Will GOP donors stick with Chris Christie?

Will GOP donors stick with Chris Christie?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces one of his first major tests since his backyard political scandal erupted: reassuring top Republican donors that he has taken steps to address allegations of political payback in his home state and that he remains a viable presidential contender for the party’s establishment. Christie, who leads the Republican Governors […]

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

Supremes to look at police cell-phone searches

The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don’t need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs. In a new clash over […]

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is […]

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

Cybersecurity chief worried about healthcare.cov

The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities ahead of the launch of the Obama administration’s health care website. But Kevin Charest told congressional investigators he was unable to get answers to his questions from others inside the department. He concluded that the testing of […]

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The intelligence community didn’t send enough warnings, the State Department didn’t take the warnings it […]

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Senate expected to send $1.1 trillion budget to Obama

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown. The Democratic-controlled Senate planned to give final congressional approval to the immense spending measure, possibly as early as […]

Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

Obama ready to accept some changes in NSA spying

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but he’ll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. That move would thrust much of the […]

Congress close to approving $1.1 trillion budget

Congress close to approving $1.1 trillion budget

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties. The huge bill furnishes the fine print — 1,582 pages of it — for the bipartisan […]

Budget expands some programs to help children

Budget expands some programs to help children

Tens of thousands more American babies, toddlers and preschoolers would be eligible for early childhood programs under a budget deal reached by lawmakers that advocates hailed as an encouraging sign that Congress is committed to early education programs. They are hopeful the next step will be the icing on the cake in early childhood education: […]