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  • Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country’s wobbly government prepares to face …


  • Pakistani lawmakers elect new president

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of Pakistan’s election commission says lawmakers have elected ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain as the country’s new president. Fakhruddin Ibrahim says Hussain, who was nominated …


  • Moderate cleric wins Iran’s presidential vote

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Moderate cleric Hasan Rowhani was declared the winner of Iran’s presidential vote on Saturday after gaining support among many reform-minded Iranians looking to claw back a …


  • Obama will travel Sunday to Newtown, Conn.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will attend an interfaith memorial service Sunday in Newtown, Conn., the site of Friday’s deadly elementary school shooting. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were …


  • AP: Va student expelled for election racial uproar

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on a Virginia college campus the night …


  • ‘Purple tunnel of doom’ to be closed for inaugural

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inaugural security teams are trying to prevent another “purple tunnel of doom” from President Barack Obama’s first swearing-in. The head of the District of Columbia National Guard …


  • GOP throws Obama’s old deficit stands back at him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama’s proposals to avoid a “fiscal cliff” come from the president himself, in comments he made months or …


  • No one retreating; cliff talks seem at standstill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A year-end deadline approaching, negotiations to avoid an economy-rattling “fiscal cliff” appeared at a standstill Monday. Republicans pressed President Barack Obama to name specific spending cuts he …


  • Obama in Michigan to press for taxes on rich

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


  • Obama heading to Michigan to push taxes on rich

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


  • With election over, less attention to jobs report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the monthly jobs numbers isn’t what it used to be. The first unemployment report since President Barack Obama’s re-election barely got a mention from the …


  • With election over, jobs report gets less scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the monthly jobs numbers isn’t what it used to be. Friday’s unemployment report — the first since President Barack Obama’s re-election — garnered just brief …


  • $2 billion price tag for presidential election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports …


  • Sen. DeMint resigning to head conservative group

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite known for bucking party leaders to back challenges to centrist veterans he didn’t view as conservative enough, …


  • Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on at DNC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his party’s chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. …


  • Analysis: Obama, Boehner seek cliff talks leverage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the deadline, negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republicans to save the economy from a plunge over the fiscal cliff are still in the …


  • White House, Congress talk as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterwards of failing to outline specific cuts to avert a fiscal cliff …


  • Obama, Romney to meet at White House Thursday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election. Obama …


  • Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday …


  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do …


  • Asia trip gives Obama opportunity to build legacy

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses. It’s …


  • Admitting to affair, Petraeus resigns as CIA chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has brought a sudden and unexpected end to the public career of a four-star general who led U.S. troops in …


  • CIA Director David Petraeus quits over affair

    WASHINGTON (AP) — David Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday as director of the CIA, …


  • CIA Director Petraeus quits: extramarital affair

    WASHINGTON (AP) — David Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday as director of the CIA, …


  • Coming to Texas ballots: another Bush in 2014?

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush, a rising star among Hispanic conservatives and the grandson of one president and nephew of another, has taken the first step toward seeking …


  • Boehner says Obama should take lead on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says it’s time to change the nation’s immigration policies and called on President Barack Obama to take the lead in coming up with …


  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the once pariah nation of Myanmar, drawing attention to …


  • Change coming to Obama’s team, just not right away

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Big changes are coming to President Barack Obama’s administration — just not right away. The White House is making the nation’s high-stakes fiscal crisis its top priority …


  • Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks after his re-election, President Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to visit the once pariah nation of Myanmar, drawing attention to …


  • US targets Iranians blamed for blocking Internet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has imposed financial sanctions against officials and government bodies in Iran that the U.S. blames for jamming satellite broadcasts and blocking Internet access for …

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