Christie's wife quits Wall Street job amid speculation he will seek White House


- Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job, his spokesman confirmed, as her husband contemplates a run for the White House in 2016.


In Iowa for Faith & Freedom, Republican contenders face tricky balance 24 Apr 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa - When the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition plays host to nine Republican White House hopefuls this weekend, the conservative Christian group will simply be pursuing its stated mission to "take back our state and country."


Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. | Video


Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program.


House panel passes fast track trade bill 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democratic support signaled a looming battle over a Pacific trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.


PM Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan is ready for bigger security role 24 Apr 2015

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the United States when he visits Washington next week: Japan is ready to take more responsibility for security on the world stage.


House speaker tells Obama to 'get serious' about defeating Islamic State 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama must "get serious" about a strategy to defeat Islamic State militants before Congress would consider approving a new military force authorization.


Obama to Democratic trade critics: 'I take that personally' 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.


Boehner says would welcome deal to ease U.S. spending caps 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would welcome a bipartisan negotiating effort to ease statutory caps on military and domestic spending similar to a deal reached in 2013 after a government shutdown.

FEC decision may allow more foreign money in U.S. votes, critics say 24 Apr 2015

NEW YORK - The Federal Election Commission has declined to investigate the funding of a campaign to defeat a Los Angeles County ballot initiative by an international conglomerate, raising fears among campaign finance reform advocates that foreign funds may flood into U.S. elections.