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Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity agains

Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market

Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, O

House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The Congress should act. "Right now what's holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go

Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by

Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks Good

The tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn’t prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year.

Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’

Bill O’Reilly attacked President Obama for making a viral video, saying the Great Emancipator wouldn’t stoop so low. History proves the opposite.

For Obama and Boehner, just maybe, a way forward

The latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday’s private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker — their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has flat out said he can’t trust the president, the assumption in Washington is that the chances for b

John Kerry finds his calling

Ten years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party’s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis.

In New York, real populism and real choices

Democrats in Washington don’t have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation’s biggest city is staring down the governor of its third largest state.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed computer virus.

Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.

Behind the scenes at the Clinton White House

Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in documents released Friday:

Washington Insiders Say Chris Christie Won 2013

After a whirlwind year of crippling partisanship, bungled policy rollouts, and a government shutdown, most public figures are leaving this year with quite a few more chips to their image than they had in January. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—a growing puzzle for Democrats and continuing headache for his fellow Republicans—emerged as the winner of 2013 on the political stage, according to a Natio

Sorry Pope Francis, 2013 Was the Year of Quinoa

This year has seen tanking approval ratings for just about everybody in Washington, thanks to bungled policy initiatives, stalled legislation, and a government shutdown. It's quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain, at least according to the United Nations. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place i

2013 Was Actually the Year of Quinoa

Between bungled or stalled policy initiatives and a government shutdown, moving the needle on progress on either side proved nearly impossible. According to the United Nations, 2013 was the year of quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place in Western society

Republican Insiders to Tea Party: You're Not Helping Us

For Republicans, the group is something akin to a flesh-eating virus that threatens to chomp away at the GOP. The civil war between establishment and tea-party Republicans intensified this week when House Speaker John Boehner slammed outside conservative groups for "ridiculous" pushback against the bipartisan budget agreement, which cleared his chamber Thursday. Sixty-five percent of Republican in

Republican Look-Alike Sites Mocking Democrats May Violate Rules

The National Republican Congressional Committee proudly launched a faux campaign website for Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia this week, mocking him as a "career politician … asking for your vote." They even bought Google ads to direct New Yorkers to www.domenic-recchia.com, designed at first glance to look like it could be Recchia's own, down to the same yellow star replacing the dot in the '

Obama: 8 Million Health Care Sign-Ups a Boon for Democrats

President Obama has many times declared victory for the Affordable Care Act, most recently with the announcement earlier this month that 7 million people have signed up in the law’s inaugural year. Today, with a slight grin, he added a big exclamation point. Now, 8...

Obama Tells Wounded Warriors They Are 'Inspiration'

President Obama welcomed Wounded Warriors on their Ride to the White House today calling the participants “an incredible inspiration to me and to our country.” “Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you, this is...

PETA Enlists Kids To Tell First Lady Easter Egg Policy is Rotten

While the annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration isn’t one typically embroiled in controversy, three young girls are letting First Lady Michelle Obama know they aren’t happy about it. Well, three young girls on behalf of PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment...

Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club

An oligarch hopes that offering rewards for captured Russians will motivate the public and the troops, but so far all he’s inspired is cynical—and desperate—laughter.

Was There Really An Empty Tomb?

What makes Jesus different from the prophets of the world’s other great religions? The claim that he rose from the dead and left behind an empty tomb. But how much do we know about it?

Can HRC Count on Women This Time?

They famously supported her in 2008—until they helped Obama win Iowa. So will the grandmother-to-be inspire female voters next cycle, or will they judge her on a harsher scale?

Watch the Week in 90 Seconds

From the death of a literary titan to the shooting spree at Kansas Jewish centers to NASA’s discovery of Earth’s ‘cousin,’ catch up on the past week’s biggest stories.

Rand Paul and the Welfare Rancher

The Nevada rancher’s escalating standoff with the feds raises a worrisome question: Can Americans’ relationship with their government—and each other—be saved?

Hollywood’s Worst Medical Errors

From doctors doing surgery without masks on to Wolverine’s true love dying via diuretic, TV and film are full of medical errors.

The Fringe Faith Duping The GOP

It’s a tiny religion featuring fembots, creationists, and a leader who says his ‘Holocaust Deception’ book was a mistake. Why are so many in the GOP appearing on its TV network?


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