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Obama set to round out new national security team

Obama set to round out new national security team

President Barack Obama may round out his new national security leadership team next week, with a nomination for defense secretary expected and a pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency possible. Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is the front-runner for the top Pentagon post. Acting CIA director Michael Morell and Obama counterterrorism adviser […]

FDA claims moves will make food safer

FDA claims moves will make food safer

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include […]

Four gun shows near Newtown, CT cancel after school shooting

Four gun shows near Newtown, CT cancel after school shooting

Four gun shows, all about an hour’s drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y., — brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting — is off because officials decided it didn’t seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. — about […]

Geithner leaving Treasury post: Trouble for Obama?

Geithner leaving Treasury post: Trouble for Obama?

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner‘s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. Geithner, who spent his years as Treasury secretary battling the financial crisis and then fighting with Republican lawmakers in […]

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Embattled Boehner holds on to Speaker’s post

Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending. Boehner defeated House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi 220-192 in a vote on the opening day of the […]

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

The fiscal cliff debacle: From hope to hopelessness

It began so optimistically. On November 16, after their first “fiscal cliff” session with President Barack Obama, the four leaders of Congress had stood in the driveway of the White House shoulder-to-shoulder for what is a rare photo these days, Republicans and Democrats together, smiling. There they were at the microphone, talking about a “framework” […]

Employers stepped up hiring amid fiscal cliff turmoil

Employers stepped up hiring amid fiscal cliff turmoil

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff. Economists forecast that employers added 155,000 jobs in December, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be slightly higher than November’s 148,000. The unemployment rate is projected […]

New Congress will face the same, old partisan problems

New Congress will face the same, old partisan problems

Congress is ushering in the new and the old — dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government. The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon for pomp, pageantry and politics as newly elected members of the House and […]

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

John Boehner, under fire for delaying relief action, sets vote for Friday

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill. Facing intense pressure, Boehner agreed Wednesday to schedule a vote Friday on $9 billion for the national flood insurance […]

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Christie nails Republicans for failure to provide aid to hurricane victims

Gov. Chris Christie‘s blunt talk has long been one of his hallmarks. But Christie, who has verbally tangled with many, showed Wednesday he’s willing to aim his barbs at the highest echelons of his own party. In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a […]