Obama set to round out new national security team

Obama set to round out new national security team

President Barack Obama may round out his new national security leadership team next week, with a nomination for defense secretary expected and a pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency possible. Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is the front-runner for the top Pentagon post. Acting CIA director Michael Morell and Obama counterterrorism adviser […]

FDA claims moves will make food safer

FDA claims moves will make food safer

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include […]

Four gun shows near Newtown, CT cancel after school shooting

Four gun shows near Newtown, CT cancel after school shooting

Four gun shows, all about an hour’s drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y., — brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting — is off because officials decided it didn’t seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. — about […]

Employers stepped up hiring amid fiscal cliff turmoil

Employers stepped up hiring amid fiscal cliff turmoil

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff. Economists forecast that employers added 155,000 jobs in December, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be slightly higher than November’s 148,000. The unemployment rate is projected […]

New Congress will face the same, old partisan problems

New Congress will face the same, old partisan problems

Congress is ushering in the new and the old — dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government. The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon for pomp, pageantry and politics as newly elected members of the House and […]

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill. Facing intense pressure, Boehner agreed Wednesday to schedule a vote Friday on $9 billion for the national flood insurance […]

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Chris Christie‘s blunt talk has long been one of his hallmarks. But Christie, who has verbally tangled with many, showed Wednesday he’s willing to aim his barbs at the highest echelons of his own party. In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a […]

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV. Now what?

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV.  Now what?

With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller. The nation’s second-largest TV operator, Time Warner Cable Inc., dropped Current after the deal was confirmed Wednesday, a sign that the […]

House abandons political rhetoric, approves Senate bill averting ‘fiscal cliff’

House abandons political rhetoric, approves Senate bill averting ‘fiscal cliff’

Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America’s divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a 257-167 vote in the House […]

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

House Republicans throw monkey wrench into effort to avoid fiscal cliff

Emergency legislation to avoid the economy-threatening fiscal cliff ran into vehement New Year’s Day opposition from House Republicans, casting doubt on the divided government’s ability to prevent widespread tax increases and painful, across-the-board federal spending cuts. “I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward,” House Majority Leader Eric […]