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  • President Barack Obama answers reporters' questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House August 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

    The president's sharp comments at Friday's press conference previewed what is likely to be a tough period when Congress comes back in September.

  • Global popularity of US soars in the post-Iraq era Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 10:57 AM ET
    The U.S. and the German flags worn as capes during President Barack Obama's visit to Berlin in June.

    Favorable global sentiment toward the United States has returned to 2002 levels, matching generally warm, pro-American attitudes measured just prior to the Iraq War.

  • Is President Obama right about Greece? Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 4:27 AM ET

    U.S. President Barack Obama comforted the embattled Greek population by hinting that the austerity drive may be tempered with other ways of restoring the economy to health.

  • With tax returns, Spitzer sheds light on finances Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 2:10 PM ET
    Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is mobbed by reporters while attempting to collect signatures to run for comptroller of New York City.

    The details of Spitzer's previously opaque financial life were revealed in copies of his tax returns from the past two years provided to The New York Times on Wednesday.

  • Obama cancels Putin meeting amid Snowden spat Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama has canceled a planned meeting in Moscow with Russia's President Vladimir Putin—a diplomatic snub that follows tensions over NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

  • 'Manhattan Madam' talks Spitzer, business of sex Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 12:44 PM ET
    Kristin Davis

    Kristin Davis, the so-called Manhattan Madam once linked with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, is back in the headlines with him again—this time, as his opponent for political office.

  • US issues global travel alert over al-Qaeda threat Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 11:42 AM ET

    The alert is issued because of an al-Qaeda terrorist threat. The State Department says the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Obama may have a Republican secret weapon Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

    Sen. John McCain and President Barack Obama may seem like an unlikely team, but amid an uncooperative House and Senate, they are coming to the middle and working to compromise.

  • 5 ways Obama's 'bargain' isn't enough for Main St. Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 10:50 AM ET
    President Barack Obama pitches his Grand Bargain plans at an Amazon fulfillment center on July 30, 2013.

    While small businesses support tax reform, some groups aren't happy about President Obama's "better bargain," Inc. reports. Here's why.

  • Post Office eyes booze deliveries to raise cash Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 7:36 AM ET
    United States Post Office

    Special delivery from the post office—beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way.

  • Detroit bankruptcy: US court to outline roadmap Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 4:48 AM ET
    The skyline of Detroit

    A court hearing on Friday may provide a roadmap for how Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing will unfold as the judge overseeing the case could set a speedy schedule and rule on other matters.

  • Sen. Cruz: This is how to defeat Obamacare Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 10:45 PM ET
    Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas Ted Cruz speaks to the CPAC meeting, held by the American Conservative Union in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2010.

    Senator Ted Cruz said there is only one way to defeat the Affordable Care Act, and it’s not another attempt to repeal it. He is pushing his message to defund the law.

  • Leaker Snowden riles hacker conferences Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:35 PM ET
    A cardboard mask of Edward Snowden on the ground at a protest against the PRISM surveillance program, which Snowden leaked.

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden was the topic du jour at the Black Hat and DEF CON cybersecurity conferences this week in Las Vegas, where the agency's chief came under fire.

  • Government ups requests for Twitter users' data Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 2:12 PM ET

    Twitter is under increasing pressure from governments around the world to release user's private information, with requests rising 40 percent in the first six months of the year.

  • Russia summit 'up in the air' as Snowden gets asylum Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 1:58 PM ET
    Edward Snowden

    Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said Russia's decision to grant him temporary asylum was a victory for the rule of law.

  • Lower student loan rates on tap as Obama gets bill Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 5:32 AM ET

    A bipartisan bill that would lower the costs of borrowing for millions of students is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.

  • Obama to nominate Fed's Raskin as Treasury deputy Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 5:32 PM ET
    Sarah Bloom Raskin

    President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin as the U.S. Treasury Department's No. 2 official, two sources familiar with the process said on Wednesday.

  • Obama defends Summers to skeptical Democrats Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 1:48 PM ET
    Larry Summers

    President Barack Obama pushed back against critics who complain that his former economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, was not aggressive enough in seeking economic stimulus in 2009.

  • Gov't can track your phone without warrant: Court Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    A federal appeals court held that using a cellphone is "entirely voluntarily," so individuals who have them have forfeited the right to records showing where they have been used.

  • TSA employees caught sleeping on the job Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 11:41 AM ET

    The TSA investigated and closed 9,622 cases of employee misconduct between 2010 and 2012, according to a report by the GAO.

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