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Two Democrats quitting in the House

Two Democrats quitting in the House

Two House Democrats, Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, plan to retire at the end of their terms, their offices announced Wednesday. McCarthy, 70, has…

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

A last, perhaps futile, grasp at immigration reform

His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It…

Rand Paul’s latest fantasy: A lawsuit over NSA spying

Rand Paul’s latest fantasy: A lawsuit over NSA spying

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, the rabid right-winger who thinks he could be the next President of the United States, is filing suit against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies…

Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.…

Boehner ends a tough year on a high note

Boehner ends a tough year on a high note

It says a lot about House Speaker John Boehner’s rough 2013 that even friends debate when the low point hit. Some say it was Jan. 3, the first day of…

Obama closes out the year on a low key

Obama closes out the year on a low key

President Barack Obama is closing out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law. Obama kicked…

Utah asks Supremes to block gay marriages

Utah asks Supremes to block gay marriages

Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down…

A valuable lesson on the price of secrecy

A valuable lesson on the price of secrecy

The ease with which the United States government creates new state secrets masks the ultimate cost of the secret’s production. Once minted, a secret must be guarded lest a spy…

NSA hacked Microsoft as part of spying on Americans

NSA hacked Microsoft as part of spying on Americans

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack…

Defining the deciding issues for elections in 2014

Defining the deciding issues for elections in 2014

In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.…