Republicans propose funding measure to help Pentagon, avoid government shutdown

Republicans propose funding measure to help Pentagon, avoid government shutdown

Republicans controlling the House moved Monday to give the Pentagon more money for military readiness while easing the pain felt by such agencies as the FBI and the Border Patrol from the across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. The effort is part of a huge spending measure that would fund day-to-day […]

Former Obama staffers try their hand at influence peddling

Former Obama staffers try their hand at influence peddling

President Barack Obama learned in his first term that he couldn’t change Washington from the inside, saying in the heat of his re-election race: “You can only change it from the outside.” Months later, his former White House aides and campaign advisers are embracing Obama’s words as a call to action. Obama veterans are building […]

Politics: Black and white labels in a shades of gray reality

Politics: Black and white labels in a shades of gray reality

From an early age, Americans are conditioned to see the world in sharp contrast — black-and-white labels in a society where the reality is many shades of gray. The details, the subtleties? Well, those be damned. Look at Walt Disney World, which attracts visitors by reducing a complex national heritage to its most basic elements.There’s […]

Biden helps stage voting rights march re-enactment

Biden helps stage voting rights march re-enactment

The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans‘ votes haven’t stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls. More than 5,000 people followed Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., […]

Mitch McConnell claims racism in Tweets about his Asian-born wife

Mitch McConnell claims racism in Tweets about his Asian-born wife

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lambasted a liberal group on Saturday for criticizing the Asian heritage of his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, calling its Twitter messages “racial slurs” and “the ultimate outrage.” “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign,” McConnell told about 100 home-state supporters at a Republican […]

Obama, GOP continue to blame each other for sequestration

Obama, GOP continue to blame each other for sequestration

Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending. The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the […]

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Budget debacle will not slow Obamacare rollout

Airline schedules, food inspections, IRS taxpayer assistance and deployments of Navy ships could all be hampered by the government’s automatic spending cuts. But President Barack Obama’s health care law — a program Republicans have spent the last three years trying to kill — will roll out on time, the administration says. Only a small fraction […]

With automatic cuts now in place, time to face next crisis

With automatic cuts now in place, time to face next crisis

Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending. The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the […]

Military base schools will feel budget pinch first

Military base schools will feel budget pinch first

Public schools everywhere will be affected by the government’s automatic budget cuts, but few may feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases. School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs. Others already have axed sports teams and even eliminated teaching positions, […]