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FBI agents can't point to any major terrorism cases they've cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
The U.S. watched as rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, and missiles flowed from Benghazi to Syrian ports where they would become part of the Islamic State's arsenal of weapons, a Defense Intelligence Agency memo reveals.
Conservative and religious organizations Thursday blasted Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates for calling for an end to the group's ban on gay adults, with an official of the Southern Baptist Convention telling Newsmax that it was "an incremental step" toward full Scout participation by homosexuals.
The US State Department indicated it will approve an arms sale to Israel worth nearly $1.9 billion, adding thousands of bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles to Jerusalem's armory for "self-defense" needs.
At a time when 8.5 million Americans still don't have jobs, some 40 percent have given up even looking.
An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.
The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday moved to end debate on a "fast track" trade bill, setting up a key test vote on Thursday and possibly final passage by the weekend.
At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed intelligence report that said an al Qaeda-linked group planned the assault 10 days beforehand.
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the District of Columbia's new concealed carry law is unconstitutional.
Louisiana Republican lawmakers sided with Democrats, big business and LGBT activists to kill a bill that would have protected individuals and religious institutions opposed to same-sex marriage.
A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 27 miles from Los Banos, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:36 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles.
As honeybee hives collapse and farmers crops are put in jeopardy, President Barack Obama announced a national strategy to help keep the bees healthy.
Critics say civil asset forfeiture is at best overused and targets innocent people and at worst is a cash cow for local law enforcement agencies. In 2014, government agencies seized $4.6 billion in more than 10,000 forfeitures, 91 percent of the year's total.
The push to end so-called "conversion therapy" against homosexuality is expected to gear up Tuesday with the introduction of a House bill to ban the therapy nationally.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sparked speculation on Sunday when she mentioned the Constitution while officiating a same-sex wedding.
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Maryland tax that effectively double-taxes residents for income earned in other states -- a decision that could cost Maryland and other states with similar policies hundreds of millions of dollars.
A new study by University of Houston researchers could threaten to unravel scientific claims used to justify the Obama administration's global warming agenda.
The Republican-led Texas legislature failed to get a bill through that would have prevented same-sex marriages in the state, according to the Washington Post.
Gunfire erupted Sunday among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, leaving at least nine people dead, according to police.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry's genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her "Bride of Frankenfood" -- putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign's courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state's Democratic caucuses.
A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world's most active volcanos.
Shasta Dam power production has been by about a third as water levels are 50% capacity in the midst of an intense drought, according to federal reclamation officials.
If the USA Freedom Act, which passed the House overwhelmingly Wednesday, really reins in the National Security Agency's bulk telephone metadata collection program, why did so many Republican critics of mass data collection vote against it?
Federal prosecutors have dropped an attempt to seize $107,000 from a North Carolina small business owner using asset forfeiture laws following several weeks of media scrutiny.
House conservatives on Thursday voted down a nonbinding provision aimed at helping young immigrants without permanent legal status enlist in the military, angering some fellow Republicans and handing Democrats a political issue heading into an election year.
Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to revive trade legislation that Democrats had appeared to have scuttled just a day earlier, breathing new life into the centerpiece of President Obama's economic agenda -- though House Democrats vowed a tougher fight still awaits.
A slogan of the American Revolution, "We have no King but Jesus" may well be overturned by a 5 to 4 decision of the Supreme Court near the end of June.
Damage from rioting in Baltimore over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is estimated at $9 million, a U.S. government survey showed on Wednesday.
Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to stop the first major free trade deal vote in years, administering an embarrassing setback to President Obama, who had pleaded with his own party to back him on his top domestic priority for his final years in office.
Senate Democrats are offering Republicans a deal on a stalled "fast track" trade bill that would eliminate "poison pill" language the GOP opposes.
A new bill by House Republicans would require doctors performing late-term abortions to take steps to help aborted babies deemed viable survive.
When federal agents stormed into Lyndon McLellan's North Carolina convenience store last October without warning and accused him of trying to put one over on the government, the small business owner wasn't sure what was happening.
If California's prolonged dry spell is eventually recognized as a megadrought, no one can say we weren't warned. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US, has hit its lowest level ever. Feeding California, Nevada and Arizona, it can hold a mind-boggling 35 cubic kilometers of water. But it has been many years since it was at capacity, and the situation is only getting worse.
A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.
An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, tearing the cars apart and killing at least five people. Dozens of passengers were injured, and some climbed out of windows to get away.
A special House panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has uncovered tens of thousands of new documents, but is still facing "obstacles" from the Obama administration, an interim report issued Monday said.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren hit back at President Barack Obama in their tussle over "fast track" power to negotiate a Pacific Rim trade treaty, a power she says could be used in the future to weaken Wall Street reforms.
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage across America or allow states to continue to make their own decisions will "rank as the most historic and far-reaching judgment of the 21st century." He argued that it could pave the way for "persecution of believers," and said he would be praying for the nine Supreme Court justices.
Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm.
Iowa produces more eggs than any state in the country, and is ninth nationally in turkey production. But both industries are being rocked by a relentless virus that is forcing farmers to destroy entire flocks. A highly pathogenic avian influenza -- or bird flu -- believed to be introduced by wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese has infected dozens of Iowa farms, causing the death and disposal of more than 20 million birds.
Top U.S. officials and lawmakers on Sunday intensified concerns about the growing threat of jihad-inspired terror attacks against the United States, after last week's attempt in Texas and the dire FBI warning that followed.
Days after a terrorist attack in Texas for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the U.S. military has raised its alert level for bases in North America to its highest since the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
A branch of the Satanic Temple sued Missouri on Friday seeking a religious exemption to the state's mandatory 72-hour law regarding abortion after a member was denied the procedure at a Planned Parenthood office.
Conventional political wisdom said Hillary Rodham Clinton would run away from President Obama's record, but instead it's the White House incumbent who in recent weeks has put real distance between himself and his potential successor.
The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, due largely to a significant drop in teen births, new research shows.
"I like the idea of a proportional tax -- that way you pay according to your ability," said retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president Dr. Ben Carson. "I got that idea quite frankly from the Bible."
An expose published on Sunday alleges that President Obama deceived Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden.
The federal government set a record tax haul in April, taking in nearly a half-trillion dollars in one month alone, according to Congressional Budget Office statistics released Thursday.
Though much Islamic State rhetoric may be bluster, analysts say the terrorist group is sufficiently wealthy and has enough social media savvy that, if unchecked, it likely could execute a 9/11-scale attack in the U.S. a few years from now.
The US Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 on Thursday with overwhelming and bipartisan support.
Abortion opponents are growing increasingly frustrated with the Republican majority in Congress they worked so hard to elect.
Tornadoes roared across the Plains on Wednesday, causing at least a dozen injuries, damage to homes and flash flooding in Oklahoma.
The IRS refused to fire most of its own employees found to be cheating on their taxes -- and in some cases even quickly turned around and promoted them within the year, according to an audit released Wednesday.
Representatives of eight pro-life organizations based in Washington, D.C. signed a joint statement saying they will not comply with a new law passed by the City Council that would prevent them from making hiring and firing decisions based upon an employee's position on abortion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a test vote for Thursday on stalled bipartisan legislation to let Congress review and possibly reject any agreement the Obama administration makes to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development.
Authorities are set to survey the damage that was left behind after tornadoes swept through the southern plains, overturning cars and destroying dozens of homes near Oklahoma City Wednesday night.
The mayor called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.
U.S. Special Operations Command is preparing to launch a five-month, multi-state exercise across private and public land to prepare Army special forces for threats anywhere in the world. Or at least that's what the Pentagon would want you to believe. Officials and citizens in Texas, one of the states involved, see something potentially more nefarious in the exercise, dubbed Jade Helm 15. And now Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining them.
For the first time in five decades, the U.S. is allowing ferry service between Florida and Cuba.
Hillary Clinton spent Cinco de Mayo in Nevada, and doubled down on President Obama's executive actions on immigration while visiting with students who illegally entered the United States.
The IRS doled out more than $5 billion in potentially bogus college aid payments in 2012 under an Obama stimulus tax credit, according to a report Tuesday from the agency's inspector general that said the administration still doesn't have a good handle on how to root out erroneous claims.
The quake in Michigan was noteworthy by two measures: Where it occurred and the number of people who felt it. An estimated 4.4 million people live in the five-state region that experienced the tremors, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Tuesday he is running for president, delivering an economy- and security-centered message that he hopes will appeal to everyday Americans and distinguish him from the already-crowded Republican field.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that any immigration overhaul must include a path to "full and equal citizenship," drawing a sharp contrast with Republicans who have promoted providing a legal status or blocked efforts in Congress to address the nation's immigration system.
Islam does not worship the God of the Bible, the Rev. Franklin Graham said in a Facebook post responding to the two men who attempted to attack an event in Texas on Sunday where artists drew pictures of Islam's founder Muhammad.
Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area were a bit startled when they felt the ground beneath them shaking from at least five earthquakes on Sunday, officials said.
A temblor struck at 8:58am Monday and was centered just slightly to the northwest of Dallas Love Field. It measured 2.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A smaller one struck again that day; the 2.0 magnitude quake shook 6 miles south of Dallas during the 5 o’clock hour.
If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you've got to be a member of Congress, and you've got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
Nearly three in five Americans want to see the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage throughout the United States, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.
A quick-thinking Garland police officer shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire at a controversial art exhibit featuring cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, police said Monday. Police say the two gunmen were armed with assault rifles and wearing body armor when they pulled up to the Curtis Culwell Center shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. They began shooting almost immediately and wounded an unarmed Garland ISD security guard who was with the officer. The officer returned fire and killed the gunmen.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to "net neutrality" regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.
Police in Baltimore are now afraid to do their jobs for fear they could be prosecuted if someone complains about them, a shift supervisor told Fox News.
The FBI had spent nearly a decade investigating one of the men who attempted to attack an event featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, it was revealed Monday as investigators attempted to determine whether the attack was directed by any overseas terror groups.
Baltimore's top prosecutor acted swiftly, charging six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a grave spinal injury as he was arrested and put into a police transport van, handcuffed and without a seat belt.
An underwater volcano off the coast of Oregon has risen from its slumber and may be spewing out lava about a mile beneath the sea.
The deep Republican presidential field will get even more competitive this week when hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee enter the race as expected.
The Oklahoma House has passed a bill calling for a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.
For Western states enduring a debilitating drought, the news is bone-dry bad: Anemic Lake Mead has hit a historic low level.
