Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary James Brady Dies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_86f1f154c2.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- James Brady, the former White House press secretary who survived being shot in the head during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday at age 73. Brady was seriously injured by the assassination attempt and confined to a wheelchair after the incident.

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Africa Leaders Summit: Who Didn’t Make the Cut?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_e070b198c7.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- More than 45 African heads of state are now in Washington, D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind. The Obama administration invited nearly all of Africa’s leaders, hoping to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the continent, with an eye on investment, trade and security cooperation.

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Bill Clinton, Hours Before 9/11 Attacks: 'I Could Have Killed' Osama bin Laden

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_c4fc2e839b.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- Hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia about his missed chance to kill mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to audio released this week. Clinton was speaking at a business meeting in Melbourne when the topic turned to terrorism.

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Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_db64f77adf.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the United States. With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did not advance Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s, D-Md., proposal to provide funding in response to President Obama’s request. The measure required a 60-vote threshold.

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Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_b22e4c4190.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In a rare moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity, Congress has approved a deal to add $15 billion and institute reforms at the Veterans Administration. The agency has been plagued by scandal; staffers routinely falsified wait times for veterans seeking care, and gamed internal procedures to hide the delays. Dozens of veterans died while reportedly waiting to see doctors.

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