Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook


WASHINGTON - Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain - fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them.


U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks 6:07am GMT

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.


Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal 1:51am GMT

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday.


Republican Scott Walker wows conservatives despite verbal stumbles 6:12am GMT

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Scott Walker's early surge in the jockeying for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination reflects the belief by conservatives that he is truly one of their own and has a track record to show for it.


Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects 1:47am GMT

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength.


Jeb Bush will refuse to sign tax pledges: spokeswoman 28 Feb 2015

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Jeb Bush will not sign any "no new taxes" pledges or any other pledges if he decides to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.


Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix 28 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. | Video

For Republicans, a shift to national security ahead of 2016 28 Feb 2015

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years.


Jeb Bush enters the lion's den, touts conservative credentials 27 Feb 2015

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Republican Jeb Bush asked skeptical conservatives to consider him a “second choice” on Friday but refused to back down from policy positions that have led many right-leaning activists to view his potential presidential candidacy with suspicion.


Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules 27 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.