| Apr 1, 2014
| 3:22 PM
WASHINGTON -- The austere Republican budget proposal from Rep. Paul D. Ryan would slash federal spending to pre-Eisenhower levels, but the "turbo cuts" on every aspect of government -- except the military -- are still not enough to reach his promise of...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON — That Congress could soon pass a budget agreement after months of relentless partisan showdowns is thanks in large part to a mom in tennis shoes.
Sen. Patty Murray presented herself in that ordinary way when she first ran as a Democrat...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:42 PM
As a bipartisan agency, the Congressional Budget Office has to tread lightly when it tells any of its clients on Capitol Hill that they're full of it. So the agency's remarks Monday about the employment impact of the Affordable Care Act is remarkable...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 10:18 AM
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is visiting South Florida to help the Republican Party raise money — and at the same time audition for donors and activists who could prove valuable if he runs for president.
More coverage over in the righthand column...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 11:38 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate gave its final approval Thursday to a bill that would offer historic new protections to gay and transgender individuals in the workplace, shifting the fight now to the Republican-led House.
Ten Republicans joined with all...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:57 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday at one of the most difficult moments of his political career: The investigations into his administration's mammoth traffic jam continue,...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 9:35 PM
OXON HILL, Md. — After steep losses in the 2012 election, there was broad agreement within the Republican Party that its biggest challenge was bridging the divide with key voter groups — minorities, women and young voters — who threw...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:00 PM
French President Francois Hollande was feted Tuesday by President Barack Obama at a state dinner that drew political, business and Hollywood heavyweights, but not Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered France’s first lady before her highly...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:48 PM
WASHINGTON — In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 3:41 PM
Who likes a moocher?
No one. But who is a moocher? Is a child a moocher? Is an elderly person who needs help a moocher? How about a person with a disability or a person who can't find a job in an area of high unemployment? No, all these people need help...