Joe Biden

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

Laying groundwork for Syria strike

The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for potential military action in Syria in the coming days, with intelligence agencies readying additional evidence about last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack and high-ranking U.S. officials declaring there was “no doubt” that Bashar Assad‘s government was to blame. Administration officials also said Assad’s actions posed a direct […]

Obama: Which Dems to help?

Obama: Which Dems to help?

President Barack Obama has no plans to campaign on behalf of the underdog Democrat in an uphill battle against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and is weighing how much help to give his party’s scandal-enmeshed candidate for governor of Virginia, where Democrats are more bullish about winning. It’s the type of delicate, race-by-race calculation the […]

New Senate compromise on restoring lower college loan rates

New Senate compromise on restoring lower college loan rates

Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bipartisan compromise that heads off a costly increase for returning students. The compromise could be a good deal for students through the […]

Biden rips Virginia GOP as tea-party shills

Biden rips Virginia GOP as tea-party shills

Vice President Joe Biden continued a busy political pace Saturday, appearing with Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate at the swing state’s premier party fundraiser and ridiculing this fall’s conservative Republican statewide ticket as extreme captives of tea party ideology. Biden brought about 1,000 Democrats to their feet repeatedly at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner barely four months ahead […]

Retired general suspected of leaking classified data

Retired general suspected of leaking classified data

A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to media reports. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe, NBC News and The Washington Post reported Thursday. A […]

Memo to Joe Biden: You lost on gun control. Move on.

Memo to Joe Biden: You lost on gun control.  Move on.

After the shocking and senseless shootings and murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut late last year, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden felt sure they finally had a strong emotional issue to use to ram through stronger gun control laws in America. Wrong. Their misplaced optimism ignored the numbers.  Many, […]

Gun control advocates struggle to keep focus on issue

Gun control advocates struggle to keep focus on issue

Gun control forces are targeting Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Max Baucus and others as they struggle to persuade five senators to switch their votes and revive the rejected effort to expand background checks to more firearms buyers. With Congress back from a weeklong recess, the bottom line remains familiar: Advocates of broadened checks lack the new […]

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers want to know who knew about Boston bombers and who ignored the threat

Lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to last week’s deadly assault. Following a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill with the FBI and […]