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  • Sen. Ted Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap

    WASHINGTON – GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed t ...
    March 25, 2015 - 12:56 pm
  • In rare deal, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi tout wins for seniors, doctors

    WASHINGTON – An extraordinary bipartisan accord between House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is letting both parties exhale as ...
    March 24, 2015 - 3:23 pm
  • Obama announces $240M in new pledges for STEM education

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education ...
    March 23, 2015 - 11:49 am
  • GOP budgets rely on higher taxes to balance

    WASHINGTON – The new House and Senate Republican budgets make a big boast: They both balance the federal budget within 10 years, without raising taxes ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Supreme Court considers impact of disability law on police

    LOS ANGELES – The police shooting in Georgia earlier this month of a naked, unarmed man with bipolar disorder spotlights the growing number of violent ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Afghan president to embark on landmark Washington visit

    KABUL, Afghanistan – As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:00 pm
  • County clerks worried about special election for Schock seat

    SPRINGFIELD – County clerks worried about being ready for the upcoming special election for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s seat are asking Illinois lawmaker ...
    March 21, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

    WASHINGTON – Republicans in Congress advanced balanced-budget plans bristling with cuts in Medicaid and other benefit programs Thursday, determined to ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Poll: Public unaware Obama's health law is again in jeopardy

    WASHINGTON – With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Obama administration sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them la ...
    March 18, 2015 - 8:56 am
  • State Sen. Darin LaHood announces he'll seek Aaron Schock's seat

    PEORIA – Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood has announced his candidacy for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat.
    March 18, 2015 - 8:54 am
  • Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

    WASHINGTON – Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    WASHINGTON – Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week with a pledge to balance the nation's budget within a decade ...
    March 16, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • U.S. unsure whether bombing has hurt al-Qaida group in Syria

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. military has hit as many as 17 separate targets connected to a shadowy al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan group, U.S. ...
    March 15, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Obama administration offers 2nd chance to sign up for health care

    WASHINGTON – Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:12 pm
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