Giving the commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College, Obama says African-Americans have "no time for excuses" if they want success.
Voters in Los Angeles will elect a new mayor in a race that will make history and offer a possible indicator on public sentiment toward unions.
The national battle over guns is headed to the states in a major way.
Foolish mistakes, but no political motivation, in targeting of conservative groups, says the outgoing IRS chief.
For all the unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration crisis management in the hours and days after, this much is certain: The GOP-led investigations will carry over from spring into summer and likely beyond.
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, says IRS scandal extends beyond ousted agency chief Steven Miller.
A State Department contractor jailed in Cuba has reached a financial settlement with the company that sent him to the island, according to court papers filed Thursday.
With a trio of moves, President Obama fights back against GOP attacks over three potential scandals.
Tea party groups describe an arduous IRS application process for tax-exempt status with probing questions and long delays.
The U.S. Marshals Service lost track of two former participants in the federal Witness Security Program "identified as known or suspected terrorists," according to the public summary of an interim Justice Department Inspector General's report obtained by CNN.
President Obama wants Congress to fully fund administration requests for additional diplomatic security measures in the wake of the 2012 Benghazi attack.
President Barack Obama said "misconduct" detailed in a report about the Internal Revenue Service's handling of requests from conservative groups is "inexcusable."
The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Attorney General Eric Holder and GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, a longtime adversary, clash at a congressional hearing.
A group of House members working on bipartisan immigration reform legislation remain unable to reach a final deal.
The revelation this week that the U.S. government snooped into phone records of the Associated Press has stirred up a thicket of issues.
Washington's battle over whether the United States should get involved in Syria's civil war took a new turn on Wednesday as the two top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee called for arming rebels and announced that the panel would take up their proposal next week.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says the immigration reform bill now under consideration in the Senate is part of an ongoing plot to build a new Democratic voting bloc.
Documents show IRS offices in multiple cities may have politically targeted conservative groups.
A rocky start to a second term doesn't mean certain derailment of President Obama's agenda.
President Barack Obama was cautious on Monday about whether the international community could broker peace in Syria, while British Prime Minister David Cameron applied new urgency for diplomacy, saying the war-wracked country's history is being "written in the blood of her people."
Documents set to be released this week by the IRS watchdog show that the agency targeted tea party organizations and other groups focused on government spending and the federal debt that were seeking tax-exempt status.
The IRS targeted other groups seeking tax-exempt status in addition to tea party organizations, documents show.
The Supreme Court ruled for agribusiness giant Monsanto on Monday in a patent case that could have an enormous impact on a variety of biotech fields.
The U.S. State Department said Thursday it had heard enough from Defense Distributed, the non-profit group at the center of a 3-D gun printing controversy.
The West Wing of the White House, including the press area, was briefly evacuated Saturday out of an abundance of caution as authorities investigated the source of smoke coming out of a mechanical closet, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN.
After several weeks of indecision, the Obama administration has decided against closing 149 contractor-run air traffic control towers due to sweeping budget cuts.
An e-mail discussion about talking points the Obama administration used to describe the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, show the White House and State Department were more involved than they first said in the decision to remove an initial CIA assessment that a group with ties to al Qaeda was involved, according to CNN sources with knowledge of the e-mails.
After Benghazi hearing, many on the right are shifting their aim from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton.
By the numbers, here's a look at the U.S. diplomatic presence across the globe.
Members of a key Democratic-controlled Senate panel cast the first congressional votes on a sweeping bipartisan immigration reform bill on Thursday, turning back the first GOP attempts to beef up the legislation's border security provisions.
A Facebook page with sexually explicit comments denigrating female Marines was taken down after a congresswoman who complained about it was threatened on that site, an aide to the lawmaker told CNN.
Could the Boston Marathon bombing have been prevented?
Leading Republicans say Benghazi investigation is legitimate congressional oversight. Most Democrats say it's partisan politics. Truth is, it is both.
A look at notable comments made by administration officials since the September 11 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
The Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi consulate attack is expected to touch off fireworks in a House hearing today.
The future of the Korean peninsula relies on U.S. involvement in the peace process, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Wednesday.
The Obama administration has reversed a decision to close several dozen air traffic control facilities during overnight hours due to budget pressures, but still is considering plans to shut down a large number of smaller facilities operated by contractors.
A top Senate Democrat has offered a pair of amendments to an immigration reform bill bolstering rights for same-sex couples, a politically risky move that threatens to shatter Republican support for the sweeping legislation.
Former Gov. Mark Sanford revived his once-dead political career by winning the special election for a U.S. House seat in South Carolina.
A look at notable comments made by administration officials since the September 11 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
Mark Sanford is heading back to Washington after detours along the Appalachian Trail and Argentina.
Obama administration handling of the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, sparked outrage from certain Republicans, but none of that was evdident at the confirmation hearing of his successor.
Having coveted the secretary of state job for his whole career, John Kerry is now like a kid in a candy store.
More could have been done by the military last year to protect those being attacked at the U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi, Libya, a former official says.
Wayne LaPierre, the nation's most visible gun-rights advocate, rallied supporters on Saturday for a renewed fight against gun control, saying membership is up since the Newtown massacre, and calling the effort to stop new limits a "long war" and a "fight for everything we care about."
