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Saudi Ambassador to U.S. won't rule out building nukes

The Saudi Ambassador to the United States would not rule out the possibility of the Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear-armed ...

7:54 PM ET CNN POLITICS

How 2016 race could boost criminal justice reform

An overhaul of U.S. criminal justice laws looks increasingly possible, and the 2016 presidential campaign just might give the effort a shot in the arm, says ...

7:20 PM ET CNN POLITICS

Vote-a-rama mania hits the Senate

Senators are slogging through a grueling and exhausting day as they cast scores of back-to-back votes on amendments during the annual budget vote-a-rama, which ...

7:20 PM ET CNN POLITICS

Senate budget votes foreshadow 2016 campaigns

The contours of the 2016 campaign season was on display during Senate debate on the budget resolution.         

6:47 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON

In House ‘Doc Fix,’ an Unconservative Approach to Insurance Reform

Chris Jacobs: It's striking that policy makers in the House decided the best way to reform this insurance market was to ban certain types of insurance as ...

6:43 PM ET WASHINGTON WIRE (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Higher Medicare costs planned for some seniors in 2018

Medicare recipients with income over $85,000 would begin paying higher Part B premiums in 2018 under legislation passed by the House.         

6:38 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON

Obama's anti-terror strategy suffers setback in Yemen

President Barack Obama has pointed to Yemen to boast that his new global anti-terror strategy was thriving.

6:37 PM ET CNN POLITICS

Obama Lauds Efforts to Overhaul Criminal Justice Practices

President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Thursday that the country was in the midst of a more "productive" and "smarter" conversation about the drug ...

6:09 PM ET WASHINGTON WIRE (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

9 GOP hopefuls to appear at Iowa dinner

The only formally declared candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, did not RSVP for the event.         

6:06 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON