ATLANTA - Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. | Video
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Monday to take on the powerful U.S. gun lobby, saying she would pursue expanded background checks and take steps to hold manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their weapons. | Video
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee's Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton, they said on Monday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote to elect its next speaker on Oct. 29, retiring House Speaker John Boehner announced on Monday. But with Republicans in turmoil, Boehner delayed the voting for other party leadership races.
WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama would veto the current version of a bill to reauthorize U.S. defense spending as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
- New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan announced on Monday that she will challenge Republican Kelly Ayotte for her seat in the United States Senate, a boost for Democratic leaders hoping to recapture the chamber in 2016.
HOLLIS, N.H. - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday said removing President Bashar al-Assad is the top priority in Syria.
NEW YORK - Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON - Officials from the Obama administration have already begun meeting with top U.S. lawmakers to push for the passage of the Pacific trade deal, the White House said on Monday.