By HENRY C. JACKSONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying President Barack Obama a key judicial appointment.
A majority of senators, 51, supported Halligan's
By PETE YOSTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder promised the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration will share more information with Congress and the American people about national security policies, particularly the government's use of
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shifting course in the face of political gridlock, President Barack Obama is making rare overtures to rank-and-file Republicans, inviting GOP senators to dinner Wednesday, planning visits to Capitol Hill and working the phones with
By JON GAMBRELLAssociated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Inside this 1950s-style American diner, waitresses softly sing along to Aretha Franklin as they sling hamburgers and whip up milkshakes. The jukebox belts out Ritchie Valens as a customer wearing a Muslim prayer cap and flowing blue robes ambles
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says its offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed Wednesday as the nation's capital braces for its first big snowfall of the winter.
The Office of Personnel Management says non-emergency employees of the federal government will be granted
By BINAJ GURUBACHARYAAssociated Press
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal's quiet, barely known chief justice is on the verge of taking almost total control of the Himalayan nation, becoming the interim head of government as well as the top judge in a country that has been without a legislature for
By MATTHEW LEEAssociated Press
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - With the smile of a seasoned politician, a flair for languages and a vast repertoire of personal anecdotes, Secretary of State John Kerry schmoozed and cajoled his way through Europe and the Middle East on his first trip abroad as America's top
By DAVID ESPOAP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration and congressional Republicans are quietly working in tandem to blunt the impact of short-term spending cuts that kicked in with dire White House warnings a few days ago, with both sides eager to pocket the full savings
By RICHARD LARDNERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - After lagging for weeks, John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director is on the fast track to Senate confirmation after the White House agreed to give lawmakers access to top-secret legal opinions justifying the use of lethal drone strikes
By FRANK BAJAK and FABIOLA SANCHEZAssociated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Even in death, Hugo Chavez's orders are being followed. The man he anointed to succeed him, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, will continue to run Venezuela as interim president and be the governing socialists'