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Spying tests trust between Obama, Merkel

10/30/2013 8:57am
When President Barack Obama visited Berlin in June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a point of showing him a balcony in her office overlooking train tracks that crossed the border of her once-divided country _ a symbol of her upbringing on the east side of the divide, where eavesdropping by secret police was rampant during the Cold War.

Feds proving Internet adept and inept at same time

10/30/2013 2:06pm
When it comes to the Internet, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same federal government that apparently intercepted communications to and from Google and Yahoo data centers without leaving a trace is facing scorn because it can't put together a working website for health care.

Biden on website glitches: 'We apologize'

10/30/2013 4:48pm
Vice President Joe Biden is apologizing to Americans that the website for new health care exchanges wasn't ready to go when it launched on Oct. 1.

Biden visits Austin domestic violence hotline

10/30/2013 5:03pm
His voice thick with emotion, Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday again toured the National Domestic Violence Hotline he helped create, calling victims of such abuse "prisoners in plain sight."

For Obama, risks and rewards in knowing too much

10/30/2013 5:42pm
Confronted with missteps in his own administration, President Barack Obama has frequently pleaded ignorance _ suggesting he could not be at fault about things he did not know.