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Winds topple National Christmas tree

Winds topple National Christmas tree

Even Mother Nature has had it with politics in Washington. On Saturday, high winds brought down America’s Christmas tree, snapping the 47-year-old, 42-foot high Colorado blue spruce near its base…

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

As demonstrators wrangled on Saturday over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s move to weaken public unions, analysts weighed the consequences of 14 Democratic senators’ decision to flee the state to stall…

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

When the two sides in Wisconsin’s bitter battle over the future of the state’s unionized public employees converged on the Capitol on Saturday for dueling rallies, the fear was trouble…

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Sometimes they cursed each other, sometimes they shook hands, sometimes they walked away from each other in disgust. None of it — not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or…

Contentious freshmen create a House out of control

Contentious freshmen create a House out of control

Asked how long the House would need to finish legislation cutting $61 billion in government spending, the most powerful Republican in the land responded wryly. “I don’t know, I’m only…

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and…

Former Palin aide promises to ‘tell it all’ about Sarah

Former Palin aide promises to ‘tell it all’ about Sarah

One of Sarah Palin‘s trusted advisers is planning a tell-all memoir, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his time with the former Alaska governor to paint what his agent…

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over…

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to choke off cash to fund President Barack Obama‘s healthcare reform law, intensifying a fight with Democrats over budget cuts and deficits.…

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any…