| Jul 1, 2013
| 7:36 AM
The Supreme Court issued a pair of decisions this week with major consequences for efforts to legalize or bar same-sex marriage. One ruling opened the way for California to become the 13th state to allow gay marriage; the other struck down part of the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:46 PM
The Supreme Court decided Wednesday to strike down a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that previously denied federal benefits to married gay couples -- but with Alaska law prohibiting same-sex marriages, what does the ruling mean for couples here?...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Senate deals setback to gun bill in vote on background checks tells the story of how the filibuster wins again: The final vote was, 54 (yes) to 46 (no), after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote to......
| Jan 9, 2013
| 9:32 PM
"Even victors are by victories undone."
— John Dryden
WASHINGTON — Democrats not allergic to arithmetic must know the cost of their "fiscal cliff" victory. When they flinched from allowing all of George W. Bush’s tax rates,...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 6:04 AM
Alaska's U.S. senators say they oppose an executive order that would give members of Congress a pay raise.
Senator Mark Begich said on his Facebook page that the American people don't get an automatic pay raise, and neither should members of Congress....
| Dec 20, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The U.S. House passed a conference version Thursday of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013, containing a number of amendments affecting Alaska’s military forces made by the state’s congressional delegation.
| Dec 21, 2012
| 1:11 PM
The U.S. Senate has passed a defense funding bill one day after the House did so, sending several provisions that affect Alaska’s military forces to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich’s...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 7:01 PM
Alaska’s congressional delegation was united in its opposition Friday to a draft report from the federal Food and Drug Administration saying that the nation’s health and environment wouldn’t be significantly harmed by genetically...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:32 AM
Alaska Senator Mark Begich is expected to serve on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee during the upcoming Congress.
The Democratic Steering Committee on Wednesday released the anticipated committee assignments for Democratic senators. The list is...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Senator Daniel Inouye, of Hawaii, and longtime friend of the late Sen. Ted Stevens died Monday at the age of 88 after respiratory complications, according to his office.
Sen. Inouye, D-HI, was a World War II veteran and served in the Senate since 1962...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Senator Mark Begich is calling for attention to improving mental health services in the wake of last week's deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
The Alaska Democrat introduced a measure aimed at improving mental health services on college campuses...