• Master Chief, Donnie, Novak, of Chesapeake, Va., looks out from the bridge aboard the Cruiser USS Anzio at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Friday April 12, 2013.

    Parochial interests of lawmakers who want local naval bases and military installations left open clash with broader national directive to pull back.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 23, 2013, 3:46 AM EDT
  • Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 19, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
  • In this April 17, 2013 file photo, President Barack speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

    Glow of president's healthy re-election margin fades, and only one in five Americans trust the government to do what's right for the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT
  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal 2014 international affairs budget.

    Called for patience despite widespread frustration with lack of progress on Tehran's nuclear program.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 18, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT
  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee to defend President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2014.

    Treasury Secretary insists Obama administration is optimistic about congressional negotiations despite bipartisan attacks on the proposal.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT
  • Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finish a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, announcing that they have reached a compromise on background checks for gun buyers in the aftermath of the horrific Connecticut school shootings in December 2012.

    Conservative effort to prevent debate on expanded federal regulations in the wake of Newtown, Connecticut shooting fails.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT
  • ARLINGTON, VA - APRIL 10: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives to talk about the Defense Department's FY2014 budget request during a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he backs President Obama's call to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT