A rough confirmation ride predicted for Hagel nomination

A rough confirmation ride predicted for Hagel nomination

President Barack Obama’s pick of Chuck Hagel to helm the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP colleague, and several skeptical Democrats reserved judgment until the nominee explains his views on Israel and Iran. The concerns about Hagel complicate his path to […]

White House steps up pressure on curbing gun violence

White House steps up pressure on curbing gun violence

Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims’ organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him proposals by the end of January. The […]

Debt ceiling debate headed towards nasty fight between Obama, Republicans

Debt ceiling debate headed towards nasty fight between Obama, Republicans

President Barack Obama, meet Congressman Michael Burgess. The president says he absolutely will not let Republicans threaten a national debt ceiling crisis as a way to extract deeper federal spending cuts. Burgess’ take? “It’s the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard,” the Texas Republican says. “He’s going to have to negotiate.” Both sides may be […]

Pelosi may want even more taxes for the rich

Pelosi may want even more taxes for the rich

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi isn’t ruling out pushing for upper-income earners to pay more even after the “fiscal cliff” deal that raised their taxes. She tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “I’m saying that’s not off the table.” The California Democrats isn’t getting into specifics but she does discuss changes to tax law that […]

Obama will nominate John Breenan to run CIA

Obama will nominate John Breenan to run CIA

President Barack Obama will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser. The White House says the president will announce Brennan’s nomination during an event Monday afternoon. At the same event, an administration official says, the president will also […]

Don’t look for any cooperation on solving debt crisis

Don’t look for any cooperation on solving debt crisis

Congressional leaders on Sunday showed no signs of emerging from their corners to resolve the next step in the financial crisis, with Democrats still talking about higher taxes on the wealthy and the Senate’s top Republican suggesting that a crippling default on U.S. loans was possible unless there were significant cuts in government spending. “It’s […]

Obama set to nominate Republican Hagel as defense secretary

Obama set to nominate Republican Hagel as defense secretary

President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling he’s ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel’s stands on Israel and Iran. Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle […]

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever. Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House GOP leadership. Long-standing geographic tensions have increased, pitting endangered Northeastern Republicans against their colleagues from other parts of the country. Enraged tea party leaders are threatening to knock off dozens of Republicans who supported a measure […]

Gov. Christie: Nailing Republicans part of his job

Gov. Christie: Nailing Republicans part of his job

In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie underestimated the first major storm of his administration by flying to Disney World hours before snow crippled New Jersey. A year later, he overplayed Tropical Storm Irene with the now-infamous order, “Get the hell off the beach.” When Superstorm Sandy set its sights on his state, he had learned his […]