Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress sends Obama ‘must do’ bill to raise debt ceiling

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February. The 64-34 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sent the measure to President Barack Obama, who has said he will sign it. The […]

Hagel battered by fellow Republicans but supported by Democrats

Hagel battered by fellow Republicans but supported by Democrats

Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next defense secretary and relentless opposition from Republicans who repeatedly challenged their former GOP colleague. Mathematically, Hagel has the edge as he looks to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as the nation’s […]

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration‘s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept […]

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

Jim Carville, Mary Matalin return to the scene of their marital crime

When Mary Matalin heard a baby cry during a Super Bowl news conference this week, she paused midsentence, peered in the direction of the fussing child and asked: “Is that my husband?” Matalin, the noted Republican political pundit, isn’t shy about making jokes at the expense of Democratic strategist James Carville, who went from being […]

House members close to deal on immigration reform

House members close to deal on immigration reform

A group of a half-dozen House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is nearing completion of wide-ranging immigration legislation similar to proposals by Senate negotiators and President Barack Obama, including a pathway to legal immigration status for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. The group intends to unveil the legislation soon, perhaps […]

Economic doom and gloom complicates Obama’s politial agenda

Economic doom and gloom complicates Obama’s politial agenda

Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences. These […]

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 in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It’s a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the […]