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GOP government shutdown tactics split presidential contenders

Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop the health care overhaul, even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government. That approach, warns former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is “quite dicey” politically for Republicans. A clear divide over President Barack Obama’s health care law separates the emerging field […]

Obama to Republicans: Shutdown could bring ‘economic chaos’

Obama to Republicans: Shutdown could bring ‘economic chaos’

A potential federal shutdown looming, President Barack Obama on Monday warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national “economic chaos” if they demand a delay of his health care law as the price for supporting continued spending for federal operations. House Republican leaders were to meet Tuesday in hopes of finding a formula that would avoid […]

Congress looking to scale back on mandatory prison terms

Congress looking to scale back on mandatory prison terms

Every weekend, Cindy Martinson treks from her home in Mason City, Iowa, about 160 miles roundtrip to Waseca, Minn. She visits the federal prison there, where her daughter Mandy Martinson, a first-time offender, is in the middle of 15-year prison sentence. Cindy Martinson knows her daughter made mistakes and broke the law. Mandy Martinson was […]

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

Senate Republicans divided over Syria

President Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria is dividing both political parties as they cope with Iraq war weariness and, in the GOP, the rise of libertarian sentiment. The dilemma is most acute, however, for Senate Republican leaders who already were worried about tea party-backed challengers to their re-election bids back home. Unlike his House […]

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

President Barack Obama’s plea to Congress for the go-ahead for military strikes against Syria is forcing ambitious Republicans weighing a White House bid to choose sides, as the party is bitterly divided over the U.S. role in foreign policy. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remains unequivocal in his opposition, tangling with Secretary of State John […]

Mad as hell about NSA spying?

Mad as hell about NSA spying?

Charlotte Scot isn’t one to take things lying down — like the time President George W. Bush was re-elected and she moved to Canada in protest. So when the 66-year-old artist from Old Lyme, Conn., heard that major telecommunications providers have been turning over data about every Americans’ phone calls to the government since 2006, […]

If Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager is ‘holding his nose,’ how can he help the Senator?

If Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager is ‘holding his nose,’ how can he help the Senator?

  Mitch McConnell‘s campaign manager for what is shaping up to be a serious fight at both the primary and general election level is not helping his candidate. In a phone conversation secretly reccorded, Jesse Benton, who may not be running McDonnell’s campaign much longer, said he is “sorta holding my nose” when it comes […]

Senate approves FBI director

Senate approves FBI director

Senate leaders are hoping to push three of President Barack Obama’s labor nominees through the chamber, a day after giving him the FBI director he wanted. Senators planned to vote Tuesday on ending delays that have blocked approval of Kent Hirozawa to join the National Labor Relations Board. Democratic leaders were hoping that by day’s […]

Congress unsure on what to do about Egypt

Congress unsure on what to do about Egypt

While the Obama administration throws its support behind Egypt’s military, some members of Congress are looking at withholding some or all of America’s annual $1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t quickly restored. Without the administration’s support, that’s a high hurdle. But after watching the violence spiral in recent days in Cairo and […]