| 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...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:54 PM
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...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For one of the least productive congressional sessions in modern history, the final word about tax overhaul was entirely in character: Nothing's happening.
But is that good or bad news for homeowners, buyers and small-scale real...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The Democrats of this state have no idea that Obamacare is a disgrace ("Brown's conflict," Dec. 12). They do not even grasp the complexity of the problems associated with this "train wreck" as U.S. Sen. Max Baucus called it. Democrats by themselves have...
| Dec 13, 2013
The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...
| 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.”