Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress gets back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer gun checks. They’re all DOA. Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Nope. The only things likely to become law in a Congress […]

GOP presidential wannabes chase NRA endorsement

GOP presidential wannabes chase NRA endorsement

Several potential Republican presidential candidates courted gun-rights supporters Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, talking up their pro-gun credentials while imploring the crowd to fight not just for their Second Amendment rights but for other freedoms they say are being threatened. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, […]

Rep. Michael Grimm facing federal charges

Rep. Michael Grimm facing federal charges

The attorney representing Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm maintains that the congressman has done nothing wrong but says he’s not surprised his client is facing criminal charges from federal prosecutors. Grimm has been dogged by allegations of campaign violations since his first campaign for Congress in 2009 and 2010. A House Ethics Committee announced in […]

A drop in active duty military suicides, but…

A drop in active duty military suicides, but…

Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives. The overall totals provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps give some hope that prevention programs and increased […]

Calorie warnings will soon get in your face

Calorie warnings will soon get in your face

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? The food industry is closely watching the Food and Drug Administration to see which establishments are included in the final menu labeling rules, […]

In prison for 10 years or more? Apply for clemency

In prison for 10 years or more? Apply for clemency

The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says. On Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled a revamped clemency process directed […]