Obama Discusses Syria, Russia Policy on '60 Minutes'

In a confrontational interview on 60 Minutes, the president defended his Middle East policy after Russian involvement in Syria.

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Police Lawsuit Aims to Make Milwaukee Gun Shop Pay; Major Kentucky ‘Obamacare’ Insurer Goes Belly Up

Also: Salt Lake charter school teachers are ‘unqualified,’ not sticking around and judge orders Arkansas to reveal the identity of its execution-drug supplier.

Pressure Points as Clinton, Sanders Square Off in First Debate

The Democratic battle brings opportunities and peril for the front-runners, and a chance for also-rans to become relevant.


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A portion of a border fence near San Ysidro, California is seen in 2012. The United States is on the left with Mexico

Here's What it Would Take to Build The Border Fence Donald Trump Wants

Stretching the existing fence to cover the whole border would cost billions of dollars.

Play of the Day: Getting Ready for the Democratic Debate

So many questions remain: Will Joe Biden show up? Will Sanders go after Clinton? Who are these other guys?

Army Secretary John McHugh said it is critical to get beyond budget caps, continuing resolutions and the resulting uncertainty.

The Army's Biggest Concern Right Now Is Congress

The Army, like the rest of the military, says its top worry is trying to prepare soldiers to fight when Congress can’t even give them a budget.

Some mem­bers are not abandon­ing hope that Rep. Paul Ry­an, who many call the closest thing that frac­tious Re­pub­lic­ans have to a con­sensus pick for speak­er, may re­verse his de­cision to avoid the con­test.

House Republicans Leave Washington With No Answers

A Friday meeting gave no resolution to the fallout from Kevin McCarthy’s sudden decision to drop his speaker bid.

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During World War II, Sex Was a National-Security Threat

The government detained and quarantined so-called “patriotutes” to protect soldiers from sexually transmitted diseases.

Play of the Day: Does Anyone Want to be Speaker?

The disarray continues the week after Kevin McCarthy decided he didn't want the job.

How the USGS Detects Earthquakes Using Twitter

The agency learned to separate background noise from the “wow, that was an earthquake!” tweet.

U.S. Marines observe training maneuvers in Jordan in 2013.

White House Cancels Syrian Train-and-Equip Program

The Pentagon now plans to focus on training just key Syrian leaders and sending more arms — and air cover — to fighters already on the ground.

Look for Lawmakers to Again Target Feds’ Benefits

Democrat vows fight, calls using federal workers as offsets for other costs ‘unconscionable.’