By Susan Crabtree | 03/14/14 11:37 AM
Modern presidents have regularly picked well-heeled campaign donors and political allies for plum ambassadorships. But the decades-long debate over the practice has flared up again after three of President Obama's picks flubbed basic political facts about the countries they were picked to serve...
By Zack Colman | 03/14/14 11:35 AM
Not even two years after activists struggled to insert climate change into the presidential race -- they criticized both President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney for their silence on it -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Senate Democrats are starting early.
By Meghashyam Mali | 03/14/14 09:08 AM
President Obama in a thirty-minute interview with WebMD broadcast Friday, urged consumers to sign up for Obamacare, telling them they could find good, affordable plans on the law’s insurance exchanges.
By Susan Crabtree | 03/14/14 09:02 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in London Friday in a last-minute attempt to resolve the crisis in Ukraine's Crimea region.
By Rebecca Berg | 03/14/14 07:40 AM
BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is expected to announce on Friday that he will explore a bid for Senate in New Hampshire. Brown will make the announcement in afternoon remarks from Nashua, N.H., after months of speculation about his political future. He recently moved to the...
By Brian Hughes | 03/14/14 06:55 AM
President Obama called for his administration to review deportation policies to see if they could be done “more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House announced late Thursday.
By Brian Hughes | 03/14/14 05:54 AM
The Obama administration is making a new push to crack down on for-profit colleges, saying Thursday that it would stop the flow of taxpayer dollars to schools that don't properly prepare students for the job market. “Higher education should open up doors of opportunity, but students in these...
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 Zack Colman | 03/13/14 05:53 PM
President Obama signed the first congressionally passed public lands bill in five years Thursday, and called on Congress to do more to protect the wilderness. "Now it’s up to Congress to do even more. There are currently dozens of conservation proposals before Congress – many supported by...
By Zack Colman | 03/13/14 05:38 PM
A powerful Senate Democrat urged swift action from federal electric grid regulators Thursday to protect critical assets in light of a news report that has rattled regulators, lawmakers and the utility industry. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said concerns have been raised by a Wall Street Journal...
By Zack Colman | 03/13/14 05:33 PM
BP once again can do business with the federal government following an agreement regarding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The oil giant had been blocked from obtaining federal contracts since November 2012,...
By Jeremy Barr | 03/13/14 05:21 PM
The Koch brothers are getting in the way of a Senate package to aid Ukraine, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
By Meghashyam Mali | 03/13/14 04:39 PM
“I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform,” said Zuckerberg in a blog post on his Facebook page.
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"...
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