Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose an ally of Speaker John Boehner for the No. 2 job in the chamber, a setback for some conservatives hoping to use a leadership election to boost their influence. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader. […]

Ex-POW Bergdahl in stable condition at hospital

Ex-POW Bergdahl in stable condition at hospital

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, was in stable condition at a military hospital in Texas and has not yet met with his parents, military officials said on Friday. Bergdahl, who arrived in the pre-dawn hours of Friday on a […]

Obama: Cantor loss didn’t kill immigration reform

Obama: Cantor loss didn’t kill immigration reform

President Barack Obama weighed in on the shock election defeat of Republican Eric Cantor on Wednesday, rejecting the argument that the ouster of the House of Representatives’ No. 2 will spell the death knell for immigration reform. Cantor’s ouster by a Tea Party-backed conservative in his Virginia district on Tuesday has sent political shock waves […]

Inside Obama’s decision to free Bowe Bergdahl

Inside Obama’s decision to free Bowe Bergdahl

For President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. As a political firestorm engulfs the White House over that deal, Reuters interviews with current […]

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Wednesday formally headed to a Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, launching what is expected to be an expensive and bitter three-week campaign sprint. With all precincts counted in Tuesday’s primary, both candidates fell just short of the 50 percent needed for victory. McDaniel had […]

Feds revive efforts to stop homegrown hate groups

Feds revive efforts to stop homegrown hate groups

The United States is reviving a law enforcement group to investigate those it designates as domestic terrorists, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri in April, federal prosecutors have pressed the need to coordinate intelligence about such criminals on a […]