Americans really despise their government

Americans really despise their government

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds. Half say America’s system of democracy needs either “a lot of changes” or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for […]

Democrats, Republicans repackage themselves

Democrats, Republicans repackage themselves

Both Republicans and Democrats are looking for fresh ways to pitch old arguments as they head into the final midterm election year of Barack Obama’s presidency. Eager to capitalize as the president’s job approval rating hovers in the low 40s, Republicans are looking to hammer the clumsy implementation of Obama’s health care overhaul and bemoan […]

With Obamacare now in effect, will it work?

With Obamacare now in effect, will it work?

After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates? Most major pieces of the Affordable Care Act take full effect with the new year. That means people who had been denied coverage because of a pre-existing […]

Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation’s federal courts to keep from undermining “the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report. Roberts has made similar calls for more money in the past. “I would like to choose a fresher […]

Another Bush out there — a tea party one

Another Bush out there — a tea party one

The latest scion of one of America’s most powerful political dynasties is trying to convince voters he’s something other than what his famous surname suggests. George P. Bush, Jeb Bush’s 37-year-old son who is a grandson of one former president and nephew of another, is launching his political career by running for Texas’ little-known but […]

In Vietnam, Kerry faces a new enemy: climate change

In Vietnam, Kerry faces a new enemy: climate change

Along the winding muddy waters of the Mekong Delta where he once patrolled for communist insurgents on a naval gunboat, Secretary of State John Kerry turned his sights Sunday on a new enemy: climate change. In this remote part of southern Vietnam, rising sea waters, erosion and the impact of upstream dam development on the […]

John Kerry returns to Vietnam

John Kerry returns to Vietnam

John Kerry first set foot in Vietnam 44 years ago, a young U.S. Navy officer fighting in a war that would come to profoundly influence his political career and foreign policy thinking. He returned again Saturday, this time as America’s top diplomat, offering security assurances and working to promote democratic and economic reforms in the […]