| May 20, 2010
| 8:11 PM
WASHINGTON-- Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time homebuyers,...
| Feb 6, 2010
Before a pimp outfit made him famous and a hidden camera in a senator's office made him infamous, James O'Keefe honed his undercover videomaking skills with a trip to Capitol Hill and a bank prank.
The gonzo style that inspired O'Keefe to dress up like a...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 4:21 AM
Washington -- President Barack Obama on Monday rejected criticism of his decision to commit U.S. forces to the U.N.-authorized military mission in Libya, telling the American people there were strategic and moral reasons to act.
In a nationally televised...
| Jul 22, 2010
| 3:04 AM
State unemployment agencies are gearing up to resume sending unemployment payments to millions of people as Congress moves to ship President Barack Obama a measure to restore lapsed benefits.
After months of increasingly bitter stalemate, the Senate...
| Aug 3, 2010
Supporters and opponents of Elena Kagan painted vastly different portraits of the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, as they got their final say on the Senate floor before a near-certain vote to confirm her later this week.
Democrats praised President...
| Aug 5, 2010
Legislation long sought by Democrats to save the jobs of up to 300,000 teachers, police and other public workers passed the Senate on Thursday.
The 61-39 vote - to be followed by a rush vote next week in the House - should come in time for many school...
| Aug 5, 2010
The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and the fourth woman in its history, granting a lifetime term to a lawyer and academic with a reputation for brilliance, a dry sense of humor and a liberal bent.
| Jan 21, 2011
| 1:31 AM
WASHINGTON - Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is retiring and his party has a big problem in 2012 - and beyond.
Farm Belt and Southern voters who prefer a Republican president but have often backed moderate Democrats for Congress seem increasingly inclined...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led filibuster on Tuesday blocked efforts to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, shelving an Obama administration priority at least until after the November election.
The measure repealing the...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 9:54 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special panel's goal is lofty: concoct a deal both parties will embrace to slash federal deficits by a mammoth $1.5 trillion or more over the next decade.
Yet from the moment House and Senate leaders appoint the 12 members...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 10:30 AM
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple thought they were getting a sweet deal on real Vermont maple syrup when they found a good price for it on the Internet.
The man who was selling it told them he was a trucker from Rhode Island who passed...