- GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost
Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.
- Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can't even agree whether global warming is real.
- What to know about 'BernieCare,' Sanders' health overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican.
- Carson after camp tour: Absorb Syrian refugees in Mideast
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Saturday, after visiting a camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending aid and "encouragement" to the host nations.
- After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race.
- Race to settle budget fight means resolving policy disputes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers are trying to thwart new clean water rules.
- As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him.
- NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed.
- Trump called out for appearing to mock disability
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him.
- White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has kicked off the holiday season at the White House by welcoming this year's Christmas tree.