Federal officials have quietly introduced new guidelines that make it tougher for asylum seekers to get their cases heard before judges.

The Obama Administration is again delaying a decision on approving the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, likely putting off any action until after the November midterm elections.

Democrats are finding that their path to keeping control of the U.S. Senate this year is getting bumpier.

Beau Biden, 45, the state's attorney general for the past eight years, said on his web site he would not seek another term as attorney general this year so he could work on the 2016 gubernatorial race.

Federal securities investigators say that the man that BP initially put in charge of cleaning up the oil from its massive 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico used nonpublic information to safely dump $1 million of his family’s company stock before the share price nosedived.

More than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a triumphant President Barack Obama announced Thursday.

The Obama administration will hold off on new sanctions against Russia as part of a deal struck Thursday that calls for Moscow to stand down outlaw militias and take other steps to restore calm to volatile eastern Ukraine.

The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.

President Barack Obama will travel next week to Asia with the centerpiece of his planned focus on the region still in limbo amid opposition from his own party and thorny tangles with powerhouse Japan over trade.

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.

Outside money is pouring into San Joaquin Valley congressional races, a potentially mixed blessing for candidates and a sure sign of more to come.

The National Mall is the most visited of all of the nation's parks but a lack of sufficient upkeep has left America's front lawn looking like a dust bowl. The Trust for the National Mall is working in partnership with the National Park Service to put engineered soil and grass on the mall to make it more sustainable and resist wear and tear for years to come.

After six hours of crisis talks, negotiators reached a deal to reduce tensions in Ukraine.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell maintained Thursday that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is deeply troubled.

The most fragile and memorable beauty at Washington’s National Gallery of Art is on display only from November to Easter. That’s when the dark-pillared rotunda is decorated with live flowers, trees and ferns, most from its own greenhouses.

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announced on Thursday.

A congressional delegation plans a 10 day trip to Asia and the Pacific region, starting Friday, for talks with key leaders in Japan, South Korea, and China.

The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the U.S. government to give defense lawyers details — names, dates and places — of the CIA’s secret overseas detention and interrogation of the man accused of planning the bombing, two people who have read the still-secret order said Thursday.

Hillary Clinton's way ahead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and the Republican field is scrambled with no clear front-runner, according to a new Fox News poll.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pa., on Wednesday to talk about new efforts to link up job training with what employers need.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday that it’s awarding $74.85 million in grants for the second half of the fiscal year for a wide variety of projects, from the avant-garde to traditional folk art.

McClatchy Pentagon Correspondent James Rosen sat down this week with John Rizzo, former CIA acting general counsel, to discuss recently published findings of a four-year Senate Intelligence Committee report on harsh interrogation techniques used on terror detainees. Here are excerpts from their interview.

The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the former Bush administration, Congress and the American public.

“The history of science fiction is the history of the imagination,” intones Mark Gatiss, narrator of the four-part series “The Real History of Science Fiction” on BBC America starting Saturday night. Unfortunately, it’s is more like “The Reel History of Science Fiction,” with video and film clips, comments from actors, directors and writers, and the very occasional nod to the origins of the genre — lurid pulp magazines and books

The family of slain North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes is bracing themselves for a second grueling trial more than a year after a Baltimore judge tossed out a murder conviction of the man known to have last seen her.

Many of the nation’s tribal leaders say the Obama administration is moving too slowly with a plan to spend $1.9 billion to buy back parcels of land that have been sold over the years on U.S. Indian reservations.

President Barack Obama stepped up the pressure on House Republicans Wednesday to take up immigration reform while his staff has sought to tamper speculation that he will take up independent executive action to reduce deportations of those here illegally.

Their mission: to raise money for Vietnam veterans who want to return to this southeast Asian country for the first time since the war but can’t afford to make the trip.

Janis Roznowski has made it her mission to provide comfort to wounded veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Some people are digitally resistant, avoiding electronic communication as much as possible. But another emerging group also is turning to old technology: tech users distrustful of the breadth of electronic surveillance.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found about one-third of those responding said they prefer the Democrats' approach to health care. Republicans polled 18 percent.

Backed with millions of dollars and potentially millions of supporters, a new group aiming to curb gun violence will launch Wednesday.

A Charlotte, N.C., man will receive the Medal of Honor for his valor fighting in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, the White House announced Tuesday. President Barack Obama will present the award to former Army Sgt. Kyle White on May 13 at a White House ceremony.

The Treasury Department on Tuesday stopped short of declaring China a currency manipulator but raised concern anew about the need for the Asian powerhouse to let markets play a greater role in determining the value of its currency.

Twenty-six years after she stumbled upon one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the world, Montana rancher Kathy Wankel’s discovery has a new home.

President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a “regional power” in remarks that were interpreted as not only a jab at leader Vladimir Putin’s ego but also justification for the administration’s reluctance to wade deeper into a conflict that’s worsening by the day.

Syrian army forces led by Hezbollah’s well-trained guerillas recaptured the ancient Christian village of Maaloula from Islamist rebels early Tuesday morning and announced the end of a months-long campaign to take control of the strategic mountain range that rebels had controlled for more than a year.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the top choice at the moment for potential Iowa Republican caucus voters, according to a new Loras College poll.

The former secretary of state rolled up support from majorities of voters when pitted against eight different Republicans. Though Clinton isn’t saying whether she’ll seek the White House, her supporters have been raising money and promoting her candidacy.

The university is appealing a jury verdict that a painting of the late actress by Andy Warhol belongs to her on-again off-again lover, actor Ryan O’Neal.

In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that’s bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary.

Jonathan Landay joins Alex Wagner on MSNBC's NOW to discuss newly leaked information from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11.

A House Republican delegation visited Afghanistan, Speaker John Boehner's office said Monday, to assess the country's security situation.

With tensions rising over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll finds Americans ambivalent over how deeply the United States should be involved in the situation.

Nicknamed “The Cathedral of the Mafia,” the port is the place through which an estimated 80 percent of Europe’s cocaine flows.

President Barack Obama on Monday called on Americans to unite against intolerance after the fatal shootings over the weekend in suburban Kansas City.

After several so-so months, retail sales in March posted an outsized 1.1 percent monthly gain, helping to ease fears that the economy might be sliding back into lower gear.

The pings have sputtered out in the multinational search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, forcing search crews to deploy an underwater robot to find a plane that’s eluded human efforts.

The White House on Friday released the president’s federal and state income tax returns, revealing that Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earned $503,183 last year and paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent.

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case have a hearing to argue that FBI agents interrogated a war court defense team member. The motion asks the case judge to conduct an inquiry into the possibility of a conflict-of-interest in prosecution of the accused mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and four other alleged conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

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