| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:41 AM
In a partisan vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a major increase in funding — $1.5 billion — to help give schools and libraries high-speed Internet access.
Democrats and Republicans agreed on the need to expand broadband...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 7:15 AM
The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee chair Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:11 PM
No, Congress didn't
On Dec. 12, Jane Johnson's letter about CIA torture states "Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't our Congress approve these methods at the time?"
No, Ms. Johnson, they didn't. In former President George W. Bush's book, "Decision...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 9:38 PM
Along with acrimonious backroom deals, late-night hours and stale take-out dinners is another tradition of the final days of Congress: the goodbyes.
This year's farewell addresses offered an alternative view of the era of divided government — a...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 7:21 PM
NEW YORK — Former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who championed the power of government and liberalism to advance society with eloquence and compassion, died Thursday. He was 82.
His death came the same day that his son Andrew was sworn in for his...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:17 PM
Bess Myerson, the former beauty queen, television personality and New York politician who spent four decades in the public eye before her glamorous image was tarnished by scandal, has died. She was 90.
Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica....
| Nov 14, 2014
| 8:02 PM
In the months before shift foreman Dean Jones died in a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia in April 2010, Judy Petersen recalls, her brother complained to his family about persistent ventilation violations.
| Nov 21, 2014
| 4:23 PM
Seen through the prism of subsequent national experience, Nelson Rockefeller resembles a swollen post-war automobile — a land yacht with tail fins, a period piece, bemusing and embarrassing. He remains, however, instructive.
Richard Norton Smith,...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 8:20 AM
For more than 60 years with hardly a break, the Republican Partyhas chosen as its standard-bearer someone who has been able to claim it's his turn. Not since military hero Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, whose supporters so...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- As 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton joins her party's push to survive the challenges it faces in the Nov. 4 midterm congressional elections, she is taking a page from the comeback playbook of another one-time...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 4:52 PM
A federal safety agency reported Tuesday that operational blunders and lax policies at Metro-North were at least partly to blame for the crashes that killed two workers and four passengers and injured 126 riders last year and this spring.