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On This Day: Near Unanimity in Congress

President Obama's authority to use force against the Islamic State is being called into question, but not all conflicts have been so contentious.

Schumer and Republicans, Again on the Same Page

Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York may be Republicans' favorite Democrat these days.

Honors for Some, but a Roast for Obama

The 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors featured a night of performances that occasionally seemed more roast than tribute — and much of the ribbing was reserved for President Obama.

First Draft Focus: A Royal Visit to the Oval Office

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, visited the White House Monday on his first trip to Washington.

Sam Kass, White House Chef and Nutrition Adviser, Steps Down

Sam Kass, a personal chef to the Obama family who rose to become one of the first lady's top policy advisers, will step down at the end of the month, the Obama administration said on Monday.

Honors Gala: A Big Deal, as Biden Might (More Colorfully) Say

Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner at the State Department on Saturday for the Kennedy Center Honors, with guests like Sting and Bruno Mars.

Today in Politics

The 113th Congress has plenty to do in what most lawmakers hope is its final week.

What We’re Watching: Sunday Shows

Another week of nationwide protests after another grand jury, this time in Staten Island, chose not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man. These protests will dominate the conversation on the Sunday shows.

For Prince William and Princess Catherine, a Trip Full of Politicians

British royalty will meet with American political royalty next week when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge descend on the East Coast to make the rounds and infuse New York with a dose of English glamour.

Next Up for Obama: The Duke of Cambridge

The White House announced that President Obama will host Prince William in the Oval Office on Monday.

Obama Names Ashton Carter to Lead Pentagon

President Obama on Friday announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, White House officials said, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power.

Robust Job Growth Could Pave Way to Fiscal Deals

Strong economic growth, reflected in the latest strong jobs report, holds the promise of continuing the steep, downward slope of the budget deficit and could ease animus between Republicans and the White House.

Stephen Colbert, on Farewell Tour, to Welcome President Obama as First-Time Guest

Stephen Colbert will interview President Obama as part of a live show at George Washington University.

Today in Politics

There is a sense of optimism on Capitol Hill that a package of spending bills will pass.

Christie Declines to Enter Chokehold Debate

In a visit to Canada, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said he would not second-guess the grand jury that declined to charge the police officer who killed Eric Garner in New York City.

Christie on Keystone

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, on Twitter, says the Keystone XL pipeline "has now languished for way too long."

Lott Tells Republican Leadership Not to Follow Hard-Liners

Former Senator Trent Lott urged Republican leaders not to follow the growing ranks of hard-line conservatives that often have called the shots, so the party can get things done with President Obama.

House Votes to Block Obama Immigration Action

The House of Representatives has made its feelings about President Obama's executive action on immigration official, voting to block his reforms.

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