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 In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September.

about 16 hours ago

Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

At the State of the Union, the vice president and GOP rep had a heart-to-heart talk. It was about Mr. Murphy's cancer-stricken sister.

2 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at a conservative forum

Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush were notably absent from the Iowa gathering.

2 days ago

Supreme Court to hear case on execution drugs

The challenge focuses on Oklahoma, even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals.

3 days ago

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban officials.

3 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is greeted by colleagues as he arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio preparing for 2016 run

Mr. Rubio has chosen Anna Rogers, the finance director for conservative group American Crossroads, to lead his fundraising effort.

3 days ago

Democrats schedule nominating convention for July

The Democrats are still deciding on a host city and are in final talks with New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.

3 days ago

 President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the economy Wednesday at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to visit Philadelphia next week for the House Democratic Caucus.

Obama, Biden to visit Philadelphia for House Democratic event

The three-day gathering of the House Democratic Caucus runs from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.

3 days ago

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Israel’s prime minister to address Congress next month regarding Iran and U.S. sanctions.

5 days ago

Sens. Toomey, Casey named to key Senate subcommittee posts

Toomey will head the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on health care; Casey is the ranking Democrat on the taxation and IRS panel.

4 days ago

In GOP country, Obama takes stand

On a two-day jaunt in the Midwest, the president saluted Republican state’s investments in both technology and education.

5 days ago

 In this May 24, 2011 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to make a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mr. Boehner has invited Mr. Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran

Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions

The House speaker’s move to bring Netanyahu before Congress likely increases the chances of a congressional collision with the White House.

5 days ago

 President Barack Obama delivers his speech while Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner look on.

Obama says ‘middle-class economics’ top priority in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama: “Everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

6 days ago

Cities forge policy apart from states

Republicans have seized state lawmaking majorities, but many Democratic-dominated cities are likely to take matters into their own hands.

1 week ago

Obituary: Stuart Loory / LA Times journalist who helped build CNN

He was one of the reporters on the Nixon White House’s enemies list that was released in 1973 by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1 week ago

 Critics have had time to prepare their reproaches, since President Barack Obama already tipped his hand in a series of speeches.

Obama has already laid out much of his State of the Union address

Critics have had time to prepare their reproaches, since the president already tipped his hand in a series of speeches.

1 week ago

Obama targets upper crust for tax boosts

The president’s proposals are likely to be cheered by Democrats, but the tax increases are likely to be opposed by Republican-led Congress.

1 week ago

Romney sounds presidential in GOP appearance

Mitt Romney told the Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego that the party can win the White House with a conservative message.

1 week ago

 Jayne Rowse, left, and partner April DeBoer, of Hazel Park, Mich., smile during a news conference Friday in Ferndale, Mich.

High court to rule on gay marriage

The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

1 week ago

House OKs rollback of immigration action

House voted Wednesday to void President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

1 week ago

GOP members of Congress gather for a Hershey retreat

Republican senators and congressmen are in Hershey this week to set their agendas for the coming year.

1 week ago

 When leaders doled out new seat assignments on the Senate floor, Mr. Toomey scored the coveted “candy desk.”

Pennsylvania Republican Toomey scores coveted 'candy desk' in the Senate

In accordance with tradition, the occupier of the desk near a highly trafficked U.S. Senate entrance fills the drawer with confections.

1 week ago

 John Wetzel

Pennsylvania corrections secretary could retain his position

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will stay and three former officials and a new face will be in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s cabinet.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Supreme Court to weigh new religious rights case

It will consider whether an Arizona town discriminated against a church by forcing it to remove signs notifying the public of its services.

2 weeks ago

Ill. inauguration raises questions of corporate influence

Watchdogs say Bruce Rauner’s inauguration festival — with a tab estimated to reach $10 million — is emblematic of a trend in other states.

2 weeks ago

Main Street banks play the Wall Street lobbying game

PNC and other regional banks played a role in rollback of controversial  Dodd-Frank “push-out” provision.

2 weeks ago

 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a Democratic co-sponsor of the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline bill, makes his plea Thursday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup on the controversial project on Capitol Hill.

House, court OK Keystone XL pipeline

The House voted 266-153 to approve measure, with 28 Democrats voting in support. The Senate has a test vote on Monday.

2 weeks ago

Obama trumpets manufacturing

The president this week is on a three-state speaking tour that will also take him to Arizona and Tennessee.

2 weeks ago

House speaker in talks over rebellion payback

House Republicans debated whether two of their rank-and-file should face retribution for opposing Speaker John Boehner’s re-election.

2 weeks ago

Boehner survives challenge as GOP grabs full control

House Speaker John Boehner beat back a challenge to his speakership.

2 weeks ago

 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., emerges from a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-controlled Congress to confront President Barack Obama takes charge on Tuesday.

Congress gets ready for action — and inaction

Two types of legislation are likely in Congress: bills with some bipartisan support, and bills that will result in vetoes.

3 weeks ago

John Boehner faces speaker challenge by at least two party members

The House Republicans say the speaker is too aligned with business-as-usual in Washington.

3 weeks ago

 Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo died Thursday at age 82.

Obituary: Mario Cuomo / Three-term governor of N.Y.

He was a stalwart defender of liberalism, even in age of President Ronald Reagan.

3 weeks ago

 Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.

Boehner stands by Scalise in furor over racist group

The speaker sought to quell a controversy after the No. 3 GOP leader in the House confirmed that he had addressed a white supremacist group.

3 weeks ago

Obama threatens to veto more bills

In an NPR interview, he said he believes he has a chance to concentrate on issues that he didn’t have time for earlier in his presidency.

4 weeks ago

Congressman Shuster rules out gas tax hike, fees to pay for highways

The Hollidaysburg Republican has previously said a fee based on vehicle miles traveled should be considered.

4 weeks ago

 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.

4 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago


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