OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

House Republicans redeemed a campaign promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but now must march against the headwinds of a Democratic-controlled Senate and the specter of a White House veto. The GOP owes its newfound control of the House in part to its appeal last fall to voters outraged about the new […]

Another giant step for Gabrielle Giffords

Another giant step for Gabrielle Giffords

In the latest milestone in Gabrielle Giffords‘ recovery from a bullet wound to the brain, the congresswoman stood up and looked out a window even as preparations got under way for a move to Houston, where she’ll undergo extensive mental and physical rehabilitation. Her swift transition from an intensive care unit to a rehab center […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

House set to vote on health care law repeal

House set to vote on health care law repeal

The new Republican-led House is poised to deliver an emphatic thumbs-down to President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul, with no ready substitute of its own. The House vote Wednesday could turn out to be the high-water mark for repeal, a goal that energized conservative voters in the midterm elections and helped Republicans return to […]

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Welcome to Washington, tea partiers. Now that they’re freshmen in a GOP-run House, the political movement’s candidates are running smack into the traditions, partisan divisions and powerful competing interests that make it so hard to redirect the government. Some tea party activists — part of a loose-knit, libertarian-tinged network advocating small government and less federal […]

Amazingly, Giffords’ condition continues to improve

Amazingly, Giffords’ condition continues to improve

In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday after a procedure to remove her from a ventilator was successful. Doctors have been positive, and at time almost giddy, in describing her progress since she was shot point […]

Public opinion on health care law rises

Public opinion on health care law rises

As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama’s overhaul have subsided. Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30 percent, close to the lowest level […]

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

Steele out; Priebus in at RNC

The national Republican Party, coming off huge election victories but facing a $22 million debt and an internal war over identity, ousted chairman Michael Steele Friday and chose Wisconsin party chief Reince Priebus to lead in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race. The embattled Steele dropped his re-election bid halfway through an afternoon of […]

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first […]

Tight security for judge’s funeral

Tight security for judge’s funeral

One day after mourning the death of a child, an Arizona city will remember the life of a judge. A funeral for U.S. District Judge John Roll is expected to draw many other federal judges, and security is tight. Three hours before services Friday, U.S. marshals and local law officers were at the church, where […]