CBS San Francisco reports the temblor had a magnitude of about 4.0 and struck about 2:13 p.m., with the epicenter about a mile south of Concord, Calif. It was the second notable quake to occur in the state on the same day.
Two men who opened fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohammed cartoons in a Dallas suburb were shot dead by police Sunday night, authorities said.
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of focus of 5.9 km was measured around 12:23 p.m. about nine miles southeast of Kalamazoo, near Galesburg.
Americans are bracing for a summer of racial disturbances around the country, such as those that have wracked Baltimore, with African Americans and whites deeply divided about why the urban violence has occurred, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.
A resounding 96% of adults surveyed said it was likely there would be additional racial disturbances this summer, a signal that Americans believe Baltimore's recent problems aren't a local phenomenon but instead are symptomatic of broader national problems.
A resounding 96% of adults surveyed said it was likely there would be additional racial disturbances this summer, a signal that Americans believe Baltimore's recent problems aren't a local phenomenon but instead are symptomatic of broader national problems.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller 'The Harbinger' and the inspiration behind the 'Isaiah 9:10 Judgment' movie, on Wednesday smacked down the Supreme Court's assumption that it has the authority to redefine marriage.
The House Judiciary Committee put the NSA's phone-snooping program on the path to being scrapped Thursday when a bipartisan majority voted for major reforms to the Patriot Act.
A Maryland sheriff who traveled to Baltimore to help law enforcement stop Monday's riots said that he was stunned when officers alerted him of the orders to stand down.
On issues large and small, the Democratic presidential contender is increasingly distancing herself from -- or even opposing -- key policies pushed by Bill Clinton while he was in the White House, from her recent skepticism on free-trade pacts to her full embrace of gay rights.
Several hundred people gathered in New York on Wednesday to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody, and at least 60 people were arrested.
U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
A Treasury Department watchdog has recovered thousands of emails from Lois Lerner and turned them over to Congress, reviving the investigation into the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.
Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Boston on Wednesday, as troops stood by in Baltimore to enforce a curfew imposed after civil unrest over the death of a 25-year-old black man.
A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that he "was intentionally trying to injure himself," according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
Police with riot shields hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at nearly 200 protesters Tuesday night to enforce a citywide curfew that was imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.
More looting was reported Tuesday morning in Baltimore, after a night of chaos and rioting that prompted the National Guard to swarm in to restore order.
The Supreme Court Tuesday considered whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, raising questions about how it would affect religious institutions.
The data mining firm that found between 20 and 50 social media accounts in Baltimore linked to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. is now reporting a spike in message traffic in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, with "protesters" trying to get rides to Baltimore for Tuesday night.
Jeb Bush confronted one of the Republican Party's touchiest debates head-on Tuesday, telling Puerto Ricans that conservatives should be proud that America is "an immigrant nation" and value the contribution immigrants make to the country.
He hasn't announced a bid to run for president in 2016 yet, but Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Christian and the son of a Baptist pastor said this weekend that his relationship with God "drives every major decision" in his life.
The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday turned back an attempt to elevate any nuclear deal with Iran into a treaty, a vote that gave momentum to lawmakers trying to pass a bill giving Congress a chance to review and possibly reject any agreement with Tehran.
A U.S. appeals court Monday upheld a Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban that had become a focus in the statewide debate over gun control, though a dissenting judge sharply criticized the majority opinion.
Avian flu outbreaks were reported at five more Iowa facilities Monday, with more than 6 million birds infected.
A band of tornadoes that swept across parts of rural Texas over the weekend flattened buildings, tore the roofs off other structures and forced people to rush for shelter, the National Weather Service said Monday.
The defense hawks are on the rise in the Republican presidential field, defending the Patriot Act just as Congress prepares for a make-or-break debate over the future of the NSA's phone-snooping program.
Sen. Ted Cruz has been gunning to abolish the Internal Revenue Service since coming to Washington two years ago.
With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.
Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage issue prepared Sunday for High Noon -- at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said Democrats had gone to extremes in their persecution of Christians.
The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday.
Russian hackers who tapped into the White House computer system last year were able to read President Barack Obama's unclassified e-mail, the New York Times reported on April 25, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) alleged Sunday that many rioters in Baltimore the previous night were from "out of town," noting that he was amid crowds in the area.
The Clinton Foundation's acting chief executive admitted on Sunday that the charity had made mistakes on how it listed government donors on its tax returns and said it was working to make sure it does not happen in the future.
A House investigatory panel has summoned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to testify at a May 18 public hearing about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Deportations have plummeted by another 25 percent so far this year, with the government even struggling to find enough criminals to kick out of the country, according to the latest statistics that suggest President Obama's amnesty has hampered removal efforts.
The Oklahoma House and Senate have passed a religious freedom bill to protect the rights of clergy.
You know that supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park? The one that, three times in the last 2 million years, spewed enormous amounts of ash over the North American continent? Scientists have discovered an enormous underground reservoir deep beneath the surface and have mapped it out for the first time.
A bill that would require nearly all children in California to be vaccinated by eliminating "personal belief" exemptions advanced through the State Legislature on Wednesday, though it still has several hurdles to clear. If approved, California would become one of only three states that require all parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of going to school, unless there is a medical reason not to do so.
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week for a third straight week, but the underlying trend continued to point to solid improvement in the labor market.
The world's central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut -- they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy.
Charities with ties to Hillary Clinton will re-file at least five tax returns after errors in how donations from foreign governments were disclosed, according to a published report.
The fight over ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas's Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the Obama administration.
The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed spending as much as $3.5 billion to replace aging natural gas pipelines nationwide -- a move that comes just as POLITICO published a lengthy investigation of the public safety threat posed by pipelines and the numerous problems plaguing the federal agency that regulates them.
Hundreds of Evangelical pastors and their wives will descend on Las Vegas Thursday to learn how to motivate their congregations to get out and vote, preferably for social conservatives.
The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State (it's unclear how much foreign money the organization accepted while Hillary was a U.S. Senator). Super shady, right? It's worse than that, though, because Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.
With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.
House and Senate lawmakers Monday sat down to work on a compromise budget blueprint that could pave the way to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease.
Democrats are "overwhelmingly" opposed to both fast-track trade authority and to the Asian trade deal the administration is negotiating, exposing doubts about President Obama from within his own ranks -- and an ever-shrinking number of lawmakers even willing to be persuaded by him.
The historic four-year drought in California has been grabbing the headlines lately, but there's a much bigger problem facing the West: the now 14-year drought gripping the Colorado River basin.
Until last week, police in all 50 states had the power to take your property -- cash, cars, houses, or anything else -- based purely on their assertion that the property was "guilty" of a crime.
While the administration struggles to move forward with its plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, the list of foreigners trying to get into the United States legally has surged to 4.4 million, over 100,000 more than last year, according to the State Department.
A Pentagon official sat before a committee of the Washington State Legislature in January and declared that the U.S. military supported a bill that would allow voters in the state to cast election ballots via email or fax without having to certify their identities.
Legislation passed quietly by the House on Wednesday to shield large donors from paying gift taxes on contributions to certain political groups was seen by conservatives as a way to prevent the IRS from targeting tea party and related organizations.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued 541,000 Social Security numbers (SSNs) to illegal aliens as a result of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration in 2012.
Some insurers are requiring women to pay all of the costs of their contraceptive drugs even though Obamacare requires birth control to be provided free of charge, according to a study released Thursday that blames vague federal guidelines for the uneven implementation.
More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.
One of the world's foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself.
The federal government has set an all-time record for the amount of inflation-adjusted tax revenue brought into the federal Treasury from the beginning of the fiscal year through the April 15 tax-filing deadline.
The investigation into the prominent Saudi family's ties to the hijackers started on Sept. 19, 2001, and remained active for several years. It was led by the FBI's Tampa field office but also involved the bureau's field offices in New York and Washington, and also the Southwest Florida Domestic Security Task Force.
Now that oil prices have dropped by half to $50 a barrel, Saudi Arabia and other commodity-rich nations are fast drawing down those "petrodollar" reserves. Some nations, such as Angola, are burning through their savings at a record pace, removing a source of liquidity from global markets.
Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that ICE agents who do not enforce President Barack Obama's immigration priorities, outline in a Nov. 20 DHS memo, could be fired for not following an agency directive.
President Barack Obama bowed to pressure on Tuesday and agreed to sign legislation giving Congress the right to reject any nuclear agreement with Iran.
According to a Defense Department-approved "sexism course," the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism.
President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday he intends to remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing the main obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies shut for more than half a century.
Major American law firms apparently believe that some people do not deserve legal representation. This may be seen in the amicus briefs filed in the upcoming Supreme Court case that is widely expected to impose gay marriage on the entire country.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is "uniquely qualified" to win the White House for his Republican Party in 2016, Rubio told donors Monday.
"Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen," aren't the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House's opening ceremonies, but that's just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday officially announced her 2016 presidential campaign, ending months of speculation over her political plans and immediately elevating her as a target for the field of Republican contenders.
It's even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus. As CBS2's Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn't have a treatment or a cure.
Fifty-four percent of Americans say businesses do not have the right to refuse services based on the business' religious beliefs, while 28 percent say businesses should have that right.
In the coalition-building exercise that occurs every four years during a Republican presidential race, libertarians and evangelicals have always been wary of each other. Nowhere has that been more obvious than the first-in-the-nation contest state of Iowa, which has given surprising lifts to evangelical favorites such as Pat Robertson and Mike Huckabee over the years.
At least one person was killed in a northwest suburb of Chicago after a devastating tornado touched down Thursday evening with damage reported in several counties.
A poll conducted by the NBC news network and published Thursday in the United States found that 68 percent of Americans do not believe Iran will comply with the terms of a nuclear deal signed with the international coalition. About 25 percent of those polled said they had faith that Iran would hold up its end of the bargain.
A delegation of House lawmakers has petitioned the White House to reassess its negotiations with Iran and to work more closely with Congress on the matter, according to a letter sent to President Obama on Wednesday that accuses the administration of doing little to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
Tuesday's power failure in Washington has once again raised questions about the vulnerability of America's electric power grid.
The Pentagon is beefing up its communications setup inside a hollowed-out section of Colorado's Rocky Mountains less than a decade after it had largely abandoned the site as protection against an EMP attack.
A jury on Wednesday found Dzokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later.
The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone -- double the total of just three years earlier.
President Obama wants states to prohibit therapies that attempt to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said late Wednesday.
