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Obama: No more temporary spending bills, budget deal needed

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President Barack Obama said Friday he won't sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.



Time of tumult for House Republicans seeking new leadership

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It's a tumultuous time for House Republicans, and leadership elections this coming week may only heighten the disarray.



Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

he Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.



'Here we go again' -- Americans' lament after Oregon shooting

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation -- nine people shot dead at a community college.



Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives.



Senate panel votes to lift US ban on oil exports

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes.


'A terrible day' -- 9 killed by gunman in Oregon town

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Armed with multiple guns, a 26-year-old man walked into a morning writing class at the community college in this rural Oregon town and opened fire, hitting some students with multiple gunshots.


Obama decries 'routine' response of country to mass shootings

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

A grim President Barack Obama says the U.S. has "become numb" to mass shootings like Thursday's incident in Oregon, where 26-year-old gunman killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College.



Google: What people search for most on presidential hopefuls

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Potential voters who take their curiosity about presidential candidates to Google are interested in Hillary Rodham Clinton's age, Jeb Bush's height, Chris Christie's weight, Donald Trump's net worth, Carly Fiorina's marital status and Bobby Jindal's birthplace.



Hurricane and rainstorm are locked in a dangerous dance

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Hurricane Joaquin is locked in a dance with an extraordinarily heavy rainstorm that is already drenching the Carolinas.



Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Some non-violent drug offenders could get reduced prison sentences under a bipartisan Senate package that would overhaul the criminal justice system and encourage rehabilitation.



Vatican observers raise questions over clerk's pope visit

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn't necessarily mean he approves of how she's waged her fight, experts said Wednesday.



House to vote on defense bill that Obama threatens to veto

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The defense policy bill is one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress that has readily become law for more than a half-century.


Democrats: McCarthy comments on Clinton are shameful

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Democrats criticized House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Wednesday after he suggested that the House's Benghazi investigation committee can take credit for Hillary Rodham Clinton's diminished public standing.


No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open -- but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.



Default rate for repaying student loans drops

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The Education Department says there's been another drop in the percentage of people who are defaulting on their student loans in the first years of repayment.



Prosecutors decline to charge Caitlyn Jenner in fatal crash

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday in a California car crash that killed another driver, citing insufficient evidence to support a case.



Hurricane Joaquin gains force near Bahamas, heads toward US

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Hurricane Joaquin grew into a category 3 storm late Wednesday as it approached the central islands of the Bahamas on a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.



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