Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

At first glance, it seems Republicans are verging on a blunder. With about 90 percent of Americans favoring universal background checks for gun buyers, GOP lawmakers’ strong resistance might appear foolhardy. But these Republicans are making a calculated and probably safe choice, for several reasons. Their districts’ all-important GOP primaries are dominated by hard-right activists. […]

Ohmigod! Obama sends actual budget to Congress

Ohmigod! Obama sends actual budget to Congress

President Barack Obama on Wednesday is sending Congress his 2014 budget, an effort to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for each of the past four years. Obama’s spending blueprint for the 2014 budget year would accomplish the deficit cuts through a combination of further tax […]

Senate near deal on background checks

Senate near deal on background checks

A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening vote on restricting guns as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., set a roll call for Thursday on starting consideration […]

Deal on farm workers could clear way for immigration bill

Deal on farm workers could clear way for immigration bill

A tentative deal has been reached to resolve a dispute between agriculture workers and growers that was standing in the way of a sweeping immigration overhaul bill, a key senator said Tuesday. The agreement could smooth the way for release of the landmark legislation within a week or so. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who’s taken […]

Obama promises gun control determination to Newtown families

Obama promises gun control determination to Newtown families

With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws. Obama’s gun control proposals have […]

Maggie Thatcher remembered for her strong bond with Reagan

Maggie Thatcher remembered for her strong bond with Reagan

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, two self-assured and firm-speaking conservatives, joined forces in the early 1980s and drastically changed the economic and political landscapes in both of their countries. Their calls for more-austere government and lower taxes still resonate with conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic. And their side-by-side standing up to Soviet communism […]

Maryland passes medical marijuana bill

Maryland passes medical marijuana bill

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday approved a measure allowing medical marijuana programs at research centers that choose to participate. The state Senate approved the measure, 42-4. Ten of the Senate’s 12 Republicans joined 32 Democrats, while two Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. The action sends the bill to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who […]

‘Zero TV’ homes grow to the dismay of broadcasters

‘Zero TV’ homes grow to the dismay of broadcasters

Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don’t even use an antenna to get free signals […]

High tech visas become hot button topic in immigration debate

High tech visas become hot button topic in immigration debate

Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who’s taken the lead in pushing to crack down on outsourcing […]