President Barack Obama's recent comments on religious issues shows that "he has a very strange definition of freedom of religion," says Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary.
In a stunningly blunt brief, a team of lawyers acting on behalf of a number of Christian and liberty-focused organizations has told the U.S. Supreme Court that to mandate same-sex marriage is to invite God's judgment.
The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans' international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed.
Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought.
Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
The U.S. beat both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the top producer of both oil and gas in 2014, the government reported Tuesday.
Just days after avoiding any religious references in the slaughter of Christians by Islamist terrorists in Kenya, President Obama chose the setting of an Easter prayer breakfast Tuesday to criticize "less-than-loving" Christians.
U.S. F-22 fighter jets scrambled about 10 times last year -- twice as often as in 2013 -- to monitor and photograph Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers and MiG-31 fighter jets that flew over the Bering Sea without communicating with U.S. air controllers or turning on radio transponders, which emit identifying signals.
Sen. Rand Paul, the eye doctor turned politician, officially kicks off his long-awaited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday in his home state of Kentucky, intent on waging a 50-state campaign that marries the small-government libertarianism championed by his father and the millennial generation with the traditional forces of the Republican Party.
Seaborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster has reached North America.
The second wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children has begun, with more than 3,000 of them surging across the Mexican border into the U.S. last month -- the highest rate since the peak of last summer's crisis and a warning that another rough season could be ahead.
As the proposed agreement over Iran's nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more fervently pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors.
Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, said Sunday on Fox News that the legislation that would force Preisdent Barack Obama to bring a deal on Iran's nuclear program before the Senate is close to achieving the support of a veto-proof majority.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defended Indiana's new religious freedom law -- and left the door open for signing a similar one in his state.
Trying to fashion a shield against a sneak missile attack, military planners gambled on costly projects that flopped, leaving a hole in U.S. homeland defense.
The FBI is warning U.S. companies that cyber terrorists from the Middle East and North Africa are planning to conduct cyber attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests next week.
A federal judge ordered the IRS this week to turn over the list of 298 groups it targeted for intrusive scrutiny as the agency defends against a potential class-action lawsuit by tea party groups who claim their constitutional rights were violated.
Arkansas and Indiana lawmakers rushed Thursday to reconfigure their much-maligned religious freedom bills, striking compromises that mollified some critics but also touched off a new round of debate between religious conservatives and gay rights advocates.
States have enacted nine new abortion regulations and advanced dozens of others as the spring legislative season nears an end.
Even the strongest Obamacare supporters admit one thing: Americans are still being charged troublingly high deductibles in their health plans.
Fortune 500 companies are avoiding up to $600 billion U.S. taxes by keeping profits overseas, according to a new report.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced strict new curbs on state water use Wednesday to combat a worsening drought affecting more than 50 million people in the western United States.
The woman who won the nation's first gay marriage lawsuit has been tapped to represent gay couples from four states when the issue goes to the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
So far the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never worked as a defense for Christian bakers embroiled in lawsuits over gay weddings, but for a handful of Apache, Muslim and Sikh plaintiffs, it's been a godsend.
Evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham said that homosexuals, "liberal politicians" and the "liberal media" are attacking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for seeking to protect religious freedom in the Hoosier state because they oppose such liberty and "don't want Christians' freedoms to be protected."
The Arkansas House of Representatives approved a "religious freedom" bill on Tuesday, and it is now headed to the governor's desk for signature.
The Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile from California for the second time this week.
Indiana's religious freedom law drew an attack Sunday from the White House even though Indiana Republicans say President Obama voted in favor of similar legislation as an Illinois state senator in 1998.
Hillary Clinton wiped "clean" the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.
Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States still number in the thousands, probably the tens of thousands, even though the percentages are lower, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday.
House Republicans came together Wednesday to pass a budget that balances within a decade, cutting spending by over $5 trillion, repealing Obamacare and turning Medicare into a voucherlike system along the way.
The House on Wednesday approved a $3.8 trillion spending plan for fiscal 2016 that balances the budget in a decade, reforms Medicare and Medicaid, and eliminates Obamacare.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday, setting the stage for emotionally charged court proceedings in coming months.
The House Tuesday will begin debate on a half-dozen budget proposals put forward by both Democrats and Republicans as it moves to agree on a 2016 spending blueprint by the end of this week.
A long line of fans wanting to greet Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) had already put the first Republican presidential candidate to make his candidacy official behind schedule, but one young man made him pause for a double-take.
Republicans have a message for President Obama: Benjamin Netanyahu is not the problem. The Islamic State and Iran are.
The Rev. Franklin Graham believes that the numerous world conflicts people are witnessing today reflect passages in the Bible that talk about the end times and the "distress of nations."
ISIS has urged its American sympathisers to kill 100 US military personnel whose names, addresses and photos were posted on a "death list" online.
Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.
As California's epic drought continues with no end in sight, it is setting off new alarms about unprecedented water shortages, increased wildfire threats, fewer crops and farmers, higher electric bills and huge economic losses for years -- or even decades -- to come.
The battle of wills between Beijing and Washington over a China-sponsored development bank for Asia is turning into a rout, and the Obama administration has found itself isolated and embarrassed as its top allies lined up this week to join the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
A tuberculosis outbreak at a Kansas high school has spread to nearly 30 people, state health officials said Wednesday.
The IRS may broaden a looming controversial rule to police political nonprofits to include political parties and political action committees, the IRS chief said Wednesday.
House Republicans on Tuesday introduced a $3.8 trillion dollar budget that would dramatically shrink the size of the federal government to balance in nine years.
California officials approved new, far-reaching water restrictions Tuesday, limiting households to just two days of outdoor watering in some parts of the state while requiring restaurants to serve water only upon request and hotels to get guest approval before washing the linens.
Reacting bitterly to the news that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms had yielded in its attempt to ban the M855, one of the most popular rifle rounds in the country, a small group of congressional Democrats yesterday announced plans to destroy the entire American rifle market.
An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday.
The government paid out $124.7 billion in potentially bogus payments last year, the government's chief watchdog said Monday, blaming a controversial tax credit for the poor as well as increased bad payments in Medicare and Medicaid.
A Chinese firm with extremely close ties to China's internal security department is among the largest donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a revelation that recalls the former president's multiple campaign finance scandals involving illegal Asian money.
The U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has launched a bipartisan probe into the Washington-based OneVoice Movement's funding of efforts to oust Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, Fox News reported on Saturday.
Weapons of mass destruction and "potential instruments of terrorism" could be at risk of entering the country through cargo rail shipments, according to a new watchdog report.
A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have written a letter to President Obama backing up the letter 47 GOP senators controversially addressed to Iran on Monday with dire warnings about the impending nuke deal.
Major networks declined to run an ad on their Sunday morning news shows from a bipartisan group of former senators warning of the seriousness of an Iranian nuclear bomb.
Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday while demonstrators were gathered across the street -- an attack the county police chief described as "an ambush" that could easily have killed both men.
The administration asked a federal appeals court Thursday to let President Obama’s amnesty go into effect immediately, calling a lower judge's ruling halting the amnesty "unprecedented and wrong" and saying illegal immigrants will be hurt until the new policy can be implemented.
President Barack Obama and his outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, are, along with "progressives" in government, forcing "a new morality" on the American people, a "morality that does not include God" and which is "an Anti-Christ movement," said Reverend Franklin Graham.
The Obama administration will soon find itself in court having to explain to federal judges why it never told anyone former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a secret email address, potentially spoiling dozens of open records requests, experts said Wednesday.
Illegal immigrants will file 800,000 claims for Earned Income Tax Credit refunds under President Obama's new deportation amnesty, costing the government $2 billion over the next five years, Congress's scorekeeper predicted this week as key lawmakers proposed legislation to cancel what's become known as the "amnesty bonus."
Long-dormant, 300-million-year-old fault lines across Oklahoma are being "reawakened" by recent small earthquakes that have been previously linked to fracking, scientists reported in a new study out this week.
The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president's protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.
In a notice posted on its website Tuesday the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced it will no longer pursue a ban on a popular form of 5.56 ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles.
A letter from Senate Republicans to Iranian leaders sparked a furious response from the White House on Monday, with administration officials accusing the GOP of seeking war and undermining its diplomatic efforts to stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
As the U.S. economy is pulling out of the doldrums from the last global financial crash, a new study suggests that consumers are once again piling up credit card debt to dangerously high levels.
A bipartisan group of senators reintroduced legislation Tuesday to apply sales taxes to all Internet purchases, long a goal of state and local governments as well as traditional "bricks and mortar" retailers. The legislation would require online merchants to collect and remit sales taxes to the local authorities where the purchaser lives.
Senate Republicans don't doubt the Iranian regime's knowledge of the U.S. constitutional system and the role of Congress in approving treaties.
Illegal immigrants who take advantage of President Obama's executive actions on immigration will soon collect another benefit: Social Security.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has 6.5 million Social Security Numbers for 112 year olds on file, allowing for "thousands of instances of potential identity theft" or fraud, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) warns.
The majority of Americans do not believe the Obama administration has been aggressive enough in its effort to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and overwhelmingly reject the terms outlined in the prospective deal it is pursuing with Tehran, a poll found recently.
West Virginia has become the first state this year to prohibit abortions midway through pregnancy, even as a federal version of the ban remains stalled in Washington.
President Barack Obama's November amnesty will give $1.7 billion in taxpayers' cash to illegal immigrants, according to a congressional study.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reversed himself on plans to hold a March 10 vote on a bill that would empower Congress to reject a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.
President Obama's lawyers misled a federal judge when they said they weren't approving any applications under his expanded deportation amnesty, Texas charged in new court papers Thursday that said the breach is serious enough that the court should allow legal discovery to get to the bottom of the matter.
The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson wasn't expected his Facebook post on persecuted Christians to go viral -- but it did.
The House committee investigating the government's handling of the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed the State Department for Hillary Clinton's emails, which the committee found were sent using her personal account.
Superbugs spread to another hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., as more infections of deadly bacteria are linked to hard-to-clean medical instruments.
Obamacare's insurance subsidies appeared a bit safer Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard the latest legal challenge to President Obama's signature healthcare law.
The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, falling five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in a 62-37 vote.
The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a ruling this evening, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
A top police representative on Tuesday said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration's argument for banning the 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip."
