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  • US/World

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Oct 01, 11:40

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday after several security breaches affecting the White House and President Obama became public, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday. “Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of […]

  • US/World

    Congress grills Secret Service over security failures

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 30, 10:37

    Last Updated Sep 30, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday that she takes “full responsibility” for several high-profile security failures at the White House in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly. I take full responsibility; what […]

  • US/World

    Obama: We must dismantle ISIS ‘network of death’

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 24, 8:31

    President Obama told the United Nations Wednesday that “America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism,” even as he works to dismantle a “network of death” established by Islamic extremists in the Middle East. “We have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their […]

  • National

    Obama: Vote shows U.S. is united against ISIS

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 18, 18:13

    Last Updated Sep 18, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday approved a request from President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL), sending a bill to Mr. Obama for a final signature. The president said […]

  • US/World

    Obama will strike ISIS “wherever they exist,” including Syria

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 10, 17:30

    Last Updated Sep 10, 2014 9:05 PM EDT President Obama on Wednesday announced a comprehensive strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL) that will broaden the U.S. military role to include airstrikes in Syria but not put any American combat troops on the ground in the region. Until […]

  • US/World

    Obama: Defeating ISIS will be “different” from Iraq, Afghanistan wars

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Sep 09, 16:05

    President Obama will announce that the U.S. will lead a coalition to destroy Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, according to advance speech excerpts released by the White House. “With a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad […]

  • US/World

    Rick Perry turns himself in for mug shot

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Aug 19, 18:29

    Last Updated Aug 19, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon to be booked and have his mug shot taken at the Travis County Justice Center. The governor was indicted last Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power, which he called “baseless political charges.” “I’m here today because I […]

  • National

    House Republicans forge ahead with lawsuit against Obama

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jul 30, 15:17

    Amid several outstanding domestic and foreign policy crises Congress must tackle by the end of the week, House Republicans are finalizing their plans to sue President Obama. The House voted 225 to 201 Wednesday afternoon to authorize House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to go forward with the lawsuit. It alleges that the president has overreached on his executive […]

  • US/World

    Obama expands sanctions on Russia, this time with European support

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jul 29, 14:44

    President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new sanctions, which target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy, will have an “even bigger bite” than those imposed in the […]

  • National

    John Boehner announces plans to sue Obama

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jun 25, 11:45

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that he’s pushing the House of Representatives to sue President Obama “in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.” He did not say which specific laws the suit will say the president has not enforced, […]

  • US/World

    Benghazi attack suspect in U.S. custody after secret raid

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jun 17, 15:48

    U.S. Special Operations forces captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a suspected leader of the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, in a secret raid that took place over the weekend, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Khatallah is the first person connected to the attack, which left four Americans dead, to be brought into custody. […]

  • News

    Veterans Affairs chief orders nationwide review of VA Medical Centers

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on May 08, 16:56

    Embattled Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki is directing his agency to complete a nationwide review of clinics at VA Medical Centers across the country to assess veterans’ access to care. “At VA, our most important mission is to make sure Veterans know VA is here to care for them and provide the high quality […]

  • National

    Security threats at Sochi Olympics worry U.S. officials

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jan 20, 8:43

    Less than three weeks before the Sochi Olympic Games are set to begin, U.S. lawmakers and other officials have begun publicly airing their concerns that Russia will not be able to adequately protect athletes and spectators against security threats in the region. Part of their concern stems from allegations that Russian authorities have not embraced the spirit […]

  • National

    “Humiliated,” Christie axes aide over traffic scandal

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jan 09, 7:55

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey Thursday for last year’s lane closure on the George Washington Bridge last year and announced he was firing his deputy chief of staff for lying to him. “I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I apologize to […]

  • National

    Deep divides split Washington over how to combat poverty

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jan 08, 11:52

    Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson first declared “War on Poverty,” lawmakers are still looking for ways to root it out of society. In 2014, it stands to be a central issue as Democrats shape their legislative and campaign agendas around issues like unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase. But there are Republicans looking […]

  • National

    Unemployment benefit extension clears Senate hurdle

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jan 07, 7:26

    A bipartisan measure to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for three months cleared a procedural vote in the Senate Tuesday morning, despite concern from Republicans who say they would only consider the measure if it were offset by other spending cuts or revenue. Though the bill was co-sponsored by Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., just five […]

  • National

    Senate confirms Janet Yellen as next Fed chair

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Jan 06, 14:28

    The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve Monday by a vote of 56 to 26, capping off a tug-of-war between Democrats and Republicans over President Obama’s nominees that dominated the Senate in its final weeks of 2013. Yellen, who was nominated by President Obama in October, is the first woman to lead the institution in […]

  • National

    Long-term unemployed face life without emergency benefits

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Dec 28, 14:47

    On Saturday, approximately 1.3 million Americans who have been unemployed for weeks, months or years are waking up to a grim reality: a steady supply of cash assistance through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program has been cut off, and as of right now, no help is on the horizon. The federal program, which was […]

  • National

    Last-minute scramble on critical Obamacare deadline day

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Dec 23, 7:48

    The administration is scrambling to get as many people as possible signed up for health care coverage by the end of the day Monday, the final day people can enroll in insurance plans through the federal and state exchanges to receive coverage starting Jan. 1. Efforts range from the practical – a big message on […]

  • National

    Budget deal clears Senate, averting near-term shutdown threats

    by Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News on Dec 18, 13:56

    The Senate approved a two-year budget agreement Wednesday that will lift the threat of another government shutdown next month and undo $63 billion of the budget cuts mandated by the sequester. The deal, brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., cleared the Senate by a margin of 64 to 36. Nine Republicans joined the 55 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in voting […]