Alan Fram and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press | posted 10 minutes ago
The Senate began an around-the-clock talkathon Wednesday over some of President Barack Obama's nominees as embittered and outnumbered Republicans refused to let the Senate take a break given new, Democratic-driven curbs on the GOP's power.
Travis Loller, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 10:03pm
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
The Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 8:06pm
A proposed congressional budget agreement would avoid a government shutdown in January and set spending for defense and domestic programs. It would:
Donna Cassata, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 7:23pm
Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stability in spending under Congress' budget deal.
Bradley Klapper, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 3:50pm
Possible House action this week against Iran could fall short of new penalties that might derail a short-term nuclear agreement and Senate steps seem further off, legislatives aides said Wednesday, as the Obama administration appealed for patience.
Kevin Freking, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 3:23pm
The House passed legislation Wednesday that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors last year even after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.
David Espo and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 3:11pm
A newly minted budget deal to avert future government shutdowns gained important ground Wednesday among House Republicans who are more accustomed to brinkmanship than compromise, even though it would nudge federal deficits higher three years in a row.
Sam Hananel, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 1:26pm
The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report released Wednesday that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable.
Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 12:51pm
Congress' budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.
Bradley Klapper, Associated Press | posted Dec 11th - 12:20pm
Lawmakers are raising questions about the secret U.S. diplomacy with Iran that led to last month's nuclear breakthrough, demanding greater transparency and expressing disappointment at being left in the dark.
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