Dire warnings against standoff

Dire warnings against standoff

The nation’s governors have a warning for President Barack Obama and Congress: A fiscal standoff in Washington this fall could be catastrophic for states already feeling the fallout of sweeping cuts in federal spending. “When there’s uncertainty in Washington, D.C., that uncertainty can affect our economic climate and revenue growth,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a […]

House Republicans want to split farm bill

House Republicans want to split farm bill

A month after suffering an embarrassing defeat, House Republican leaders are considering a new strategy to try to win support for the massive, five-year farm bill: splitting it into two separate measures, one for farm programs and one for food stamps. It’s an attempt to gather support from conservatives who voted against the $100 billion-a-year […]

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Some Republicans admit: ‘We’re in a death spiral as a party’

Republicans continued their march towards irrelevancy Tuesday by passing strict abortion-restricting legislation that will never become law and reiterating their opposition to relaxing laws against immigration. As America moves towards the moderate center and embraces gay marriage, open borders and freedom of choice for women, the rabid right-wing that controls the GOP continues to fly […]

Republicans back down on health care rescue

Republicans back down on health care rescue

House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — after it ran into strong opposition from both conservatives and Democrats. The legislation is a departure from past GOP efforts to kill the Affordable […]

Public remains anxious, pessimistic about soft economy

For the third year in a row, the nation’s economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot. Reflecting that weakness, only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The sour mood is undermining support for President Barack Obama’s […]

Obama promises gun control determination to Newtown families

Obama promises gun control determination to Newtown families

With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws. Obama’s gun control proposals have […]

Maryland passes medical marijuana bill

Maryland passes medical marijuana bill

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday approved a measure allowing medical marijuana programs at research centers that choose to participate. The state Senate approved the measure, 42-4. Ten of the Senate’s 12 Republicans joined 32 Democrats, while two Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. The action sends the bill to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who […]

Obama sets up another dinner with Senate Republicans

President Barack Obama is keeping up his congressional charm offensive, with a second dinner with Senate Republicans planned for next month. Obama dined with a dozen GOP senators earlier this month at a hotel near the White House. The dinner was aimed in part at seeing whether the parties could restart talks on a grand […]