Pope Francis Will Visit the White House

Will discuss immigration with President Obama, among other things Pope Francis will meet with President Obama during his trip to the United States later this year, the White House announced Thursday. The Pope will visit the White House on September 23, according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, where Obama and Pope Francis will speak about […]

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Obama on the Affordable Care Act’s Fifth Anniversary: ‘It’s Working’

He challenged Republican critics who are campaigning on repealing the law. President Obama had a simple message on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: It’s working. Speaking in the Executive Office Building next to the White House, Obama argued that his signature health care law was “working better than many of us — including me — anticipated” at […]

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Rand Paul Proposes Boosting Defense Spending

His amendment would add $76.5 billion to the defense budget Just weeks before announcing his 2016 presidential bid, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is completing an about-face on a longstanding pledge to curb the growth in defense spending. In an olive branch to defense hawks hell-bent on curtailing his White House ambitions, the libertarian Senator introduced a budget amendment late Wednesday […]

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Obama Slows Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

President Obama said the U.S. will keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan this year, as that country’s leaders had asked he SLOW the process of removing troops by 2017. “This flexibility reflects a reinvigoration in our partnership with Afghanistan,” Obama said at a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday. Obama had previously said he wanted to draw […]

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Ted Cruz Is Signing Up for Obamacare

Despite being vehemently opposed to Obamacare Ted Cruz is signing up for insurance under President Obama’s health care law. The Texas Republican Senator and newly-announced presidential candidate, known for his staunch opposition to the Affordable Care Act, told CNN on Tuesday that he will be joining the millions of Americans enrolled in insurance under the law. “I believe we should […]

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Clinton Jokes About Private Email and ‘Complicated’ Press Relationship

At a dinner honoring the winner of the Robin Toner Prize Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked on Monday about her famously contentious relationship with the press and her private email account. Just weeks before Clinton is set to make her 2016 presidential candidacy official, she appeared at dinner honoring longtime Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz, the winner of […]

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Democrats refuse to take back charges of racism over Lynch nom

Democrats refuse to retract their accusations that the voting delay on Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination is racially motivated, despite GOP protestations otherwise. The two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to delay a vote on her confirmation by […]

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Rand Paul knocks soon-to-be rival Ted Cruz

Once supportive Senate colleagues — they stood in for each other during their respective marathon Senate speeches — soon-to-be rivals Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are decidedly less chummy these days. Paul made it clear Monday night he plans on waging a debate against his fellow tea party Republican, Cruz, who on Monday declared himself a presidential candidate. “Right […]

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For Hillary Clinton, sharp tweets foreshadow imminent campaign

At speaking engagements and paid appearances over the past year, Hillary Clinton has cast herself as a relationship-building politician who argues that spending time with people you disagree with can fix Washington’s dysfunction. That’s not the message coming through on Clinton’s Twitter account, though, a platform the former secretary of state has turned into her main venue for political messages […]

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