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Kenyan security personnel and journalists duck behind a vehicle as  heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. WHY TERROR GROUP CLAIMS IT ATTACKED NAIROBI MALL Al-Shabab, whose name means “The Youth” in Arabic, said […]

09/23/2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., smiles as he leaves the floor of the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would prevent a government shutdown while crippling the health care law that was the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama's first term,  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP House: Keep government open, hit ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve — and […]

09/20/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dems change the subject: Look, over there, a messy budget fight!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure off for now on Syria, Democrats are eager to return to Washington’s regularly scheduled gridlock. Pitched debates loom on the government’s budget and its debt — never flattering endeavors that […]

09/11/2013

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80 House members: Shutdown better than ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call “Obamacare.” A letter from […]

08/22/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is interviewed at his campaign office in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Key Senate races have a family factor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her […]

08/19/2013

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Congressman Tom Cotton, left, speaks with state Rep. Alan Clark at an early morning gathering of supporters at the Embassy Suites in Hot Springs, Ark., Thursday, August 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sentinel-Record, Richard Rasmussen)

Senate control hinges on fate of Southern Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to win Senate control next year. The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader […]

08/08/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tricky obstacles ahead to averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — There hasn’t been a government shutdown in nearly two decades, but senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding trickier-than-usual obstacles in their path as they try to come up with must-do legislation […]

07/26/2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Obama economic tour attracts low expectations

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president. A […]

07/25/2013

President Barack Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn’t spend the majority of premium dollars on medical care as he speaks about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama talks up health care rebates, lower premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said Thursday the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums. […]

07/18/2013

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Obama welcomes Senate deal on nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has welcomed a Senate agreement that dislodges long-stalled administration nominees. Obama says his choices for administration posts have, in his words, “waited far too long for a vote.” Obama […]

07/16/2013

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