• President Obama to announce NSA decisions on Jan. 17

    Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:42 PM

    As he prepares to announce the results of his review of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, President Barack Obama has had a briefing this week from the independent oversight board that's been taking a look at those programs.

  • Senators: US should take more Syrian refugees

    Updated: Tue Jan 7, 2014 4:41 PM

    Democratic and Republican senators say the U.S. should offer a home to more Syrian refugees.

  • Gov't doesn't review travel to NKorea by Americans

    Updated: Tue Jan 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    The White House says it would not have approved former NBA player Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea if it had any say in the matter.

  • Senate moves ahead with extended unemployment aid

    Updated: Tue Jan 7, 2014 3:19 PM

    A compromise now appears possible, to get benefits flowing again to the long-term unemployed.

  • Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

    Updated: Mon Jan 6, 2014 4:40 PM

    Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

  • Government moves to appeal surveillance ruling

    Updated: Fri Jan 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    Government lawyers are asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington to overturn a federal judge's ruling that threatens the National Security Agency's practice of collecting every Americans' telephone records every day.

  • Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

    Updated: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:16 PM

    Former first lady Barbara Bush is in the hospital tonight.

  • Life support extended for girl declared brain dead

    Updated: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:24 PM

    A California judge has ordered a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.

  • US eyeing Olympic security after Russia attacks

    Updated: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    The White House says the United States would welcome "closer cooperation" with Russia on security preparations for the Winter Olympics following a pair of deadly attacks that sparked fears about the terrorism threat at the February Games.

  • Lawmakers disagree with Snowden's declaration

    Updated: Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    Members of Congress say they're not impressed with Edward Snowden's recent publicity blitz calling for an end to mass surveillance and declaring that he's already accomplished his mission.

  • Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries

    Updated: Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:17 PM

    A German magazine has lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacker unit, revealing how American spies intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft's bug report system to spy on their targets.

  • Obama says 2013 hasn't been so bad for him

    Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:23 PM

    President Barack Obama says he's not brooding about 2013, despite a series of setbacks.

  • Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

    Updated: Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:34 PM

    With the help of 12 Republicans, Senate Democrats have moved forward with a bipartisan budget bill aimed at easing some of the painful budget cuts hitting the Pentagon and domestic agencies. A final vote is expected no later than tomorrow.

  • Judge deals NSA defeat on bulk phone collection

    Updated: Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    A federal judge says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The judge put his decision on hold pending a nearly certain government appeal.

  • Schumer: Bipartisan budget bill is 'breakthrough'

    Updated: Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    A leading Senate Democrat says its "safe to say" a compromise budget bill avoiding a government shutdown will pass the Senate this week.

  • Budget plan faces Senate vote

    Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:24 PM

    The budget agreement that won approval in the House yesterday now faces a Tuesday test vote in the Senate.

  • Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

    Updated: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:28 PM

    Negotiations on Capitol Hill have yielded a modest budget agreement to ease automatic spending cuts and replace some of them with savings from future-year cuts.

  • Prospects dim for fast renewal of jobless benefits

    Updated: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:42 PM

    Prospects are dimming for a quick extension of soon-to-expire unemployment benefits as Republican officials say they will not agree to include a renewal in any year-end budget deal.

  • GOP blocks new batch of nominations in Senate

    Updated: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:14 PM

    Senate Republicans have blocked a fresh batch of President Barack Obama's nominees in the aftermath of last month's move by Democrats to weaken the minority party's ability to block presidential appointments.

  • Obama to unveil national security strategy in 2014

    Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    President Barack Obama says he'll release a new national security strategy next year.