By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 2:32 p.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — She was not on the speaking program, but Hillary Rodham Clinton had presence at the nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, as high-profile Republicans launched a dual effort to attack the prospective Democratic presidential candidate and improve the GOP's longstanding struggle with women voters.
By LISA BAUMANN and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
March 8, 2014 2:26 p.m.
OLYMPIA — A measure to overhaul the state's medical marijuana system cleared the Senate Saturday as the state moves to merge that largely unregulated market with the still-developing legal recreational market.
By STEVE PEOPLES and PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press
March 7, 2014 9:29 p.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House.
OLYMPIA — Even though there's bipartisan support in the Legislature for the idea that veterans should automatically get in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities, bills to do just that are stuck because lawmakers can't agree who should get credit for the policy.
KIEV, Ukraine — A Russian military truck broke down the gates of a Ukrainian base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol and the installation is under siege by Russians on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported. No shots have been fired.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul faces a potential quandary as he weighs whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his Senate seat. Legislation introduced Thursday in his home state would allow him to run for both.
By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:10 a.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — Republican leaders implored conservatives to offer stark contrast to President Barack Obama's policies and stand firm on principles as a way to win back Senate control in the fall elections and prepare for the 2016 presidential campaign.
By YURAS KARMANAU and JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 10:32 a.m.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday when lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days — and Russian lawmakers pushed a bill to facilitate a handover. Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand was almost certainly behind the dramatic move, but it was not clear whether he is aiming for outright annexation, or simply strengthening his hand in talks with the West.
By JUERGEN BAETZ and MIKE CORDER, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 10:31 a.m.
BRUSSELS — The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and on a visa deal Thursday, punishing Moscow for its military incursion into the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine.
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
March 6, 2014 10:19 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions.
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 12:53 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Opponents of legislation stripping senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses expressed confidence on Thursday that the far-reaching measure would fall short in a highly anticipated Senate vote.
By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on Russian and other opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy-Tribune
March 5, 2014 9:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee's unreleased study of the CIA's secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency's fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren't authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.