By Tim Mak | 01/31/14 11:34 AM
Some of Congress' most conservative Republicans, who just months ago willingly shut down the government to try to get their way on Obamacare, had threatened to be just as disruptive in February when it came time to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
By Tim Mak | 01/28/14 10:23 PM
The Affordable Care Act is a key part of establishing financial security for Americans, President Obama argued in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday -- but the president went without addressing high-profile hiccups in the law's rollout. In a speech with the theme of "Opportunity for...
By Tim Mak | 01/24/14 04:10 PM
The Republican Party has struck a new strategy to combat the perception that the party is waging a "war on women" and to reverse its prospects among female voters. The solution, the party decided, is to have more female foot soldiers of its own. Republicans have struggled to appeal to women in...
By Tim Mak | 01/24/14 12:29 PM
House Speaker John Boehner dealt the right wing of his party a chiding Thursday, calling last year's government shutdown "a very predictable disaster" he urged his GOP colleagues to avoid.
By Tim Mak | 01/24/14 11:35 AM
The safety of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has become a major concern for American policymakers because of brazen pledges by Islamic militants to disrupt the events. The Olympics, which officially start Feb. 7, have historically been a target for terrorism -- the 1972 and 1996 Summer...
By Tim Mak | 01/21/14 11:58 AM
Retired Adm. Mike Mullen on Tuesday went well beyond his traditional area of expertise, military affairs, and held forth on issues ranging from the national debt to K-12 education.
By Tim Mak | 01/17/14 11:43 AM
Republicans are split over the wisdom of a law that would allow sales taxes to be applied to online sales — and that split is most pronounced between politicians who work in Washington and those who work at the state level. Internet retailers currently are not expected to collect sales taxes...
By Tim Mak | 01/16/14 01:53 PM
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday blasted Republicans for using a committee report on the Benghazi attacks for “political purposes” and in particular for what she termed unfair criticism of presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
By Tim Mak | 01/13/14 01:08 PM
Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat and close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, announced Monday that he would retire after 20 terms as a congressman. “This is a great institution and I cannot thank my family and my constituents enough for having given me the honor and...
By Tim Mak | 01/12/14 11:10 AM
Sen. Ben Cardin warned that tell-all memoirs like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book could chill conversations in the White House, preventing advisers from giving unvarnished, frank opinions to the president. "Candid discussions with the president are important," Cardin, D-Md., said...
By Tim Mak | 01/08/14 04:05 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday bemoaned the state of the Senate as a consensus-seeking body, urging colleagues to consider several proposals he said would encourage bipartisan compromise within the chamber. McConnell, R-Ky., and his fellow Republicans have themselves...
By Tim Mak | 01/04/14 02:46 PM
It's a critical year for Afghanistan. The next twelve months could lead to lawlessness, chaos and civil war or they could produce successful elections, a democratic transition and an orderly handoff of security responsibilities to Afghan military forces. After 12 years of fighting in...
By Tim Mak | 01/03/14 11:42 AM
A bitterly divided Congress that over the past year careened from crisis to crisis, pushed the nation to the brink of default and eventually shut down the federal government, ended 2013 on a more harmonious note, passing a defense policy bill and budget compromise with bipartisan support. That...
By Susan Crabtree and Tim Mak | 12/30/13 06:21 PM
The New York Times on Sunday published a lengthy report concluding that al Qaeda played virtually no role in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
By Susan Crabtree and Tim Mak | 12/30/13 06:18 PM
The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded its Benghazi investigation and is set to release its report in early 2014, a move that will only intensify the debate over the administration's handling of the deadly terror attack.
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