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Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he…

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Congress comes on board with Obama on Iraq intervention

Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week…

Slight majority supports highway costs from taxes

Slight majority supports highway costs from taxes

Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public…

Obama can do a lot on immigration without Congress

Obama can do a lot on immigration without Congress

What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White…

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

Veterans, Israel fare well in Congress

In more than five years in Congress, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana recalls voting only once for emergency spending that raised the federal deficit. That was this week, on…

Obama plans to do what Congress did not

Obama plans to do what Congress did not

President Barack Obama says he’s taking action on his own because Congress is doing so little for working families. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the economy…

Veterans Administration fixes approved by Congress

Veterans Administration fixes approved by Congress

Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A 91-3 vote in the…

Congress goes to gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Congress goes to gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a…

Congress rushing to run away from Washington for a month

Congress rushing to run away from Washington for a month

Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast…

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Congress steadfast over support for Israel

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles…