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Jeb Bush calls political reporters ‘crack addicts’

Jeb Bush calls political reporters ‘crack addicts’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to “crack addicts” and “heroin addicts” during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the still-distant 2016 presidential election. Bush, capping a media-heavy week that sparked chatter about a presidential campaign for a third member of his family, tried to keep […]

Obama set to name Perez to head Dept. of Labor

Obama set to name Perez to head Dept. of Labor

President Barack Obama is close to naming Thomas Perez, a civil rights official in the Justice Department, as his choice to head the Department of Labor, two people familiar with the process say. His nomination could come as early as Monday, the people familiar with the process said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity […]

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

Air Force now hiding data on drone strikes

With debate intensifying in the United States over the use of drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Sunday that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries. U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Afghanistan war, said in a statement the data had […]

Bob Ney says Boehner is a drunk; Boehner calls Ney a felon who lies

Bob Ney says Boehner is a drunk; Boehner calls Ney a felon who lies

Former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney says Speaker of the House John Boehner is a drunk who cares more about playing golf than doing what’s best for his country. Boehner says Ney is a convicted felon who lies. Who’s right?  Depends on who you believe Ney, who went to jail for crimes committed as part of […]

Politicians look for ways to claim credit for rising economy

Politicians look for ways to claim credit for rising economy

Increased hiring, lower unemployment, stock market on the rise. Who gets the credit? It’s a hotly debated point in Washington, where political scorekeeping amounts to who gets blame and who gets praise. Following Friday’s strong jobs report — 236,000 new jobs and unemployment dropping to a four-year low of 7.7 percent — partisans hurriedly staked […]

Boehner has guarded praise for change in Obama’s direction

Boehner has guarded praise for change in Obama’s direction

House Speaker John Boehner says that President Barack Obama’s recent outreach to congressional Republicans is a “hopeful sign” that progress could be made in breaking the recent impasse over how to reduce the federal deficit. Boehner says at a news conference that it was interesting that after months of “campaign-style events” around the country to […]

Budget problems may result in more forest fires left to burn

Budget problems may result in more forest fires left to burn

After coming in $400 million over budget following last year’s busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one. The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the […]

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Different federal agencies offer different sequestration furloughs

Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. At the Environmental Protection Agency, workers would get four-day holiday weekends with a catch — one day would be a furlough day. Other agencies are avoiding furloughs altogether. Government agencies vary […]