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US offers $30M to Congo for upcoming elections

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United States is prepared to give Congo $30 million in aid for stability and democracy-building — but wants President Joseph Kabila to agree to step down at the end of his current term in office, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.

Obamacare to gridlock, fair game for Obama's jokes

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the bungled rollout of "Obamacare" to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner's tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief.

SC Sen. Graham avoids big re-election challenge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here's how Sen. Lindsey Graham is navigating through six challengers in South Carolina's Republican primary: goodwill, shrewd politics and nearly $7 million in campaign cash.

Washington gridlock butt of Obama jokes at White House correspondents' dinner

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama poked fun at himself and what he called a hard year but aimed his most caustic humor at Washington gridlock on Saturday when the political and media elites gathered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. "In 2008 my slogan was, 'Yes we can.' In 2013, it was control-alt-delete," Obama joked to an audience also studded with film and television stars. "At one point, things got so bad the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize," he said, referring to 2012 presidential campaign scandal in which the Republican candidate was secretly taped saying that 47 percent of Americans have become reliant on government handouts. More than 2,000 guests packed the ballroom of the Washington Hilton, where the capital's political and media worlds collide every year in lubricated goodwill punctuated by a long dash of glamour on loan from Hollywood.

White House reporters honor black journalist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.

Life After the Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer speaks about the controversy over his actions in Afghanistan, his suicide attempt, political ambitions and the work he’s doing for veterans.

Careers Too Deadly for Christians

Conservatives claiming their careers are “threatened” by gay rights should check out St. Hippolytus, who wouldn’t have let them get those jobs in the first place.

How Religion Shaped American Journalism

From Walt Whitman to Occupy Wall Street, a new anthology shows the connection between preaching and great writing—and that great journalism is older than we think.

Classics Get a Cheesy Twist in Mass.

A hot dog ain’t just a hot dog, and a coffee ain’t just a coffee at this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it joint in Massachusetts, where the local delicacies are familiar, cheap, and dang good.

Welcome to Show Biz Sharia Law

No talent? Kind of dim-witted? No shame? Perfect. The celebrity industry needs you—just don’t ever veil your face.

High Manxiety

Think thirtysomething single women are the only ones stressed about their dwindling options for marriage and kids? Turns out, men are the new Carrie Bradshaws.

How Not to Be Awful This Cinco de Mayo

This May 5, the celebrations don’t have to be a festival of racist caricatures! So put down the sombrero and poncho, and check out our helpful Q&A. (Salsa and chips are allowed.)

Judges Need to Follow the Bible

Glenn Beck says Hillary Clinton is a lesbian, a California mayor thinks homeless people choose to live in poverty, and a Democratic rep plans to hand out KKK hoods at a GOP convention.

Outside Cash Floods N.C. Judicial Race

The state is ground zero in the partisan war, and challenges to its conservative agenda will come before the state Supreme Court. But ‘nasty’ ads are sinking the Democratic incumbent.

Ravenous Russia? Thirsty Crimea.

Back to basics like water and power. Taking Ukrainian territory is one thing, holding on to it is quite another.