By Sean Lengell | 01/17/14 01:11 AM
Coburn, 65, who has been battling cancer, said he's not quitting for health reasons but rather to uphold a promise he made when first elected to the Senate that he wouldn't serve more than two six-year terms.
By Sean Lengell | 01/16/14 07:30 PM
Congress approved a $1.012 trillion spending package to keep the federal government funded though September, an anti-climactic ending to months of bitter partisan wrangling over the budget that led to a 16-day government shutdown last year. The Senate easily passed the "omnibus" spending bill...
By Sean Lengell | 01/16/14 05:59 PM
A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to update a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down last year. The bill, they say, would update the Civil Rights-era law and ensure that states —...
By Sean Lengell | 01/15/14 06:19 PM
Several Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Wednesday about the constitutionality of Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in a case that has broad First Amendment ramifications. Massachusetts instituted its 2007 buffer zone law after several abortion clinics in the...
By Sean Lengell and Susan Ferrechio | 01/15/14 04:52 AM
Tucked into a 1,500-page budget bill now moving through Congress is a Republican provision that would restore the incandescent light bulbs that were phased out in favor of greener lighting technology.
By Sean Lengell | 01/14/14 07:32 PM
Following Sunday's primetime broadcast of the Golden Globes that featured images of celebrities smoking electronic cigarettes, a group of Democratic senators are pressing for future broadcasts of the awards show to be smoke — and vapor — free. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Richard...
By Sean Lengell | 01/13/14 06:01 PM
The Supreme Court raised concerns Monday over the constitutionality of President Obama's use of his authority to make appointments when Congress is away on break. The case, an offshoot of a bitter partisan dispute on Capitol Hill, has broad implications regarding when and how presidents can...
By Sean Lengell | 01/12/14 01:37 PM
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's explanation was "pretty darn credible" that he didn't know about a plan to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge last year in what critics say was an act of political revenge. Christie, who was...
By Sean Lengell | 01/12/14 12:25 PM
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has no regrets about anything he wrote in his upcoming memoir that is critical of President Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan, saying it's an "honest account" of the administration's foreign policy. "Look, people gave me a lot of credit...
By Sean Lengell | 01/12/14 11:26 AM
Sen. John McCain has blamed President Obama for turning his back on increased instability and al Qaeda-led violence in Iraq and has called for U.S. intervention there, but stopped short of calling for American troops to become involved. "First of all no combat troops obviously…but we could...
By Sean Lengell | 01/11/14 01:23 PM
The Supreme Court on Monday is set to hear a bitter dispute between Republicans and the White House over whether President Obama exceeded his authority when appointing members to the National Labor Relations Board during a congressional recess. The justices' decision could cast a legal cloud...
By Sean Lengell | 01/10/14 12:44 PM
The Republican-led House on Friday ended it first work week of 2014 on a familiar theme: passing a bill targeting President Obama's health care law.
By Sean Lengell | 01/10/14 11:38 AM
In an increasingly polarized Washington, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has found comfort -- and immense power -- in the middle.
By Sean Lengell | 01/10/14 11:38 AM
Regardless of motive, Kennedy has provided key votes in the majority of many landmark 5-4 decisions that have defined the court -- and helped shape national law -- during his 26-year tenure on the high court.
By Sean Lengell | 01/09/14 01:29 PM
House Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to become more "engaged" in helping stamp out increased al Qaeda militant activity in Iraq, but stopped short of calling for U.S. troops to become involved. Boehner, R-Ohio, accused the president of ignoring for too long increased terrorist...
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