The House voted 257-167 to pass a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
The revelation Hillary Rodham Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state reverberated across Washington on Tuesday, further eroding the Obama administration's claims of transparency, giving new momentum to House Republicans investigating the Benghazi affair and raising fresh questions about Mrs. Clinton's credibility heading into 2016.
The State Department's counterterrorism office is facing pushback after promoting recent remarks by a Muslim cleric who blamed regional unrest in the Middle East on what he called a "conspiracy" by a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism."
If the government loses in a major Obamacare challenge before the Supreme Court, it will result in premium increases of up to 700 percent for nearly 8 million people, a new analysis claims.
Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said the liberal media, Congress, and the White House were shunning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because "anti-Israel and anti-Semitic" Muslims were influencing the Obama administration against Israel.
Lawmakers return Monday to the Capitol without a clear path out of the shutdown showdown over homeland security funds, with Senate Democrats resisting any negotiations and House Republicans determined to block President Obama's deportation amnesty.
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday in favor of a proposal that will expand its influence over the Internet, but lawsuits from major Internet service providers (ISPs) as well as several congressional investigations mean the fight over Internet regulation is far from over.
The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Leading Wall Street regulator Ben Lawsky, who heads up the New York Department of Financial Services, warned that the United States should be preparing for a massive cyberattack on banks -- that it's inevitable, and looming.
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday.
Two prominent House committee chairs are "deeply disappointed" in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as "the future of the Internet is at stake."
Health and Human Service's Office of Refuge Resettlement (ORR) has confirmed to CNSNews.com that abortion is one of the emergency medical services that must be made available by federally funded caregivers of illegal alien unaccompanied minors (Unaccompanied Children or UC) who have been sexually assaulted and become pregnant.
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.
With the Federal Communications Commission poised Thursday to impose unprecedented regulations on the Internet, congressional Republicans have quietly backed down on a plan to block the looming FCC rules ahead of time with their own legislation.
Reverend Franklin Graham said he did not know whether President Barack Obama dislikes America, as "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani stated last week, but Graham said it is true that Obama "defends Islam and chastises Christians," denies the "religious freedoms" of those who oppose abortion and gay marriage, and added that our nation is "morally crumbling within" and that "we have turned our back on God."
The watchdog group Cause of Action is asking a federal court to force the Obama administration to release thousands of documents related to the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.
More than 16,900 federal employees took home in excess of $200,000 in base salary in 2014, according to a partial database of federal salary data.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress on Tuesday after presenting her semiannual monetary policy report.
Senate Democrats Tuesday blocked a $40 billion Department of Homeland Security funding measure, marking the fourth failed attempt by Republicans to advance a bill that would curb President Obama's recent moves to help illegal immigrants work and secure benefits in the United States.
This coming Thursday, Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission will formally pass its fourth set of regulations on broadband Internet services. It's a sobering thought.
Cold, slushy weather crawled across much of the U.S. on Monday, coating parts of several Southern states in snow, leaving highways dangerously icy in numerous states from New Mexico to Oklahoma to New England, and sending temperatures plunging to 25 to 30 degrees below normal across much of the country.
A key Republican lawmaker in Congress called for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to make proposed net neutrality regulations public before a planned Thursday vote on the measure.
A Yahoo executive clashed with the new head of the National Security Agency at a conference on Monday as tensions continued to simmer between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over the privacy of online data and new security technologies.
CIA Director John Brennan is planning a major expansion of the agency's cyber-espionage capabilities as part of a broad restructuring of an intelligence service long defined by its human spy work, current and former U.S. officials said.
The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama's top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue -- eventually.
A temperature of 5 degrees was enough to smash a 120-year-old record for the date -- a moment worthy of meteorological reflection.
In the midst of the dramatic showdown in Brussels between the new Greek government and its European creditors, many Greek depositors -- spooked by the prospect of a Greek default or, worse, an exit from the euro zone and a possible return to the drachma -- have been pulling euros out of the nation's banks in record amounts over the last few days.
Anti-Semitic, pro-terror graffiti continues to plague an affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C., causing worry among some residents as anti-Jewish incidents continue to spike across the globe.
Six Georgia House members have jumped to the defense of the former Atlanta fire chief, claiming he was fired for believing in the Bible -- and should be reinstated.
Nearly 180 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to potentially deadly bacteria from contaminated medical scopes, and two deaths have already been linked to the outbreak.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled that President Obama's policies have left the border less secure and invited illegal immigrants into the U.S., but the judge said it was the administration's own attempts at slicing and dicing convoluted immigration laws that left him with no choice but to halt the president’s deportation amnesty.
A federal judge has granted a request by a coalition of 26 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration while its lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.
The Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend, propping the severed heads on the victims' backs, a barbaric slaughter that led Reverend Franklin Graham to ask, "Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?"
Thousands of new Internal Revenue Service employees will not be shouldering the regulatory burden Obamacare rules have heaped onto the tax agency, despite IRS claims that it needed massive additional funding to hire such support staff.
The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
The US National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
The National Security Agency, still reeling from massive leaks caused by Edward Snowden, is preparing to be hit with another major loss of secrets, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Another weekend, another major snowstorm: The latest system to sweep the Northeast brought another foot to Boston - on top of 6 feet that has fallen over the last month - and tested New Englanders who say the winter is beginning to feel like one without end.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report.
In a final push to get Americans to sign up for Obamacare coverage, the Obama administration is dangling a carrot: government subsidies many people can use to help purchase plans.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn't pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama's temporary deportation amnesty.
For the first time ever, real federal tax revenues topped $1 trillion in the first four months of the fiscal year --October through January -- according to data released Wednesday by the U.S Treasury.
The House passed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday. The bill now goes to the White House, where it is expected to meet President Obama's veto pen.
Confidently declaring that the Islamic State "is going to lose," President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for broad yet intentionally vague war powers as he laid the foundation for a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group that ultimately could involve U.S. ground troops.
A small Christian college and two Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania have been adequately exempted by the Obama administration from paying for birth control coverage, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.
Claiming that thousands of public comments condemning "dark money" in politics can't be ignored, the Democrat-chaired Federal Election Commission on Wednesday appeared ready to open the door to new regulations on donors, bloggers and others who use the Internet to influence policy and campaigns.
President Barack Obama intentionally misled voters when he stated that he supported traditional marriage during his 2008 presidential election campaign, former Obama advisor David Axelrod claims in his new book.
The Federal Reserve is mobilizing against Sen. Rand Paul's increasingly popular effort to audit the central bank.
After the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general recovered some 80,000 emails to and from former agency executive Lois Lerner, lawmakers began asking why the IRS had previously claimed most of those emails were permanently lost.
Ron Wagner, a Florida father, said his son's world history book has gone too far with a lesson that teaches Muhammad is the messenger of God.
The government expects so many applications for President Obama's new deportation amnesty that it's seeking a contractor just to open the new mail and enter the forms into the system, with plans to operate two shifts from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every workday to keep up with the anticipated workload.
The Obama administration is refusing to release more than 500 documents to the Hill newspaper concerning the IRS targeting scandal, the paper reported Tuesday:
The United States will appoint an openly gay official as a special envoy to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people overseas, the US State Department said Friday.
Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page "Net Neutrality" document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives' idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.
Two congressional committees have launched investigations into whether the White House improperly influenced the net-neutrality proposal released last week by the head of the Federal Communications Commission.
Gay marriage proponents are cheering a Supreme Court move on Monday that will allow same sex marriages to take place in Alabama.
Several Republican leaders of Congress released a new health-care reform plan late last week, a move which is the first substantive policy volley of the new Congress in the ongoing battle over Obamacare.
Bills introduced in Oklahoma and West Virginia focusing on Bible courses in public schools continue to face mounting opposition, but lawmakers have indicated the legislation is important and supported by constituents.
The Homeland Security Department has set up hotlines for illegal immigrants who believe their rights under President Obama's amnesty policy have been violated.
Congress expects the White House to officially ask lawmakers next week to authorize the fight against the Islamic State and thereby provide details of President Obama's strategy for combating the terrorists.
The debate over whether the Obama administration should put American troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State is intensifying just as Congress is expecting President Obama within days to authorize the use of military force to battle the terrorist group.
President Obama's relationship with American Christians has become front page news after the commander in chief made critical remarks about distant Christian history while discussing this week's burning alive of a Jordanian prisoner by the Islamic State.
Everyone in Colorado from Republicans to marijuana moguls wants to stop welfare cash from being used to buy recreational pot, but standing in their way are the state's formidable legislative Democrats.
The Internal Revenue Service seized hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of bank accounts over the past decade, often without proof of any criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released by the Institute for Justice this week.
Wading deeper into the debate over violence inspired by radical Islam, President Obama Thursday equated terrorism with "terrible deeds" committed by Christians in centuries past, comments that quickly sparked disgust among conservatives.
House Speaker John Boehner said the House GOP will not contest a forthcoming Supreme Court decision on the legality of gay marriage, signaling a possible retreat in Republican opposition.
President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that "no god condones terror."
The House has voted to repeal Obamacare for the first time since the law's major components were rolled out.
For the New York Times, opposition to vaccines is unique to conservative voters, a suggestion that doesn't appear to be bolstered by any data or real life trend.
Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.
With $3.999 trillion in total spending, more than $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade and a host of controversial new spending, the 2016 budget President Obama submitted Monday amounted to a declaration of political war against Republicans on Capitol Hill, who flatly declared his plans dead.
Republicans have vowed to be ready with a replacement for Obamacare if the Supreme Court pokes a hole in the signature law later this summer, and will vote in the House Tuesday to both repeal the law and to give themselves a mandate to find the replacement.
More than 5.46 million foreign nationals have received work permits from the federal government since 2009, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. Data uncovered from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency reveal that approximately 982,000 work permits were given to illegal immigrants and other foreign nationals unqualified for admission, most of whom crossed the border without inspection.
U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest decline since late 2009 in December with households saving the extra cash from cheaper gasoline.
JPMorgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank, agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle its portion of an antitrust lawsuit in which investors accuse 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
Six years after taking office amid a deep economic recession, President Barack Obama is looking back on his successes with a smile.
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits in the future, but Republicans were skeptical of the plan on Sunday.
If President Obama had his way in earlier budgets, the federal government would be 20 percent bigger than it is today -- a measure of the expansive liberal direction he and his inner circle have tried to lead Congress over the past six years.
The Senate passed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline by a 62-36 vote Thursday, a victory expected to be short-lived for the pipeline's backers as the bill heads to President Obama's desk for a likely veto.
House Benghazi committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday he won't bow to Democrats' demands in a bitter dispute over access to witnesses and information.
The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon 25 miles from Ferndale in Northern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The House is taking action to sue president Obama over his executive actions that gave legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
The intrusion by a recreational drone early Monday onto the White House lawn exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix, according to several officials familiar with the concern.
Following Attorney General Eric Holder's recent announcement that the Justice Department will overhaul its civil asset forfeiture program, a group of congressmen including introduced a bill in Congress Tuesday to reform the practice.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama's call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks.
Blue-chip Wall Street stocks saw sharp falls on Tuesday after a string of weak results showed the pressure US multinationals are coming under from a stronger dollar and subdued global growth.
President Obama's opening to Cuba has accelerated a surge in Cuban migration to the United States, the latest U.S. statistics show, as many on the island grow worried that America's long-standing immigration benefits for Cubans are now in jeopardy.
If you have to deal with the federal government -- be it the seemingly innocuous Social Security Administration or the eternally-despised Treasury Department, home to the IRS -- prepare to be even more annoyed than in the past.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) is poised to file new Iran sanctions legislation on Monday with or without the support of key Democrats who have backed the bill in the past, including Sens. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), according to sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations.
Sixty percent of job creation in 2014 was caused by the expiration of unemployment benefits, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Legislative and economic changes have improved the federal government's short-term deficit, according to a new outlook from the Congressional Budget Office.
Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win.
US Speaker of the House John Boehner said Sunday night that he informed President Barack Obama that he'd asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress hours before the invite was made public.
A historic snowstorm blasted its way through the Northeast on Monday, bringing with it havoc, flight cancellations, school closings and worry that up to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds might be on the horizon.
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.
A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.
A potentially historic blizzard that could bring three feet of snow is barreling toward the city and has officials already warning that streets and subways could be shut down before the Monday evening rush.
A top aide to President Obama is defending the White House's decision not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits the U.S. at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner.
The labor union for the nation's Border Patrol agents announced their opposition Friday to the House GOP's new border security bill, calling it "window dressing" and adding further obstacles to Republican leaders who had hoped to pass the bill in a vote this Wednesday.
While tens of thousands of pro-life marchers teemed the streets outside the Capitol, the House voted Thursday to cement a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions under Obamacare.
Abortion foes often find it difficult to unite, but as they gathered for the March for Life the movement's leaders uniformly backed a mid-pregnancy abortion ban they expected the House to pass this week.
China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter's stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents.
A defiant President Obama staked out a populist agenda Tuesday night for his final two years in office built on what he called "middle-class economics," while using his sixth State of the Union address to deliver a slew of veto threats challenging the new, Republican-led Congress.
Republican House leaders are yanking a bill banning abortion past 20 weeks of pregnancy from the floor and replacing it with legislation blocking abortion coverage from plans offered on healthcare.gov.
Facing yet another internal division, Republican leaders night scratched a planned Thursday vote on a bill banning abortions at 20 weeks and replaced it with a bill designed to eliminate taxpayer funding for abortions.
The highly publicized physician-assisted suicide of 29-year-old brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard has given the ailing right-to-die movement a new lease on life.
President Barack Obama will meet with the family of a U.S. pastor imprisoned in Iran on Wednesday in Boise, Idaho, an administration official has confirmed.
Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision "fairly soon" on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life.
Pope Francis will visit the White House and address a joint session of Congress in September.
At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.
President Obama will use his state of the union address Tuesday to call for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes in order to pay for programs targeting students, the middle class and retirees, the White House announced Saturday.
Those Americans who didn't get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty -- and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.
The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.
A new document reveals that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly kept track of Americans' calls to foreign countries for more than a decade to track drug trafficking and other criminal activities.
After hearing a week's worth of complaints from his conservative members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the Senate will attempt to approve a House-passed bill that guts President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
The Obama administration said Thursday that faith-based nonprofits should comply with Obamacare's birth control mandate because they enjoy much greater leeway than the corporations that sued and won before the Supreme Court last year.
More than 2 million illegal immigrants will be approved for President Obama's deportation amnesty over the next few years, and they will be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits as well as claim a special tax break for low-income families, the Congressional Budget Office said in an analysis Thursday.
Last week's brazen attack by a "home-grown" terrorist cell in France that targeted the staff of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has sparked renewed interest in potential cells operating inside the United States.
Brushing aside Democrats' warnings of permanent political doom, House Republicans voted Thursday to cancel President Obama's deportation amnesties, casting it as an effort to undo a runaway White House untethered either to the Constitution or its own words and promises.
The House voted Wednesday to change parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, passing a package of 11 bills that was blocked by Democrats last week.
An Ohio man was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday and charged with planning a bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol.
President Obama will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to tout the ability of local governments to provide high-speed Internet to their residents.
Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.
Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that America is increasingly embracing a "culture of death" that echoes what has occurred in Europe, and which stems from a "sinful, godless worldview that rejects Christ."
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a challenge to Louisiana's ban on gay marriage and took no action on similar cases in four other states.
President Obama on Monday will propose a pair of bills aimed at bolstering cybersecurity in the wake of the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Leaked internal training documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal Border Patrol agents are now receiving guidelines instructing them that the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are off limits to federal agents and are substantially immune to detention and deportation.
The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids.
Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took control of the social media accounts of the U.S. military's Central Command on Monday, posting threatening messages and propaganda videos, along with some military documents.
A Chattanooga newspaper reports that radioactive water leaked from a tank at an Alabama nuclear plant, releasing tritium into the environment.
The Veteran's Memorial at King Central Park is losing its Christian flag and statue of a soldier kneeling by a cross, ending four years of contentious debate.
President Obama's plan to offer tuition-free community college would cost taxpayers $80 billion over the next decade, the White House said in advance of Obama rolling out his program Friday
President Obama's new deportation amnesty will impose "billions of dollars in costs" on states, they told a federal court this week -- including more than $130 for each Texas driver's license issued to illegal immigrants under the policy.
A small Arizona church's complaints that its freedom to use signs to direct people to its services are being unfairly suppressed by a town code will be heard by the Supreme Court Monday.
A cross that graced the top of a hill in the small city of Grand Haven, Michigan, for over 50 years will now be removed after the threat of a lawsuit by an outside activist who has filed other lawsuits to advance his cause.
Democrats launched the first filibuster of the new Congress on Thursday, objecting to the GOP's effort to try to bring the Keystone XL pipeline bill to the floor early next week.
FBI background checks, the most reliable measure of gun sales, surged in December, capping a year that experienced strong growth in the last three months.
The Obama administration pushed through $181.5 billion in new or expanded regulations in 2014, according to a new report from a conservative think that said California, Texas and Ohio were hardest hit by the additional red tape.
A Republican House member from Alabama is set to propose legislation to override President Barack Obama's sweeping moves on immigration, even as GOP leaders ponder their response to the executive action.
More than three in five Americans wouldn't have money in their savings accounts to pay for an unexpected car repair or medical emergency, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Two New York City plainclothes policemen were shot and wounded while responding to an armed robbery on Monday night, but were expected to recover, officials said.
The army has detected a sharp increase in the number of roadside explosive devices deployed by Palestinians in the West Bank over the past year, an IDF officer said during a recent tour of the region.
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been fired for authoring a Christian book in 2013 that described homosexuality as a "sexual perversion."
"We're looking at 50 million people in 24 states that are going to see some of the coldest weather over the next several days that we have seen in quite some time," CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis said.
Lesbian and gay couples were wed in Miami on Monday by the same judge who approved their marriage licenses, hours before Florida's coming-out party as the nation's 36th state where same-sex marriages are now legal statewide.
The federal government drove $789,473,350,613.20 deeper into debt in calendar year 2014, an increase that equaled $6,875 per household, $7,458 per full-time year-round worker, and $8,853 per full-time year-round private-sector worker.
The Secular Coalition for America asked members of Congress to reject using religious texts such as the Bible or Torah to swear into office Tuesday, urging them to instead use the Constitution -- or nothing at all.
Oil's biggest bust since the global recession was good for a few cases of whiplash.
More than 1 million undocumented immigrants become eligible to apply for California driver's licenses Friday, thanks to a new state law. Now people who entered or stayed in the country illegally can drive legally in the state. That was one of 931 laws passed last year to take effect in California. Across the USA, hundreds more new laws are taking effect as the new year begins:
Less than 3 percent of illegal immigrants will ever be deported, and more than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014, according to Sen. Tom Coburn's final oversight report released Saturday morning, which found the Homeland Security Department failing in several of its top missions.
After years of being blocked by Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Senate will finally get a chance next year to vote on legislation to force a broad audit of the Federal Reserve's decision-making.
Planned Parenthood clinics did 327,653 abortions in its fiscal year 2014 (which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America's newly released annual report.
How long did it take a radioactive plume to travel the waters of the Pacific from Fukushima, Japan, to the shores of North America? The answer, according to a new study published in PNAS, is about 2.1 years.
Maybe it was a bird. Maybe it was a plane. But it was probably not a UFO.
The latest Baker Hughes rig count data showed that the total number of US rigs in operation -- which includes both oil and gas rigs -- fell by 35 last week, to 1,840 from 1,875. This report is usually released on Friday afternoons, but was released on Monday due to last week's Christmas holiday.
Arctic cold air of the magnitude we saw in November took a long December vacation, but a significant pattern change has once again opened the Arctic freezer door as the calendar counts down into the final few days of 2014.
Just in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine.
As epidemic flu spreads across the United States, with 15 child deaths reported in nine states so far this year, federal health officials said on Tuesday they could not yet predict the severity of the current season.
President Obama thanked the military in a statement marking the end of the United States' combat mission in Afghanistan as a ceremony took place in Kabul to commemorate the departure of most U.S. troops.
Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.
It's been a week since the U.S. government blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment -- and many security experts still aren't convinced Kim Jong-un is the culprit.
The Obama administration plans to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay over the next six months, with as many as five detainees being moved over the next few days, according to a U.S. official who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity.
Hundreds of police officers outside the Queens, N.Y. church Saturday where the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos was being held turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized the fallen officer who was ambushed last week along with his partner.
Missing from most news coverage is that the anti-police protests rocking New York are being openly coordinated and led by professional radical leftist agitators, primarily Occupy Wall Street and a communist aligned anti-war, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian extremist organization.
The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans' overseas communications.
Researchers studying Ebola in a highly secure laboratory mistakenly allowed potentially lethal samples of the virus to be handled in a much less secure laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.
Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making him the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 18,000 for the first time Tuesday, as U.S. stock markets hit new highs in the wake of a strong report on economic growth.
Over a thousand anti-cop activists tried to shut down Fifth Avenue in Midtown and the Upper East Side on Tuesday-- defying Mayor Bill de Blasio's call for a moratorium on the demonstrations after two Brooklyn police officers were slain.
The U.S. economy roared into overdrive in the third quarter as consumer and business spending fueled the biggest expansion in more than a decade.
If President Obama's approval ratings have slipped with the general population, they have plummeted to record lows within one segment of the population: the US military.
Flu season is picking up steam just in time to ruin a lot of people's holidays. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 29 states, primarily in the South and Midwest. That's twice as many states as the previous week.
A veteran police officer was shot and killed -- and even run over -- early Sunday in Florida by a wanted man who felt like a "caged rat" and didn't want to go back to prison, officials said.
Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.
The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.
The historic plan announced by President Obama on Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba was met with heavy bipartisan resistance on Capitol Hill, raising questions of whether Congress will even consider easing a more than 50-year trade embargo against the communist state -- let alone end it.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy.
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.
Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said.
President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history -- using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.
People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016.
A federal judge has found parts of President Obama's new deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, issuing a scathing memo Tuesday accusing him of usurping Congress's power to make laws, and dismantling most of the White House's legal reasoning for circumventing Congress.
Pornography is replacing the desire among young men for marriage, according to a new study that finds males are chasing "low-cost sexual gratification" on the web over a wife and family.
For years, the Internal Revenue Service has been stealing taxpayer assets from small businesses -- not for breaking tax law, but for making legitimate bank deposits under $10,000. It's one form of the increasingly well-known practice called "civil asset forfeiture."
While the government may have voted itself some $1.1 trillion to spend until the end of fiscal 2015, the biggest contention in the Cromnibus, or as it is also known, the Cronybus, vote which passed the House with the narrowest of margins on Thursday night, was the swaps push-out provision - drafted by Citigroup - and which, as we detailed yesterday, could put American taxpayers on the hook for up to $303 trillion in gross notional derivatives as a result of "siloing" swaps, and their associated risks, in FDIC-insured operating companies.
Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the U.S. Supreme Court late on Monday to block same-sex marriage in the state next month while the state continues its legal defense of its constitutional definition of marriage as a heterosexual union.
Politically motivated budget cuts and a hiring freeze have left the Navy with a shipyard workforce incapable of maintaining even its most valuable hardware, including the fleet of hunter-killer submarines and aircraft carriers that are crucial to projecting U.S. force across the globe.
The White House and several other federal buildings in Washington lost power Monday, the result of a blown transformer and a separate construction mishap.
The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama's desk.
Strong winds, torrential rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California hit the southern part of the state Friday.
Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers.
A powerful storm fueled by a stream of tropical moisture called the "Pineapple Express" is battering not only drought-stricken California but the entire West Coast with damaging winds and enough rain to cause flooding and landslides. On top of that, the Sierra Nevada is in line for a bona fide blizzard likely to make travel there all but impossible.
The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.
Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn't over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn't pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ's Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.
The House on Thursday passed a $1.1 trillion package to fund the government, despite significant opposition from lawmakers in both parties that nearly derailed the measure.
The D.C. Council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.
A must-pass spending bill released late Tuesday night seeks to establish unprecedented levels of congressional oversight over Iran's compliance with the terms of the Joint Plan of Action, the temporary agreement reached between the P5+1 world powers and Tehran in November 2013.
A State Department official told Congress on Wednesday he agreed with the high-level decision to deny machine guns requested by U.S. diplomatic personnel in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the deadly terrorist attack, in testimony that led toward the office of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday's government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming.
The U.S. Treasury continued to rake in tax dollars at a record rate in November as the federal government closed out the first two months of fiscal 2015 with $404,155,000,000 in total receipts, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
After taking control of the Senate and widening their majority in the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections, Republicans are preparing for new battles with the Obama administration, this time over vetoes.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue Islamic State terrorists wherever and however the president deems necessary, asking for a new authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to fight.
Extreme interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists were harsher than the CIA previously disclosed to Congress, the Bush White House and the Department of Justice, a newly released Senate report says.
President Obama insisted Tuesday that his successor won't take the political risk that would come with reversing his recent executive action on immigration reform.
House Republicans will take up a bill to fund the government for a day or two, while they draft and vote on a $1.1 trillion package to fund most of the government through September 2015.
Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.
Eight of the biggest U.S. banks are about to find out just how risky the Federal Reserve thinks they really are.
A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records -- the third time in recent months that appeals courts around the country have considered the controversial counterterrorism program.
The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday.
Republicans won't need to lift a finger to make a dent in at least three Obamacare programs. The trio of primary care programs, which serves poor Americans, is due to expire at the end of this fiscal year unless Congress finds more funding. But keeping the programs alive could be a tough sell amid a political climate still sour on President Obama's signature health law.
Most Americans think relations between white and black communities have gotten worse since President Obama was elected, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll.
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.
On Dec. 24, 2009, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed President Obama's healthcare law with a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, triggering a massive backlash that propelled Republicans to control of the House the following year. On the Senate side, going into this year's midterm elections, 25 senators who voted for Obamacare were already out or not going be part of the new Senate being sworn in next month.
Outside groups are bracing for surprises in the massive government-funding bill the Congress is expected to consider next week.
The administration is trying to preempt Obamacare sticker shock in 2015 by pleading with Americans to shop around in the marketplaces instead of automatically re-enrolling in the health plans they chose last year.
Florida agreed Thursday to let the Satanic Temple put up a holiday display at the Capitol, effectively putting to end a First Amendment lawsuit being filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
House Republicans took a swipe at President Obama’s immigration reforms Thursday, pushing through legislation that declares his recent executive action "null and void and without legal effect."
Protesters shut down major highways in New York and Chicago, and demonstrations were held in other cities Thursday as outrage against a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man continued to be felt on city streets across the nation.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is no stranger to leading marches. He helped organize one just this summer regarding the Eric Garner case. But he says a march planned on Washington a week from Saturday will make specific demands regarding grand juries investigating police.
An openly lesbian federal judge whose appointment was opposed by dozens of U.S. senators has ruled against a Christian former Navy chaplain who alleged his superiors engineered his dismissal from the service because he was not "ecumenical."
The national debt has passed the $18 trillion mark, sparking renewed criticism Tuesday from Republicans and other fiscal conservatives over the soaring trajectory of government spending under President Obama.
Less than a week after fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and won't release the trove to a group suing for access.
A recent report by a GOP-led committee that was seen as going easy on the Obama administration's Benghazi response is drawing stinging complaints from a number of Republicans on the panel, as well as survivors of the attack.
A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration Wednesday, saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents.
National statistics show that hundreds of homicides committed by law-enforcement officers between 2007 and 2012 were not recorded in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, the Wall Street Journal reports.
A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Heavy rain from a powerful Pacific storm swept through parched California on Tuesday, providing some relief from a three-year drought but prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred communities threatened by mudslides and flooding.
More than 1,400 people in 44 states are being actively monitored for Ebola after returning to the U.S. from West Africa, Sharyl Attkisson reports.
President Obama's plan to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hit a major snag Monday as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps to shut down the facility.
A billboard debuted in Milwaukee on Monday that might raise eyebrows. It's called "Skip Church" and is intended to coincide with the holidays.
President Obama on Monday announced executive actions to curb "simmering mistrust" between local police departments and minority communities, pledging that his push for more body cameras on cops and greater oversight of the use of military weapons by officers would ensure "this time will be different."
The FBI warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyberattack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The total US debt has increased by 70% under Obama, from $10.625 trillion on January 21, 2009 to $18.005 trillion most recently.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan went on a fiery tirade about Ferguson on Saturday -- threatening that if the demands of protesters aren't met, "we'll tear this g*ddamn country apart!"
The Daily Treasury Statement that was released Wednesday afternoon as Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving revealed that the U.S. Treasury has been forced to issue $1,040,965,000,000 in new debt since fiscal 2015 started just eight weeks ago in order to raise the money to pay off Treasury securities that were maturing and to cover new deficit spending by the government.
Atheist activists are taking their campaigns to the Bible Belt this Christmas with a provocative billboard campaign that is expected to stir controversy in America's religious heartlands.
Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says Congress has the power to block funding for President Obama's executive action on immigration, refuting a position taken by the top House appropriator.
In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that "potentially" show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama's White House.
On Thanksgiving Day, what used to be the world's most powerful oil cartel will gather in Vienna to decide how much oil to produce. Right around the time that the Bears and Lions are getting underway at in Detroit, delegates of the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will finish a closed-door meeting and announce to the world how much oil they intend to collectively pump over the next year.
Police arrested several people at a protest near St. Louis' City Hall on Wednesday as area demonstrations ran into a third day following a grand jury decision in a white police officer's shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation's skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records.
Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
The Missouri church where Michael Brown's father was baptized over the weekend was torched Monday night -- but the pastor does not think the arson was part of the fiery violence that erupted elsewhere in the community.
Protesters from New York City to Oakland marched and chanted their discontent with the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen.
From New York to Los Angeles and dozens and dozens of cities in between, protesters flooded the streets to denounce a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
Protests broke out from coast to coast Monday night after a grand jury announced that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. More than 100 demonstrations have sprung up beyond Missouri, from New York to Seattle, The Associated Press is reporting.
The Colorado Supreme Court threw out a legal challenge to the governor's honorary Day of Prayer proclamations Monday, ruling that members of an anti-religion group lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.
House Speaker John Boehner wants a special Republican-led House committee tasked with investigating the Benghazi attacks to keep digging, despite another House panel debunking many conspiracies surrounding the 2012 incident.
President Obama called for public calm in Ferguson late Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but said the nation sill has "work to do" to build trust between law enforcement and minority communities across the nation.
The undocumented immigrants granted amnesty by President Barack Obama's executive orders will likely cost taxpayers $2 trillion, according to Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector.
When President Obama first summoned Chuck Hagel to the Oval Office in October, he wanted to know how his Pentagon chief planned to cope with the dangerous new threat posed by the Islamic State that had drawn the reluctant president back into war in the Middle East, not to mention getting a sense of Hagel's other plans for the final two years of Obama's presidency.
Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan's Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.
A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation.
Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.
A House report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, concludes that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military responded properly and that Obama administration "talking points" were flawed, but didn't find that administration officials attempted to mislead the public.
