Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday amid mounting congressional criticism and as new revelations of agency lapses convinced President Barack Obama it was time for new leadership.

A nonprofit watchdog group is suing an obscure Defense Department unit over its failure for three years to disclose the results of testing on the security safeguards of Internet voting systems that are increasingly being used to cast absentee ballots.

According to President Barack Obama, something is going on with Kansas City.

Americans overwhelmingly back U.S. airstrikes against terrorists in Syria and are increasingly supportive of President Barack Obama’s handling of the crisis, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

The National Mall is getting a new look – temporarily.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday amid rising discontent in Congress over her leadership following an incident last month in which an armed man hopped a fence at the White House and made it inside.

Sen. Pat Roberts, the veteran Kansas lawmaker who suddenly faces a tough challenge to retain his seat, is the fourth most vulnerable senator seeking re-election, Roll Call said Wednesday in its new Senate rankings.

China’s Communist Party seems determined to snuff out any “contagion” from Hong Kong’s lively pro-democracy demonstrations reaching the mainland.

The Obama administration has issued a new polygraph policy for tens of thousands of federal employees who take lie detectors for security clearances or to obtain “sensitive” jobs.

Nancy Pelosi wants Congress to debate and vote on authorizing President Barack Obama to wage war against terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi are endorsing calls for an independent investigation into a series of Secret Service mishaps.

Even Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters acknowledge that she didn’t fit in when she arrived in Arkansas four decades ago.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded President Barack Obama’s efforts to battle the Islamic State and said “everybody should support this,” but made it clear in a Wednesday Oval Office meeting with Obama that he views Iran as a graver threat.

A federal judge has ordered former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to pay $242,535 for misuse of campaign funds.

It’s been 60 years since the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education declared that public education is a right that must be made available to all “on equal terms,” and since the Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination based on race, color or national origin. But inequity persists, and on Wednesday, the Department of Education released a “Dear Colleague” letter to outline what a fair distribution of the best teachers, school resources, extracurricular opportunities and school buildings should look like.

A senior Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday he’s “not comfortable” with Secret Service Director Julia Pierson at the helm of the troubled agency and suggested it was time for her to go.

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was honored Tuesday night for his work fighting homelessness and domestic violence.

Kurdish militia have captured a strategic border town on the route between the Islamic State-held cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq as part of a three-front offensive launched to retake territory lost to the group over the summer, Kurdish officials said Tuesday.

A new potential conflict arose Tuesday between Turkey and the Islamic State when militants surrounded Turkish troops assigned to guard an ancient tomb in a small Turkish territory inside Syria.

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed Tuesday to work together to combat climate change, bolster economic growth and fight terrorism as they began to repair the neglected relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.

With Islamic State militants moving into the outskirts of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, an odd two-way traffic developed Tuesday across the Turkey-Syria border.

A patient in a Dallas hospital tested positive for the Ebola virus, the Texas state health department said Tuesday.

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” program earlier this year to develop strategies to help boys and young men “overcome barriers to success.”

Voters in Florida waited far longer than those in other states to cast their votes in the 2012 election, hampered by long ballots and cutbacks in early voting options, according to a new report by congressional auditors.

After a slew of criticism, the Obama administration last week put the brakes on a plan to charge hundreds of dollars in fees for commercial filming and photography on U.S. forest lands, but critics are far from satisfied.

Why are so many young people on the streets of Hong Kong, risking clashes with local police and a Chinese government that has a history of brutal crackdowns?

Juergen Hardt’s position in the German government, coordinator of trans-Atlantic cooperation, once was considered a major honor – the official liaison to the United States, arguably Germany’s closest ally.

Wading into a fight that’s about to get more interesting, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday urged tech firms to cooperate with law enforcement.

When Jim Cauley returned to Pikeville, Ky., this month for his 30th high school reunion, he heard familiar complaints from old classmates.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Monday laid out the choice for voters--from a Democratic perspective--as independent analysts continued to predict Republicans gains this fall.

Democrats have regained the edge in the generic congressional ballot, according to a new CNN/ORC poll--but independent analysts still see the party with a net loss in Senate and House of Representatives seats this fall.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes “full responsibility” for an armed intruder gaining access to the White House after jumping the fence -- and pledged it won’t be repeated.

On Sept. 9, a mysterious explosion rocked a gathering of leaders of Ahrar al Sham, perhaps the largest Islamist rebel group in Syria. More than two dozen of its leaders were killed, including the group’s founder, Hassan Abboud. In the days after, many people bemoaned the loss of what the U.S.-backed Syrian Opposition Coalition called “moderates.” But history must still judge whether that is Abboud’s legacy.

The Islamic State on Monday posted on the Internet a third video featuring imprisoned British journalist John Cantlie, this one mocking President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10 speech in which he laid out his strategy for confronting the group.

Nearly a decade ago, Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States after he was blamed for failing to stop a series of deadly riots against a minority group in the Indian state of Gujarat.

At least two mortar rounds landed on the Turkish side of the border, but it was unclear whether Turkey would intervene to prevent the capture of the city, which was under heavy bombardment Monday night. At least 160,000 Syrian refugees, with more waiting to cross, have entered Turkey in the past week as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, pushed toward the city.

Latino voters could play a pivotal role in several of the tight Senate races – including the newly competitive race in Kansas – although there is no sense yet how strong turnout among the population will be, experts said Monday.

Spurred by the decision Sunday to use tear gas and pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters, tens of thousands of people joined sit-ins across Hong Kong on Monday in an outpouring of discontent that’s likely to disrupt this former British colony for days, if not longer, and force a confrontation with Beijing over how it will be ruled.

The White House expressed confidence in the Secret Service Monday, despite a Washington Post story that says it took agents in 2011 four days to realize that shots fired from Constitution Avenue had hit the White House residence -- “a discovery that came about only because a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor.”

A fabled Florida drug informant once known as “the Princess” has now crowned her career with a bittersweet legal victory

The squabbling between the Pentagon and Capitol Hill over whether to kill the biggest of the military’s drones – the Global Hawk – is finished for the moment, with the remotely piloted surveillance aircraft and its builder emerging as the victors.

Two companies that sell women’s underwear infused with caffeine have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers to settle charges that they falsely advertised their products would reduce cellulite and zap fat, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday.

The White House on Monday announced $450 million in grants to 270 community colleges that are working with employers to set up training programs for in-demand jobs in fields such as information technology, health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Values Voter Summit straw poll Saturday, the second consecutive year he’s been the favorite of the conservative conference.

Republican Joni Ernst has opened up a 6 percentage point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in Iowa’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, according to a new Des Moines Register Iowa poll.

A federal judge has again rejected a challenge by Guantanamo Bay detainee Shawali Khan, an Afghanistan citizen whose travails have occupied several court proceedings.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray against pro-democracy protesters Sunday in the city’s harshest crackdown on free assembly since China took control of the former British colony in 1997.

President Barack Obama said the United States underestimated the rise of the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi military’s ability to fight off the terrorist group in an interview Sunday night on 60 Minutes.

China’s soft-diplomacy push hit a speed bump this week when the University of Chicago decided to pull the plug on renewing a controversial Beijing-funded Confucius Institute.

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