Arkansas takes aim at abortion providers

Arkansas takes aim at abortion providers

The Republican-led Arkansas Senate, in the latest statehouse swipe at abortion providers around the country, approved a bill on Tuesday that sponsors said was aimed at cutting off the last vestiges of state funding to groups such as Planned Parenthood. While it does not explicitly name Planned Parenthood or any other organization, the bill would […]

Federal judge rules Obama administration broke law by ignoring fracking

Federal judge rules Obama administration broke law by ignoring fracking

A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of “fracking,” a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region’s enormous energy resources. The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two […]

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

Obama will accept entitlement cuts in exchange for taxes

President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday. Under a proposal that would cut the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the president will offer to apply a […]

More violence found in states with weak firearms laws

More violence found in states with weak firearms laws

Many states with the weakest firearms laws have the highest rates of gun-related homicides and suicides, according to a study released on Wednesday by a liberal think tank. Alaska had the most gun deaths, with 20.28 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, twice the national average, the analysis by the Center for American Progress showed. […]

NRA proposes armed guards in all American schools

NRA proposes armed guards in all American schools

Every U.S. school would have armed, trained personnel under a proposal funded by the powerful National Rifle Association and unveiled on Tuesday in response to December’s massacre at a Connecticut school. The proposal of the National School Shield Task Force also includes security accords between schools and law enforcement, an online safety assessment tool for […]

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Two former budget chiefs who worked for presidents from opposing political parties said on Monday that the government should reduce military spending, scale back Social Security payments and end decade-old income tax cuts to reduce the federal deficit. David Stockman, who was Republican Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and a key architect […]

Nevada State Assembly throws out lawmaker after two arrests

Nevada State Assembly throws out lawmaker after two arrests

The Nevada State Assembly expelled Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks on Thursday after he was arrested twice this year, in the first time the chamber ousted a member in the history of the state legislature. Brooks’ expulsion was approved by a voice vote and the ouster was effective immediately. Lawmakers who spoke on Thursday before the […]

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

Senate, narrowly, manages to pass first budget in four years

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington’s fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber. Four Democratic senators facing tough re-election […]

Congress to Post Office: ‘You will deliver mail on Saturday’

Congress to Post Office: ‘You will deliver mail on Saturday’

Congress foiled the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service‘s plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail when it passed legislation on Thursday requiring six-day delivery. The Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, said last month it wanted to switch to five-day mail service to save $2 billion annually. Congress traditionally has included a […]

Senate Leader says gun control bill must include expanded background checks

Senate Leader says gun control  bill must include expanded background checks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday that to be effective any gun-control bill that passes his chamber must include universal background checks, an embattled centerpiece of the White House’s bid to curb gun violence. Reid voiced hope that an elusive bipartisan deal can soon be reached to require virtually all firearm purchasers to […]