Politics - Nation

 Jon McBride, who designs and builds drones with Digital Defense Surveillance, flies a training drone for members of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office search-and-rescue team during a demonstration this year in Brigham City, Utah.

Key decisions on drones still up in the air

Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month.

about 12 hours ago

Govs. Christie and Cuomo veto overhaul of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The governors instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency.

about 11 hours ago

Jeb Bush quits firm that profited from Obamacare

As he considers running for president in 2016, Jeb Bush has begun to unwind some of his financial affairs.

2 days ago

Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years.

3 days ago

Obama seeks to close Gitmo

The Obama administration is preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months.

4 days ago

Policy critic weighs states’ challenge to Obama’s loosened immigration rules

Justice Department lawyers urged the court to preserve the executive order allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

4 days ago

 New York Rep. Michael Grimm

U.S. Rep. Grimm says will not resign after pleading guilty to tax fraud

New York Rep. Michael Grimm on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion but insisted that he would not resign from Congress.

5 days ago

Democrats best at tapping rich for political cash

When it comes to raising money from the very rich, it's Democrats who led the way in 2014.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

1 week ago

 Emiliano Cabrera is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is applying for legal protection under President Barack Obama's recent executive action. A 53-year-old construction worker who lives in Carnegie, Mr. Cabrera is shown here with his American-born daughter, Emily Cabrera Vindel, 8.

Obama’s executive action clouds long-term immigration changes

Will the president's immigration action lead to gridlock -- or will it trigger piecemeal progress?

1 week ago

Senate set to pass $1.1 trillion spending legislation

The bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House would keep most of the government operating through the fiscal year.

2 weeks ago

Vote expected on more money for locks and dams

Included in legislation to extend tax breaks is a measure that would raise the diesel fuel tax barge operators pay.

2 weeks ago

$577 billion defense bill allocates $64 billion for conflicts

The legislation authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, rush to the Senate floor Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill.

House narrowly passes budget; Obama joins Republicans

The 219-206 vote cleared the way for a final showdown in the Senate on the bill — the last major measure of this session of Congress.

2 weeks ago

Transport chiefs for U.S., Canada to meet over oil train safety

Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is due to host U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Toronto next Thursday.

2 weeks ago

Senate committee votes to authorize limited war against Islamic State

The party-line vote allows U.S. airstrikes and other operations against the Sunni extremists and associated groups for up to three years.

2 weeks ago

 Surrounded by his family, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum announces in 2012 that he was suspending his candidacy for the presidency.

Santorum running for president again

The Republican, a U.S. senator for Pennsylvania from 1994 until 2006, ran in the 2012 presidential primary, winning the Iowa caucuses.

2 weeks ago

Obama set to nominate Ashton Carter for defense post

His extensive national-security credentials and support for his nomination in Congress made him an appealing choice.

3 weeks ago

GOP plan: No shutdown, but a nod to conservatives

House Speaker John Boehner unveiled plans to allow Republicans a chance to repudiate President Barack Obama for acting on his own.

3 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, speaks at the White House during the presidential turkey pardon ceremony Wednesday.

GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

Elizabeth Lauten, aide to Rep. Stephen Fincher, commented on Malia and Sasha Obama's pose and dress at a White House ceremony last week.

3 weeks ago

Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

Their to-do list includes keeping the government running into the new year, renewing expired tax breaks and OK’ing a defense policy measure.

4 weeks ago

Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook.

4 weeks ago


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