| Mar 7, 2013
| 6:12 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to stave off a late March government shutdown shifted to the Senate after House Republicans swiftly passed legislation to keep federal agencies running, while also easing some of the effects of $85 billion in budget cuts....
| Mar 10, 2013
If you took Sen. Rand Paul duck hunting, he'd probably shoot the decoy.
That's the impression the first-term Kentucky Republican gave when he took the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday for a 13-hour rambling real-life imitation of Jimmy Stewart's...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham is turning himself into the mad dog of Capitol Hill.
First, the Republican senator from South Carolina opposed Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary because of Hagel's foreign policy views. Then he argued that...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Maybe, in a rare exception, being on the cover of Time won't be a jinx.
Just before giving his party's official response to the State of the Union address — equal to the cover of Time as a jinxed opportunity — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida...
| Feb 23, 2013
Republicans blame the English language for foiling their attempts to regain power. Yes — English! Of all tongues spoken in Babel, English is the richest in idiom, precision and subtlety. The language of the Bard and of Abraham Lincoln fell short...
| Feb 7, 2013
For years, scholars and journalists have struggled without much success to define the Obama Doctrine — the president's foreign policy principles.
As a Democratic candidate, Barack Obama couldn't even define his own doctrine as he sought to succeed...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Defense officials and their allies in Congress have done their best to create a sense of crisis about impending budget cuts, but their warnings have failed to produce any visible result.
Instead, partisan divisions have hardened over how to avoid the...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 5:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator said Sunday he would hold up Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees to head the Pentagon and the CIA until the White House provided more answers about the Sept. 11 attack against a U....
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama had a dinner date last week with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 10:36 PM
WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel, who won two Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War, survived the turbulent battle over his nomination to lead the Pentagon, where he will confront two new challenges: potentially dramatic budget cuts and tensions with...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 2:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Charles Schumer's offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary...