House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

House GOP wants vote to extend debt limit until May 19

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of U.S. borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount. Legislative language released by the House Rules Committee on Monday said the bill aims “to ensure complete and timely payment of the obligations of […]

Chris Christie slams NRA, calls group ‘reprehensible’

Chris Christie slams NRA, calls group ‘reprehensible’

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie harshly criticized the National Rifle Association on Thursday for referring to U.S. President Barack Obama‘s children in an ad that advocates putting armed guards in schools, calling it “reprehensible” and “wrong.” “I think it’s awful to bring public figures’ children into the political debate,” Christie said at a press […]

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

Most Americans remain opposed to overturning the controversial Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which 40 years ago legalized abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy, according to a poll released Wednesday. The poll by the Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of Americans believe that Roe v. Wade should […]

Biden’s gun control proposals will spark a gunfight on Capitol Hill

Biden’s gun control proposals will spark a gunfight on Capitol Hill

Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a series of White House meetings on Friday and prepared recommendations to curb gun violence that will call for expanded background checks on gun buyers and set up a heated, likely uphill battle in Congress to revive a ban on military-style assault weapons. Biden, who heads a task force […]

No clear path for Obama to act alone on debt ceiling crisis

No clear path for Obama to act alone on debt ceiling crisis

The White House would be taking a risk if it tries to make a constitutional end-run around Congress’ authority to raise the debt ceiling, legal experts said. The “public debt” clause of the 14th Amendment is being cited by a number of lawmakers as giving President Barack Obama a legal way to issue debt and […]

What new Treasury Secretary nominee doesn’t know could be a problem

What new Treasury Secretary nominee doesn’t know could be a problem

President Barack Obama broke the mold on Thursday by choosing a budget wonk to serve as U.S. Treasury secretary, leaving gaps on the international and financial side that could make for a rocky transition. Jack Lew, Obama’s chief of staff, was chosen to lead the Treasury Department as the White House heads into another round […]

Afghan lawmakers predict disaster, civil war if U.S. pulls troops out

Afghan lawmakers predict disaster, civil war if U.S. pulls troops out

  Afghan lawmakers said on Wednesday disaster and civil war would follow if Washington pushed ahead with a suggestion to withdraw all its troops from the country after 2014. The White House said a day earlier it was considering the so-called “zero option” of a complete pullout – despite earlier recommendations from the top military […]