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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens at right as National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Intel chief: US spies on allies, they do it, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing lawmakers who suggested U.S. surveillance has gone too far, the national intelligence director on Tuesday defended spying on foreign allies as necessary and said such scrutiny of America’s friends — and […]

10/29/2013

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Business, GOP establishment say tea party is over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections. In what could be a sign of […]

10/28/2013

Vice President Joe Biden applauds as President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama calls for immigration law by end of the year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to finish work on an immigration overhaul by the end of the year, a lofty goal that will be difficult to meet given the staunch […]

10/24/2013

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

House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats united Wednesday to overwhelmingly pass an $8.2 billion House bill mapping out plans for dams, harbor, river […]

10/23/2013

President Barack Obama, standing with supporters of his health care law, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama appeals to allies to stick with health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the […]

10/23/2013

The White House, seen from the South Lawn in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Public tours of White House to resume Nov. 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public tours of the White House, canceled earlier this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis, officials said Friday in a welcome announcement for the many […]

10/18/2013

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown showdown widened GOP-tea party rift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it. Implored by House Speaker John […]

10/18/2013

Former Speaker of the U.S. of Representatives Tom Foley (AP Photo/Jeff T. Green, file)

Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Foley, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 84. […]

10/18/2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Shutdown over, Obama surveys damage and blames GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress’ bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged […]

10/17/2013

National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Temporary deal reopens gov’t after 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked office doors, carried away barriers and lifted entrance gates at parks across the country Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan deal to end 16 days of partial […]

10/17/2013

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, pumps his fist as he walks past reporters after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

A deal: Voting to avoid default, open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama […]

10/16/2013

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