| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:52 AM
WASHINGTON — In a historic move, Democrats in the Senate on Thursday voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster as a tool to block presidential appointments, upending a decades-old precedent that gave the minority party unique leverage on...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:25 PM
WASHINGTON — Democrats made a historic change to Senate rules Thursday, ending the minority party's ability to use filibusters to block most presidential nominations and, in the process, virtually guaranteeing that the rest of President Obama's term...
| 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...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey will be among the first beneficiaries of a political action committee run by former Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords had a PAC that she used primarily to pay for air travel, according to Federal...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 7:22 PM
WASHINGTON — After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON — That Congress could soon pass a budget agreement after months of relentless partisan showdowns is thanks in large part to a mom in tennis shoes.
Sen. Patty Murray presented herself in that ordinary way when she first ran as a Democrat...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 1:24 PM
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The Carrie Diaries Carrie...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Whatever happened to American can-do optimism? Even before the Affordable Care Act covers its first beneficiary, the nattering nabobs of negativism are out in full force.
"Tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage and find that new...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:28 PM
As predictably as night follows day, it was clear that the onslaught of lawsuits over the chemical poisoning of virtually the entire water supply of Charleston, W.Va., would be followed by a bankruptcy filing by the chemical company at the center of the...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 7:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- The head of the United Nations wants him to give peace a chance. His closest foreign ally backed away. Many in Congress, even in his own party, are wary.
Still, the president who was first elected to the White House by decrying wars of...