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Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Republicans willing to use spending cuts as leverage

Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike…

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

GOP goal: Stalemate with Dems, no collaboration

Is Washington’s backroom dealing dead? House Speaker John Boehner says he no longer wants to negotiate deficit reduction with President Barack Obama. The president says he won’t negotiate raising the…

Newtown parents want more enforcement of gun laws

Newtown parents want more enforcement of gun laws

Parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting called for better enforcement of gun laws and tougher penalties for violators Monday at a hearing that revealed the divide in…

Claims don’t match facts in Chuck Hagel debate

Claims don’t match facts in Chuck Hagel debate

Republican-leaning groups opposing President Barack Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department have let loose a barrage of claims about the former GOP senator. They say he…

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Obama set to sign Superstorm Sandy aid bill

President Barack Obama said he’ll sign a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Three months after Sandy ravaged coastal…

States force unemployed to pay needless fees

States force unemployed to pay needless fees

  Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a…

Feinstein admits assualt weapons ban faces a tough fight

Feinstein admits assualt weapons ban faces a tough fight

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s…

Senators reach deal on immigration reform

Senators reach deal on immigration reform

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a…

Obama ways he will miss Hillary Clinton

Obama ways he will miss Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers and said their shared vision for America’s role in the world persuaded his one-time…

Thousands march for gun control in Washington

Thousands march for gun control in Washington

Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from…