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Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

Farm bill clears Senate, heads for Obama’s signature

The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast. After years of setbacks, the Senate on Tuesday sent the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure to President […]

As budget numbers improve, zeal for more cuts wane

As budget numbers improve, zeal for more cuts wane

New U.S. budget deficit estimates due on Tuesday will likely show a rapidly improving fiscal picture over the next few years, contributing to a waning appetite in Washington for further budget cutting. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to revise downward its deficit forecasts over the next 10 years. Many analysts believe that major deficit […]

Can Obama hold Democrats together in election year?

Can Obama hold Democrats together in election year?

Seeking to preserve party unity in an election year, President Barack Obama is trying to tamp down internal Democratic divisions on issues like trade and energy, even as friendly lawmakers show little restraint in publicly breaking with the White House. The president will hold separate meetings this week with House and Senate Democrats, where he’s […]

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers. The publications disclosed […]

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Senate ready to pass new, five-year farm bill

Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation’s farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Senate was expected to pass the almost $100 billion-a-year compromise bill Tuesday; the House passed it last week. The bill provides a financial […]

Christie aides face deadlines on subpoenas

Christie aides face deadlines on subpoenas

Top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie face a deadline on Monday to reply to document subpoenas made by state lawmakers investigating a traffic scandal that has threatened the Republican governor’s political future. Lawmakers are investigating an incident from last September, at the height of Christie’s re-election campaign, in which aides to Christie ordered […]

Republicans on immigration: It’s all Obama’s fault

Republicans on immigration: It’s all Obama’s fault

Republicans are starting to lay the blame on President Barack Obama if an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system fails to become law. The GOP’s emerging plan on immigration is to criticize Obama as an untrustworthy leader and his administration as an unreliable enforcer of any laws that might be passed. Perhaps realizing the […]

Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made the rare gesture of phoning Air Force nuclear officers in their underground launch bunkers in Montana to update them on efforts to correct problems in their service. Hagel placed the calls from aboard the military command aircraft that ferried him home Saturday from an international security conference in Germany. […]