GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums. At the same time, an independent organization with deep ties to the conservative Koch brothers has elected to spend $125 million […]

Dems may stay away from Benghazi show

Dems may stay away from Benghazi show

Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Party leaders will meet with rank-and-file members Friday to decide the next step after Republicans the day before rammed through a resolution creating […]

Is HHS nominee Burwell ready to face the Senate?

Is HHS nominee Burwell ready to face the Senate?

President Barack Obama’s nominee to take over the federal health care agency — and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul — is making her first appearance before senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was to testify Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the first of two […]

High tech help, campaign cash for Obama

High tech help, campaign cash for Obama

They come from different worlds — the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let’s-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley. But where those worlds overlap, that’s where you find President Barack Obama and a wealthy segment of his Democratic donor base. Obama was to attend two high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers Thursday hosted by Silicon […]

Dems unhappy with GOP Benghazi probe plans

Dems unhappy with GOP Benghazi probe plans

House Democrats insist that a special select committee on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, raising doubts about their participation in the election-year investigation of the Obama administration. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, sent a letter to Speaker John […]