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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

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Prospects brighten for small-scale budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the poisonous environment in Congress, chances are improving for a small-scale budget deal next month that would ease automatic spending decreases that threaten to cut more deeply into domestic programs and […]

11/25/2013

This Oct. 29, 2013 file photo shows people visiting the eternal flame at the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy as it burns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. President Barack Obama will visit the gravesite of John F. Kennedy and pay tribute to two signature initiatives begun by the slain president as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Obama to lay wreath at Kennedy grave

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and honor two of Kennedy’s lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week. Obama and […]

11/16/2013

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with five active duty service members at Molly Malone's on Barracks Row in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. From left are, Coast Guard Petty Officer Katie Cole, Navy Lt. Junior Grade Courtney Williams, Marine Corp. Jason Davis, the president, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Cynthia Gamez, the vice president and Army Sgt. First Class Angel Febus Munoz. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama lunches with US service members at Irish pub

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made an unannounced trip out for lunch with members of the military. The president and Vice President Joe Biden dined with active duty service members from each of the […]

11/12/2013

Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, second from left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrive at a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The European Union's top diplomat and Iran's foreign minister said nuclear talks between six world powers and Tehran did not seal a deal. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Wary Congress eyes fresh sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary of Iran’s nuclear intentions, senators are predicting a bipartisan push for fresh penalties and increased leverage against Tehran despite administration opposition, and waiting to hear directly from Secretary of State John […]

11/10/2013

Newly elected Boston Mayor Martin Walsh addresses an audience during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Boston. Walsh defeated Boston City Councilor John Connolly in the mayoral race. Thomas Menino, the city's longest serving mayor, announced earlier this year he would not seek another term after more than two decades in office. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Biden congratulates wrong guy in Boston mayor race

BOSTON (AP) — When Marty Walsh won the Boston mayor’s race, Vice President Joe Biden was quick to pick up the phone to congratulate him. But, there was a problem. The Marty Walsh who Biden […]

11/07/2013

Martin Kaplan, a professor USC's Norman Lear Center. (AP Photo/University of Southern California, Kim Manresa).

Hollywood targeted to give health care law a boost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant […]

11/04/2013

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, Palestinian construction laborers work on a new housing development in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israel on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, announced plans to build 1,500 new homes in east Jerusalem, the part of the city claimed by the Palestinians, just hours after it freed a group of Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal to set peace talks in motion. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)

Israel plans more than 1,500 new settlement homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Wednesday to build more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, dealing a setback to newly relaunched peace efforts hours after it had […]

10/30/2013

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and actress Mariska Hargitay, left, visit the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in West Lake Hills, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013,  to help commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Biden visits Austin domestic violence hotline

WEST LAKE HILLS, Texas (AP) — His voice thick with emotion, Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday again toured the National Domestic Violence Hotline he helped create, calling victims of such abuse “prisoners in plain […]

10/30/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Frustrated Dems lament damage from website bugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats lamented Wednesday that persistent problems with new health care exchanges have inflicted damage on the public’s perception of the already unpopular “Obamacare” — with some lawmakers insisting President Barack Obama […]

10/23/2013

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