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Obama pressed to punish Iran

Congress invites Netanyahu to boost push for sanctions

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama faced an escalating challenge from lawmakers seeking new Iran sanctions legislation Wednesday, as House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress next month. Continue reading...

House GOP abandons abortion debate

Subscriber onlyHouse Republicans on Wednesday abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. Continue reading...

Senators hear pros, cons of No Child act

Panel takes up law’s push to test pupils

Subscriber only The Senate began its most serious attempt in years to rewrite the country's main education law with a hearing Wednesday focusing on an issue that has led to debate nationwide: whether states should be required to test students every year. Continue reading...

Keystone exports survive ban bid

Senate Democrats’ additions to pipeline legislation rejected

Subscriber onlyThe Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats' bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. Continue reading...

Justices look into Florida's limit on judges' fundraising

Subscriber onlyThe Supreme Court on Tuesday examined state laws that ban judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions in a case that tests the balance between free speech and judicial integrity. Continue reading...

State delegation less than excited at Obama vision

Lawmakers see little effort on mending fences on Hill

Subscriber onlySeveral members of Arkansas' congressional delegation said Tuesday that President Barack Obama promised a vision for the country in his State of the Union speech that they had heard before. Continue reading...

Highlights of president's address

Subscriber only President Barack Obama called for higher taxes on high-earning Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class as he urged Americans to turn the page on years of economic woes and hard-fought wars in his sixth State of the Union address before Congress. Continue reading...

Book 12 called an explainer of values

Huckabee: It’s coasts vs. middle

Subscriber onlyIn his soon-to-be-released book, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee explores cultural divisions between those who live on the coasts and those living in the middle of the country where God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy are normal parts of life. Continue reading...

Obama said to seek 7% spending boost

Plan to lift discretionary-fund limits

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama will ask Congress for as much as $68 billion more than current budget limits in fiscal 2016, two people familiar with the administration's proposal said. Continue reading...

House OKs bills promised a veto

1 eases rules on banks, other foils Obama on immigration

Subscriber onlyThe House ignored veto threats by President Barack Obama on two fronts Wednesday, voting to undo major provisions of the administration's immigration policy and to roll back banking constraints enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. Continue reading...

Boehner staying silent on threat

Subscriber onlyHouse Speaker John Boehner returned to the Capitol on Wednesday without commenting to reporters after disclosures that a bartender at a country club near his Ohio home is charged with threatening to kill him, either with a gun or by poisoning his drink. Continue reading...

Congressman apologizes for Hitler-Obama tweet

Subscriber onlyRepublican Rep. Randy Weber apologized Tuesday for referring to Adolf Hitler in a Twitter post that criticized President Barack Obama for not attending a march in Paris to honor the victims of attacks last week in that city. Continue reading...

Huckabee criticizes Obamas’ parenting

Subscriber onlyFormer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyonce. Continue reading...

After huddle, Washington sides dig in

Obama, Republican lawmakers standing ground on pipeline, immigration

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders gave no ground on their differences, including on the Keystone XL pipeline and immigration, even as they pledged to find common ground over the next year. Continue reading...

U.S. 1st-quarter deficit rises 2.4%

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014. Continue reading...