GOP infighting delays budget vote

There were significant differences between the day-old proposal in the House and the one unveiled Wednesday by Senate Republicans.

GOP infighting delays budget vote

A battle between GOP defense hawks and fiscal conservatives prompted the GOP chairman of the House Budget Committee late Wednesday to delay a vote on his party’s budget blueprint. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., called off a vote on a move by GOP leaders to loosen restrictions on using war funding to skirt tight limits on […]

Will Durst’s utterings hurt or help him?

"There it is. You're caught!" Durst whispered before the sound of water running can be heard.

Will Durst’s utterings hurt or help him?

The whispered words of Robert Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him — or help him — as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could […]

Obama censors more, blocks access to FOIA files

Its backlog of unanswered requests at year's end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000.

Obama censors more, blocks access to FOIA files

For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly […]

Rand Paul set to announce Presidential run

Paul will also have to cobble together the tens of millions in campaign donations that the nomination will cost.

Rand Paul set to announce Presidential run

Sen. Rand Paul is set to make official a presidential bid that has long been expected, a senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, pointing to April 7 as the kickoff date. Paul’s political team has invited backers to a midday event in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The tea party hero was then set to […]

The rapid rise and faster fall of Aaron Schock

Schock did not inform any House leaders before making his decision, and the announcement took Republicans by surprise.

The rapid rise and faster fall of Aaron Schock

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned Tuesday following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of “Downton Abbey.” “I do this with a heavy heart,” Schock said in a statement. He said he had given the people of his […]

A bi-partisan push to change Medicare payments

Because seniors vote in disproportionately large numbers, criticism by AARP could make it harder for some lawmakers to support the package.

A bi-partisan push to change Medicare payments

Bipartisan House leaders are working on a $213 billion plan to permanently change how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients, a costly problem that’s vexed Congress for years, a document circulating among lawmakers showed Tuesday. Many of the tentative plan’s details had already been disclosed by lobbyists, legislators and congressional aides. Some particulars were […]

Robert Durst: His words, in print, did him in

"There it is. You're caught!" Durst whispered before the sound of running water is heard. "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

Robert Durst: His words, in print, did him in

Robert Durst’s mumblings about how he “killed them all” provided the dramatic kick to a documentary about the millionaire’s troubled life and connection to three slayings, but it was words he penned that helped lead to his arrest on a murder charge, a law enforcement official said. Analysis linking a letter Durst wrote to his […]

When investigative reporters turn into crime fighters

Observers say it's what journalists, or others taking on the role of investigative reporters, can and should do — but not simply, or heedlessly, to play faux detective.

When investigative reporters turn into crime fighters

Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend. Media scrutiny changed their fortunes, pushing both back into the courts: Durst is facing trial on a murder charge, and Syed awaits an appeal of his […]

Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

The current debate is over a budget resolution, a non-binding measure that doesn't require Obama's signature.

Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters […]

Ferguson shooter: It was ‘an accident’

Williams is accused of shooting the two officers early Thursday outside Ferguson's police station.

Ferguson shooter: It was ‘an accident’

A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said as he countered an earlier police description of the crime. Defense attorney Jerryl Christmas also suggested Monday that St. Louis County police may have used excessive force when arresting […]