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Memo to Congress: Do more for national parks

Memo to Congress: Do more for national parks

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands. In her first major address since taking…

Paul Ryan talks collaboration, not confrontation

Paul Ryan talks collaboration, not confrontation

To hear Rep. Paul Ryan tell it, a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators has the chance to take the first steps toward fixing a serious problem: a debt-ridden federal government…

Republicans back to their old political tricks in Senate

Republicans back to their old political tricks in Senate

Senate Republicans have blocked confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominee to one of the most influential federal courts. Obama had nominated Patricia Millett to join the U.S. Court of Appeals…

Unity within the fractured Democratic Party is short-lived

Unity within the fractured Democratic Party is short-lived

Just two weeks after President Barack Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans, his coalition is showing signs of stress. From health care to spying…

Federal deficit falls below $1 trillion for first time in five years

Federal deficit falls below $1 trillion for first time in five years

For the first time in five years, the U.S. government has run a budget deficit below $1 trillion. The government said Wednesday that the deficit for the 2013 budget year…

Spying on allies can be a two-way street

Spying on allies can be a two-way street

Nations spying on each other’s leaders is a two-way street and a longtime practice in the intelligence world, according to the U.S. intelligence chief. But a surveillance sweep on phone…

Can Kathleen Sebelius save her job and/or Obamacare?

Can Kathleen Sebelius save her job and/or Obamacare?

Eager to cast blame, lawmakers are preparing to grill President Barack Obama’s top health official over problems with the rollout of the government’s health care website. A growing number of…

Senators pontificate on ‘stand your ground’ laws

Senators pontificate on ‘stand your ground’ laws

Trayvon Martin’s mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state stand your ground self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue.…

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics. Now…

GOP Senator set to block all nominations over Benghazi

GOP Senator set to block all nominations over Benghazi

Sen. Lindsey Graham is threatening to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year’s deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress.…