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Michelle Obama shakes hands with Saudi king

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made a quick stop in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, and to hold meetings with the new leader, King Salman bin Abdulaziz. But one aspect of the encounter stood ou...

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Did Fox and NBC get Bowe Bergdahl story wrong?

Why did three separate military spokesman deny on Tuesday that a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion?

Because of an inflammatory Fox News segment and an anonymously-sourced NBC News story that sent reporters scrambling f...

Obama: We need more drone regulations

One day after a drone crashed at the White House, President Barack Obama reiterated the need to regulate the industry as the recreational and commercial use of drones expands.

"The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio Shack," Obama sa...

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Scott Walker creates new PAC ahead of 2016

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waded closer to a presidential run Tuesday with the creation of a new political committee that will help him travel and raise money as he prepares for a potential White House bid.

The committee, "Our American Revival," is a...

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Lynch to face anti-Obama ire at hearing

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is a career prosecutor who spent her career notching high-profile courtroom victories and climbing to the top of the legal ranks of Brooklyn's U.S. attorney's office.

But on Wednesday, she'll walk into a Senate ...

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Alabama judge warns gov against gay marriage

Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice hand delivered a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday urging him to oppose the "tyranny" of federal court rulings that have used "specious pretexts" to rule against same-sex marriage bans.

"As of this date, 44...

Polls to open for Special Election

Two Republicans hope voters will turn out and elect them as the new senator for District 6. The winner will replace John Thrasher.

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Dem says Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House's select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel's Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the comm...

Travis Hutson wins Senate GOP primary

One state lawmaker who left his House seat to run for the Senate seat left open when John Thrasher became president of FSU, defeating a second lawmaker who resigned to run for Senate in a Republican primary. GOP primaries for those two House seats were also decided Tuesday.

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans.

A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the...

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Obama's India trip: Bromance to Taj Mahal

A few days into any presidential foreign trip, once folks seem to have heard enough about the "what" and the "why" of it all, talk starts to turn to less weighty matters: Bro-mance, diplomatic fashion statements, and (as many secretly hope there will...

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Drone operator worked for U.S. intel agency

The Secret Service questioned a Defense Department intelligence agency staffer on Monday after the man reported that he flew the drone that crashed on White House grounds in the early morning hours.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- a li...

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Scott seeks money to restore Everglades

Gov. Rick Scott, who environmentalists said was reluctant to support wildlife and conservation efforts for most of his first term, will ask lawmakers to designate money for the next 20 years for Everglades restoration.

Balance Of Power In Congress

America awoke to a new political dynamic Wednesday with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans took over formerly Democratic Senate seats in seven states, including GOP-leaning Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. That number also included three states that figured prominently in Obama's two victorious presidential campaigns: Iowa and Colorado, where he won twice, and North Carolina, where he won in 2008. Republicans needed a net gain of six seats in all to win back the majority for the first time since 2006.

In the House, Republicans were on track to meet or exceed the 246 seats they held during President Harry S. Truman's administration more than 60 years ago.

Voters expressed bitterness with a sluggish economic recovery and the nation's handling of foreign crises. Nearly two-thirds of voters interviewed after casting ballots said the country was seriously on the wrong track. Only about 30 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction.

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