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Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, said Sunday he's sure the 40th president regretted vetoing an anti-apartheid bill — a veto that Congress ultimately overrode in 1986.
The Obama administration put on a full-court press Sunday to defend the deal the U.S. and key allies struck to try to halt Iran's burgeoning nuclear program — but the White House faces a tough sell with members of Congress who criticized the terms and said they'll still press for even tighter sanctions on the Islamic republic.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions.
As outrage in Europe grows, lawmakers are defending U.S. surveillance practices — including phone tapping — and saying other nations likely engage in similar spying, even if their leaders don't know it.
GOP senators took to the airwaves Sunday to criticize their party for the recent government shutdown.
On the same day that lawmakers acknowledged that any attempt to crack down on firearms stands virtually no chance on Capitol Hill, President Obama made his strongest plea to date on the need to confront gun violence.
President Obama has invited two of the Senate's leading Republican voices on foreign military affairs to the White House as he tries to make his case to Congress for the use of military force in Syria.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who was charged in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, was "questionable."
A massive weekend raid netted several hundred illegal immigrants who were either car wash workers or customers in Phoenix, according to immigrant-rights groups who say the move highlights the ongoing tensions within President Obama's deportation policy.
Lawmakers are taking aim at the White House's perpetual game of catch-up, in which the national security versus privacy debate has been driven not by the administration but by figures such as National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
President Obama does not plan to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a trip to Russia next month if the asylum situation with NSA leaker Edward Snowden does not change.
Key Democratic and Republican members of Congress said Sunday that the terrorism threat reportedly triggered by an intercepted message between senior al Qaeda operatives is the most serious threat in years, with some warning that the threat is an indication the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks still poses a significant danger to the U.S.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing warned Sunday that his may be the first major city to declare bankruptcy, but that it won't be the last.
Fresh from their Fourth of July recess, House Republicans will huddle to figure out what to do with the immigration turkey the senators dropped off as they were leaving town.