By Steve Contorno | 09/26/13 06:37 PM
Two high-ranking intelligence officials not only defended the nation's domestic surveillance programs Thursday following a summer of scrutiny but indicated an interest in expanding those programs. U.S. intelligence agencies now want to create a permanent "lockbox" in which all records of phone...
By Steve Contorno | 09/26/13 12:41 PM
For much of the summer, Democrats and Republicans resisted elevating the Virginia governor race into a national political debate over the direction in which the country is headed, much like they did with the race four years ago. But that appears to be changing.
By Steve Contorno | 09/26/13 07:14 AM
MCLEAN, Va. — Virginia's gubernatorial candidates had their first debate in front of a statewide audience Wednesday night and spent most of it rehashing the familiar attacks they've spent millions of dollars broadcasting all summer long.
By Steve Contorno | 09/24/13 06:07 PM
An economist for Moody's sounded the alarm Tuesday that a government shutdown or a default on the country's debt would derail an already tepid recovery and perhaps ignite a new recession. Testifying before a Senate Budget Committee, Mark Zandi, chief economist for the credit rating agency and...
By Steve Contorno | 09/20/13 12:51 PM
An Obama administration proposal to limit the amount of carbon emissions power plants emit into the atmosphere was barely an hour old before congressional Republicans were vowing to repeal it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lashed out at the Environmental Protection Agency for...
By Steve Contorno | 09/16/13 01:20 PM
The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has forced the Obama administration to begin treating the nascent industry as a legitimate business. But even as the Justice Department grants tacit approval of the drug and vows to ease the flow of capital to legal sellers, marijuana...
By Steve Contorno | 09/19/13 06:43 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is running a 30-minute campaign ad to make his case to Virginia voters in the final seven weeks before Election Day. In a half-hour speech unveiled Thursday, Cuccinelli calls for lower taxes, rips into Obamacare, doubles down on his support of...
By Steve Contorno | 09/19/13 06:30 PM
Caroline Kennedy inched closer to her reward for the early support she lent then-candidate and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, coasting through her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to be the next ambassador to Japan. Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, noted her late...
By Steve Contorno | 09/19/13 04:13 PM
An environmental group aiding Democrat Terry McAuliffe's Virginia gubernatorial bid is airing an ad critical of Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli. But in one of the race's bigger "egg on the face" moments, the commercial shows an FBI raid into a business owned by one of McAuliffe's friends.
By Steve Contorno | 09/18/13 09:23 PM
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that immigration reform would help Silicon Valley but that's not why he's lobbying Congress for a bill.
By Steve Contorno | 09/18/13 03:34 PM
Gina McCarthy got an earful Wednesday from Republicans in her first appearance before Congress since she was named head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In a House committee hearing focused on climate change, McCarthy was grilled by EPA-critical Republicans on the Obama administration's...
By Steve Contorno | 09/18/13 11:48 AM
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has cut Democrat Terry McAuliffe's lead in half, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, but there's a Libertarian wildcard in the race who could complicate the final 50 days of the race. A Quinnipiac University survey released...
By Steve Contorno | 09/18/13 10:32 AM
The White House and lawmakers said they want to tighten up the vetting of independent defense contractors after a former Navy reservist killed 12 workers at the Washington Navy Yard, just blocks from the Capitol. Aaron Alexis, a computer contractor from Texas honorably discharged by the Navy...
By Steve Contorno | 09/17/13 01:25 PM
What if the Constitution wasn't written with parchment and ink but instead was tweeted out to the masses, 140 characters at a time? Apparently, Rep. Darrell Issa wants to find out.
By Steve Contorno | 09/16/13 10:18 PM
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe raised $1.7 million more than Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli in fundraising over the summer, according to campaign finance reports released Monday. McAuliffe hauled in $7.4 million during July and August compared with Cuccinelli's...
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