In its first examination of the limits of free speech on social media, the Supreme Court will consider next week the extent of free speech.
The most serious challenge to President Obama's health care law since it survived the Supreme Court by a single vote in 2012 isn't a balky website, public opinion or the Republican takeover of Congress. It's the Supreme Court -- again.
Multiple sources tell CBS News that the announcement of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case is not expected before Monday.
Sheriffs around the country are planning to march on the nation's capital, hoping to send a message to President Obama and Congress that they oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.
A bid to maintain South Carolina's man-woman marriage law ended Thursday when the Supreme Court declined to continue a stay blocking same-sex nuptials.
Several networks won't be carrying President Obama's prime-time address on immigration Thursday night from the White House.
Maryland's government recently instituted a "rain tax." The state has instructed the counties to tax landowners for the size of their roofs and paved services, because rainwater runs off of these impermeable surfaces and into the sewers. So you're responsible for the amount of rain you don't absorb.
China and at least one other country are capable of hacking into critical infrastructure such as the electric power grid or water systems, potentially causing "catastrophic failures" that could kill Americans or damage property, the head of the National Security Agency confirmed publicly for the first time Thursday.
Brushing aside Republican outrage, President Barack Obama is ordering far-reaching changes to the nation's immigration laws that will allow nearly 5 million people now here illegally to avoid deportation. The administration is also setting new enforcement priorities that could make it easier for many more to stay.
Demonstrations are planned in dozens of cities across the U.S. as a Missouri grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.
In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration -- in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.
Gun dealers in parts of the St. Louis suburbs have reported brisk sales, especially among first-time buyers, as local residents wait for a grand jury decision on whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown this past August.
A crippling lake-effect snowstorm continues in parts of western New York, where up to 65 inches of snow has already fallen in the Buffalo suburbs, paralyzing travel.
President Obama is soon expected to use his executive power to change U.S. immigration policy. But don't expect him to stop there.
Senate Republicans rose to the defense of the NSA on Tuesday and filibustered a bill that would have halted the agency's phone-snooping program, saying it is more critical than ever amid advancing terrorism in the Middle East and fears of homegrown terrorism in the U.S.
The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.
President Obama has been unwavering and definitive in declaring he will not deploy U.S. ground troops into combat to fight ISIS militants. Period. However...
State officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.
Muslim groups have stepped up efforts to co-opt protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., with a drive to equate the teen's death to the death of a radical Islamist shot during an FBI raid in 2009, a Washington-based security watchdog group is warning.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting a measure the House of Representatives approved last week.
The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.
A doctor from Sierra Leone who was being treated at a US hospital for Ebola has died, the Nebraska Medical Center said Monday.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., told reporters that she has enough votes to pass a bill to build the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which comes up for a vote Tuesday.
As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision "will likely" lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police officers or federal agents.
Taxes are bad enough when you know they’re coming—and much worse when they arrive unexpectedly.
Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions.
Both sides in the fight over same-sex marriage in South Carolina are waiting for a response from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A surgeon who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone died Monday at a Nebraska hospital where he was being treated in a biocontainment unit, the facility said in a statement.
With tensions running high, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Monday issued an executive order activating the National Guard "to support law enforcement during any period of unrest" that might occur following a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson. Mo., in August.
The Washington National Cathedral hosted it first Muslim prayer service Friday afternoon in an effort to promote interfaith prayer and improved global relations between Muslims and Christians.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is acknowledging he may have to consider recommendations to place ground forces in Iraq to help forces there locate targets if, in fact, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff makes that recommendation.
The U.S. Navy has deployed on a command ship in the Persian Gulf its first laser weapon capable of destroying a target.
An unexplained, polio-like illness has affected 75 children across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress.
A magnitude-4.8 earthquake Wednesday shook up parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, the strongest of eight temblors that rattled the seismically active region over 24 hours.
The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.
Never before has it been so easy to turn an idea into a business. With a simple Internet connection, some ingenuity and a lot of hard work, anyone today can create a new service or app or start selling products nationwide.
President Obama as soon as next week will announce executive action on immigration reform that would defer deportations for up to 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.
For years, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber was deemed an architect of Obamacare and his economic modeling was cited regularly by the health care law's defenders on Capitol Hill and in legal briefs defending the Affordable Care Act in federal courts.
President Obama's top military advisers revealed Thursday that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria -- the Nusra Front -- to attack U.S.-backed rebels in the region.
President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who rallied religious voters in a 2012 presidential nomination bid, this week signaled a possible run for president in 2016, but he can expect a GOP field far more crowded with social conservatives.
A procedural decision in a landmark Second Amendment case could spell the end for California laws restricting the issuance of permits to carry concealed handguns.
A conservative group that successfully pushed an Arizona school district to tamp down its sexual education curriculum has now filed suit in Colorado, accusing a high school of unlawfully blocking student efforts to gather together for prayer.
President Obama is "looking forward" to taking executive action on immigration, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview published Tuesday.
Washington National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday.
The National Retail Federation will try to prod Congress into passing a major Internet sales tax bill during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.
A U.S. Supreme justice on Monday temporarily blocked gay marriage in Kansas a day before it was due to go into effect.
Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says CBS News executives kept a clip of President Obama refusing to call the Benghazi attacks terrorism secret until after the election in order to help Obama's re-election.
As the polar vortex gets displaced to the south, the door will open for arctic air to plunge over the most of the United States as the new week progresses.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Monday announced a complete restructuring in the wake of the scandal over excessive wait times and poor care that critics blamed for patient deaths.
Hackers recently broke into a U.S. Postal Service computer system and stole personal data, including Social Security numbers, for 750,000 employees and retirees, a U.S. official familiar with the breach told CNN on Monday.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law - a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.
A destructive "Trojan Horse" malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation's critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The ice man cometh. And does so early this year, after a former Pacific typhoon flew up toward the Arctic and rammed the jet stream.
A Federal appeals court panel in Ohio upheld four states' bans on gay marriage Thursday, setting the stage for the Supreme Court to rule finally on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Now, President Barack Obama must limp into his final two years in office. All second-term presidents lose considerable clout at this mark. But Obama's time as a lame duck comes amid a political climate so fractured that compromise with Congress is all but impossible. And the Republican takeover of the Senate only further complicates his power to confront a confounding array of foreign and domestic policy challenges.
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have voted to approve sweeping pro-marijuana legalization, according to a CNN projections.
The Justice Department has handed over to House investigators 64,280 pages of documents related to the notoriously botched Operation Fast and Furious -- data President Barack Obama had claimed was exempt from congressional review.
North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis won the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, eking out a victory Tuesday over Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
Pro-life initiatives stalled in both Colorado and North Dakota as measures to provide unborn children with human rights were handily rejected in both states.
Republicans stormed to victory Tuesday in US midterm elections, thumping rival Democrats to clinch control of both houses of Congress and assuring a fractious final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.
Republican businessman Larry Hogan scored a stunning upset in heavily Democratic Maryland on Tuesday, winning the governor's race against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) by promising to roll back tax increases and chart a new direction for the state.
South Carolina voters have sent Republican Tim Scott back to the U.S. Senate, making him the first black candidate to win a statewide race since just after the Civil War.
Marijuana legalization passed easily at the polls in the District on Tuesday, putting the city at the vanguard of a nationwide movement that also saw Oregon and Alaska consider pro-pot initiatives on Election Day.
As voters cast their final verdict on President Obama Tuesday, Democratic hope has changed to frustration.
Before the election results are in, and keeping in mind that there may be some unpleasant surprises for one party or the other -- or both -- it's possible to assess how the Democratic Party has fared under the leadership of President Obama. To summarize the verdict: not so well.
The US Supreme Court on Monday seemed divided on the question of whether it is constitutional to register "Israel" as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born Americans.
A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.
Claiming new momentum 48 hours before polls open across America, Republicans on Sunday assailed President Barack Obama in a final weekend push to motivate voters as Democrats deployed their biggest stars to help preserve an endangered Senate majority.
Regardless of the outcomes of Tuesday's midterm elections, President Obama is preparing to spring several major decisions on the public that he has postponed because of his concern about political backlash.
Snow to start November in South Carolina? Basically unheard of. Until today. The snow is not just the mountains either. An extremely unusual cold pocket of air has brought record early-season snow to low-elevation spots like Columbia, South Carolina. In the Smoky Mountains, and surrounding parts of the Appalachians, measurements well past one foot have been recorded.
After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida Saturday, having been freed Friday night after a strong diplomatic push appeared to help convince a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.
State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.
After eight years in the proverbial wilderness, Republicans are feeling confident about their chances of reclaiming the Senate majority in next week's elections -- as the two-year, bare-knuckle battle boils down to about 10 key races in the final days.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainees may have joined up with Islamic State forces (ISIS) or other extremist groups within the Syrian border, according to senior Defense Department and intelligence officials.
Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.
In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
The mayor of Houston announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents, The Houston Chronicle reports.
First, the mayor of Houston flagrantly violated clergy's First Amendment rights, when she subpoenaed sermons, and she still refuses to rescind her mandate. And now California government officials are forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to fund abortions.
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent.
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and other central bank officials are likely to end their large-scale bond-buying program this week, while simultaneously promising lower interest rates for longer to stimulate the economy.
The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world's medical backstop.
The FBI in Seattle created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in San Francisco.
The 2010 BP oil spill left an oily "bathtub ring" on the sea floor roughly the size of Rhode Island, according to a new study.
A staggering number of Americans residing abroad are tempted to give up their U.S. passports in the wake of tougher asset-disclosure rules under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), according to a new survey.
The Internal Revenue Service has been seizing bank accounts belonging to small businesses and individuals who regularly made deposits of less than $10,000, but broke no laws. And the government is refusing to return all the money taken.
Jackie Hill-Perry considers herself not merely an agent of change, but its embodiment as well. A Christian spoken-word poet from Chicago, Ms. Hill-Perry professes to be a former lesbian -- a change she ascribes to God.
At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration's record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, "It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering"; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, "I think Obama hates the press"; and CBS News's Bob Schieffer, who said, "This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush's did, and his before that."
The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called "second leaker" who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government's terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case.
For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away -- until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.
White House officials are pushing Govs. Cuomo and Chris Christie to dial down their mandatory quarantine rules and let the feds decide how to keep the deadly Ebola virus from spreading in the United States, sources told The Post on Sunday.
Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.
