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 […]

Sequester budget impacts on jobs are exaggerated

Sequester budget impacts on jobs are exaggerated

Deep government spending cuts are unlikely to weigh on employment as heavily as initially feared, with most of the impact reducing hours worked rather than payrolls, according to economists. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office last month estimated that the $85 billion in federal budget cuts known as the “sequester,” which started taking hold on March […]

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

Colorado moves to legalize same-sex civil unions

A bill to legalize same-sex civil unions in Colorado won final approval from state lawmakers on Tuesday and was expected to be signed into law, reflecting a recent shift to the left in the political balance of power in the Denver statehouse. Supporters of the Democratic-sponsored measure, which cleared the state House of Representatives on […]

Hagel’s Afghan trip: A disaster that went way off script

Hagel’s Afghan trip: A disaster that went way off script

It was a harrowing international debut for Chuck Hagel, whose first trip to Afghanistan as U.S. defense secretary went dramatically off-script and challenged the American narrative about the 11-year-old war. His first full day in Afghanistan began with the sound of suicide bomb attack about a kilometer away from his morning meetings at a NATO […]

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

With debate intensifying in the United States over the use of drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Sunday that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries. U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Afghanistan war, said in a statement the data had […]