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McCain considering running again for Senate

9:54 PM, Oct 22, 2013

Republican Sen. John McCain says he's considering running for a sixth term in 2016, the year he turns 80.

Fla. congressman compares Tea Party to KKK

10:43 AM, Oct 22, 2013

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida sent a fundraising pitch equating the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan, which includes an image of a burning cross for the letter "T."

HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov

5:36 AM, Oct 22, 2013

The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned.

Thousands expected to rally for same-sex marriage

3:13 AM, Oct 22, 2013

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

US seeking to soothe France over NSA snooping

8:02 PM, Oct 21, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says America is working to find the right balance between protecting peoples' security and privacy rights.

Tweets threatening Sen. Ted Cruz probed

4:59 PM, Oct 21, 2013

The FBI and U.S. Capitol police are looking into a series of tweets directed at Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Obama: Health care website problems inexcusable

12:05 PM, Oct 21, 2013

A defiant President Obama said Monday he is mad about problems with a new health care website, but argued that the Affordable Care Act as a whole is working as planned.

Both sides in gay marriage debate gearing up

10:07 AM, Oct 21, 2013

Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.

N.J. Gov. Christie drops challenge to same-sex marriage

9:42 AM, Oct 21, 2013

Couples exchange vows as New Jersey becomes 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.

Poll: 63% of Americans want Boehner out as speaker

9:33 AM, Oct 21, 2013

More than six in 10 Americans say Speaker John Boehner should be replaced as the top leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, a new poll finds.

Mo. public defender system cites budget crunch

8:44 AM, Oct 21, 2013

The head of Missouri's public defender system says furloughs may be necessary if Gov. Jay Nixon does not release additional money for the system by January.

Obama to address Healthcare.gov issues today

5:10 AM, Oct 21, 2013

President Obama, moving past the government shutdown and debt ceiling disputes, spends Monday on an issue now getting more attention: The problems with the rollout of his health care plan.

Heart-to-heart with Dick Cheney

3:51 AM, Oct 21, 2013

Dick Cheney tools around town these days in his brand new Ford pickup, equipped with an extended cab and a hitch on the back bumper to pull his granddaughter's horse trailer.

N.J.'s gay couples in midnight vows

3:23 AM, Oct 21, 2013

They were pronounced husband and husband, wife and wife.

Republicans attack each other following shutdown fiasco

11:35 AM, Oct 20, 2013

McConnell, McCain, Jeb Bush say party needs to pick better battles, but Sen. Ted Cruz vows to fight on.