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Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican (AP Photo)

Pool-mageddon avoided — for now

The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.

** FILE ** Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich smiles during a March 8, 2012, rally in Jackson, Miss. (Associated Press)

Tea party leader urges Gingrich to stay in race

One of the nation's top tea party activists said Thursday that Newt Gingrich should stay in the nomination race to ensure that Mitt Romney can't accumulate the magic number of delegates needed to become the Republican presidential candidate.

From left, Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, first lady Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama wave from the balcony of the White House, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bison for the British

Forget steak, forget free range chicken. "Bison Wellington" is the main course at the White House state Dinner Wednesday evening.


From 'Freedom Fries' to floor privileges

A few years ago he might have been booed out of the chamber, but the U.S. Senate on Tuesday gave temporary floor privileges to the speaker of France's Senate, allowing him a chance to observe the action — or lack thereof.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks March 12, 2012, during the daily news briefing at the White House. (Associated Press)

White House defends NCAA game trip

The White House on Monday defended President Obama's plans to fly with British Prime Minister David Cameron to attend a first-round game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, has tears in his eyes as he watches the massive rally of his supporters at Manezh Square. "I promised you we would win. We won," he said. "Glory to Russia." (Associated Press)

Obama calls Putin amid talks on Syria

President Obama called Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin Friday to congratulate him on his election, and the two leaders pledged to work together on areas of common ground even as the U.S. and Russia continued to publicly clash over what action to take in Syria, according to a White House read-out of the phone call released Friday night.

Mitt Romney was all smiles on Super Tuesday, when he racked up several key victories over Rick Santorum. (Associated Press)

Romney rolls up more delegates

Mitt Romney's campaign claimed victory after caucuses in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday, adding to his lead in the Republican presidential nomination delegate count.