| Jan 21, 2014
| 11:05 AM
We've never met the man, so we're willing to stipulate that Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.), a physician who recently announced his early retirement from the Senate, is a sweetheart to have at a dinner party.
That's the bottom line on Coburn offered by...
| May 1, 2014
| 12:19 PM
A single payer system — where the government pays for health costs — is now recognized by many in the U.S. as the best solution for our health care problems. It was taken "off the table" in 2009 by Sen. Max Baucus, A Montana Democrat who...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:55 PM
WASHINGTON — After a string of embarrassing confirmation hearings in which President Obama’s picks for ambassador displayed gaps of knowledge on the countries they were to serve in, the State Department has agreed to publish details on the...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 7:23 PM
In Iraq, Lauren Augustine operated unmanned aircraft on surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Army's storied 1st Infantry Division.
In Washington last week, Augustine and her fellow veterans stormed Capitol Hill for comrades they say are...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 — especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:53 AM
BEIJING -- As the United States' first Chinese American ambassador to China, Gary Locke made an impression on many ordinary people here with his down-to-earth ways – carrying his own backpack, paying for his Starbucks with a coupon and flying...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate easily confirmed one of its own Thursday, endorsing the nomination of longtime Montana Sen. Max Baucus as the new U.S. ambassador to China.
The vote was unanimous, 96 to 0. Baucus voted “present.”
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:23 PM
A new Gallup poll suggested Monday why Republicans running in some of the most contested U.S. Senate races this year will be campaigning fiercely against President Obama, even as their Democratic counterparts strive to make the races about anything but...
| May 20, 2014
| 10:01 AM
China summoned the U.S. ambassador after the United States accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets, warning Washington it could take further action, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
| May 23, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Charles Blahous, one of the public trustees of Social Security, has been on the warpath over how I reported his views on the burning question of whether Social Security contributes to the federal deficit.
This is an important question, because the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:24 PM
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is pushing for passage of his bill to toughen criminal penalties for thieves who steal identities to file for fake federal income tax refunds in light of two reports that showed Thursday the government potentially paid $3.6...