Will a "minimal change" to failed expanded background check legislation garner enough votes to pass it?
President Barack Obama filled out his Cabinet nominations Thursday morning with his picks for commerce secretary and U.S. trade representative.
Lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have to delay full representation because of sweeping federal budget cuts.
The anti-abortion group that recently revealed two videos from a secret investigation into abortion clinics released a third on Thursday.
All options remain on the table as the Obama administration considers what, if any, military action to take in Syria following the suspected use of chemical weapons there, U.S. officials tell CNN.
A leading gay rights advocacy group says a key congressional Democrat will push for new rights for same-sex couples in the Senate's immigration reform bill.
President Barack Obama travels south to Mexico this week to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in the country's capital before he heads to Costa Rica to meet with other regional leaders.
The State Department is using cutting-edge data gathering technology to help keep the peace in some areas and keep violence from flaring in others,.
An anti-abortion group that released two controversial undercover videos from investigation of abortion service providers has vowed to soon put out six more.
Senior career executives of the U.S. agency responsible for processing key veterans benefits will not receive performance bonuses this year following congressional complaints that the government has been too slow to process disability claims.
President Barack Obama confidently declared that his administration will get things done in Washington despite an atmosphere he described as divided and politically dysfunctional.
A typo is keeping President Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related air traffic controller woes, a congressional source told CNN Saturday.
President Barack Obama spared few from his zingers at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner -- including himself.
When Democrats unsuccessfully tried months ago to persuade Republicans to replace forced spending cuts with a mix of tax and spending cuts, they predicted the GOP would come around in the spring when the reductions kicked in and constituents started complaining about the effects -- like long lines at airports and flight delays.
Lawmakers are expected to take up a proposal Friday aimed at ending budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.
The U.S. Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at ending budget-related air traffic controller furloughs that have been blamed for widespread flight delays this week.
The saying goes: "Time heals all wounds." And for most former U.S. presidents, that appears to be true.
George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.
Karen Hughes remembers trying to reach President George W. Bush on the chaotic morning of September 11, and her anxiety when told by the White House operator: "Ma'am, we can't reach Air Force One."
It's getting harder to remember life before September 11, 2001, but as soon as you walk through the door, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum aims to take you back there.
Boston bomb suspect's history indicates continuing problems with sharing intelligence between federal agencies.
Former President George W. Bush will host an elite group at the dedication of his presidential library in Dallas on Thursday. President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend the event.
Thousands of Department of Justice employees can breathe a little easier after learning they won't be furloughed due to forced budget cuts, but that assurance is good only until October 1, when a new fiscal year begins for the federal government.
Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was not on a terrorism watch list when he traveled to Russia last year.
The Senate Intelligence Committee will examine the FBI's handling of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
A top Senate Democrat says immigration reform bill opponents are "exploiting" last week's Boston Marathon bombings as part of an attempt to derail the bill.
Oil and ecology have put President Obama between a rock and hard place, with a new, negative EPA assessment.
On the surface, the type of heated exchanges that boiled over at a congressional hearing on Monday on immigration reform appeared to center on the two foreign-born suspects in last week's Boston Marathon bombings.
Political leaders assume partisan postures in debating the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
President Barack Obama sought to reassure and inspire Bostonians reeling from the deadly marathon bombing, telling them that America stood with their grieving city and promised: "We'll keep going. We will finish the race."
A top Republican senator used the terror bombings in Boston to raise new questions on Friday about a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, legislation that now faces growing questions from conservative critics.
The FBI confirms that letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge contained the poison ricin.
Immigration bill opponents think dragging out debate and offering amendments will kill the bill like in 2007.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sets aside proposed gun legislation for now.
The Senate defeats key components of President Obama's package of gun laws, putting the measure in jeopardy.
Two officials: An arrest has been made in connection with letters sent to the president and a senator that are being testing to determine if they contain ricin.
I was working at my desk in D.C., following race reports from Boston on Twitter, wondering as I do every year if I'll ever be fast enough to qualify.
A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform.
The nation's powerful gun lobby has faced headwinds from vocal lawmakers, a galvanized presidential administration and an American electorate that polls show favors tougher gun laws following December's school massacre in Connecticut.
A custody battle involving the "best interests" of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl was taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, an issue spanning the rights of adoptive parents and the desire to preserve Native American families within tribes.
In the hours after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, law enforcement officials were searching for a dark-skinned Middle Eastern man in connection to the attack that killed 168 people, including 19 children.
The border with Mexico must be secure, says Senate immigration reform bill.
When President Barack Obama addressed the nation in the hours following Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, he did not use the word "terror," immediately raising questions.
The Senate prepares to take up gun legislation, starting with a compromise amendment on background checks.
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New York's strict gun control law, rejecting an appeal from a group of gun owners.
The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators crafting a deal on comprehensive immigration reform, having reached an agreement on all of the major issues, is set to unveil its plan on Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
Monday is tax day, and in case you're wondering where your money went last year, President Barack Obama is eager to let you know.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will stop in Chicago on Monday on his way back from a tour of Asia to meet with the parents of a foreign service officer killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.