Politics Headlines

Sun, May 24 2015

U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America's unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own.

24 May 2015

Sat, May 23 2015

Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance program uncertain after Senate vote

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before its June 1 expiration.

U.S. 23 May 2015

Senate to return May 31 to consider domestic surveillance program

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday the U.S. Senate would return to Washington on May 31 to consider ways to prevent the expiration of domestic surveillance program on June 1.

U.S. 23 May 2015

Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season.

23 May 2015

Bill to extend 'Patriot Act' surveillance programs blocked in Senate

WASHINGTON - Legislation to extend for two months a program in which spy agencies sweep up vast amounts of data about Americans' telephone calls was blocked in the U.S. Senate early on Saturday, adding to uncertainty about the future of the program.

23 May 2015

Fri, May 22 2015

Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.

22 May 2015

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

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WASHINGTON - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. | Video

Libya 22 May 2015

Senators urge Obama administration to block Arctic oil drilling

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WASHINGTON - A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.

Environment 22 May 2015

Activists damage habitat in Seattle bay during Shell oil protests

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SEATTLE - Environmental activists who fanned out in small boats across a Seattle bay over the weekend in a protest over Royal Dutch Shell's plans for Arctic oil exploration in the have damaged "precious habitat" on the sea floor, a state official said on Friday.

Environment 22 May 2015

Fast track trade bill clears final Senate procedural hurdle

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WASHINGTON - Legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact passed another critical test in the U.S. Senate on Friday, boosting hopes for a deal that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

22 May 2015

Mike Huckabee shows support for reality star with flawed past

Republican Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate, has lent his support to the star of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, Josh Duggar, after it was discovered that the father of 19 had sexually molested under-age girls as a teen.