| Apr 18, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Thomas E. Perez, the former Maryland labor secretary nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, faced pointed questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday about whether politics influenced his decisions as the top civil rights attorney in...
| May 6, 2013
| 4:49 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 69-27 Monday to approve legislation that would allow states to force larger online retailers to collect sales taxes.
But the bill faces an uncertain future in the House as lawmakers, particularly Republicans, wrestle...
| May 8, 2013
| 2:52 PM
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee vote on Labor Secretary nominee Tom Perez was postponed hours before it was set to take place Wednesday, highlighting what appears to be a growing partisan fight over the confirmation of the former Maryland official. ...
| May 16, 2013
| 11:33 AM
WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans quickly squared off Thursday over the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee and Marylander Tom Perez -- preparing for a fight that is likely to intensify after a Senate committee voted along party lines to advance...
| May 17, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Last week was amusing. There was the spectacle of advocates of an ever-larger regulatory government expressing shock about such government's large capacity for misbehavior.
And, entertainingly, the answer to the question "Will Barack Obama's scandals...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- The standoff over the federal budget moved toward at least a temporary end as Speaker John A. Boehner announced Thursday that House Republicans would agree to a six-week extension of the federal government’s ability to borrow to pay...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:56 PM
WASHINGTON — The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government's borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night...
| Oct 13, 2013
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON – For the first time since a political impasse shut down the government, the Senate’s top Republican and Democrat have started negotiations to try to resolve the stalemate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 5:33 PM
WASHINGTON — As talks over how to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the debt collapsed Saturday between House Republicans and the White House, the Senate's top leaders launched their own negotiations to find a last-ditch compromise,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:28 PM
The government shutdown is over, for now. Let the blood-letting and fundraising begin!
Within hours after Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, voted for a budget deal that reopened the government, two influential conservative advocacy...