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Hillary Clinton to headline Virginia event

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will reach beyond the early-voting states and into a crucial swing state when she headlines the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Jefferson Jackson dinner on June 26.<p>The appearance, likely Clinton’s first campaign speech outside the four early states, is being …

Bolton 2016 announcement is hours away

CONCORD – John Bolton will reveal his 2016 presidential plans at noon Thursday.<p>The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush will announce his intentions on his Facebook page, then speak with reporters on a media teleconference call, a spokesperson told the …

Rubio: I'm ready to become commander in chief

In a Wednesday foreign policy address, Marco Rubio staked a claim to being the Republican presidential field’s toughest — and most qualified — candidate on national security, capping a four-year effort to cultivate expertise in an area of top concern for GOP voters.<p>In a speech at the Council on …

Bolton to announce 2016 plans

John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations, will announce Thursday around noon whether he will run for president.<p>Bolton plans to reveal his intentions in a video to be posted to Facebook and will then hold a conference call with media, according to a spokesman for John Bolton PAC.<p>Bolton …

Democrats are starting to look a little like Republicans (when it comes to infighting)

Democrat vs. Democrat! Intraparty fighting! Ohio's Democratic senator suggesting President Obama is sexist!<p>It might not be a "civil war" on the scale of what Republicans have experienced the past few years, but Senate Democrats' fight over a trade bill with Obama this week was one of the -- if not</i> …

Government

Amtrak accident affects Biden's 'second family'

No politician has been more closely associated with Amtrak than the vice president, who has used it to commute to his home in Delaware.<p>Vice President Joe Biden estimates he’s made more than 8,000 round trips on Amtrak between Washington and Wilmington, Delaware, a 110-mile segment of the …

Sally Yates confirmed as No. 2 at Justice Department

The Senate easily confirmed a veteran federal prosecutor from Georgia as deputy attorney general Wednesday, despite a protest by some Republicans angry over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.<p>Senators voted, 84-12, to confirm Sally Yates in the Justice Department's No. 2 job …

Derailed Amtrak was likely traveling at twice recommended speed

Obama says derailment that killed at least 7 people is ‘a tragedy that touches us all.’<p>The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night was going twice the recommended speed when it approached a turn, killing at least seven people and injuring at least 200, investigators said …

Report: Azerbaijani oil company secretly funded 2013 lawmaker trip

The state-owned Azerbaijani oil company allegedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in secret to pay for 10 lawmakers and more than 30 staffers to travel to Baku in May 2013 as part of an effort to keep a giant natural gas project exempt from U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to a new …

Republican cuts to transportation, housing draw fire

‘It decimates the investments that a great country must make,’ one Democrat says.<p>The House Appropriations Committee found itself at ground zero in the budget wars Wednesday, as Republicans rolled out new cuts to legal services for the poor even as outside events forced more second-guessing about …

Why Jeb Can’t Ditch Dubya

The GOP candidate’s Iraq flub is evidence of an internal conflict—between family loyalty and ambition—that he may never resolve.<p>For much of his political career, Jeb Bush has performed a delicate balancing act when it came to his family. The Bush name effectively made him, opening doors in politics …

House panel votes to cut Amtrak budget hours after deadly crash

“Starving rail of funding will not enable safer train travel,” Rep. Nita Lowey said.<p>House Republicans voted Wednesday to chop about a fifth of Amtrak’s budget, less than a day after a deadly train crash that Democrats pointed to as a prime example of the dangers of shortchanging the nation’s …

As appropriations battle kicks off, another fiscal cliff?

Republicans want to boost the military and Democrats won’t countenance domestic cuts.<p>The heart of the batting order is due up in the House Appropriations Committee beginning Wednesday: four major spending bills that will capture all the contradictions in the new Republican budget over the next …

What Rubio’s first policy speech as a candidate for president will look like

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday will deliver his first major policy speech as a candidate for president, outlining an aggressive approach to national security and foreign affairs at a think tank in New York.<p>The Council on Foreign Relations address will mark Rubio's latest attempt to …

Bill Clinton: I'll move back to White House 'if I'm asked'

Bill Clinton says he would move back into the White House if his wife Hillary gets elected president in 2016.<p>But only “if I’m asked,” the former president said during an interview on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” that aired Tuesday night.<p>“Well, first of all, Hillary has to win the …

Millennials are a little confused when it comes to privacy

Take heart, NSA. Millennials might be opposed to your mass surveillance programs more than any other age group, but there's evidence to suggest they could be flipped.<p>In a poll that defies all logic and reason based on previous polling, Gallup found that 44 percent of millennials trust that …

Kerry and McCain: Once friends, now foes

Decades-old friendship between two Vietnam vets and former Senate allies is on the rocks.<p>When John Kerry was nominated to be Secretary of State in early 2013, his confirmation was never in real doubt. After all, he had a glowing endorsement from one of Barack Obama’s most withering critics.<p>“I …

Judge sets September deadline on Clinton office records

A federal judge is giving the State Department until September to comply with a conservative group's request for records relating to correspondence between top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, as well as a consulting business involving former Clinton …

Gowdy vs. Clinton: No end in sight

A standoff between the Benghazi Committee head and the 2016 contender shows no sign of abating.<p>Trey Gowdy and Hillary Clinton are locked in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that is threatening to drag on deep into the 2016 campaign.<p>Depending on which side you talk to, it’s either a search for …

Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown threw a grenade into the ongoing war of words between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama, a war that reached new heights with Tuesday’s dramatic setback of Obama’s trade agenda in the Senate.<p>Brown, one of the top Democratic leaders of the uprising against …

The last time Congress passed an Amtrak bill was after a fatal train crash

In 2008, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the Bush White House were at odds over an Amtrak bill. Democrats wanted to double Amtrak’s budget. The Bush administration wanted to zero it out. A reauthorization bill had languished for years and funding was static.<p>Then in September, a commuter …

Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire

The Louisiana senator's quest to deny his colleagues benefits wins him no friends on Capitol Hill.<p>One fellow senator calls David Vitter’s years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.” Another says it’s obviously being done “for political …

Obama Foundation girds for Clinton-like scrutiny

Obama faces a daunting task of trying to avoid ethical issues that arise when public officials take donations for personal causes.<p>On the campaign trail eight years ago, candidate Barack Obama was delighted to tweak rival Hillary Clinton by highlighting how unfettered fundraising for her husband’s …

Obama: Fox News portrays poor people as 'leeches'

President Barack Obama criticized Fox News on Tuesday, accusing the network of portraying poor people as "leeches."<p>In a discussion at Georgetown University, Obama said the media made an effort to “suggest the poor are sponges, leeches, don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving," and he then …