The lawyer for a nurse in a 21-day mandatory quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa said Sunday he is planning to file a federal suit to get her released.
Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.
Enough non-citizens illegally vote in U.S. elections to potentially decide close races, a new study suggests.
Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes.
Some parents in Massachusetts were angry when they learned students were being taught about Islam and the Muslim religion. "No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That's insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only," said Anthony Giannino.
In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.
A hatchet-swinging psycho with Islamic militant leanings turned a busy Queens street corner into a scene of bloody chaos Thursday, chopping a rookie cop in the back of the head and slicing a second officer on the arm before two other officers shot him dead.
Al Qaeda spent less than $1 million on its signature 9/11 attack, but Islamic State has found an even more cost-effective way to strike on American soil - inspiring psychotic sympathizers to commit 'lone wolf' attacks that blur the line between random crime and terrorism, say experts.
America has lost its first soldier in its fight against Islamic State from non-combative wounds, the Pentagon announced on Friday night.
A 23-year-old man was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service after jumping over the White House fence today as authorities were on heightened alert after shootings at Canada's Parliament.
The White House said Wednesday it is "deeply concerned" by reports that Islamic State militants are advancing on the same Yazidi community in Iraq whose plight prompted the U.S. military to intervene two months ago in an attempt to save the religious minorities from "genocide."
President Obama used executive privilege to withhold the contents of more than 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder, his wife and his mother that a conservative watchdog group sought in connection with the federal government's botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation.
Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.
Official documents on slain 18-year-old Michael Brown have reportedly revealed that he was shot in the hand at close range and had marijuana in his system when he was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
Health officials rolled out plans to monitor people arriving in the U.S. from West Africa for Ebola for 21 days, and President Barack Obama said he's now "cautiously more optimistic" the U.S. can contain the virus.
This is the new normal in Ferguson: Protests, day and night, for more than 70 days now.
An Army rapid deployment force will practice securing the Pentagon's strategic missile defenses base in Alaska this week as part of annual exercises involving both conventional and nuclear forces.
Leon Rodriguez, the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recalled how he was put on the "wait list" and eventually denied admission to Georgetown Law School, where he spoke Tuesday.
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.
The Defense Department said Sunday that it is preparing a quick-response medical team to help health-care professionals should the Ebola virus spread in the United States.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Heading into the final weeks of the midterm campaign, the political landscape continues to tilt in favor of the Republican Party, with President Obama's overall approval rating at the lowest level of his presidency and GOP voters signaling greater likelihood than Democrats that they will cast ballots, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.
The Supreme Court has been unusually busy in recent weeks redefining state election laws across the country, with justices poised again to weigh in on how voters cast their ballots ahead of next month's mid-term elections.
Critics called Thursday on Houston Mayor Annise Parker to withdraw subpoenas for church sermons issued as part of a lawsuit over a transgender rights ordinance, while city officials attempted to downplay the outcry as overblown.
President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up military reservists to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Infectious disease experts say school officials in Ohio and Texas overreacted when they canceled classes Thursday in fear of Ebola.
Four Southern Oregon University students claim university officials threatened to call the police and take disciplinary action against them last week after they passed out free copies of the U.S. Constitution and asked other students to sign a petition to end limitations on areas where students can demonstrate.
Two large Cleveland hospital systems say some of their nurses and other employees were on a flight from Dallas with a Texas nurse days before she was diagnosed with Ebola.
Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased -- after the Nov. 4 election.
The number of American adults who have never been married has hit an all-time high. The latest date from 2012 shows one in 5 adults over the age of 25 fell into that category.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
The Rev. Franklin Graham said Monday that "activist judges" are to blame in the legalization of gay marriage.
The U.S. military plans to land its secretive X-37B robotic space plane in California on Tuesday, ending a classified 22-month mission, officials said.
A powerful storm has swept across the southern US, killing at least two people and injuring several others.
Federal budget austerity slowed the development of vaccines and therapies for the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged West Africa, killed one man in Dallas and infected a health-care worker in Texas, according to the top National Institutes of Health official.
Boston officials are stepping up efforts to spot Ebola cases after the Hub area was hit by its first scare yesterday, when a man who recently visited Liberia was quarantined after walking into a Braintree medical clinic complaining of head and muscle aches.
A federal appeals court says Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage will end Wednesday morning.
U.S. and local health officials want to set up dedicated hospitals in each state for Ebola patients, part of a new emphasis on safety for health-care workers after a nurse caring for an infected patient in Dallas tested positive for the virus.
About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan after he was hospitalized, including a nurse now being treated for the same Ebola virus that killed the Liberian man who was visiting Dallas, according to medical records his family provided to The Associated Press.
Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday.
Say "drought" and Americans are likely to think California, but the Golden State is hardly alone when looking across the Western Hemisphere: A dry spell has killed cattle and wiped out crops in Central America, parts of Colombia have seen rioting over scarce water, and southern Brazil is facing its worst dry spell in 50 years.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists may use "carriers" to spread the Ebola virus as part of a low-tech biological terror tactic, according to national security and health experts.
A Michigan toddler has died of enterovirus D68, another reminder of the deadly potential of a disease that has infected hundreds nationwide in two months.
Thousands gathered Saturday for a second day of organized rallies and marches protesting Michael Brown's death and other fatal police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide.
An undetermined "breach in protocol" led a Dallas health care worker to be infected with the Ebola virus, and additional cases could be discovered in the coming days, a top federal health official said.
The United States was said to have detected Islamic State of Iraq and Levant at the border with Mexico.
Public health is the purview of the states, and as the nation anticipates more Ebola cases, some experts say the way the United States handles public health is not up to the challenge.
The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.
Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada Wednesday in an order he later corrected, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed Thursday to the Associated Press.
Enterovirus D68 has killed five U.S. children and infected hundreds more in the past month and a half, doctors confirm, and some believe there may be a connection between the sudden outbreak and the throngs of unaccompanied, illegal-alien children now being housed across the country.
Several US financial institutions were targeted by the same computer hackers who breached the systems of JPMorgan Chase earlier this year, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
Federal Reserve officials want to tie an interest-rate rise to U.S. economic progress, but the minutes of their last policy meeting show they are struggling with how to come to grips with the dual threats of a stronger dollar and a global slowdown.
A top U.S. general admitted that a potential Ebola outbreak in Central America is a real threat to the United States and a scenario which could result in a mass migration across the U.S./Mexico border, as thousands would attempt to flee the deadly virus.
Sexually transmitted diseases are one major group of diseases that make for ongoing hidden epidemics: In the United States alone, there are nearly 20 million cases of new sexually transmitted infections yearly, from just eight viruses and bacteria, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said.
A new Gallup poll suggests voter turnout will be low in November, with higher Republican turnout predicted.
A Republican congressman claimed Tuesday that "at least 10" Islamic State "fighters" have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas, though an administration official denied it.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Wednesday afternoon lifted a stay on allowing same-sex marriages to begin in Nevada, separating that state from Idaho, which received a temporary reprieve.
The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.
Add Nevada and Idaho to the rapidly growing list of states to have their same-sex marriage bans tossed out in definitive fashion.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear appeals from five states wanting to ban same-sex marriage.
President Obama on Monday said that federal officials would heighten screening of travelers coming to the United States, responding to growing calls to do more to limit the spread of the Ebola virus, but not meeting demands to put in place a travel ban from West Africa.
An al-Qaida cell in Syria that was targeted in American military airstrikes last month could still be working on a plan to attack the United States or its allies and is "looking to do it very, very soon," the head of the FBI says.
The news about this summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase continues to get worse: A number of other financial institutions were also hit by the same group, according to the New York Times.
Republicans remain favored to win Senate control in the upcoming midterm elections, a new poll says.
The 25th annual East of the River Revival starts Monday, offering four days of faith-based events for the young and old hoping to reconnect with their religion.
With the country's voters so evenly split, both Republicans and Democrats are increasingly turning attention to the rules for voting, hoping to gain an edge -- and their disputes will make their way to the Supreme Court in the term that begins Monday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said Sunday that U.S. service members need to go to Syria and Iraq because air strikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State.
With midterm elections less than five weeks away, congressional approval is in the single digits.
A Texas emergency room's mishandling of the country's first Ebola patient prompted the CDC to issue a nationwide alert to all hospitals updating them of how to appropriately respond to possible cases of the deadly disease.
A Dallas man who was in contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S. said in an interview that the Liberian native had been weak and ill in an apartment after trying to seek help at a hospital days earlier.
Weeds are developing resistance to herbicides, because the modified seeds can tolerate greater use of certain herbicides and pesticides. And it's reportedly costing farmers $1 billion in lost crops.
As California heads into peak fire season -- in the worst drought in state history -- firefighters are already tapping into reserve funds.
America's ticket for divine judgment may have already been signed and sent off to the printer, but there's still time for God to cancel the order, according to a leading Bible teacher and author.
As the United States steps up its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), defense leaders on Capitol Hill are raising concerns about a looming shortage in the Tomahawk missile supply, a key offensive weapon that the Navy has deployed against militant strongholds in Syria and elsewhere.
More than 3.6 million people have lost unemployment insurance benefits through September, according to a new report from House Democrats who want to renew the insurance program that Congress let expire in December.
A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America.
A man with a gun that the Secret Service did not know about rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.
An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors.
The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Prosecutors today announced the filing of murder and assault charges against the Oklahoma man arrested last week for allegedly attacking two female coworkers, one of whom was beheaded by her assailant.
According to state officials, a dozen communities in Central and Northern California will run out of water in 60 days.
A prolonged legal battle between Gilbert, Ariz., and a small Presbyterian church over religious signs is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments likely to start later this year.
A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee shows a startling fact: Almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working.
U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has denied a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a list of Operation Fast and Furious documents being protected under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege.
A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.
Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.
After weeks of heavy criticism and calls for his ouster, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, issued a video apology on Thursday to the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by a white police officer last month.
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes surged in August and hit their highest level in more than six years, offering confirmation that the housing recovery remains on course.
Less than two months after President Barack Obama's administration called for repeal of the Congressional authorization for the 2002 Iraq war, he is formally citing the 12-year-old measure as a basis for newly expanded airstrikes against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant.
A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling could have wide implications that limit free speech rights in schools, according to the lawyer who defended students who wore the American flag to school.
Las Vegas schools are considering plans to teach children as young as 5 about masturbation and homosexuality.
The U.S. intelligence community has observed a "significant increase" in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears.