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Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

President Barack Obama’s selection of a former top Pentagon lawyer to head the Homeland Security Department suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack. Jeh C. Johnson, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the […]

And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

Government reopens but lots still left to do

Government reopens but lots still left to do

The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to […]

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

  Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown, rejecting a measure that could shape upcoming elections. The vote split a group of GOP House members plotting Senate bids. A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the […]

Even a last minute deal won’t end the turmoil that lies ahead

Even a last minute deal won’t end the turmoil that lies ahead

Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship — perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic […]

Recession forces half of older workers to delay retirement

Recession forces half of older workers to delay retirement

Stung by a recession that sapped investments and home values, but expressing widespread job satisfaction, older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is at least somewhat […]

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Some progress but no end in sight to impasse, debt crisis

Senate negotiations to bring a fiscal crisis to an end showed signs of progress on Sunday, but there were no guarantees the federal government shutdown was about to end or that a historic debt default would be avoided. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned of “massive disruption” to the global economy if the U.S. debt ceiling, […]

With default looming, government enters third week of shutdown

With default looming, government enters third week of shutdown

The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke by phone […]

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Disgust with government spawns effort in Maryland to secede

Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War. Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid […]

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a deal to end debt, budget crisis stall on Capitol Hill

Hopes for a resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday, as President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered. The focus has now shifted to Senate Republicans’ ideas for reopening the government and raising the government’s borrowing […]