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Al Qaeda Took Advantage of Libyan Protest, CIA Chief Says

Al Qaeda Took Advantage of Libyan Protest, CIA Chief Says

Cherie Cullen/Released(WASHINGTON) — The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film “The Innocence of Muslims,” but Islamic militants who may have links to al Qaeda used the op…

Obama Notifies Congress of Troops Deployed to Libya and Yemen

Obama Notifies Congress of Troops Deployed to Libya and Yemen

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has taken the formal step of notifying Congress that he has deployed troops “equipped for combat” to Libya and Yemen to defend U.S. citizens and property, pursuant to the War Powers Reso…

Pelosi and Boehner Briefed on Middle East Unrest

Pelosi and Boehner Briefed on Middle East Unrest

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner was set to hold his own news conference Thursday with reporters, but 15 minutes after he was scheduled to face the Capitol Hill press corps, a spokesman announced that the news conferen…

Paul Ryan Gets Hero’s Welcome At Capitol Homecoming

Paul Ryan Gets Hero’s Welcome At Capitol Homecoming

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan received a warm welcome from his GOP colleagues when he made his first return to the Capitol since Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate last month.After arr…

House Passes Six-Month, Stopgap Measure

House Passes Six-Month, Stopgap Measure

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — In a rare bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the federal government for the next six months, one step in avoiding a bitter political fight before the election.The measure, know…

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s Republican running mate will have a positive effect on Congressional races — for the Democrats. That’s the claim made today by Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of…

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s Republican running mate will have a positive effect on Congressional races — for the Democrats. That’s the claim made today by Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of…

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

Dems Hope to Win House Control With Paul Ryan’s Help

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s Republican running mate will have a positive effect on Congressional races — for the Democrats. That’s the claim made today by Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of…

Paul Ryan Releases First Congressional TV Ad

Paul Ryan Releases First Congressional TV Ad

Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, released his first television advertisement of the 2012 election cycle on Wednesday.  He’s seeking re-electio…

Paul Ryan Makes Ad Buy in His Congressional District

Paul Ryan Makes Ad Buy in His Congressional District

Win McNamee/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — GOP vice presidential nominee and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has made an ad buy in the congressional district he currently represents, ABC News has confirmed.Ryan, who represents the state’s first congressiona…

Can Congress Avoid Fiscal Cliff? Boehner ‘Not Confident At All’

Can Congress Avoid Fiscal Cliff? Boehner ‘Not Confident At All’

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner bluntly assessed the prospects for a bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction and called on President Obama to demonstrate leadership by unveiling his administration’s plan t…

White House Downplays Leadership ‘Gaps’ in Debt Negotiations

White House Downplays Leadership ‘Gaps’ in Debt Negotiations

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The White House is seeking to downplay a report that “gaps” in President Obama’s leadership contributed to the failure of a “grand bargain” in the debt crisis negotia…

Paul Ryan to Return to Capitol on Thursday

Paul Ryan to Return to Capitol on Thursday

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, is expected on Thursday to make his first return to the Capitol since Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate last month, according to his spokesm…

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Todd Akin rejected pressure today from top national Republicans — including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — that he consider dropping out of the Missouri Senate race because of his co…

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a last ditch effort, Mitt Romney asked Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race today because of Akin’s controversial comments about rape.Romney weighed in after Akin rebuffed press…

Rape Is Rape: Obama Criticizes Rep. Akin’s Comments

Rape Is Rape: Obama Criticizes Rep. Akin’s Comments

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today, where he was asked about the comments of Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who suggested that “legitimat…

Republicans Condemn Todd Akin for ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks

Republicans Condemn Todd Akin for ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said today that he would not step aside despite calls for him to quit by two prominent Republican senators following his comments about “legitimate rape.” Akin, a Republican, in…

Rep. John Mica Defeats Tea Party Rep. Sandy Adams in Florida Primary

Rep. John Mica Defeats Tea Party Rep. Sandy Adams in Florida Primary

Mica [dot] House [dot] gov(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Rep. John Mica fended off a tea party challenge in his Florida Republican primary on Tuesday.Sarah Palin-backed Rep. Sandy Adams failed to muster the votes to win in Florida’s new 7th district, which e…

Joe the Plumber: Build a ‘Damn Fence’ and ‘Start Shooting’

Joe the Plumber: Build a ‘Damn Fence’ and ‘Start Shooting’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ohio Republican congressional candidate Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher told a crowd of about 125 supporters in Arizona that the government should “put a damn fence on the border goin…

Joe the Plumber: Build a ‘Damn Fence’ and ‘Start Shooting’

Joe the Plumber: Build a ‘Damn Fence’ and ‘Start Shooting’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ohio Republican congressional candidate Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher told a crowd of about 125 supporters in Arizona that the government should “put a damn fence on the border goin…

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