Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her […]

Some male Marines express concern about women in combat

Some male Marines express concern about women in combat

Male Marines listed being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault as a top concern in a survey about moving women into combat jobs, and thousands indicated the change could prompt them to leave the service altogether. The anonymous online questionnaire by the Marine Corps surveyed 53,000 troops last summer, with the results provided to […]

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February. The 64-34 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sent the measure to President Barack Obama, who has said he will sign it. The […]

Hagel battered by fellow Republicans but supported by Democrats

Hagel battered by fellow Republicans but supported by Democrats

Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary and relentless opposition from Republicans who repeatedly challenged their former GOP colleague. Mathematically, Hagel has the edge as he looks to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as the nation’s […]

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration‘s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept […]

Ed Koch, New York’s colorful former mayor, dead at 88

Ed Koch, New York’s colorful former mayor, dead at 88

Ed Koch‘s favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge to encourage commuters who were forced to walk to work instead of jumping aboard subway trains and buses. […]

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

When Mary Matalin heard a baby cry during a Super Bowl news conference this week, she paused midsentence, peered in the direction of the fussing child and asked: “Is that my husband?” Matalin, the noted Republican political pundit, isn’t shy about making jokes at the expense of Democratic strategist James Carville, who went from being […]

House members close to deal on immigration reform

House members close to deal on immigration reform

A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. The group intends to unveil the legislation soon, perhaps […]

Economic doom and gloom complicates Obama’s politial agenda

Economic doom and gloom complicates Obama’s politial agenda

Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences. These […]

Senator claims he reimbursed fatcat donor for 2010 junket

Senator claims he reimbursed fatcat donor for 2010 junket

Sen. Robert Menendez‘s office says he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the full cost of two of three trips Menendez took on the donor’s plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010. There was no public disclosure. “The senator paid for the two trips out of his personal account and no reporting requirements […]