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Lawmakers warn of threat to U.S. from Syrian chemical weapons

Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat after that nation’s president leaves power and could end up targeting Americans at home, lawmakers warned Sunday as they considered…

Biden claims economy allowed Obama to beat McCain in 2008

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that Arizona Sen. John McCain probably would have beat his boss in the 2008 presidential election had the economy not collapsed. Biden’s comment about…

Will immigration reform pass? That depends on who you ask

The push for comprehensive immigration legislation faces an uncertain fate in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives even as Senate supporters voiced optimism on Thursday for overwhelming backing in that…

On many issues, Barack Obama and George W. Bush are a lot alike

Despite vast differences with President George W. Bush on ideology, style and temperament, President Barack Obama has stuck with Bush policies or aspirations on a number of fronts, from counterterrorism…

A big shift in debate over immigration

The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law, igniting a furor over border security and the country’s treatment of immigrants. A mere three…

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the…

Immigration bill could exclude many from citizenship

Immigration bill could exclude many from citizenship

A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide…

Critics nail Obama for breaking promises

Critics nail Obama for breaking promises

Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle…

Deal on farm workers could clear way for immigration bill

Deal on farm workers could clear way for immigration bill

A tentative deal has been reached to resolve a dispute between agriculture workers and growers that was standing in the way of a sweeping immigration overhaul bill, a key senator…

Look for a loud, raucous debate on immigration reform

Look for a loud, raucous debate on immigration reform

Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what’s sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens…