Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby’s hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast. The painted line marks 35 feet from the clinic’s entrance and that’s where the 77-year-old McCullen and all […]

Gates says his book is ‘an honest account’

Gates says his book is ‘an honest account’

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he doesn’t regret anything he wrote in his controversial new book and calls the memoir “an honest account.” In “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War,” the former Pentagon chief under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raises questions about Obama’s war leadership and harshly criticizes Vice President […]

Christie aide used secret emails to hide wrongdoing

Christie aide used secret emails to hide wrongdoing

Personal emails at the center of the brewing scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have remained secret, had the public and press relied solely on the state’s open records law. Emails disclosed this past week show a top Christie aide asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to shut down […]

Supremes asked to limit Obama’s appointment powers

Supremes asked to limit Obama’s appointment powers

The Supreme Court is refereeing a politically charged dispute between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over the president’s power to temporarily fill high-level positions. The case being argued at the high court Monday is the first in the nation’s history to consider the meaning of the provision of the Constitution that allows the president […]

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s new governor

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday. In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized bipartisanship as he put several years of campaigning behind […]

Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Reid retreats on obstruction of votes on jobless bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid retreated Friday from his refusal to allow votes on Republican-backed changes in legislation resurrecting benefits for the long-term unemployed. A spokesman said Reid is “absolutely willing for the Senate to consider a reasonable number of relevant amendments from Republicans.” The spokesman, Adam Jentleson, did not specify a number or describe […]

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

The Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly Friday to bolt new security requirements onto President Barack Obama’s health care law, with 67 Democrats breaking ranks to join with the GOP. It was the first skirmish of what is certain to be a long and contentious election-year fight. The vote was 291-122 with Republicans relentlessly focusing on “Obamacare,” […]

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal that has rocked Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge. The subpoenaed records — including correspondence involving Christie’s inner circle — were made public a […]

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

The weakest month of hiring in three years ended 2013 on a sluggish note and raised questions about whether the U.S. job market can sustain its recent strong gains. Employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December after averaging 214,000 in the previous four months. Economists cautioned that cold weather likely played a role in […]

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for […]