| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:24 PM
WASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration."
But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 9:18 AM
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry opened the administration’s efforts to sell its interim agreement with Iran as key members of Congress signaled skepticism but a willingness to allow the deal to proceed.
| Nov 24, 2013
| 8:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials began efforts Sunday to sell the interim agreement with Iran as key members of Congress signaled skepticism but a willingness to allow the deal to proceed.
Amid Israeli denunciations of what Prime...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:47 PM
WASHINGTON — Uneasiness filled the room at an otherwise routine congressional budget hearing last week as Rep. Jackie Speier took the microphone and lit into the nation's top military commanders about a crude chain of emails.
Speier, more than...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:43 PM
In a column last weekend, I warned that the Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the Senate this year look increasingly bleak. That wasn’t a value judgment on my part, merely an assessment of the political landscape. Some readers were...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 7:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The chief executive of Credit Suisse told U.S. senators Wednesday it was "unacceptable" for Swiss banks to help Americans evade U.S. taxes and he regrets some of the firm's employees did so in the past.
"We deeply regret that -- despite...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Credit Suisse executives admitted that the giant Swiss bank helped Americans shield as much as $12 billion from taxes and even acknowledged the practice was a "mistake" and "unacceptable."
But they said they couldn't do much beyond...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON -- An effort by a powerful U.S. senator to broaden congressional oversight of lethal drone strikes overseas fell apart last week after the White House refused to expand the number of lawmakers briefed on covert CIA operations, according to...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 2:43 PM
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing President Obama’s opposition to new economic sanctions against Iran.
Obama announced in his State of the Union address last week that he would veto any legislation that called for such...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:46 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate appeared set to approve a budget deal this week after a handful of Republicans announced they would vote to advance the bill, which has deeply divided the party.
Their backing, along with that of most Democrats, would be...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:40 AM
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan budget deal that reduces the risk of a government shutdown cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans joined Democrats to boost the bill toward final passage.
The 67-33 vote, with the backing of 12...