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Covert CIA Mission to Arm Syrian Rebels Goes Awry

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:45
Plagued by red tape, skimpy supplies and the defection of some fighters, the U.S. is shifting the program’s focus to southern Syria.

Generation of Long-Lasting Mideast Rulers Produced Stability---and a Mess

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:38
Capital Journal: Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib examines the legacy of Mideast autocrats who ruled for decades and kept a lid on extremism but leave behind a cauldron of instability.

White House to Propose New Offshore Areas for Oil, Gas Drilling

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:36
The Obama administration is planning to propose opening up new areas of the nation’s federally owned waters to oil and natural gas drilling, including areas along the Atlantic Coast.

Obama Aims to Raise Taxes on Inheritances

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:52
The president’s tax proposal is intended to raise taxes on the wealthy and reduce them for the middle class, but GOP opposition in Congress means the plan is unlikely to become law.

U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:15
The Justice Department has been building a database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret intelligence-gathering program that scans hundreds of millions of records about motorists.

Keystone Pipeline Bill Stalls, Prolonging Debate

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:14
The Senate on Monday rejected a procedural motion to advance legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, prolonging the chamber’s debate over the project.

U.S. Charges Russian Banker, Two Others in Spy Case

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:39
Federal prosecutors arrested a Russian banker in New York on Monday and charged him as a spy, accusing him and two others of secretly gathering information about the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. energy resources and sanctions against Moscow.

Ex-CIA Officer Convicted of Leaking Secrets to Reporter

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:45
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Drone Crashes on White House Grounds

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:08
A small drone crashed on the White House grounds early Monday morning, prompting a lockdown as the Secret Service worked to determine whether or not it posed a threat, the agency said.

Northeast Braces for Blizzard

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:01
The U.S. Northeast is bracing for a blizzard Monday that is forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine—and could measure up as one of the worst snowstorms in New York City history.

Christie Joins Crowded GOP Fight for Donors

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 07:24
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his backers have formed a PAC ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party’s core donor class.

Obama's India Visit Is Message to China

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 04:55
U.S. President Barack Obama joined Indian leaders on the reviewing stand at a military parade in New Delhi in a display of strengthened ties between the world’s largest democracies as an increasingly assertive China shifts Asia’s power balance.

Vaccine Skeptics on the Rise

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:57
The measles outbreak that began at California’s Disneyland Resort last month is part of a new trend that worries public health officials. At the same time, persuading skeptical parents to vaccinate their children has grown more difficult.

Senator Presses Both Chambers on Immigration

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:45
In the 19 months since the Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill, Sen. Jeff Sessions’s dogged opposition has rallied House Republicans to block all but the most conservative immigration measures.

Obama Administration Moves to Ban Drilling in Arctic Refuge

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:41
The Obama administration is moving this week to designate areas of Alaska off limits to oil and natural gas drilling in its latest effort to bolster its environmental legacy.

Wyoming Weighs Firing Squad as Death-Row Backup

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:06
Problems with the supply of lethal-injection drugs have spurred Wyoming lawmakers to consider a backup method of executing death-row inmates: the firing squad.

Super Bowl Week Is Already Crazy

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:48
Super Bowl XLIX is still days away, and already it’s one of the most entertaining Super Bowls ever.

Split Grows on Obama's Immigrant Tack

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:19
A growing number of cities and states have gotten involved in a federal lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s authority over immigration matters.

Two Home Depot Employees Killed in New York City

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:08
A shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District left two employees dead in what police said was a murder-suicide.

Currency Fight Hinders Talks on Trade Deal

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:06
Concern that some trade partners are manipulating their currencies to gain an export edge has emerged as a major hurdle to the Obama administration’s efforts to move a Pacific trade agreement through Congress.

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