Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

Intel chief to Snowden: ‘Return stolen documents’

The top U.S. intelligence official called on Wednesday for Edward Snowden and journalists who obtained documents the former contractor took without authorization from the National Security Agency to return the materials to authorities. At a hearing where the heads of five U.S. intelligence agencies ratcheted up rhetoric calling Snowden a “grave threat” to the nation, […]

Republicans attempt to justify their immigration ‘principles’

Republicans attempt to justify their immigration ‘principles’

House Republican leaders plan to outline broad immigration principles, including legalization for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally, to the GOP rank and file as they look to revive long-stalled efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP leaders will measure the willingness of party members to […]

Will Obama’s proposed retirement savings play work?

Will Obama’s proposed retirement savings play work?

Even proponents of President Barack Obama’s new retirement savings program readily concede it won’t be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won’t be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest. Yet the Obama administration is […]

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

In a way, new health care law is about transfer of wealth

Maybe the health care law was about wealth transfer, after all. If the gap between haves and have-nots is the defining issue of President Barack Obama’s second term, his health overhaul was its first-term counterpart. Turns out the two are linked. New research shows that the Affordable Care Act will significantly boost the economic fortunes […]

Liberals underwhelmed by Obama’s SOTU speech

Liberals underwhelmed by Obama’s SOTU speech

Tensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address with skepticism. Like many in the party’s far-left wing, those who enjoyed pizza and beer at a Boston-area watch party Tuesday night have been disappointed by the president’s performance […]

Republicans, of course, unimpressed with Obama’s speech

Republicans, of course, unimpressed with Obama’s speech

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama’s nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won’t cooperate on “creating new jobs, not creating new crises” in a nation with a yawning income gap. “The president must understand his power is limited by our […]

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

The Air Force’s nuclear missile corps faces new strains after dozens more officers were implicated in an investigation of cheating on missile-launch proficiency tests. The number implicated in the probe has roughly doubled from the original 34 officers, meaning that about 14 percent of all launch officers are now sidelined. Officials on Tuesday said the […]

House rushing for approval of new farm bill

House rushing for approval of new farm bill

The House is rushing to complete work on a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation’s farmers. Conservative Republicans in the House helped defeat an earlier version of the bill last summer, and some of those lawmakers hoped to do so again […]

Obama’s state of the union: More of the same

Obama’s state of the union: More of the same

Newly repackaged, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will deliver familiar content along with some targeted first-time initiatives that both test and illustrate the limits of divided government in an election year. His message to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday will identify measures where he and Congress can cooperate, and he […]

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