03/07/2013 9:49amHouse Speaker John Boehner says that President Barack Obama's recent outreach to congressional Republicans is a "hopeful sign" that progress could be made in breaking the recent impasse over how to reduce the federal deficit.
03/07/2013 9:50amThe filibuster _ used this week by Republican Sen. Rand Paul to oppose John Brennan's nomination as CIA director _ is a parliamentary tactic used to block or delay legislative action.
03/07/2013 10:30amJust hours after the carnage at Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama spoke with raw emotion of the need for action to prevent tragedies like the December massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. Three months later, members of Congress are casting their first votes in answer to that summons.
03/07/2013 11:28amHouse Speaker John Boehner says former Republican colleague Bob Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to jail and that Ney's criticisms of Boehner in a new book are "baseless and false."
03/07/2013 2:40pmThe Senate confirmed John Brennan to be CIA director Thursday after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking the nomination and stated explicitly there are limits on the president's power to use drones against U.S. terror suspects on American soil.
03/07/2013 3:36pmRepublican senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte (AY'-aht) say the Obama administration is wrong to bring a recently captured son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida (al-KAH'-ee-duh) spokesmen to court in New York. They described the action as "sneaky" and against the will of Congress.
03/07/2013 3:42pmDemocrats controlling the Senate are moving to give the Obama administration more flexibility in administering automatic spending cuts ordered last week as the chamber advances a huge spending measure that would fund day-to-day federal operations through September and avert a government shutdown.
03/07/2013 4:44pmA senior al-Qaida leader and member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle was charged Thursday with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as the terror network's top propagandist who lauded the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 _ and warned there would be more.
03/07/2013 5:25pmThe Wisconsin Assembly has approved a polarizing mining bill backed by Republicans, completing a two-year push to help a company dig a giant iron mine near Lake Superior.
03/07/2013 7:19pmRepublicans in the Wisconsin Assembly approved a polarizing mining bill Thursday and sent the measure to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature, completing a long push to help a Florida-based company open a giant iron mine near the shores of Lake Superior over environmentalists' objections.
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