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Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

2 days ago


Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

2 days ago


White House focused on financial impact of climate change

Forget the national debt. The new budget threat is climate change.

2 days ago


Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

6 days ago


Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

6 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

1 week ago


 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

1 week ago


Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

1 week ago


Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

1 week ago


Obama asks Congress to aid training of Syria rebels

Authorizing aid to moderate rebel groups in Syria would result in lawmakers being on record backing his strategy against the Islamic State.

1 week ago


Tea Party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

Republican conservatives don’t want the blame for shutting down the federal government again as they tackle a must-pass spending bill.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday from the Cross Hall in the White House.

Obama orders Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State militants.

1 week ago


Obama to seek arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama was to outline his plans tonight in a rare prime-time address to the nation.

1 week ago


 Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn forms a circle with his fingers Tuesday while asking witnesses about 30mm ammunition during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., about the oversight of military equipment given to state and local police.

Police use of military gear questioned

A Homeland Security aide cited the Boston bombing response as Congress held a hearing to review local police militarization.

1 week ago


After spat over spy plane, China tells U.S. to stop snooping

The vice chairman of the Central Military Commission delivered the warning on the last day of Susan Rice’s visit to China.

1 week ago


New Englanders vote in primaries

Tuesday was primary day for New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

1 week ago


 From left, Jill Wine-Banks, Benton Becker and Timothy Naftali take part in Duquesne University's "President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon: A 40-Year Retrospective" panel discussion Monday at Duquesne University.

Duquesne panel revisits Nixon pardon

Panelists at Duquesne University debated whether President Richard Nixon should have been pardoned and the timing of the pardon.

2 weeks ago


Congress' agenda for post-recess session: Bare minimum

Lawmakers want to head home quickly for more politicking ahead of the midterm elections.

2 weeks ago


 Inversions have become more popular in recent months with pharmaceutical companies, including Cecil-based Mylan, announcing plans to reincorporate in the Netherlands.

Debate over tax inversions expected to heat up

Tax inversions and overseas business reincorporations could be a winning political issue come November — for both Democrats and the GOP.

2 weeks ago


Hispanics assail Obama decision to delay action on immigration

Hispanic lawmakers and immigration advocates harshly criticized President Barack Obama's decision to delay executive action.

2 weeks ago


 FILE - In this April 29, 2012 file photo, Megan Lanz, left, combs her 3-year-old daughter, Jordan's hair, as partner Sara Geiger watches before the three leave for a picnic in a park, in Las Vegas. The same-sex marriage debate returns Monday Sept. 8, 2014, to the same San Francisco federal appeals court that has already issued two significant rulings in support of gay weddings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider separate lawsuits stemming from gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. So far, 19 states and Washington D.C. now allow gay marriages even though the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to directly rule on whether states can impose bans. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii gay marriage cases in court

The hearings come as gay marriage supporters have piled up legal victories in federal courts across the country this year.

2 weeks ago


Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and wife convicted of corruption

Jurors returned guilty verdicts on 11 corruption charges in the first criminal conviction of an ex-governor in the commonwealth’s history.

2 weeks ago


U.S. appeals court to rehear case on health care subsidies

A full-court rehearing on Obamacare subsidies may avoid a Supreme Court showdown.

2 weeks ago


Obama rallies NATO on two fronts

The U.S. and Britain sought commitments to count the Islamic State and bolster their own defense capabilities before the Wales summit ends.

2 weeks ago


Early-voting reductions in Ohio are overturned by federal judge

The judge’s injunction and ordering of more polling days is seen as a setback for Republican Gov. John Kasich.

2 weeks ago


 Attorney General Eric Holder gestures Thursday during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington to announce that the department's civil rights division will launch a broad investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department.

Feds’ Ferguson police probe targets profiling and force

It’s a separate inquiry from an ongoing federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances of Michael Brown’s death.

2 weeks ago


GOP has slight midterm advantage for Senate control, but outcome remains in doubt

The question is whether 2014 is a ’wave“ election that will prove a bad year for Democrats.

2 weeks ago


Senate Dems push black voter turnout

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

3 weeks ago


Massachusetts puts fate of its casinos, maybe more, on the line

Voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in a century: slam on the brakes on casino gambling.

3 weeks ago


 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

3 weeks ago


Immigration confrontation looms

An Obama executive action on immigration may provoke a GOP federal shutdown.

3 weeks ago


U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

3 weeks ago


 Supporters and plaintiffs of gay marriage greet each other after attending a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago. Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ind., Wis. gay marriage bans face blistering appeal judge queries

One Republican-appointed judge compared same-sex marriage ban to once-outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

3 weeks ago


Obama administration seeks climate change pact, but without Congress' OK

The agreement would be a sweeping accord to “name and shame” nations into cutting their planet-warming fossil-fuel emissions.

3 weeks ago


Obama pledges to American Legion he'll overhaul veterans' health system

A new re­port doc­u­mented “un­ac­cept­able and trou­bling lapses” in med­i­cal treat­ment.

3 weeks ago


Time is running out for Calif. water bill

Secret negotiations over a California water bill are nearing a make-or-break moment after a long, dry summer.

4 weeks ago


States fill federal vacuum on immigrants

Some offered in-state tuition and financial aid to unauthorized students, and others approved more spending to enforce immigration laws

4 weeks ago



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