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John A. Walker Jr., Ringleader of Spy Family, Dies at 77

Mr. Walker was a Navy communications specialist when he began spying for the Soviets at the height of the Cold War in 1967.

4:59 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Sunday Talk Preview: ISIS, Ukraine

The continuing threat to to the West posed by the Islamic State and the latest on the crisis in Ukraine are expected to be discussed on this Sunday’s news ...

4:54 PM ET WASHINGTON WIRE (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

World conflicts will dominate Sunday TV talk shows

Ukraine, Syria and Iraq take center stage         

4:45 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON

In Rare Twist, Massachusetts Puts Fate of Its Casinos on the Line

Massachusetts approved legislation in 2011 to allow three casinos and a slots parlor, and voters will decide in November whether to repeal the law before a ...

3:59 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

California Governor Fights Decision on Teacher Tenure

In a one-page appeal, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, argued that a decision of such scope needed to be made by a higher ...

3:54 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

The Caucus: Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

President Obama drew criticism on Thursday when he said, “we don’t have a strategy yet,” for military action against ISIS in Syria. Lawmakers will weigh in on ...

3:28 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Kerry calls on world to defeat 'cancer' of Islamic State

In another piece, McCain and Graham urge immediate, military response.         

2:29 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON

Rob Ford puts on his dancing shoes for city council

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dances along with the City Council to Bob Marley's "One Love," amid fresh allegations of inappropriate behavior while working as a ...

1:31 PM ET USA TODAY - WASHINGTON

Getting Ferguson Majority to Show Its Clout at Polls

In the wake of the Michael Brown killing, there is a new focus on turnout in a suburb that is majority black but has mostly white elected leaders.

1:11 PM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS

Strategies: Midterm Election Mind-Reading: The Market Tends to Win

The halfway mark of a presidential cycle has often meant a rally on Wall Street, but investors shouldn’t count on it.

10:46 AM ET NEW YORK TIMES POLITICS