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Where there’s smoke, there’s ire over tobacco ban

Where there’s smoke, there’s ire over tobacco ban

The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store in Westminster, but maybe not for…

So much for cooperation: Obama, GOP tangle

So much for cooperation: Obama, GOP tangle

Disagreement wasn’t supposed to be on the menu at the White House luncheon designed to bring together President Barack Obama and Republicans who will soon control the next Congress. Instead…

Will Congress approve expanded role in Iraq?

Will Congress approve expanded role in Iraq?

Congress members returning to Capitol Hill next week will face a debate over President Barack Obama’s new $5.6 billion plan to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq and send up…

More than 1,000 employees face punishment from VA

More than 1,000 employees face punishment from VA

The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees as it struggles to correct systemic problems that led to long wait times for veterans seeking health…

Obama taps Washington outsider as attorney general

Obama taps Washington outsider as attorney general

President Barack Obama has chosen federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending a Washington outsider as a high-profile confirmation test amid a power shift in the…

Fifth teenager dies from Washington state shooting

Fifth teenager dies from Washington state shooting

A fifth teenager has died as a result of a Washington state high school shooting two weeks ago that began when a student opened fire in the cafeteria. Harborview Medical…

The big question: Can Obama, GOP work together?

The big question: Can Obama, GOP work together?

It’s Washington’s billion-dollar question: whether President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans can really make nice and forestall ever-greater dysfunction in a new era of divided government. The first clues will…

Veteran American diplomat under investigation

Veteran American diplomat under investigation

A former veteran U.S. diplomat and expert on Pakistan is the subject of a federal investigation and had her security clearance revoked last month, the State Department said Thursday. The…

FBI agent inpersonated an AP reporter

FBI agent inpersonated an AP reporter

FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. In a letter…

Appeals Court upholds gay marriage bans in four states

Appeals Court upholds gay marriage bans in four states

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again. A federal appeals court Thursday halted a run of rulings…