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Senate Leader says gun control bill must include expanded background checks

Senate Leader says gun control  bill must include expanded background checks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday that to be effective any gun-control bill that passes his chamber must include universal background checks, an embattled centerpiece of the White…

Sequester budget impacts on jobs are exaggerated

Sequester budget impacts on jobs are exaggerated

Deep government spending cuts are unlikely to weigh on employment as heavily as initially feared, with most of the impact reducing hours worked rather than payrolls, according to economists. The…

Obama visits Isreal amid low expectations

Obama visits Isreal amid low expectations

President Barack Obama faces a stony reception when he travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leaders who accuse him of letting Israel ride rough-shod over…

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

A bill to legalize same-sex civil unions in Colorado won final approval from state lawmakers on Tuesday and was expected to be signed into law, reflecting a recent shift to…

Maine town voters overwhelmingly reject mandatory gun ownership

Maine town voters overwhelmingly reject mandatory gun ownership

Voters in a small Maine town unanimously rejected a proposal on Monday that would have required every household to own a firearm and ammunition. More than 60 residents of Byron,…

Hagel’s Afghan trip: A disaster that went way off script

Hagel’s Afghan trip: A disaster that went way off script

It was a harrowing international debut for Chuck Hagel, whose first trip to Afghanistan as U.S. defense secretary went dramatically off-script and challenged the American narrative about the 11-year-old war.…

Maine town set for symbolic vote on mandatory gun ownership

Maine town set for symbolic vote on mandatory gun ownership

Residents of a Maine town are expected to vote on Monday on whether each household should be required to own a firearm, a decision that has thrust the tiny town…

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

With debate intensifying in the United States over the use of drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Sunday that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by…

Sniping continues over cancellation of White House tours

Sniping continues over cancellation of White House tours

The sixth-grade class at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, sent a message this week that was heard in the White House briefing room. “The White House is our…

Obama tones down attacks on Republicans in budget mess

Obama tones down attacks on Republicans in budget mess

President Barack Obama said he is looking for compromise in the coming months to end a two-year fight with Congress over how to reduce the deficit, promising Americans in his…