| Aug 2, 2013
The debate in Congress about cutting the food stamp program has sparked predictable clashes between those who want to help the poor and those who want to cut government spending. But strangely missing from the arguments is a shocking fact: The public,...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 5:04 PM
The federal government is withholding about $2 billion from transit agencies across California, including $268 million earmarked for bus, rail and street projects at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The money has been held...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Congress started the official countdown this week: It's T-minus 31 days to a government shutdown.
OK, so I made up the part about the official countdown. But I don't see any other likely outcome, now that the only folks trying to negotiate a budget deal...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:06 AM
I've been away on assignment this week, but am truly appalled at the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The Tea Party Republicans that have engineered this should be ashamed of themselves.
Imagine if Democrats pulled the same stunt after winning...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 11:30 AM
I am growing increasingly frustrated by not just Republican intransigence on funding the government (as required by the Constitution) but by the ridiculous coverage given to the issue by the media.
No, this is not a budget debate. The Affordable Care...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Most Americans may be sleeping through the government's fiscal stalemate, figuring that events like a debt default won't have much impact on them.
That's panicking market-watchers.
Over the last few days, analysis of the effect of a default...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 8:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress is giving only halfhearted support to a Pentagon effort to broaden military espionage operations beyond war zones.
The Pentagon created the Defense Clandestine Service in April 2012 to recruit sources and steal secrets around...
| 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...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 10:45 AM
NEWPORT NEWS — All is peaceful in the tree-lined neighborhood that will be his home for another six weeks. Five thousand miles away, where his family awaits his return, there is uncertainty and fear.
Yevheniy Senchenko gathers what he can from...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:58 PM
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles dismissed criminal charges against nine people in a $30-million stock-manipulation case after concluding that misstatements in obtaining court approval for key wiretap recordings made the evidence unusable at trial....
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland and other transparency advocates say they're enthusiastic about proposed legislation in the General Assembly that would create a panel to oversee public information.
Baltimore Del. Jill P. Carter's bill...