| Apr 15, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Newport News Shipbuilding and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton are feeling the pinch of budget uncertainty in Washington, but Sen. Tim Kaine says Congress might clear that up in the coming weeks.
The Virginia Democrat toured both facilities...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 3:22 PM
WASHINGTON -- The austere Republican budget proposal from Rep. Paul D. Ryan would slash federal spending to pre-Eisenhower levels, but the "turbo cuts" on every aspect of government -- except the military -- are still not enough to reach his promise of...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 6:09 AM
WASHINGTON -- Fitch Ratings on Friday upgraded its outlook for the U.S. AAA credit rating, removing the nation from a downgrade watch after politicians put off another debt limit battle until next year.
The company, one of three major credit rating...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
How's the U.S. economy doing?
If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously."
Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. "Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:45 PM
Sen. Mitch McConnell's easy victory over his tea party opponent in Kentucky's Republican primary Tuesday presents a tidy storyline: the establishment strikes back.
In the primary season so far, McConnell and fellow GOP incumbents have successfully out-...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 7:18 PM
President Barack Obama named a veteran federal official from Maryland to lead the Social Security Administration on Friday, more than a year after the previous director left the critical post.
Carolyn W. Colvin, 72, an Arnold native who has served as...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Having escaped Washington for a few weeks, Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott decided to catch up on some homework Tuesday — of the defense-related variety.
The Newport News Democrat spent part of the afternoon touring W&O Premier, a defense...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:00 PM
There's rough weather ahead for the federal budget and the nation's economy, according to this month's long-term forecast from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO projects the growing national debt will reduce Americans' incomes, raise...
| Mar 13, 2013
President Obama took a posse of Republican senators to dinner last week, and this week he's giving Congress the unusual courtesy of no fewer than four presidential visits to Capitol Hill.
Can a flurry of presidential schmoozing change Washington from...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:12 PM
There's an ancient adage that in war, truth is the first casualty. The war being waged over the federal budget, mostly by Republicans fighting with themselves, is a perfect example.
The biggest untruth may be that by pressing their demands the...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt."
Republicans said it...