Senate Dems push Obama nominees, GOP bides time
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.
Hagel offers troops rare glimmer of hope on budget
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday offered troops a rare glimmer of hope on the department's financial woes, saying a possible budget agreement back home could ease the automatic spending cuts that have hit the military hard.
Analysis: Crises in Asia let Biden show US resolve
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Vice President Joe Biden left for Asia on a mission to reinforce America's determination to be a major Pacific player, a regional crisis over disputed airspace threatened to drown out his message.
Obama: Chances for final Iran deal 50-50 or worse
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
Economic bright spots not a sure boost for Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) — To a struggling White House, the economy that was supposed to be a political millstone is losing some drag.
Analysis: Dog of year in Congress whimpers to end
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare atients.
AP Exclusive: Rough ride for US-Russia copter deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deal looked sketchy from the start.
Pentagon chief plans to stop in Pakistan on Monday
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he'll visit Pakistan on Monday — a rare stop for a Pentagon chief in recent years.
New consumer tips for Obama's fixer-upper website
WASHINGTON (AP) — It doesn't rival Amazon and Travelocity, but President Barack Obama's much-maligned health insurance website finally seems to be working reasonably well most of the time.
Hagel given assurances on Afghan security deal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Saturday he received assurances from Afghanistan's defense minister that a stalled security agreement with the United States would be signed in "a very timely manner."
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