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FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. Reid has been relentless in his criticism against the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch (kohk), who fund a network of conservative groups. Now, Republicans are adjusting their plans and going after the 74-year-old Democratic Senate leader.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have backed some of the nation's most effective ...

Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis, right, has a "selfie" taken with a supporter before a debate at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Republicans in NC's Senate race trade few hits

The candidate in North Carolina's Republican Senate primary with backing from the party's Washington establishment came under little direct criticism Tuesday night as his top rivals had their first real chance to challenge him face to face. Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, defended his legislative record ...

US clears Egypt for some military assistance

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. Secretary of State John Kerry informed Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, of the decision in a telephone call, crediting the Egyptian government with ...

Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Obama congratulates US winner of Boston Marathon

President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. The White House says Obama telephoned Keflezighi on Tuesday as Air Force One flew Obama to Washington state to survey damage from a massive mudslide last month that ...

FILE -This April 13, 2014 file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who ...

Udall ad attacks GOP's Gardner over abortion

Democratic Senator Mark Udall aired the first ad of his closely-watched re-election campaign on Tuesday, highlighting his challenger's opposition to abortion rights. The 30-second spot against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner confirms that Udall will revisit the Democratic playbook of attacking Republicans on women's rights that enabled Sen. Michael Bennet to ...

Report: Polygraph crime admissions not reported

The inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies because of breakdowns in government reporting procedures and poor advice from agency lawyers. Inspector General Charles McCullough III said he has ...

US weighs curbing deportations

Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of ...

In his memoir, John Paul Stevens, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court as an associate justice from 1975 until last year, largely saves his criticism for legal arguments, not his colleagues.

Justice Stevens: Make 6 changes to Constitution

In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat. The result is Stevens' new book — his second since retiring from the court at age 90 — in ...

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cheer and applaud as they host the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House is Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014. Thousands of children gathered at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kicked off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and first lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual springtime South Lawn ritual. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead ...

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cheer a little egg roller as they host the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House is Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014. Thousands of children gathered at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kicked off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michelle Obama: 'splurging is the key to life'

Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn't live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took ...

Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his 2011 executive order that would have required random drug tests for as many as 85,000 state workers. The ruling lets stand an appeals court decision that Scott's order was too broad. That decision ...

NY court: US must release targeted killings memo

The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas, because President Barack Obama and senior government officials have commented on the subject, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

High court will hear case of mistaken traffic stop

The Supreme Court will decide whether police have probable cause to make a traffic stop if it turns out the officer was mistaken in thinking the driver violated the law. The justices on Monday said they will hear an appeal from a North Carolina man who claims his Fourth Amendment ...

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. ...

FILE - This March 14, 2013 file photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and House Democratic leaders speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Republicans’ campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. From left to right are Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. ...

FILE - In this May 20, 2013 file photo, Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talks about his views and career during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Stevens said he thinks it is appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. "I think certainly it's natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor," the retired justice told ABC's "This Week" in an interview aired Sunday. Stevens ...

First lady Michelle Obama, left, walks with President Barack Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, both partially obscured, from the White House to a motorcade to attend Easter services on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Washington. The first family attended services at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, nearly two miles north of the ...

FILE - This Feb. 7, 2014 file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds a briefing at the Pentagon. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia’s “dangerously irresponsible” efforts to destabilize the country, Hagel said Thursday. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that he telephoned Ukraine’s acting defense minister to tell him that President Barack Obama had approved the assistance, which does not include weapons. Hagel said the Obama administration will “continue to review” additional aid requested by Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. ...

Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — ...

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