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.
10:00 PM Mar 5, 2014
Ukrainian army officers and soldiers sit looking demoralized across the soccer field near their airport captured by Russian troops, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Obama administration's plans to impose punitive economic sanctions on Russia -- potentially its strongest response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine -- already are facing resistance from administration allies in Congress and Europe.
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.
5:00 PM Mar 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards.
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.
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.
12:00 PM Jan 31, 2014
In this image taken from Massachusetts State Police Air Wing during the manhunt in Watertown, Massachussetts, Friday, April 19, 2013, police could detect the suspect's body of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seen in this night vision image of the boat in a resident's backyard. (Massachusetts State Police/Zuma Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in court papers that the deadly plot was committed in an "especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner."
7:00 PM Jan 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may have received help from Russian intelligence in stealing and leaking thousands of classified files, many of which the lawmaker said compromised U.S. military operations.
11:00 AM Jan 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – With Al-Qaida militants surging in the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about efforts to recruit and radicalize American citizens by drawing them to the region and sending them back to this country to carry out attacks.
9:00 PM Jan 3, 2014
A screen grab from a military handout video dated April 10, 2013 offers a rare glimpse of a restraint chair used for forced feedings in the prison camps psychiatric ward, called the Behavioral Medical Unit, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Carol Rosenberg/Miami Herald/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Three Chinese Muslims, the last of nearly two dozen ethnic Uighurs held for years at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, have been flown to freedom as the Obama administration pushes to empty the prison in Cuba under new rules that relaxed restrictions on detainee transfers.
9:00 PM Jan 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Constitution, a federal judge in New York has ruled, creating a conflict within the federal courts and increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court eventually will have to resolve the program's fate.
12:00 PM Jan 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Population growth in Southern and Western states, led by Texas, California and Florida, accounted for more than 80 percent of new residents nationwide over the last three years, surpassing the Northeast and Midwest in the demographic contest that plays a key role in determining states' political clout, census data released Monday show.
9:00 PM Dec 31, 2013
A U.S. MRAP drives in Kabul, Afganistan in December 2013. The U.S. military is selling many of the vehicles as scrap because of the cost of moving them back to the States. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – U.S. intelligence agencies warn in a new, classified assessment that insurgents could quickly regain control of key areas of Afghanistan and threaten the capital as soon as 2015 if American troops are fully withdrawn next year, according to two officials familiar with the findings.
9:26 PM Dec 30, 2013
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet military personnel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, after they arrived for a family vacation, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (Cory Lum/Pool/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Barack Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering health care coverage to millions nationwide.
12:00 PM Dec 27, 2013
Same-sex weddings, such as this one in December 2012, are bringing in revenue for the state of Washington. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – It likely will be several days before Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in the state, the Utah attorney general's office said Thursday.
5:00 PM Dec 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The House overwhelmingly approved a budget deal Thursday designed to avert another government shutdown, a rare bipartisan accord that breaks with the tea-party-driven cycle of brinkmanship and could signal a new era of political pragmatism in Congress.