| Dec 21, 2009
The Senate took a giant step toward passing its sweeping healthcare bill early today, uniting fractious Democrats after months of debate over President Obama's promise to reduce the ranks of the uninsured.
Breaking the Republican filibuster required...
| Dec 24, 2009
| 5:32 AM
Senate Democrats this morning passed a sweeping healthcare overhaul bill, setting the stage for reconciliation early next year with similarly historic legislation passed by the House last month.
The vote was 60-39. It came after months of bitter partisan...
| Dec 24, 2009
| 1:27 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett is looking into the constitutionality of a provision in a federal health care reform bill that lightens Nebraska's funding burden.
Spokesman Kevin Harley said Thursday that Corbett and...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 8:01 AM
Huzzah! After a last-minute vote in the wee hours of Monday morning, one that followed the last-minute appeal of Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that God smite some Democratic senator, so they wouldn’t have the 60 votes they needed, the Senate voted to...
| Jul 22, 2010
| 3:04 AM
State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending unemployment payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Barack Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits.
After months of increasingly bitter stalemate, the Senate...
| Jul 22, 2010
| 3:49 PM
NEW YORK -- Millions of jobless Americans are getting their unemployment benefits back.
Hours after the House voted Thursday to push back the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits until the end of November, President Obama signed the...
| Aug 7, 2010
| 10:53 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Elena Kagan was sworn in on Saturday as the 112th person and the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
In keeping with tradition, Ms. Kagan first took the Constitutional Oath, which is given to a wide array of officials.
| Jan 24, 2011
The Republican effort to repeal the health care law is sure to founder in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but that doesn't mean that the GOP is ending its assault on the law. House Republicans are already beginning work in committees to lop off and...
| Feb 3, 2011
| 1:30 AM
Never let a good crisis go to waste, advised former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel. Instead, use the crisis to achieve goals one could never accomplish in more normal times.
Certainly Emanuel, probably the greatest political strategist in America...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 10:39 AM
The Democratic-led Senate on Wednesday emphatically rejected a budget-slashing House spending bill as too draconian. It then immediately killed a rival Democratic plan that was derided by moderate Democrats as too timid in its drive to cut day-to-day...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 1:05 AM
Farming is a dangerous business, regardless of age. But do we need a government agency telling us at what age our sons and daughters can perform certain duties on the farm?
That question is at the heart of a debate raging across farm country after the...