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 […]

Sharp slide in support for Obama’s plans to attack Syria

Sharp slide in support for Obama’s plans to attack Syria

White House efforts to convince the U.S. Congress to back military action against Syria are not only failing, they seem to be stiffening the opposition. That was the assessment on Sunday, not of an opponent but of an early and ardent Republican supporter of Obama‘s plan for attacking Syria, the influential Republican chairman of the […]

Undecided lawmakers control Syria vote

Undecided lawmakers control Syria vote

The fate of a congressional resolution to authorize President Barack Obama’s planned military strikes on Syria hinged on Thursday on scores of undecided U.S. lawmakers, with party loyalty appearing increasingly irrelevant. Even after congressional hearings featuring Obama’s secretaries of state and defense, a half dozen closed-door briefings and phone calls from Obama himself, it was […]

Job growth could cause scaleback of stimulus

Job growth could cause scaleback of stimulus

U.S. job creation probably picked up in August, signalling a steady pace of economic growth that would give the Federal Reserve ammunition to start scaling back its massive monetary stimulus this month. Employers are expected to have added 180,000 jobs to payrolls last month after creating 162,000 in July, according to a Reuters survey of […]

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry […]