Government shutdown looming?

Government shutdown looming?

There hasn’t been a government shutdown in nearly two decades, but top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding trickier-than-usual obstacles in their path as they try to come up with must-do legislation to keep federal agencies running after Sept. 30. Conservatives making a last stand against President Barack Obama’s new health care law and Senate […]

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to […]

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, the House of Representatives “leader” who refuses to lead, avoided taking a stand again Sunday by refusing to stake out a position on the controversial immigration bill. While the Democratic-led Senate managed, somehow, to pass a comprehensive, and some say sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill that provides, among other things, […]

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

House Republicans voted Friday to dismantle the troubled No Child Left Behind law for evaluating America’s students and schools, saying states and local school districts rather than Washington should be setting rules for ensuring that kids are getting good educations. The legislation would eliminate federally required testing of students, which has been controversial from the […]

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Pushing for immigration reform on Capitol Hill

Backers of comprehensive immigration legislation are gearing up for a campaign to push the House to act, even as some begin openly voicing fears they’re already losing the fight. Congress’ monthlong August recess could be crucial and supporters aim to exert influence in dozens of congressional districts home to Republican House members seen as open […]

Lackluster second term so far for Obama

Lackluster second term so far for Obama

A dramatic tax-raising deal last New Year’s looked like it might be a breakthrough, signaling improved second-term relations between newly re-elected President Barack Obama and a divided Congress. At least that’s what the White House hoped. But six months later, growing uncertainty over a sweeping immigration overhaul measure has dimmed expectations for a big summertime […]

Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation’s immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama cites former President George W. Bush’s support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it’s a good place to start. […]

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