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.
9:00 PM Jan 31, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Md. (MCT) – House Republican leaders on Thursday proposed legal status for most undocumented immigrants, a stance aimed at helping the party appeal to Hispanic voters but also likely to further divided an already-torn Republican Party.
9:00 PM Jan 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – On the eve of the president's State of the Union speech, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina on Monday offered a plan to repeal President Barack Obama's signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with a plan he says would lower costs and expand access to coverage.
12:00 PM Jan 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – On Tuesday night, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will join a long list of big names who have given the opposition response to the president's State of the Union speech since the tradition began 48 years ago.
10:26 PM Jan 28, 2014
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) – President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor.
9:00 PM Jan 24, 2014
Edward Snowden, center, who was a fugitive from the United States for leaking intelligence-gathering information is shown meeting with activists at an airport in Moscow, Russia, in July 2013. (ITAR-TASS/Zuma/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The federal government is seeking billions of dollars in penalties and damages from the company that did the background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
5:00 PM Jan 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – A government oversight board's finding that the National Security Agency's massive collection of cellphone data is illegal and should never have been approved by the federal court created to deal with sensitive intelligence issues set off a furor in Washington on Thursday that presages the bitter battle likely to come in Congress over how to change the country's intelligence operations.
5:00 PM Jan 23, 2014
(MCT) – President Barack Obama launched a federal task force on Wednesday to combat sexual assault on college campuses, telling the estimated one in five women who are victims, "I've got your back."
9:00 PM Jan 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – No matter what President Barack Obama announces Friday when he unveils changes to the federal government's surveillance programs, he won't appease critics on the most important question he faces: what to do with the massive collection and storage of phone records.
5:00 PM Jan 18, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an event on expanding college opportunity in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House on January 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – America needs to do more to help low-income young people succeed in college, President Barack Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday of educational, business and philanthropic leaders, who pledged to take on extra efforts to help more students reap the benefits of a college degree.
9:00 PM Jan 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday proposed amending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark civil rights measure that was hobbled after the Supreme Court determined last year that the law relied on outdated standards for racial discrimination.
12:00 PM Jan 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a $1.1 trillion federal spending plan, a peaceful and bipartisan truce after years of bitter feuding over the government's role and reach.
9:00 PM Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Congress' spending plan for the federal government touches almost every facet of American life, as it tackles big priorities such as health care, education and combating terrorism as well as smaller concerns such as the future of light bulbs.
5:00 PM Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Intelligence officials are pushing to classify as secret certain information about lie detectors that they believe U.S. adversaries might use to harm national security, even though much of it has been available to the public for decades.
9:00 PM Jan 14, 2014
WASHINGTON – (MCT) The White House pushed back Wednesday against a harsh critique from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who in an upcoming memoir accuses Vice President Joe Biden of being wrong on foreign policy and national security issues over the last 40 years.
8:00 PM Jan 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Supporters of health care reform say nonstop news coverage of HealthCare.gov's early technical problems has hurt efforts to inform the uninsured about financial assistance that can help them purchase marketplace health coverage.