| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:47 PM
For years, residents across Los Angeles County have complained about noise from low-flying helicopters, some of them carrying sightseers, paparazzi and even real estate agents. But new legislation, tucked into the massive federal spending bill approved by...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:10 PM
WASHINGTON -- Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by late February, a couple of weeks earlier than previously projected, because of an expected large outflow of cash for tax refunds next month, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Wednesday....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:39 PM
In my Bloomberg View column this week, I argued that Republicans should work to pass a law to prevent the abuse of Obamacare's "risk corridors." Designed properly, risk corridors can be a useful way to spread risk among the insurers who participate in...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:02 AM
House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall’s government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” that he warned his fellow Republicans to avoid, but ultimately went along with it at the behest of colleagues intent on a standoff with...
| 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...
| Dec 21, 2013
I usually don't make so public a request, but my Christmas wish is for Florida's junior senator. Marco Rubio had a bad year politically, and he could use some help if he wants to do better in the future.
2013 began with a lot of promise....
| Dec 21, 2013
| 6:21 PM
Tom Steyer is standing upright near the corner of a small, beige meeting room at Georgetown University, arms at his sides, eyes shut intently. Half a dozen ministers and priests surround him, laying hands on his torso.
Together, the pastors begin to...
| Dec 22, 2013
"Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the other day. The reason, he charged, was simple: "mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees things...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"So the last shall be first, and the first last." This quote from the King James Bible is my response to Scientific American's Top 10 stories of 2013. Their tenth-ranked story about the BRAIN initiative is my top story for the year.
I refer to Brain...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:23 AM
Connecticut's new health insurance exchange opened for business Oct. 1 amid a continuing national debate — and a shutdown of the federal government — over President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
The new exchange,...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- As President Obama tries to enjoy his Christmas vacation in Hawaii (the land of his birth, as recognized by most Americans except the diehard fringe still casting him as a foreigner), he has a lot to reflect on.
In his last White House...