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Fannie, Freddie shutdown?

Fannie, Freddie shutdown?

Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187…

Criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack

Criminal charges filed in Benghazi attack

The Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials said Tuesday. The officials confirmed that…

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

More tax revenue, less need for budget cuts

Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew,…

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law…

No spending, no tax reform

No spending, no tax reform

President Barack Obama says there are no gimmicks to grow the economy — just difficult steps that require Washington’s focus. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting…

Dire warnings against standoff

Dire warnings against standoff

The nation’s governors have a warning for President Barack Obama and Congress: A fiscal standoff in Washington this fall could be catastrophic for states already feeling the fallout of sweeping…

Al-Qaida attack looming?

Al-Qaida attack looming?

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world…

Obama faces spying critics

Obama faces spying critics

Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations…

40th vote to repeal Obamacare?

40th vote to repeal Obamacare?

Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a…

Budgets? What budgets?

Budgets? What budgets?

Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective…