| Mar 19, 2014
| 1:08 PM
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:14 PM
WASHINGTON-- You could look at it as a filibuster without the bill.
After the last round of votes concludes Monday night, 28 senators plan to talk the night away in series of speeches delivered on the chamber floor, focused on climate change.
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Sadly, the American public does not have a thunderbolt to throw at Congress to get its members to quit acting like petulant children and focus on doing the work of the nation.
In their latest tantrum, House Republicans passed a measure to sue...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 1:24 PM
WASHINGTON - Even areas of agreement in Congress get snarled in political gamesmanship.
That's what's happening to a $1-billion Ukraine loan package that has widespread support, but is stalled by a partisan fight over other issues, including the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents -- by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum -- two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday to legislation allowing more federal borrowing to pay the nation's bills, but not without a dramatic scene in the Senate as Republican leaders scrambled to find enough votes to head off a...
| Feb 16, 2014
— The U.S. Senate's top Democrat recently alarmed big business when he announced he would oppose a White House plan to "fast-track" trade deals.
In a wide-ranging interview at the U.S. Capitol, the Senate's No. 2 ranking Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Sen. Mark Warner got the nod to join the Senate Finance Committee -- the powerful group that wrestles with questions of taxes, debt as well as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
All are subjects where Warner has staked a distinctive place in a...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Welcome to 2014, which is practically 2016, which in presidential politics means just one thing, with three controversial names: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Or, as her staff and many in the media refer to her: HRC.
"HRC" is the title of a new book by...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:23 PM
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday to extend the nation's borrowing capacity for another year, lifting the threat of government default and ending — for now — three years of partisan fiscal battles....
| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON — They came after midnight, two or more armed individuals so deft that they cut telecommunication cables in an underground vault and outsmarted security cameras and motion sensors at the power substation in a remote corner of Santa...