Obama jumps back into health care debate

Obama jumps back into health care debate

President Barack Obama is launching a new effort to rally the public around his hotly disputed health care law, a strategy aimed at shoring up key components of the sweeping federal overhaul and staving off yet another challenge from Republicans. The president will specifically target women and young people, groups that backed him overwhelmingly during […]

Republicans face problem turning Benghazi attack into a scandal

Republicans face problem turning Benghazi attack into a scandal

Politicians love few things better than a scandal to trip up their opponents, and Republicans hope last year’s fatal attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya will do exactly that to Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats. History suggests it might be a tough lift. The issue is complex, the next presidential election is more than […]

Immigration bill starts run of political gauntlet in Senate

Immigration bill starts run of political gauntlet in Senate

A bill to enact dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system and put some 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship is facing its first congressional test. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was to begin considering proposed changes to the 844-page legislation, with some 300 amendments pending on a wide range […]

Air Force finds ‘rot’ among ICBM launch officers

Air Force finds ‘rot’ among ICBM launch officers

The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said it is suffering “rot” within its ranks. “We are, in fact, in a […]

Mark Sanford finds redemption from South Carolina voters

Mark Sanford finds redemption from South Carolina voters

In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his career was derailed by scandal four years ago. “I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” the Republican told about 100 cheering supporters Tuesday after defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch to win back the 1st District seat he held […]

Republicans accuse Obama of Benghazi attack coverup

Republicans accuse Obama of Benghazi attack coverup

House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race. Republicans on five House committees are pressing ahead with their own investigations despite an exhaustive […]

Most military sexual assaults not reported

Most military sexual assaults not reported

They are young, often low-ranking service members out on the weekend in the late night and early morning hours. Sometimes they’ve been drinking. Often those who sexually assault them are in the armed forces, too. But in the vast majority of military sexual assault cases — as many as 22,000 in 2012 — the victim […]

Gun control advocates struggle to keep focus on issue

Gun control advocates struggle to keep focus on issue

Gun control forces are targeting Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Max Baucus and others as they struggle to persuade five senators to switch their votes and revive the rejected effort to expand background checks to more firearms buyers. With Congress back from a weeklong recess, the bottom line remains familiar: Advocates of broadened checks lack the new […]

Internet sales tax bill a tough sell in the House

Internet sales tax bill a tough sell in the House

Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales […]

Obama’s golf outreach turns into Senatorial hole-in-one

Obama’s golf outreach turns into Senatorial hole-in-one

So much for overshadowing your rivals, Mr. President. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss didn’t seem fazed by a rare congressional invitation to golf with President Barack Obama Monday, sinking a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th hole. The ace shot helped lead Chambliss and GOP teammate Sen. Bob Corker or Tennessee to victory over the Democratic duo […]