Obama to meet with Congressional leaders

Obama to meet with Congressional leaders

President Barack Obama scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and planned to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight. The impasse has raised questions about Washington’s ability to carry out its most essential duties. Though a short-term shutdown would do […]

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances. Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from […]

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

A trio of Tea Party-backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear that they would not support […]

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against gun violence

At Navy Yard service, Obama rails against gun violence

President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Sunday for Americans to overcome their “creeping resignation” about gun violence and demand tougher gun laws following the country’s latest mass shooting. “I’m here today to say there’s nothing routine about this tragedy. There’s nothing routine about your loss,” Obama told families at a memorial service for […]

Hillary Clinton pondering pros and cons of expected White House run

Hillary Clinton pondering pros and cons of expected White House run

Hillary Clinton acknowledges that she is wrestling with whether to run for the U.S. presidency in 2016, well aware of the “political and governmental challenges” she would face if she wins. The former U.S. secretary of state and first lady said in an interview with New York magazine that has not decided if she will […]

Issa plans Libya trip as part of probe into Obama’s actions

Issa plans Libya trip as part of probe into Obama’s actions

Republican Representative Darrell Issa, a leader of the congressional charge to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks, is scheduled to travel to Libya next week as part of the probe, according to documents made public on Friday. An itinerary for the trip said Issa was leaving on Sunday for a trip to […]

What happens if the government shuts down?

Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress are waging a budget battle that threatens a government shutdown on October 1 unless lawmakers reach a compromise on a federal spending measure. The last shutdowns occurred during the budget battle between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Bill Clinton in late 1995. Much of the federal government was […]

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government’s massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the uproar after its existence was made public in June. In an opinion dated August 29 and released on Tuesday, Judge Claire Eagan of the U.S. […]

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported “hearing voices,” raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at the complex where he went on a shooting rampage. Officials say Alexis, a Navy contractor and former Navy reservist, opened fire at the Naval Sea […]