AP Top Political News At 1:40 p.m. EDT

First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn....

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'
TOKYO (AP) -- Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" - even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine....

GOP senators attack Obama deportations review
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Barack Obama Thursday of displaying "an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens" by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy....

Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves....

NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country....

Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved....

New date for first lady's Kansas graduation speech
TOKYO (AP) -- Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends....

Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger
TOKYO (AP) -- As trade negotiators struggled to overcome their differences, President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and urged the U.S. and Japan to take bold steps to complete an agreement that is key to his agenda in the region....

Israeli PM: Palestinians step back from peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace....

US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says....

Washington Video
Interactives
Home front: Stories of returned veterans and their families
Election 2009: Exit polls for Virginia, New Jersey governors' races
Early figures on stimulus job creation
Obama, Cabinet travel leads mostly to blue states
Health care overhaul
LiveWire: News from Washington
First lady furthers fashionista reputation
Latest Washington Photos
Up to the Minute
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy

Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?

Israeli PM: Palestinians step back from peace

GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco


Latest News