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Pentagon payroll budget snafus left an injured soldier, others broke

Pentagon payroll budget snafus left an injured soldier, others broke

As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan –…

Lobbyists launch major push on immigration legislation

Lobbyists launch major push on immigration legislation

Supporters of a U.S. immigration reform bill are launching a push for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from Catholic bishops, visits to Capitol Hill from…

Obama fights to keep U.S. surveillance court secret

Obama fights to keep U.S. surveillance court secret

The Obama administration on Friday urged a secret U.S. court that oversees surveillance programs to reject a request by a civil liberties group to see court opinions used to underpin…

Right-wing Wisconsin governor signs new abortion restrictions into law

Right-wing Wisconsin governor signs new abortion restrictions into law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law on Friday new abortion restrictions that opponents said could lead to the closing of two of the state’s four abortion clinics. Opponents of…

CBO says costly Senate-passed immigration will could slash illegals by half

CBO says costly Senate-passed immigration will could slash illegals by half

A Senate-passed immigration bill would significantly reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, but increased U.S.-Mexico border security costs would eat into projected budget savings, the Congressional Budget Office said on…

Illinois governor vetoes part of state’s new concealed carry law

Illinois governor vetoes part of state’s new concealed carry law

Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday vetoed parts of a gun bill that would have allowed people to carry more than one gun, carry guns into some places that serve…

Snowden hiding out at Moscow airport

Snowden hiding out at Moscow airport

A former U.S. spy agency contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges appeared on Wednesday to be still in hiding at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and the national airline said he…

Government says 300 phone numbers ‘closely investigated’ in spy program

Government says 300 phone numbers ‘closely investigated’ in spy program

The U.S. government only searched for detailed information on calls involving fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of raw phone records collected by the National Security Agency…

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage won’t be last word

Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month, gay marriage appears destined to face several more years of legal debate and at least one more round of argument at the…

In Congress, raising money dominates every day

In Congress, raising money dominates every day

For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant. At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate…