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  • White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil

    White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil
    Alarmed about the growing threat from Islamic State, the Obama administration has dramatically stepped up warnings of potential terrorist attacks on American soil after several years of relative calm. Behind the scenes, U.S. authorities have raised...
  • Islamic State's advance raises new questions about US, Iraqi strategy

    WASHINGTON The Islamic State's capture Friday of the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi provides new evidence of the Iraqi army's weakness, the terrorist movement's resilience and the shortcomings of the Obama administration's strategy for defeating the...
  • Michael Smerconish: Amtrak catastrophe highlights nation's embarrassing abandonment of infrastructure needs

    Regardless of any human error, it didn't have to happen. That's the takeaway from the Amtrak 188 catastrophe. Even if evidence suggests that the engineer caused the train to travel 106 mph in a 50 mph zone, technology has existed for years that could...
  • Analysis: How to talk about the Islamic State while running for president

    WASHINGTON The seemingly straightforward question of what to call the Islamic State, and the more difficult matter of how to fight it, will be defining issues of the 2016 presidential race. How to identify the group has, for some time, been a GOP...
  • Analysts stunned by report N. Korea used anti-aircraft fire to execute top official

    WASHINGTON Even for grizzled experts well steeped in the brutal and often bizarre ways of the North Korean regime, the method of execution employed for the secretive nation's late military chief seems extreme. Defense Minister Hyon Yong Choi reportedly...
  • Teen pregnancy visionary steps down

    Teen pregnancy visionary steps down
    One advantage to being a reporter is, people generally feel obliged to return your phone calls. Not always, but often enough that you can learn interesting and important things. Sarah Brown always returned my phone calls. The head of the National...
  • Senate Democrats block Obama-backed trade deal

    Even as President Obama's bid for a sweeping Pacific trade deal was dealt a stinging blow by lawmakers in his own party, there is growing support from the American public for expanding global commerce, particularly among Latinos and blacks whose influence...
  • U.S accepts Colombia's decision to suspend use of weed killer

    U.S accepts Colombia's decision to suspend use of weed killer
    The U.S. ambassador to Colombia said Monday he accepted the country’s decision to suspend a longstanding program of aerial spraying of weed killer on coca crops but that other tools will be used to try to contain farming of coca, the base material...
  • Marco Rubio's hawkish foreign policy a centerpiece of his accelerating campaign

    WASHINGTON Sen. Marco Rubio, whose muscular foreign policy doesn't hesitate to exert U.S. influence or military might around the world, revved up an audience in South Carolina recently by referring to a line from the movie thriller "Taken." That's the...
  • States look to deliver relief as property taxes rise

    WASHINGTON With some of the highest median property taxes in the nation, it's no surprise that relief is at the top of many political agendas in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Counties that surround New York City in those three states account...
  • Jonathan Rauch: Chris Christie's political 'machine' is not such a bad thing

    Jonathan Rauch: Chris Christie's political 'machine' is not such a bad thing
    Here's a question whose answer may seem obvious, but isn't. Which is worse, a system in which political hacks can cause a massive traffic jam as a form of political payback, or a system in which it's a federal crime for political hacks to exact such...