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 […]

Oregon goes to automatic voter registration

Some other states have considered such legislation but none has gone as far as Oregon.

Oregon goes to automatic voter registration

Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters. Under the legislation, every […]

Robert Durst: ‘I killed them all of course’

Durst's estranged and fearful relatives thanked authorities for tracking him down.

Robert Durst: ‘I killed them all of course’

The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife’s disappearance, came just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he “killed them all.” Durst was arrested on a murder warrant just before Sunday evening’s showing of an HBO serial documentary about his […]

Police charge 20-year-old with Ferguson shootings

Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute.

Police charge 20-year-old with Ferguson shootings

Authorities said a man charged in the shooting of two police officers last week during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended the protest earlier that night, although multiple activists said he wasn’t a consistent fixture in their tight-knit group. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Sunday in announcing the charges that […]

Exposing racism at campus fraternities

Beyond racism, fraternities in recent years had to confront issues of sexual assault, binge drinking and hazing among their members.

Exposing racism at campus fraternities

Their reputations sullied by race-tainted incidents, many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities. Despite some swift and tough actions by schools — and in some cases, public humiliation — episodes such as the racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma keep surfacing. In recent years, numerous […]

Young adults get their news in their own ways

They want news, they say, though they don't always aggressively seek it out — perhaps simply happening upon it on a friend's online feed. And they want it daily.

Young adults get their news in their own ways

Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought. They want news, they say, though they don’t always aggressively seek it out — perhaps simply […]

Ted Cruz hopes New Hampshire shares his extremism

"I'm pretty sure, here in New Hampshire, y'all define gun control like we do down in Texas: gun control is when you hit what you aim at," Cruz said Sunday.

Ted Cruz hopes New Hampshire shares his extremism

Ahead of his expected presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz is banking on his hopes that rural New Hampshire voters and his home state of Texas share a similarly dour view of government. He is promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department. He vows to curtail federal regulators, likening to locusts […]

When lawmakers don’t read bills, chaos rules

Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their breath, and taxpayers perhaps wondering what those well-educated people do on Capitol Hill.

When lawmakers don’t read bills, chaos rules

Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don’t always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign — or so it seemed this week, anyway. Two episodes left Democrats blushing, some Republicans muttering under their breath, and taxpayers perhaps wondering what those well-educated people do on Capitol Hill. First, […]

Bush treads familiar ground in New Hampshire

"They've always been respected and a family that is thought to be close to New Hampshire," said former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu.

Bush treads familiar ground in New Hampshire

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lays the groundwork for an all-but-certain White House bid in the state hosting the nation’s first presidential primary, he will be confronting a mixed record of voting for members of his family. Bush’s busy weekend includes private meetings with party leaders and two public sessions with voters. New Hampshire […]