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GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they've already gotten much...

Oregon gov. will brief other state leaders on health overhaul plan

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will brief other state leaders this weekend on his plan to lower Medicaid costs, touting an overhaul that President Barack...

Florida governor will expand Medicaid under Obama health law

Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from...

Biden to speak at conference on gun violence

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak Thursday at a gun violence conference a few miles from the scene of last year's Newtown...

North Korean propadanga video shows Obama, U.S. troops, in flames

    A new North Korean video portrays President Barack Obama and American troops in flames and says the North conducted its recent nuclear test because...

White House quickly backtracking from Obama’s leaked immigration plan

The administration of President Barack Obama, recognizing a political and public relations disaster, is backing away from a hastily-developed and prematurely leaked immigration plan...

White House says Obama’s immigration plan is ‘just a backup’

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an immigration overhaul of their...

Brennan open to special court to control drone strikes

The White House nominee to run the CIA said setting up a special court to oversee deadly drone strikes against American citizens is worth...

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife, agree to guilty pleas for campaign fund...

In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges...

House right-wingers want three-year freeze on federal pay

House conservatives want to extend to a full three years the current freeze on cost-of-living pay increases for the nation's 2 million civilian federal...