| Nov 27, 2013
| 9:25 AM
WASHINGTON — In a long-anticipated move to restrict the flood of secret money in campaigns, the IRS for the first time proposed rules to rein in the political activities of tax-exempt groups that have emerged as heavyweight players in American...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The Obama administration once gave us "man-caused disasters" for acts of terrorism and "workplace violence" for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Watching President Obama's press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty the "Farmer in the Dell" because all I could think was: "The cheese stands alone."
The president did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:16 AM
WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that she had considered shutting down the problematic Obamacare website, but has no intention of delaying implementation of the nation’s new healthcare law....
| 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...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:46 PM
WASHINGTON — Sixteen Senate Democrats met with President Obama on Wednesday to urge that he right his foundering healthcare website, warning of a "crisis of confidence" if he doesn't act quickly.
The president's team acknowledged struggling with...
| 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 18, 2013
| 1:05 AM
SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Both Dakotas will have seats at the table when Congress attempts to negotiate a new farm bill, after South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem was appointed on Oct. 12 as a House conferee on the legislation.
Noem joins North Dakota...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Whew! That was close. We almost went over the cliff, but were spared at the 11th hour by a half-hearted deal that re-opens the government -- but only till January 15; raises the debt ceiling -- but only till February 7; and creates a bicameral, bipartisan...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Senators edged closer to a budget deal Monday as the top four congressional leaders were called to an afternoon meeting at the White House.
“We’re getting closer. We’re working on it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry...
| 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...