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Transcript & Video: Chelsea Clinton’s Baby Announcement

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:18pm
Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child. Here is the transcript of her remarks, provided by Federal News Service (www.fednews.com), followed by the video.

N.C. Sen. Hagan’s First Ad Takes On GOP’s Thom Tillis

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:57pm
Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) releases an ad targeting the leading GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House,

Jay Carney Live: On ‘Two Ferns,’ Selfies, and Jon Stewart

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:22pm
Obama spokesman Jay Carney comments on a range of issues, including President Obama's appearance on Jon Stewart's show.

Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Delaware Governor

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:37am
Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, announced Thursday that he plans to run for governor in Delaware, where he has served eight years as attorney general.

Obama Sees Biden and Clinton as Potential 2016 Contenders

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:30am
President Obama sees Hillary Clinton as a potential 2016 contender along with Vice President Joe Biden.

Seib Video: GOP Picks Off Tea-Party Candidates

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:03am
Why the battle to keep Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran in office is so important to the GOP.

WashWire Daily Brief: Russia Jumbles Obama’s Plans, Iran’s Advice to the Kremlin, a GOP Feud in Idaho

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:30am
The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Iranian Officials Warn Russia Not to Dismiss U.S. Sanctions Threat

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:52am
Russian President Vladimir Putin has belittled the threat of more American sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. But Iranian officials and businessmen are privately warning the Kremlin not to be so dismissive.

GOP Feud on Full Display in New Idaho Ad

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:55pm
The increasingly bitter feud between two Washington, D.C.,-based advocacy groups will hit the airwaves in Idaho later this week.

Biden Joined by Obama for First Instagram Selfie

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:13pm
Joe Biden made a splash earlier Wednesday with the launch of his new Instagram account, @vp, featuring a photo of his aviator sunglasses. But later in the day, the account got a boost from a powerful friend: President Obama.

Obama and Cantor Spar Over Immigration

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:42pm
President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor traded jabs over immigration reform.

House Delegation to Asia Will Overlap With Obama Trip

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:37pm
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) will lead a group of House lawmakers to meet with top officials from Japan, South Korea and China next week, offering a counterpoint to President Barack Obama’s planned visit to the region.

Emails Show Former IRS Official Lerner Talked with Justice Department

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:58pm
Emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner talked with Justice officials about seeking criminal prosecutions of tax-exempt groups that didn’t fully disclose their political activities.

Sen. Cochran Leads in Fundraising for Mississippi GOP Primary

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:58pm
The state senator challenging Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s GOP primary fell far short in first-quarter fundraising.

Aviators Star in Joe Biden’s First Instagram Post

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:28pm
Vice President Joe Biden's digital empire keeps expanding. Last week, his old @joebiden campaign Twitter account was reactivated ahead of a planned push in the 2014 midterm elections. On Wednesday, Mr. Biden dipped his toe into Instagram.

Has Social Security Disability Enrollment Hit Plateau?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:33am
The surge in the number of Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits – up 42% since 2004 – appears to have hit a plateau, but it's unclear if the program has actually peaked and will ever recede.

Rep. Honda Gets a Fundraising Boost in Silicon Valley Race

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:19am
Incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike Honda is showing some new spark in his Democratic primary race in California’s Silicon Valley.

Openly Gay Republicans Trail on Fundraising in House Races

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:59am
Two openly gay Republican candidates failed to raise as much money as their opponents in the first quarter of 2014.

GOP Incumbents Outraise Primary Challengers, but Loans Close Gap

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:08am
New fundraising reports show that some of the incumbent Republicans facing primary fights are so far raising more money than their GOP challengers.

Will Slowdown in Health-Care Spending Growth Persist?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:50am
One of the biggest questions hovering over the federal budget – and, indeed, over the U.S. economy – is whether the recent slowdown in the pace of health-care spending growth will persist. Experts disagree. Here's a taste of the debate.