| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:01 PM
WASHINGTON – Student borrowers will see interest rates reduced to levels near those that expired last month under a deal announced by lawmakers Thursday, potentially ending a battle over college costs that had divided Democrats and threatened to...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.
The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bipartisan compromise that heads off a...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 10:41 AM
How could it be that even a single U.S. senator — no matter how opposed to gun control — could vote to hold up consideration of a proposal to require background checks for gun purchases? This is an idea not only embraced by something in the...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Two U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, unveiled a compromise Wednesday to subject more gun buyers to criminal background checks. Currently the checks only apply to sales from licensed dealers,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON – A proposal to extend lower interest rates for some federal student loans failed for the second time in the Senate on Wednesday, putting new pressure on Democrats to reach a compromise on the issue.
A unanimous bloc of Republicans,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 2:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it’s dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let’s take a close look at just how something as popular as......
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Friday's print column It was dismaying. Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun-control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales. But that such a proposal, popular though it is in......
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:41 AM
BOW, N.H. (AP) — President Barack Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where state and local economies depend on the health of an energy sector facing strict new...
| May 5, 2013
| 1:30 PM
“This is to the person who thinks the Senate is protecting this country. Well, they did not close the borders, they are going to get raises, they pass bills and don’t read them. Their kids go to private schools, they get free health care, they...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 6:57 PM
Angered by a resounding defeat Wednesday of proposed gun control legislation that grew out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Barack Obama stood outside the White House with parents of murdered Newtown first-graders and vowed: "This...