10:00 PM Mar 7, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers were back in control of their anti-aircaft base at the city of Yevpatoria in Crimea on on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Ukraine crisis has forced Western leaders to reassess what they thought they knew about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has shown that he is willing to make far riskier moves to achieve his security goals and that his hostility to the U.S. and its allies runs much deeper than many wanted to believe.
12:00 PM Mar 7, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee's unreleased study of the CIA's secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency's fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren't authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.
9:00 PM Mar 6, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Americans whose 2013 health insurance policies were supposed to be canceled this year because they don't meet tough new standards under the Affordable Care Act can now renew those noncompliant policies for another two years if their home states allow it, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.
5:00 PM Mar 6, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee's unreleased study of the CIA's secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency's fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren't authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.
12:00 PM Mar 5, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Barack Obama put forward a $3.9 trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor.
12:00 PM Mar 4, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama (right) watches as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 3, 2014. Obama urged Netanyahu to "seize the moment" to make peace, saying time is running out to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian agreement. (Pool photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Monday that "Israel has been doing its part" to forge peace, but that it's been met with "incessant Palestinian incitement."
9:00 PM Feb 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The average time for a denied claim to work its way through the cumbersome Department of Veterans Affairs appeals process shot up to more than 900 days last year, double the department's long-term target.
12:00 PM Feb 27, 2014
WASHINGTON – A top House Republican unveiled an ambitious tax code overhaul Wednesday, taking aim at long-protected loopholes for mortgage interest deductions, corporate jets and Wall Street pay, while promising to lower top rates to 25 percent for most individuals and corporations.
12:00 PM Feb 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if Afghan leaders don't sign a bilateral security agreement.
10:00 PM Feb 21, 2014
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (MCT) – Mark Kentley is the kind of voter who will help decide the short-term political verdict on the new health care law known as Obamacare.
9:00 PM Feb 21, 2014
President Obama speaks to the media in Los Banos, Calif., addressing California's drought situation Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – In a bow to politics in Washington and in midterm elections, President Barack Obama will propose a new budget that would increase spending on popular programs and drop a plan to slow the growth of Social Security benefits that had angered his party's base.
12:00 PM Feb 13, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce during a Leaders in Government luncheon at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (David Kent/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Senate approved a yearlong increase in the nation's borrowing limit Wednesday, settling until well after this year's congressional elections an issue that had triggered three years of gridlock and confrontation between the White House and congressional Republicans.
12:00 PM Feb 12, 2014
Speaker of the House John Boehner gives thumbs up as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, January 28, 2014. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The House of Representatives voted narrowly Tuesday to raise the nation's debt ceiling, likely averting a potential default while also suggesting that the tea party politics that drove the Republicans to three years of unified fiscal and budget showdowns has lost its clout.
5:00 PM Feb 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Same-sex married couples nationwide now will receive many more of the same legal protections and benefits enjoyed by other couples, under new Justice Department policies formally unveiled Monday.
12:00 PM Feb 11, 2014
President Barack Obama departs from the West Slope of the Washington Monument en route to Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Washington. While in Charlottesville, the president and French President Francois Hollande will tour Monticello. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
9:00 PM Feb 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Al-Qaida's central command publicly has disowned its Iraqi affiliate over that group's brutal activities in Syria in an unprecedented break that analysts say may weaken the Syrian insurgency and impact al-Qaida's operations across the Middle East.
5:00 PM Feb 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Despite a significant decrease in the backlog of veteran disability claims last year, a report released by an advocacy group says that without a better strategy, the Department of Veterans Affairs may struggle to keep up with future claims.