| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama had a dinner date last week with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:33 AM
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, told a reporter last month that threatening to shut down the federal government unless Congress agrees to defund Obamacare was "the dumbest idea I've ever heard." He was absolutely right. It wasn't...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 57-41 on Tuesday to confirm Rep. Mel Watt to head the agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ending a long battle by President Obama to install a regulator open to more aggressive action to help struggling homeowners....
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:37 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Millett for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the first nominees approved since the...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 10:48 AM
The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill Saturday to provide back pay to 800,000 furloughed federal employees when the government shutdown ends.
If approved by the Senate, the proposal would limit the economic impact of the shutdown....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 10:35 AM
WASHINGTON -- The nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to be the regulator for housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed a key procedural vote Thursday because of strong Republican opposition.
President Obama nominated Watt, a veteran Democrat...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:01 PM
WASHINGTON — In blocking the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to head a top housing agency, Senate Republicans showed they preferred to keep oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the hands of a career bureaucrat who opposes providing more aggressive...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON – A proposal to extend lower interest rates for some federal student loans failed for the second time in the Senate on Wednesday, putting new pressure on Democrats to reach a compromise on the issue.
A unanimous bloc of Republicans,...
| Jul 28, 2013
President Obama sounds like a man back on the offensive.
The president is reprising his core message that what the economy needs is more federal spending on popular priorities such as infrastructure and education, not less.
And his stump speeches last...
| May 16, 2011
| 11:10 AM
Few historical figures are deserving of greater public recognition and tribute than Maryland's own Harriet Tubman. Although typically mentioned in history books as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, the many accomplishments over her long life ...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 8:13 PM
It is one of the most passionate charity events on the Orange Coast. The Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s annual Gift of Hope Gala raised more than $430,000 at its 16th annual celebration earlier this summer.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was honored...