| Oct 24, 2013
The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans."
After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Appearing before lawmakers a week before the deadline to raise the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday warned that the uncertainty caused by the fiscal stalemate was stressing financial markets and could "deeply damage" the economic...
| 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.”
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 14, 2014
Amidst all the bluster in the Tribune’s Jan. 5 editorial on wind energy, the editorial board missed several key facts (“Let the wind subsidy blow away”).
The editorial’s assertions about the cost and reliability of wind power and...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:55 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as his next ambassador to China, officials said, a move that may bolster the Democratic Party's chances of holding the Senate seat in 2014 and signal that the tax reform effort...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:37 PM
METAIRIE, La. — In the months before Congress passed the president's healthcare law, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu faced a deluge: The office phones rang off the hook, the mail was heavy and a few restive constituents — well aware of the cameras...