Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday he made a “poor choice of words” when he used the word “shylock” to describe nefarious lenders.

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

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., will host more than 60 members of parliaments from 24 European nations this week for a three-day intelligence security forum.

At 3 years old, the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has survived opponents’ attempts to dismantle it and is busy rolling out new regulations and doling out punishment to companies accused of bilking consumers.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve a short-term measure Wednesday that would keep the federal government open after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and temporarily authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) told reporters Tuesday what many already knew -- that he was considering a run for the White House in 2016.

In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released Tuesday says the number of children under 5 who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

A 97-year-old woman from Fresno sat looking out at the sun shining on the World War II Memorial.

In their first public briefing since President Barack Obama laid out his new strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s two top defense officials on Tuesday provided few details of their plans and no guarantees of success.

Amid growing concern that hundreds of westerners are being lured into traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that a series of pilot programs will be conducted in cities across the country to combat violent extremism.

South Carolina’s Republican delegation is skeptical of the president’s plan to combat the Islamic State, and many say the commander-in-chief’s hastily announced strategy to arm moderate Syrian rebel groups needs to be reconsidered.

Former President Bill Clinton says voters in Scotland should elect to stay in the United Kingdom.

Ken Miracle can’t remember exactly when he became fascinated with the plump greater sage grouse that strut about on the once-endless sagebrush expanses of southern Idaho.

An improved economy with more full-time workers drove a decline in the national poverty rate in 2013 _ the first in seven years _ and the first decline in the nation’s child poverty rate in 13 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.

A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives – including those from South Florida – is pushing the Obama administration to create an immigration program for Haitians that would accelerate the flow of immigrants from that country and help it recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

China is a country with gargantuan environmental problems, deep distrust of government and a population that is increasingly wired through mobile devices. Put that together and it’s no surprise that large street protests are breaking out against waste incinerators, chemical plants and other industrial projects.

President Barack Obama heads to the United Nations next week -- but he’s not scheduled to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Iran’s Hassan Rouhani -- despite potential common ground for a conversation.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on an amendment to train and equip moderate forces in Syria as part of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat the Islamic State.

Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, withdrew his name from consideration Monday, unable to overcome a bipartisan Senate filibuster.

President Barack Obama plans to dispatch 3,000 U.S. military personnel to Africa as part of a major U.S. boost to counter the outbreak of Ebola as world health agencies warn that there aren’t enough medical personnel willing to work there to stem the tide of the disease.

The United States bombed an Islamic State position southwest of Baghdad on Monday in what the U.S. Central Command said was the first airstrike undertaken under expanded rules of engagement President Barack Obama outlined in a speech last week.

A group of Barack Obama’s longtime friends and supporters announced Monday that it had narrowed down the list of possible locations for a multimillion-dollar presidential library.

After failing to respond to multiple outreach attempts, more than 100,000 people could lose their federal marketplace health coverage on Sept. 30, while more than three times that many could see their premiums increase, if they fail to verify their income, U.S. residency or immigration status as required by the Obama administration.

Faulty fracking wells are to blame for drinking water contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania, according to new findings from researchers at five universities.

President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a pair of soldiers for their bravery during the Vietnam War during a White House ceremony Monday.

With Scottish voters heading to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, the White House is making it (sort of) clear that it prefers togetherness.

Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble.

It was raining Monday as V.O. Devlin took his stand for Scottish freedom, seated in his coffee shop on Leith Walk, Edinburgh’s longest street, surrounded by banners and stickers urging “yes” on the Thursday’s vote on independence from the United Kingdom.

They rose together, both elected in 2008. Now President Barack Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., are struggling together.

A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced-feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy.

A Florida couple who got caught up in the spectacular public flameout of former CIA Director David Petraeus’s career can continue to pursue part of their lawsuit against federal officials, a judge ruled Monday.

The Legal Services Corporation is a survivor.

Republicans Monday offered their take on Sunday’s Hillary Clinton visit to Iowa, portraying her as promoting a third Obama term.

A study of more than 800 allegations against the federal Customs and Border Protection agency for excessive force and other alleged abuses has found less than a quarter of them may warrant further review.

Hillary Clinton all but kicked off her 2016 White House bid Sunday before a festive crowd of 6,000 in this pivotal state, presenting herself as a child and champion of the still-struggling middle class.

Hillary Clinton made her first visit to Iowa in more than than six years, and host Tom Harkin offered a gracious — if somber — greeting Sunday.

The Islamic State posted a video Saturday of the execution of a British aid worker for what the killer said was retaliation for Britain’s decision to join the international coalition that the United States is leading to fight the radical Islamist group.

Statement by the President on the Death of David Haines by ISIS

The Islamic State posted a video Saturday of the execution of a British aid worker for what the killer said was retaliation for Britain’s decision to join the international coalition that the United States is leading to fight the radical Islamist group.

It will take months, if not years for the United States, Iraq and allies to defeat the Islamic State extremists who have conquered over one third of Iraq and as much again of Syria, but even if they do, a long-term security vacuum will remain due to the collapse of most of the Iraqi army.

A U.S. official on Friday acknowledged that NATO ally Turkey had complicated efforts to build a moderate Syrian rebel force by coordinating with groups, including al Qaida’s Nusra Front, that were considered off limits by the Obama administration.

The top U.S. official for monitoring aid to Afghanistan painted a grim portrait of the country's future Friday, saying it is riddled with corruption and graft.

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., announced Friday that he broke off his engagement to Argentine fiancee Maria Belen Chapur, saying on Facebook that he was forced to end the relationship because his ex-wife had filed a new legal complaint against him.

Key lawmakers in Washington have pledged to look further into a McClatchy report on companies with federal contracts that defied labor laws in order to avoid their tax obligations.

The U.S. is at war with the Islamic State -- as it is with al Qaida and its affiliates -- the White House said Friday.

Tensions between the CIA and its congressional overseers erupted anew this week when CIA Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized intrusions into computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a damning report on the spy agency’s interrogation program.

President Barack Obama will head to Atlanta on Tuesday to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and attend a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus that has devastated parts of West Africa.

President Barack Obama will head to Atlanta on Tuesday to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and attend a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus that has devastated parts of West Africa.

A nation furious about the beheading of two Americans is eager for military action. At least for the moment. And at least for the kind of low-risk military action now planned.

The White House wouldn’t say Friday if it told the family of slain journalist James Foley it would face prosecution if it raised money to pay Islamic State militants a ransom for Foley’s release.

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