The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The $1.1 trillion budget deal: Too many trade-offs?

The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget […]

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do. President […]

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from […]

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 […]