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Boehner says he'll stay until replacement is chosen

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he'll stay in Congress until there's a replacement speaker -- raising the possibility he could stay on beyond the end-of-October retirement date he'd set for himself. Published October 8, 2015

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015,  at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Democrats more interested in thwarting than cooperating in Benghazi probe, Gowdy says

Rather than cooperate, Democrats have tried to thwart the Benghazi probe from within since the beginning, the special panel's chairman said in a letter released Thursday that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the release of emails that call into question the relationship between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate Sidney Blumenthal. Published October 8, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said only about 331,000 illegal immigrants were caught on the border in fiscal year 2015, which ended last week. That was the lowest number since 2011. When the numbers are finalized, they could dip to rates not seen since the early 1970s. (Associated Press)

Jeh Johnson credits Obama immigration policies for drop in border arrests, deportations

The U.S. Border Patrol is catching fewer illegal immigrants trying to cross the border, and immigration agents are arresting and deporting fewer people from the interior of the country, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday, calling those the successful outcomes of President Obama's immigration policies. Published October 7, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Judge says Hillary Clinton's server is private

A federal judge said he will order the State Department to send a specific request asking former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to make sure she has turned over all of her official records, but said Wednesday he doubts he has the power to demand she actually preserve the documents. Published October 7, 2015

Chef Jose Andres calls Donald Trump 'clever maniac'

Chef Jose Andres called GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump a "clever maniac" Wednesday, saying Mr. Trump's immigration plans would deprive the U.S. of the labor force that staffs restaurants. Published October 7, 2015

If President Obama follows through on his threat to veto the defense policy bill, it would present the best chance yet for Congress to override him, which would take a two-thirds vote in each chamber. (Associated Press)

Obama veto of defense bill, possible override loom after filibuster fails

Senators overcame a filibuster on the annual defense policy bill Tuesday, delivering a significant victory to Republicans and teeing up a battle with President Obama over a threatened veto on the bill, which does everything from raising troops' pay to setting policy for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Published October 6, 2015

The email scandal shows little sign of subsiding a year after the State Department first prodded Hillary Rodham Clinton to return some 30,000 messages from her four years as secretary.

State Department tells Hillary Clinton to search for more emails to fill 'gap'

The State Department has told former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to go back and search for still more emails, releasing a letter Tuesday urging her to see whether her Internet providers can recover any of the messages believed to be missing from a "gap" during her first months in office. Published October 6, 2015

Rep. Daniel Webster, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Daniel Webster kicks off bid for House Speaker

Rep. Daniel Webster officially announced his bid for House speaker Tuesday morning, two days before the House GOP is slated to vote on a replacement to retiring Speaker John A. Boehner. Published October 6, 2015

Cristian, a 6-year-old immigrant who entered the United States illegally with his mother from Guatemala, eats breakfast at a respite house, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

English isn't main language at home for 21 percent in America

A whopping 21 percent of U.S. residents now speak a language other than English at home, according to a report being released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies that raises questions about the country's ability to absorb the influx of immigrants. Published October 6, 2015

Rep. Jason Chaffetz stepped up his bid to be Speaker of the House and said Rep. Kevin McCarthy can't unify Republicans. (Associated Press)

House Speaker vote date buys GOP time for leadership choice

Speaker John A. Boehner set an Oct. 29 date for the full House to vote on his replacement, giving Republicans three weeks to get their troops in line and rally around Rep. Kevin McCarthy or whoever else emerges from this week's internal GOP vote. Published October 5, 2015

Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan near Idlib, Syria, on Dec. 17, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senators tell Obama to halt Syrian rebel training

President Obama's program to train Syrian rebels is a total failure and needs to be scrapped, a bipartisan group of senators said in a letter to the administration Friday, saying it's time the national security team acknowledge the disaster and come up with a new strategy. Published October 2, 2015

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, said the "doc fix" would cost taxpayers a net $141 billion over the next decade, and would bring Congress disrepute. (Associated Press)

Obama administration vows no 'shortcuts' for Syrian refugees

Obama administration officials vowed there will be no "shortcuts" in admitting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, though they admitted to Congress Thursday they won't be able to do the kinds of thorough checks like accessing local databases or visiting neighborhoods to verify applicants are who they say they are. Published October 1, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, after a meeting with President Barack Obama.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi: Benghazi probe's focus on Clinton breaks ethics rules

Democrats are trying to shut down the Benghazi investigative committee two weeks before the panel is scheduled to hear testimony, saying a top House Republican unwittingly exposed the political goals of the long-running probe. Published October 1, 2015

President Obama speaks to a group of state legislators in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in part of the White House complex in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama vows troops-bill veto, demands domestic spending hikes

President Obama will veto the annual defense policy bill, the White House said Wednesday as it escalated a clash over spending into a major war-time deadlock that threatens everything from troops' pay raises to warship building plans. Published September 30, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Clinton emails increasingly classified; 1 in 20 messages contained secrets

More than 5 percent of the latest batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, released Wednesday, contain classified information -- or twice the rate of the previous releases, raising tricky questions about whether the department is finding more secrets or being more thorough in screening the messages. Published September 30, 2015