| Sep 16, 2014
| 6:55 PM
For most of the year, it seemed almost certain that Republicans would win the six additional U.S. Senate seats they need to oust the Democrats from their majority and take control of Congress.
But the outlook has turned murkier in recent weeks. While...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:29 PM
— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called in backup Tuesday as he pressed colleagues to approve his bill on school employee background checks before Congress wraps up this session.
The child advocates standing behind him want it. Law enforcement wants it. The...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:04 PM
An investigation of medical care at Veterans Affairs facilities has found "systemic" problems and "manipulation" of waiting lists, prompting new calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
"We are finding that inappropriate scheduling practices...
| May 28, 2014
| 6:50 PM
A scathing report finding a systemic problem at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide, including manipulation of records to mask long waits for appointments, fueled new calls Wednesday for VA chief Eric K. Shinseki's resignation.
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:05 PM
The Obama administration's proposed carbon-emissions rule sparked a political and economic debate that is likely to play out for months.
Here are some of the comments from lawmakers and interest groups:
“Today’s announcement is a dagger in...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, is on the verge of snaring the job he's dreamed about for years: majority leader.
Less than a year after a widely unpopular government shutdown dealt the GOP a political blow, McConnell and his fellow...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Second Amendment absolutists complain that gun-control advocates are an out-of-touch elite seeking to destroy the way of life of real men who pack heat, pass weapons on to their sons and are a rampart against government tyranny. It's dangerous out there....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — It's not difficult to get a bonus if you work for the Internal Revenue Service — even if you haven't paid your own taxes.
The IRS handed out a total of nearly $1.1 million in bonuses in a 27-month period to more than 1,146...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 1:38 PM
WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic senators, including several facing tough re-election races, sent a letter Thursday to President Obama demanding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by May 31.
The letter’s forcefulness hints at the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:20 PM
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON — President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON — In a surprising defeat for President Obama, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked his pick to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, the first time in his presidency that one of his nominees failed to...