| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:20 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:20 AM
WASHINGTON -- Big gains in factory and construction jobs last month have experts optimistic that the labor market is starting to produce enough higher-paying jobs to fuel stronger economic growth.
"It's not just the quantity of the jobs but the quality,...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 9:27 PM
WASHINGTON — With his popularity flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama has uncharacteristically reached outside his tightknit core of advisors to bring into the White House a veteran Democratic strategist who helped guide...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, released this statement shortly after the House voted to approve the budget compromise:
"This budget agreement is another predictable consequence of the fundamental principles of arithmetic after...
| Dec 15, 2013
The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat — a change in tactics — but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.
Sooner or later, it had to dawn on the GOP that...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The fiscal cliff is now front and center in the national consciousness, and with Thanksgiving behind us, the time is right to help you further understand what is at stake for you and your pocketbook.
The cliff refers to the combination of tax increases...
| Oct 24, 2013
The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans."
After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 11:47 AM
You could see this one coming.
Politico reported late Tuesday that congressional leaders are starting to talk about two fiscal crises merging in the days ahead. Federal agencies have partially shut down because House Republicans refuse to pass a bill to...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Area House Republicans are yes men for Speaker John Boehner, according to a database compiled by The Washington Post.
With the House GOP seeming incapable lately of agreeing on anything, the Post's politics team looked at six fractured votes this year...