George W. Bush

President Barack Obama turns from the podium after speaking  in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 5, 2013, about the death of Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obamas to attend Tuesday service for Mandela

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a Tuesday memorial service in South Africa honoring Nelson Mandela. The service will take place at a stadium […]

12/07/2013

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Common Core yields odd political allegiances

WASHINGTON (AP) — To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement. Republican-on-Republican infighting? Teacher unions linking arms with tea partyers? President Barack Obama working in tandem with the U.S. […]

12/03/2013

In this Nov. 26, 2013, photo, computer screens display a map showing the outline of China's new air defense zone in the East China on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, in Beijing. While the Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of the Mideast’s thorniest security issues, problems are piling up in Asia, a region that President Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy. Despite efforts to forge deeper ties with China to make East Asia more stable, Beijing’s declaration of a maritime air defense zone has escalated its territorial dispute with U.S. ally Japan. The U.S. responded by flying B-52 bombers through the zone on a training mission Tuesday without informing Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Problems pile up in Asia for US policymakers

WASHINGTON (AP) – While the Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of the Mideast’s thorniest security issues, problems are piling up in Asia, a region that President Barack Obama had wanted to play […]

11/27/2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Nov. 21, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

George W. Bush joins GOP governors at lunch

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former President George W. Bush lunched with a group of Republican governors on Thursday, making a surprise visit at the invitation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The former president joined […]

11/21/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Reid considering change to nominations rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he’s considering changing his chamber’s rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, a warning shot that suggested […]

11/19/2013

A model poses next to a Hyundai Tucson facelift on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

Hyundai to market hydrogen vehicle next year

DETROIT (AP) — For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a […]

11/18/2013

In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama health care woes become credibility fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Throughout President Barack Obama’s first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril. But the political challenge […]

11/17/2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius applauds as she announces easier access to mental health care during an address at former First Lady Rosalynn Carter's 29th annual mental health policy symposium at the Carter Center on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

New rule demands parity for mental health coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s final: Health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases. The Obama administration issued new regulations Friday that spell out how a 5-year-old mental […]

11/08/2013

Journalist Dan Rather (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

They’d Rather not invite Dan to join CBS Kennedy coverage

NEW YORK (AP) — The 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination on CBS News won’t include the recollections of its longtime anchor Dan Rather, further proof of the lingering bitterness following Rather’s messy exit and […]

11/05/2013

President Barack Obama at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Obama, risks and rewards in knowing too much

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted with missteps in his own administration, President Barack Obama has frequently pleaded ignorance — suggesting he could not be at fault about things he did not know. It’s an argument with […]

10/30/2013

Jeb Bush

Amid GOP struggles, Jeb Bush focuses on education

BOSTON (AP) — As his party struggles through the latest Washington crisis, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling on elected leaders to improve a national education system he says is “woefully behind the times.” […]

10/17/2013

This combo of photos shows 12 of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee that were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 by committee chairman Jeff Long, the athletic director at Arkansas. Top row, from left, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning. Bottom row, from left, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osbourne, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, former USA Today college football reporter Steve Wieberg, and former college football coach Tyrone Willingham. (AP Photo/File)

College Football Playoff selection panel unveiled

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection […]

10/16/2013

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