By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first hurdle cleared with deceptive ease, the Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales.
By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea on Friday on an unusual diplomatic journey, traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test and risking that his presence alone could spur
By KEN THOMASAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012 and an abortion opponent, said Thursday that anti-abortion activists should try to build a broad coalition and find common ground with supporters of abortion rights as a way to advance
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top auditor overseeing U.S. reconstruction in Afghanistan is warning that militant groups could obtain U.S. government contracts because administrative flaws and misunderstandings hamper a new law aimed at weeding out corruption.
The special inspector general for Afghan
By SAM HANANELAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week.
The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa,
By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense officials say senior Pentagon leaders are taking a new look at sharply reducing the number of unpaid furlough days department civilians will have to take in the coming months, hoping to cut the current number of 14 by as much as half.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the situation in Syria has reached, in his words, a "critical juncture."
A civil war that has raged in Syria for more than two years has killed 70,000 people, according to United Nations estimates. No end appears to be in sight and Syrian President
By MARK SHERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after the Senate voted to begin debate on new gun control measures, the Supreme Court is expected to consider a new appeal aimed at loosening state restrictions on firearms.
The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss adding new
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says now is the time for North Korea to end its belligerence. He says the United States will take, in his words, "all necessary steps" to protect its people.
But Obama also says that no one wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Pentagon report says North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be launched by ballistic missile, although it says the weapons are not very reliable.
The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed Thursday by