| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:28 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by the GOP. On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans traded blame...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:41 PM
WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reversed course Tuesday and announced his support for gay marriage, entering a contentious national debate and providing potential political cover for Illinois House GOP members who may soon vote on the...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 9:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service backed down from its cost-saving plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, acknowledging that Congress barred a move that supporters said was essential to addressing the agency's dire financial...
| May 9, 2012
| 10:12 AM
The U.S. Postal Service is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of post offices, and will instead cut hours at 13,000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year.
In response to a backlash against massive closures, the Postal...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 2:39 PM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Republicans to cooperate with an expanded Democratic majority Wednesday, a day after the Democrats picked up at least one more seat in the chamber.
"It is better to dance than to fight," said Reid, D-Nevada....
| Nov 7, 2012
| 4:21 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats secured a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut to maintain the...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 2:26 PM
U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin joined an informal Chicken Caucus of senators Monday to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to step up efforts to help the mid-Atlantic poultry industry cope with the economic impact of drought....
| Apr 24, 2012
| 4:55 PM
Key senators reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to save a mail processing center considered significant to the Eastern Shore economy but left the fate of more than a dozen post offices in the Baltimore region uncertain as they considered a sweeping...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 2:58 PM
The Senateon Wednesday passed a plan to save the strugglingU.S. Postal Service, an effort that could save thousands of jobs and 100 mail processing plants now slated to be closed or consolidated next month.
In an unusual showing of bipartisanship, the...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense ended as it began -- with a smear.
"Senator Hagel has accused Israel of quote 'playing games' and committing, quote, 'sickening slaughter,'" Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said before...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 6:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) --
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has introduced a bill that would make the District of Columbia the nation's 51st state.
While the bill has little chance of passing, the introduction shows that Carper is taking up the cause of...