Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

An Ohio legislative panel on Monday voted in favor of the state expanding its Medicaid program for the poor, in a victory for President Barack Obama’s signature federal health reform law. The decision permits Governor John Kasich, a Republican who otherwise opposes the reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, to bypass the state’s […]

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Despite his win last week in a debt ceiling standoff with Republicans, President Barack Obama has limited ability to achieve his policy goals through legislation, which could result in increased use of executive powers, administration officials and Democratic strategists said. The 16-day partial government shutdown highlighted Obama’s challenges in basic governing. Although he refused to […]

Hillary Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia gov. race

Hillary Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia gov. race

Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to endorse old friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, urging voters to reject the “scorched earth” politics that led to the recent government shutdown. At her first overtly political appearance since leaving her post as secretary of state in February, the former Democratic senator […]

NSA failed to install latest anti-leak software to stop Snowden

NSA failed to install latest anti-leak software to stop Snowden

The U.S. National Security Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last spring and was assigned to […]

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

Representative Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, died on Friday more than a week after announcing his plans to retire, his family said in a statement. He was 82. Young, a 22-term congressman and the former chairman of the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, died at 6:50 p.m. ET (2250 GMT), […]

And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But within the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the budget showdown was […]

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Senate negotiations to bring a fiscal crisis to an end showed signs of progress on Sunday, but there were no guarantees the federal government shutdown was about to end or that a historic debt default would be avoided. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned of “massive disruption” to the global economy if the U.S. debt ceiling, […]

Senate Majority Leader ‘confident’ deal will be reached in fiscal crisis

Senate Majority Leader ‘confident’ deal will be reached in fiscal crisis

Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington. “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “I’m confident that Republicans will allow the government to open and extend the ability of this […]

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

Obama staying out of sight as Senate works on budget, debt deal

President Barack Obama will stay out of the public eye on Sunday as Senate leaders try to work out an elusive deal ahead of a Thursday deadline for lifting the U.S. government debt ceiling. Just before noon, the White House gave the pool of reporters and photographers who travel with the president notice that it […]