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Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S., during the committee's hearin…

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Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Takata, testifies before the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt, during a news conference on Capitol Hill i…

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US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

In this Thursday, May, 29, 2014, file photo, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., joins Republican colleagues at an event calling for reforms in the scandal plagued Veterans Administration, at the Capitol in Washington. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in federal court in Brooklyn, …

December 23, 2014 12:29 pmLoading…
US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

US Rep. Grimm pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

In this Friday, May 30, 2014, file photo, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., walks down the steps of the House of Representatives after final votes, at the Capitol in Washington. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in federal court in Brooklyn, where the Staten Island Republican is e…

December 23, 2014 12:29 pmLoading…
Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework

Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves the Capitol in Washington. Undeterred by Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is staying up late to do his foreign policy homework. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Top stories of 2014 - US elections

Top stories of 2014 - US elections

In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., celebrates with his supporters at an election night party in Louisville, Ky., joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, left. McConnell won a sixth term in Washington. For months, political…

December 22, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S., during the committee's hearin…

December 22, 2014 11:49 amLoading…
AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., celebrates with his supporters at an election night party in Louisville, Ky., joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, left. McConnell won a sixth term in Washington. For months, po…

December 22, 2014 11:10 amLoading…
Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits

Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even as Republicans celebrate their Senate takeover, they are making plans to defend it. In the 2016 Senate elections, GOP candidates will be defending incumbents in states President Barack…

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Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits

Republicans in charge of Senate _ but 2016 awaits

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Even as Republicans celebrate their Senate takeover, they are making plans to defend it. In the 2016 Senate elections, GOP candidates will be defending incumbents in states Preside…

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Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba

Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba

President Barack Obama smiles during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an hi…

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Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

El senador republicano Marco Rubio habla el miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014 en el Capitolio, en Washington. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite, archivo)

December 20, 2014 9:21 pm
North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an hi…

December 20, 2014 5:40 pmLoading…
Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

The Capitol Dome and the Capitol christmas tree are illuminated on Thursday. The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. Slightly …

December 20, 2014 1:08 pm
Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015

Politics, shotgun marriage in government, war loom in 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. It may be only 2015 but the year ahead is likely to be filled with 2016 presidential politics. Plus, fights between Congress and President Barack Obama. Plus, a further ramp-up in wars that …

December 20, 2014 12:52 pmLoading…
Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama’s surprise decision…

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Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

FILE-This Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. walks to meet with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington. By the skin of their teeth, congressional lawmakers passed a $1 trillion budget through next summer, approved all military spending and pas…

December 20, 2014 10:53 amLoading…
Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "How many times did we have the point of the week?" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about Democratic tactics in an…

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Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. is taking online digs at Rubio, a potential GOP presidential rival over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

December 20, 2014 9:47 amLoading…
Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Frequently criticized as cautious on foreign policy, President Barack Obama’s secret negotiations to overhaul U.S. policy toward …

December 20, 2014 7:11 amLoading…
Obama calls on women only at news conference

Obama calls on women only at news conference

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an hi…

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Obama calls on women only at news conference

Obama calls on women only at news conference

President Barack Obama says goodbye at the close of a news conference as he and his family prepare to jet to Hawaii for the holidays, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington. Obama's sixth year in office was a difficult one as he faced foreign policy crises in the Middle East…

December 19, 2014 6:26 pmLoading…
No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words. As President Bar…

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Obama calls on women only at news conference

Obama calls on women only at news conference

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an hi…

December 19, 2014 5:40 pmLoading…
Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, the Capitol Dome in Washington, surrounded by scaffolding for a long-term repair project, and framed by the last of autumn's colorful leaves. So it turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. …

December 19, 2014 3:10 pmLoading…
First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares for a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, o…

December 18, 2014 4:14 pmLoading…
Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department releas…

December 18, 2014 3:27 pmLoading…
Birthday: Paul Wolfowitz

Birthday: Paul Wolfowitz

Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 71.

December 18, 2014 2:21 pmLoading…
Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

From left, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after traveling to Havana earlier today to bring back American prisoner Alan Gross who has been held by …

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Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

December 18, 2014 7:56 amLoading…
Patrick Leahy, Chris Van Hollen, Jeff Flake

Patrick Leahy, Chris Van Hollen, Jeff Flake

Desde la izquierda, los representantes Chris van Hollen, Patrick Leahy, demócratas y Jeff Flake, republicano hablan en conferencia de prensa en Washington, 17 de diciembre de 2014, tras regresar de Cuba con el prisionero estadounidense Alan Gross. Los opositores a la inesperada medida del pr…

December 18, 2014 7:22 am
Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, o…

December 18, 2014 1:07 amLoading…
US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

December 17, 2014 7:31 pmLoading…
AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in …

December 17, 2014 2:57 pmLoading…
AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in J…

December 17, 2014 2:57 pmLoading…
Holidays around the world

Holidays around the world

FILE - The Capitol Dome and the Capitol Christmas Tree are illuminated in this late Thursday evening Dec. 11, 2014 file photo. The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partis…

December 17, 2014 1:27 pm
113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. walks to meet with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. When the 114th Congress convenes in January, Reid and his party will be the minority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. McConnell will take over as the new Senate majority leader when the 114th Congress convenes in January. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Sen…

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AP Interview: McConnell cool to Obama's Cuba move

AP Interview: McConnell cool to Obama's Cuba move

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. McConnell will take over as the new Senate majority leader when the 114th Congress convenes in January. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Sen…

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Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends

Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends

File- This Dec. 4, 2012, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicia…

December 16, 2014 9:32 pmLoading…
Marijuana fight riskier for Congress in states

Marijuana fight riskier for Congress in states

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. (AP Photo/J. Scott …

December 16, 2014 3:17 pmLoading…
Obama, Warren emerge as potential political foils

Obama, Warren emerge as potential political foils

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, voice their objections to a House-approved spending bill that includ…

December 15, 2014 2:06 pmLoading…
Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, joins other lawmakers in the rush to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill. Yesterday, Warren raised objections to the h…

December 12, 2014 10:12 pmLoading…
Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio holds what may be his last news conference of the 113th Congress, though critical legislation is still pending, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. With a midnight Thursday deadline to keep the government running, a $1.1 trillion governm…

December 12, 2014 10:12 pmLoading…
New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. listens at left as House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, questions Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf on Capitol Hill in Washington. Price, the incoming Republican chairman of the…

December 12, 2014 11:45 amLoading…
Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate

Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate

FILE - On this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending…

December 12, 2014 11:18 amLoading…
Former Obama aides urging Warren run for president

Former Obama aides urging Warren run for president

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than 300 former campaign staffers and organizers for President Barack Obama have signed on to a letter urging Warren to run for president in 2016. It's the latest effort to nudg…

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Former Obama aides urging Warren run for president

Former Obama aides urging Warren run for president

CORRECTS TO APPROVED, NOT PASSED - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, express their outrage to reporters that a huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill approved…

December 12, 2014 9:25 amLoading…

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