MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that deadly flooding in Texas and Oklahoma is a reminder that the U.S. needs to toughen it... Full Story
AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse
CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.
Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others.
Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors
HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
US nears deal on extending ex-Gitmo inmates' travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is closing in on an agreement with Qatar to extend travel bans for five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. officials said Friday.
Latest on Hastert: Boehner 'shocked' by reports
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Timeline of the career of ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican.
For O'Malley, a lot riding on Iowa in 2016 campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Martin O'Malley is returning to the state that introduced him to presidential politics three decades ago, when he played guitar and knocked on doors for Gary Hart. This time he'll be tooting his own horn, so to speak, in a setting that could determine whether his longshot chllenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination takes root or fades away.
House committee chairman subpoenas IRS official for hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Friday for an IRS official to testify at a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act.
Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.
Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown
CHICAGO (AP) — A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks.
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