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  • US Senator McCain mocks EU's Russia sanctions 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:16 pm
  • TALLINN, Estonia - Sen. John McCain of Arizona has dismissed the European Union's sanctions on Russia following the crisis in Ukraine as "almost a joke" during a tour of the Baltic countries.

  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:53 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry.

  • Bill could stop US takeover of Arizona division 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:35 pm
  • PHOENIX - Arizona House lawmakers hoping to avert a federal takeover of the state's construction safety standards division gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would revoke, on condition, 2012 legislation that is at the heart of the latest battle between Arizona and the U.S. government.

  • Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 7:28 pm
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill targeting pimps who traffic minors for sex.

  • Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war.

  • Kerry raps Israel in faltering Mideast peace 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 3:03 pm
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast peace agreement faltered after Israel refused to release prisoners as demanded by Palestinian leaders, then moved forward with plans to build new settlement housing in Jerusalem, America's top diplomat said Tuesday. But he still held out hope that negotiations would continue.

  • Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:16 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns.

  • Kerry: US strike in Syria wouldn't be devastating 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A threatened, but averted, American missile strike to punish Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack last summer would not have been powerful enough to change the course in the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, in an attempt to deflect criticism that the U.S. hasn't done enough to stem the violence there.

  • Ex-partner of Ponzi schemer pleads guilty 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 1:23 pm
  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein pleaded guilty Friday to violating federal campaign finance laws by funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of John McCain and Charlie Crist.

  • American spy's release would be high-stakes gamble 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:15 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks.

  • Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:38 pm
  • PHOENIX - Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.

  • Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:36 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

  • Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam POW and ex-senator, dies 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:50 pm
  • Prisoner of war Jeremiah Denton declared his loyalty to the U.S. government during a 1966 interview for what was supposed to be a propaganda film. But his enraged captors missed his more covert message: "T-O-R-T-U-R-E," blinked into the camera in Morse code, a dispatch that would alert the U.S. military to the conditions he endured.

  • No challengers in 1 of every 11 legislative races 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 3:47 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Incumbent lawmakers are running for re-election without any challengers in one of every 11 races for the Utah Legislature this year.

  • UNH law school hosts forum on human trafficking 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:06 am
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - The University of New Hampshire School of Law is hosting a daylong conference on combatting human trafficking.

  • Judge orders change to secretary of state ballot 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 8:41 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A judge upheld a challenge from Democrats on Thursday, stopping a former Republican strategist running for secretary of state from appearing on ballots as a political reform advocate.

  • Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 7:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired - and dismissed - by presidents of both parties.

  • Phoenix service event draws 2 Clintons, Giffords 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 2:43 pm
  • PHOENIX - Bill Clinton said Sunday that "everybody can serve everywhere" at a community service project intended to convert vacant Phoenix lots into urban gardens and spaces for public use.

  • Bush is GOP's lone Hispanic statewide candidate 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 11:33 am
  • EL PASO, Texas - At a Mexican restaurant a stone's throw from the Mexican border, the crowd is bilingual and so is the candidate they've come to see.

  • Are tougher penalties against Russia to come? 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 10:39 am
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back his forces from Crimea or prevent more land grabs.

  • US, Europe sanctions target Putin's inner circle 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 8:33 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

  • Fort Jackson general: More budget cuts hit jobs 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 6:33 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The commander in charge of the Army's largest training installation warned Thursday that if a new round of automatic federal budget cuts moves forward and the Army becomes even smaller, Fort Jackson would lose about 3,100 jobs.

  • Analysis: Russia tests Obama foreign policy tools 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 5:23 pm
  • WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment and his inclination to proceed cautiously in order to avoid creating larger long-term problems.

  • Senators urge international monitors in Ukraine 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 2:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Leading members of Congress are demanding that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe immediately deploy international monitors to eastern and southern Ukraine.

  • Cindy McCain to speak at Dole Institute 
    Updated: Mar-19-14 5:07 am
  • LAWRENCE, Kansas - The wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain visits Lawrence next week to discuss leadership, her humanitarian work and life on the campaign trail.