Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he says, leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.” Instead of making the hard choices to fix Social Security’s financial problems, policymakers “use […]

Object of LA police manhunt was hiding in plain sight

Object of LA police manhunt was hiding in plain sight

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that […]

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

Obama’s State of the Union brings quick oppositon from Congress

President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark his legacy, facing off against a deeply divided Congress with Republicans eager to rein him in. At the center of it all was a fight […]

As usual, Obama lied in some claims in State of the Union

As usual, Obama lied in some claims in State of the Union

President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound. A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a glance at the Republican […]

GOP response: Usual Obama rhetoric on taxes, spending

GOP response: Usual Obama rhetoric on taxes, spending

Republicans dismissed President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address as nothing more than big government spending and more tax increases. But a brief sip of water may have gotten more immediate attention than any policy ideas. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio‘s mid-speech swig from a small Poland Spring water bottle during his GOP response generated […]

In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

In divided vote, Senate panel approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary. The Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to send the nomination to the full Senate. Tuesday’s vote broke along party lines with all 14 Democrats backing President Barack Obama’s choice. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is […]

Emails show Menendez tried to exert influence for big bucks donor

Emails show Menendez tried to exert influence for big bucks donor

Emails between Sen. Robert Menendez‘s office and the Homeland Security Department describe efforts by his staff in January to thwart U.S. donations of cargo-screening equipment to the government of the Dominican Republic. Donated equipment could have jeopardized a port security contract benefiting a close Menendez associate and fundraiser. The emails came six months after Menendez […]

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

A woman whose Chicago police officer brother was fatally shot in 2010 says it’s time for Congress to pass laws keeping guns from criminals. Another woman says firearms restrictions prevented her from protecting her parents when they were killed in a 1991 mass shooting in a Texas restaurant. The two were among several witnesses taking […]

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Senate panel set to vote on Hagel nomination

Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel — faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation’s defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination. The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on President […]