| 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 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...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 6:49 AM
WASHINGTON -- Senators on Monday are expected to confirm Janet L. Yellen as the next head of the Federal Reserve, scheduling a late afternoon vote that could be the closest ever for a leader of the central bank.
Yellen, 67, a former UC Berkeley...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Few people in West Virginia had any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant.
Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted...
| 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 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
| 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 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...