

The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools. Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. A vast majority of the homeless children were living ...

In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo Independent Kansas U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman and his wife Sybil watch from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Kansas State and Auburn in Manhattan, Kan. Orman released a copy of his financial disclosure report on Monday, Sept. 22 that candidates for federal office must file each quarter: he says he owns assets worth between $21.5 million and $86 million. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Report: Kansas Senate challenger's assets top $21M

The independent candidate trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas disclosed Monday that he owns assets worth between $21.5 million and $86 million. Greg Orman, a 45-year-old Olathe businessman, released the 38-page document to reporters after submitting it to the Senate over the weekend to meet disclosure requirements. ...

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is welcomed to the stage by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in New York. The session is called "Reimagining Impact." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Clinton: 2014 races a chance 'to shape our future'

Hillary Rodham Clinton says the upcoming fall election is "an opportunity to shape our future" in a new fundraising pitch on behalf of House Democrats. Clinton is sending out a fundraising appeal on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 has been stepping ...

FILE- In this May 20, 2014 file photo, Dr. Monica Wehby greets supporters at the headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon after winning the Oregon Republican Primary race for Senate. The pediatric neurosurgeon is looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate. She’s styled herself as a moderate on abortion and gay marriage, earning national attention. But she’s perhaps best known for something less flattering, a series of old police reports showing her ex-husband and a former boyfriend separately called police to report she was harassing them. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)

GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race

Looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby burst onto the political scene with a splash last year. Now that voters are paying closer attention, the Oregon Republican is fighting to keep her campaign afloat. Wehby raised a ...

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2014 file photo shows Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus standing on stage at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington. The Republican National Committee again outraised its Democratic rival last month and is sitting on a $3 million lead, according to campaign finance reports filed Saturday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

RNC bests DNC in August fundraising

The Republican National Committee again outraised its Democratic rival last month and is sitting on a $3 million lead, according to campaign finance reports filed Saturday. The RNC raised $10.1 million in August and has $14.5 million in the bank to pay for polling, data and get-out-the-vote efforts for November's ...

A Secret Service police officer holds a weapon as he stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation minutes after President Barack Obama departed Washington for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. A Secret Service agent at the scene says someone jumped the fence surrounding the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny ...

FILE - National Security Adviser Susan Rice listens to reporters questions during a briefing on President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to  to Europe and Saudi Arabia, in this March 21, 2014 file photo taken in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Rice, said she expects unanimous approval in the U.N. Security Council. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda

President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, ...

Kobach to add disclaimer to Kansas Senate ballots

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday. The Kansas election official on Friday directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots under a federal deadline. The ...

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Chief Justice Roberts said he’s worried about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that the court is a political body. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

US chief justice worried about partisanship

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday about growing partisanship in the judicial confirmation process and a public perception that politics factor into the court's rulings. Roberts told an audience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law that the partisan atmosphere in Washington would make it ...

Burke fires consultant over jobs plan copying

The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor has fired a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from plans by other Democrats. Mary Burke's spokesman Joe Zepecki says the campaign wasn't aware of the duplicate material until it was first reported Thursday night by Buzzfeed. Burke has ...

Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers. Immigrant advocates complained that House Republicans who wrote the bill focused ...

This combo of file photos shows Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks during an event in Denver in a March 1, 2014 file photo, left, and then Colorado Democratic Senatorial candidate Mark Udall in a Oct. 16, 2008 file photo. Facing off in one of the most contested Senate races in the nation, Udall and Gardner, found something to agree on this week _ giving President Barack Obama the authority he’s asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants.  (AP Photo/Files)

Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians

One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president. The unusual stances taken by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and his GOP challenger, Dan ...

In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 photo, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Speaking to a small group of reporters after meeting with his French counterpart on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Paris, Dempsey said it will take three or four months to begin the $500 million training program, which the House approved on Wednesday and sent to the Senate, where members of both parties predicted easy passage.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey cautioned, however, that it may be ...

Congress OKs bill to cut rape evidence backlog

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases. The program provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can speed their analyses of untested evidence kits. Experts ...

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