Eight of the biggest tech companies published an open letter citing the “urgent need to reform” surveillance policies
Major Garrett: State Dept. misled reporters when, in February, it denied the existence of "direct, secret bilateral talks with Iran"
At the lighting ceremony for the National Christmas Tree, President Obama urged Americans to remember our responsibilities "to ourselves and eachother" this holiday season.
Many partisans aren't as polarized as you think, CBS News polling shows
Bob Schieffer, Colin Powell and John Lewis on what the anti-apartheid fighter and South African president taught the world
In a new CBS News poll, the president is losing ground among Americans on personal qualities like leadership and honesty
The 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act now goes to Obama for his signature
Compromise bill won't include a vote on Sen. Kristin Gillibrand's amendment to reform sexual assault handling in the military
The president is set to speak at memorial service in Soweto, South Africa to honor the deceased global icon
The president quipped to Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine that he was the first to talk about the secret military base in public
Bob Filner receives three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while in office
The vice president called the late South African leader “The most remarkable man I met in my whole career”
More Americans back raising fees to undo the spending cuts; most are pessimistic Congress will agree on a budget deal
With gun legislation stalling in Congress, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins on state level since deadly shooting
10-year extension of the ban expected to easily clear Senate, even though some Democrats say it needs revisions
Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Shirley MacLaine were among the stars who received top arts honors
After a two-week Thanksgiving break, the Senate's facing numerous deadlines before leaving for the year
Deal to move the Braves to Cobb County with some public financing pits tea party members against elected Republican establishment
Normally anti-drone Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he's not opposed to drones delivering packages, weighs in on budget talks, 2016 speculation
New York-based Satanic Temple wants a statue next to a privately funded Ten Commandments monument that went up in 2009 in Oklahoma City
Famed poet, Colin Powell, James Baker and others reflect on Mandela's life and legacy on "Face the Nation"
U.S. needs Karzai to sign a security pact on the role of U.S. forces after 2014 in order to keep small number of troops there in advisory roles
As Israelis sweat the specifics of a deal on Iran's nuclear program, Obama says America's commitment to Israel's security is "sacrosanct"
John Dickerson: Despite some unifying themes, the president alternately tailors his economic message to the base and the center
President Obama warned that job-seekers and the whole economy will pay the price if unemployment benefits expire as scheduled on Dec. 28
While Obamacare will likely dominate congressional campaigns, don't forget that the economy tends to be voters' top concern
If conservative rivals split the Republican base, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., could narrowly prevail in the first 2016 nominating contest
Tree lighting ceremony included performances by Janelle Monae, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval and others
Former GOP presidential candidate calls both apartheid and Obamacare "great injustices"