| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.
| Mar 10, 2014
| 12:52 PM
WASHINGTON – With his standing among the conservative base still hobbled by his support for immigration reform, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has settled on a new course, staking his claim as a leader of the Republican Party's wonk wing.
| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:25 PM
WASHINGTON -- The crisis in Crimea tops the agenda when Congress resumes next week, with lawmakers expected to consider measures to sanction Russia and expedite up to $1 billion in loans to the new government in Ukraine.
Senators are set to vote...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line.
In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
How's the U.S. economy doing?
If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously."
Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. "Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:38 PM
It came as no surprise to anyone who had been paying attention that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at last weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. The CPAC crowd is dominated by...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:58 PM
It's unsurprising if most Americans can't understand why job growth and economic expansion have been so lackluster since the Great Recession. It's because the country is still carrying around the dead weight of the sequester and other budget constraints...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:42 PM
As a bipartisan agency, the Congressional Budget Office has to tread lightly when it tells any of its clients on Capitol Hill that they're full of it. So the agency's remarks Monday about the employment impact of the Affordable Care Act is remarkable...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 6:40 PM
OXON HILL, Md.--For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the annual gathering of conservatives known as CPAC -- this year leading his closest rival by 20 points.
The results were announced Saturday...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 9:35 PM
OXON HILL, Md. — After steep losses in the 2012 election, there was broad agreement within the Republican Party that its biggest challenge was bridging the divide with key voter groups — minorities, women and young voters — who threw...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Here's how a heartwarming nonpolitical story about the relationship between a harried executive and a homeless child gets transformed into a frosty political attack on anti-poverty school lunches for children. Your host: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc....