| Jan 9, 2015
| 11:04 AM
I’d like to help clear up some political confusion from earlier this week.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the American people that a recent spate of good news about the U.S. economy is the result of Republicans winning...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 7:20 AM
WASHINGTON John Boehner must find a way to lead the U.S. House of Representatives after winning a third term as speaker with votes from fewer than half of the chamber's 434 members.
Boehner was re-elected as the 53rd House speaker yesterday although 25...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 2:50 PM
WASHINGTON Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, just started his third six-year term in office and it is shaping up as the best yet for the 62-year-old lawmaker, certainly better than what he says are the last eight "miserable" years in the minority.
As the Senate...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 8:22 PM
Congress gave final approval to a $1.1-trillion spending bill to keep the government from shutting down, but not without a last-minute hitch when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz forced a rare Saturday session, defying party leaders’ efforts for smooth...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The cost President Obama was willing to pay to avert another government shutdown -- wiping out protections against the sorts of financial excesses that greatly contributed to the Great Recession -- risks a divisive final two years of his...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 7:41 PM
The Senate gave final approval late Saturday to a $1 trillion spending bill after muscling past opposition from conservative Republicans — an effort that ended any possibility of a government shutdown until next fall.
With the holiday...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 5:21 PM
WASHINGTON — A military retirement ceremony was held Monday at the Pentagon for Sen. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican who spent 23 years in the Navy Reserve, his spokeswoman said.
Kirk, who suffered a major stroke in January 2012, retired from...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 9:28 PM
President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown.
The legislation funds most government agencies through September 2015. The Department of Homeland...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 12:56 PM
Imagine if you ran a business but you didn't tell your customers exactly what they would be charged for your products or services until nearly the end of the year. Well, you don't have to work your imagination too hard because that's essentially what...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 1:03 PM
The good news is Congress didn't end its session by committing any obvious harm. No government shutdown, no dramatic changes to health care reform and no sudden roadblocks to President Obama's go-it-alone effort to improve immigration. Plus, some...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Lisa Foust was in for a doozy of a Christmas Eve: a full day's work, then piling presents in the car and making a more than five-hour drive home to North Carolina.
Then President Barack Obama gave federal workers an extra day off Dec. 26. That allowed...