By Sean Lengell | 03/21/14 11:44 AM
The Supreme Court is set to address whether businesses can opt out of Obamacare because of religious objections, in a new challenge that addresses the constitutionality of the president's health care law. The case also amps up the debate of whether corporations are "people" with the same...
By Sean Lengell | 03/20/14 06:33 PM
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer, the chamber's top law enforcement official, will step down this spring after seven years on the job, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday. "Terry has spent 47 years of his life dedicated to law enforcement at the federal, state and city level...
By Sean Lengell | 03/20/14 04:35 PM
The Justice Department refused Sen. Ted Cruz's request for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's illegal targeting of conservative groups, a decision the Texas Republican said was hypocritical and politically motivated. The DOJ is already investigating the tax...
By Sean Lengell | 03/20/14 01:46 PM
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday marked the fourth anniversary of the passage of President Obama's health care law by calling it a "winner" for Democratic candidates running in congressional swing districts. "You have to ask them, the member, but I believe that it's a winner,"...
By Sean Lengell | 03/19/14 03:12 PM
State officials say a Senate proposal to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term jobless would do more harm than good, warning that some states may ignore the legislation if it's passed into law. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies, in a letter...
By Sean Lengell | 03/14/14 02:53 PM
The Congressional Black Caucus has taken Rep. Paul Ryan to task for comments he made about poverty in U.S. "inner cities" and invited the Wisconsin Republican to address the group.
By Sean Lengell | 03/14/14 12:18 PM
Newly elected Rep. David Jolly downplayed the role Obamacare played in his campaign and warned fellow Republicans against obsessing about stopping President Obama's health care law.
By Sean Lengell | 03/14/14 11:38 AM
A dramatic increase in heroin-related deaths nationwide has caught the attention of the Obama administration, which is joining state and local governments nationwide in trying to combat the problem. Heroin, a highly addictive drug, has been relatively cheap and easy to find for generations....
By Sean Lengell | 03/13/14 07:16 PM
Congress has passed legislation to halt rate increases in the federal flood insurance program for many homeowners in hazard zones nationwide. The measure easily cleared the Senate by a vote of 72-22 after the House overwhelmingly approved it last week. The bill now goes to President Obama,...
By Sean Lengell | 03/13/14 06:47 PM
The Senate surprisingly announced a deal Thursday to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term unemployed Americans. Optimism for a deal appeared low as early as Wednesday, when several senators said they didn't think a compromise would be reached before the...
By Sean Lengell | 03/13/14 04:31 PM
House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, saying the head of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church "has inspired millions of Americans." The Ohio Republican said the pope's "pastoral manner and servant leadership"...
By Sean Lengell | 03/13/14 01:23 PM
House Speaker John Boehner suggested the Republican Party's long-standing opposition to President Obama's health care law will again be a central campaign strategy during the fall's congressional elections.
By Sean Lengell | 03/12/14 12:16 PM
House Speaker John Boehner called on Senate Democrats to drop their push to include reforms to the International Monetary Fund in a proposed Ukrainian aid package, which has stalled measure, saying the issues are unrelated.
By Sean Lengell | 03/11/14 01:23 PM
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on her panel's computers, a possible illegal act she says has prompted a Justice Department investigation. The California Democrat said the CIA had searched -- without her knowledge or consent -- a stand-alone...
By Sean Lengell | 03/10/14 11:27 PM
The Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday evening designed to curb sexual assault in the military, including ending the longstanding "good soldier" defense used to raise doubts that a crime has been committed.
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