| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:37 PM
President Obama sought to transfer some swagger to a deflated group of Democrats on Thursday, saying the American people would respond if the party made a forceful case for what it stands for.
Addressing the thinned-out ranks of House Democrats after an...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 11:35 AM
President Obama will propose spending about $74 billion more next year than is allowed under federal spending caps, a revival of his push to end across-the-board spending cuts imposed under a bipartisan compromise.
Due out next week, Obama’s...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 3:44 PM
In 2013, defense budget cuts sent shivers through the Hampton Roads economy, and on Wednesday a Senate panel discussed the possibility of returning to those bad old days.
If that happens, the military could see some of its most highly trained...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 11:12 AM
The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office has something for everyone to have mixed feelings about. In the short term, the outlook for the budget deficit continues to look good, but by 2018, it will start growing again, fueled in large measure...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 9:22 AM
With 2014 rapidly drawing to a conclusion, it's only appropriate to begin to take stock of the year ahead.
An eventful year has passed on the Peninsula and throughout Virginia. What will 2015 bring? Here's what we expect.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 10:05 AM
In a blunt letter to Congress, nearly 100 retired Navy and Marine Corps leaders on Wednesday warned of dire consequences to the U.S. fleet unless Congress pumps billions of additional dollars into shipbuilding, repair and maintenance.
The letter comes...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 5:48 PM
It is a time-honored tradition in American politics: Whenever the president turns unpopular, he fires someone and brings in a tried and tested veteran to clean house. Thus in 1987, in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair, out went Donald Regan as Ronald...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe emerged from a long morning meeting with state industry leaders concerned about "head winds" facing Virginia's economy, but mum on how his administration will react when it releases a new state budget draft next month.
| Nov 30, 2014
| 2:17 PM
A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill.
House and Senate negotiators,...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Water leaks stain the ceiling of Irving L. Branch Elementary School. Electrical wiring is exposed, and students are careful to avoid cracks in the playground's asphalt.
"We need new stuff," sixth-grader Damian Rattler said recently while sitting in a...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he...