US defends serf barter with Taliban, critics stir

— Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp

Democrats uncover incompatible styles in Maine primary

— Maine's 2nd District Democratic primary will present voters with a choice between the starkly different approaches of a polished dealmaker from the district's most populous county

New knowledge for GOP: No successor apparent

— Republicans show little enthusiasm for anyone as their top spokesman, let alone 2016 presidential candidate. Picking a leader is a new dilemma for modern Republicans. For decades,

Tax doubt looms over Illinois governor’s race

— The end of Illinois lawmakers' spring session leaves Gov. Pat Quinn pursuing re-election in a position he wasn't seeking: Without the money he says is necessary

Mississippi Senate competition tops Tuesday’s 8 primaries

— Strange, unsavory twists in Mississippi's Senate Republican race are grabbing the most attention of Tuesday's primary elections in eight states. Sen. Thad Cochran, seeking a seventh six-year term,