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Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the…

Washington Navy Yard shooter: A disturbing history of erratic behavior

Washington Navy Yard shooter: A disturbing history of erratic behavior

Investigators have been focusing on the erratic behavior of a former Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say was grappling with paranoia and had reported hearing voices and being followed…

Rapid right continues useless fight to defund Obamacare

Rapid right continues useless fight to defund Obamacare

Emboldened conservatives who forced House Republican leaders to push a stopgap spending bill that unravels President Barack Obama’s health care law are digging in for a long fight, determined to…

What happens if the government shuts down?

Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress are waging a budget battle that threatens a government shutdown on October 1 unless lawmakers reach a compromise on a federal spending measure.…

Economic rebound? What economic rebound? For who?

Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even…

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

Secret court defends government spying on Americans

The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government’s massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the…

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Police warned military about mental problems of Navy Yard shooter

Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported “hearing voices,” raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at…

Fed may reduce bond buying and stay with low interest ratess

Fed may reduce bond buying and stay with low interest ratess

The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to begin its long retreat from ultra-easy monetary policy on Wednesday by announcing a small reduction in its bond buying, while stressing that interest…

Obama’s climate plans face stormy weather in Congress

President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the gases blamed for global warming are heading to their first test, a House hearing in which administration officials make their case before skeptical…

A revised Republican attack on ‘Obamacare’

Moving on to Plan B, House GOP leaders appear likely to give tea party lawmakers a chance to use a routine temporary government funding bill to try to muscle the…