Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew

Lew hopeful on reaching a budget breakthrough

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he is optimistic that President Barack Obama will be able to reach an agreement with Republicans in Congress to break a budget impasse that has triggered across-the-board government spending cuts.


Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush: Political reporters are ‘crack addicts’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to “crack addicts” and “heroin addicts” during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the still-distant 2016 presidential election.


President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Barbed humor on the menu at annual Gridiron dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama had a ready excuse for anyone who didn’t think he was funny enough at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough.”



Beam me up, Yoda: Obama won’t do ‘Jedi mind meld’

WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s not a dictator and won’t entertain the idea of a “Jedi mind meld” with opponents. There’s no “secret formula or special sauce” he can slip foes to make them see things his way.


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Obama, congressional leaders meet at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are meeting at the White House, with billions of dollars in automatic budget cuts ready to start kicking in.


Poll: Calif. support of gay marriage at 61 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement

McCain and Graham press Obama on border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham pressed President Obama on the importance of border security at a rare White House meeting and came away praising the president’s commitment to overhauling immigration laws.


Supreme Court Justices

Big push to support gay marriage at high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Republicans, retired military leaders and U.S. businesses are among the factions ready to ask the Supreme Court to support marriage equality in two cases up for argument next month.


Chuck Hagel

Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing him the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.


Chuck Hagel

Senate to vote on moving ahead on Hagel nod

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Barack Obama’s contentious choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department.


President Barack Obama

Facing Friday deadline, Obama says Congress can avoid budget cuts if lawmakers compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling the nation’s governors that “at some point we’ve got to do some governing,” rather than “careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.”


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All condemn pending budget cuts, spread blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who’s to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts set to take effect at week’s end, with the administration detailing the potential fallout in each state.