| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Two newcomers, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party's contemporary patron saint,...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 8:14 PM
KILLEEN, Texas — Beyond the mystifying question of why a person goes on a rampage to kill innocent people, residents of this military town have to deal with an even more vexing one: Why does it keep happening to them?
"There's a psychological toll...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:22 PM
U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and John Cornyn joined top Cook County law enforcement officials to endorse a Senate bill intended to target the Internet sex trade.
The Republicans met with Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Sheriff Tom Dart in Kirk'...
| Apr 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts.
In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
WASHINGTON — In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are holding up a government spending bill in an attempt to eliminate money for the healthcare law, not to “threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven’t...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over?
That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval Wednesday to legislation allowing more federal borrowing to pay the nation's bills, but not without a dramatic scene in the Senate as Republican leaders scrambled to find enough votes to head off a...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 7:42 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Sunday it had met its deadline to fix the major problems that have hobbled the federal healthcare website since its disastrous debut two months ago, but officials acknowledged that further repairs were...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 4:56 PM
— The Obama administration said Sunday that it has met its deadline to fix the major problems that have hobbled the federal health care website since its disastrous debut two months ago, but officials acknowledged more repairs are necessary....
| Dec 9, 2013
| 7:04 PM
WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell isn't the only Republican Senate leader who must contend with a noteworthy primary challenge.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, will face a conservative challenger in Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who...