- Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed Updated: Jul-30-15 12:48 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
- House Dem Kildee supports Obama's Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-30-15 12:31 pm
WASHINGTON - A House Democrat who represents an American held hostage in Iran says he supports the Iran nuclear deal.
- NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned' for regular-season game Updated: Jul-30-15 11:53 am
JOHANNESBURG - The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come.
- Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn't a secret Updated: Jul-30-15 11:24 am
NEW YORK - Jon Stewart says his "secret" White House meetings with President Barack Obama weren't so secret, and not that big a deal.
- 'It's a gift' - Leslie Odom Jr. relishes his 'Hamilton' shot Updated: Jul-30-15 11:18 am
NEW YORK - During an early version of the Founding Fathers musical "Hamilton," Leslie Odom Jr. was in the seats with the audience, blown away. The guy playing Aaron Burr was making him a little envious, too.
- Andrew Young speaks to fellows of program launched by Obama Updated: Jul-30-15 4:07 am
ATLANTA - Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young will be speaking to a group of students involved in a flagship program that was launched by President Barack Obama.
- 3 UVa graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story Updated: Jul-30-15 2:46 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, court records show.
- GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism Updated: Jul-29-15 10:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman Updated: Jul-29-15 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption Updated: Jul-29-15 7:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with federal grants and charitable donations, funneled campaign funds toward his son's student loans and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a Porsche his TV anchor wife never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against him.
- Kirk's public comments, gaffes raise questions Updated: Jul-29-15 6:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a first-term Illinois Republican whose seat is key for his party in the 2016 election, has raised questions in recent months with a number of public gaffes. This week, a prominent GOP fundraiser suggested that Kirk step aside for another Republican in the election, then quickly recanted the idea.
- Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS Updated: Jul-29-15 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON - After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS.
- Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight Updated: Jul-29-15 4:31 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.
- On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats Updated: Jul-29-15 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON - When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016.
- Top federal prosecutor in Northern California stepping down Updated: Jul-29-15 4:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - The top federal prosecutor in Northern California is stepping down after five years on the job.
- Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal' Updated: Jul-29-15 3:42 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal."
- West Virginia editorial roundup Updated: Jul-29-15 3:24 pm
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:
- Committee picked to help pick federal judges in Seattle Updated: Jul-29-15 3:04 pm
SEATTLE - A bipartisan committee will help select candidates for federal judgeships in Seattle.
- Clinton to call for lifting embargo with Cuba Updated: Jul-29-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign says she will call for lifting the embargo with Cuba in a Florida address on Friday.
- Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News Updated: Jul-29-15 1:56 pm
BOSTON - After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation's food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it.
- CAPITOL HILL BUZZ: Boehner says golf with Obama is a game Updated: Jul-29-15 1:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner has a message for everyone wondering what happens when he plays golf with President Barack Obama: It's just a game.
- Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm Updated: Jul-29-15 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON - The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling.
- Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 Updated: Jul-29-15 12:45 pm
WASHINGTON - When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance.
- Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds Updated: Jul-29-15 12:05 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.