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Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Debt limit overtaking shutdown as US crisis focus

WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either […]

10/07/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

4 questions about budget fight offers crash course on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — If majorities in both the House and Senate would vote to reopen the government with no strings attached, or vote to repeal the new health care law’s sales tax on heart pacemakers […]

10/07/2013

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Day 2 of the government shutdown

Some 800,000 government workers are enduring their first full day of no pay after they were sent home on furlough yesterday. And Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are signaling that it may be weeks […]

10/02/2013

AP chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969.

House to vote on cutting back on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to line up support in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, now used […]

09/19/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress: Divided, discourteous – taking a break

WASHINGTON (AP) — The accomplishments are few, the chaos plentiful in the 113th Congress, a discourteous model of divided government now beginning a five-week break. “Have senators sit down and shut up, OK?” Senate Majority […]

08/02/2013

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Senate approves Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a […]

08/01/2013

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama mum on Dems mired in scandals

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama ran for re-election last year, he and his advisers were quick to condemn comments from Republicans that were deemed offensive or demeaning to women. But now, with two […]

07/31/2013

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House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t […]

07/23/2013

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo President Barack Obama delivers inaugural address during the 57th Presidential Inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Obama outlined the liberal vision for his new term, which included protecting children from gun violence, tackling climate change and reducing the deficit while bolstering government programs to help the poor and vulnerable. Time since then has showcased the political limits of some of those ambitions. The result has been an uneven and sometimes disjointed start to what could arguably be the most important year of Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

Obama to rally faithful ahead of August recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — His second-term agenda on the line, President Barack Obama is urging his most ardent supporters to mount a summertime show of support that can rival any opposition Obama and Democrats may face […]

07/22/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Filibuster fight: Senators scrapping over nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats struggled without success Monday night in marathon, closed-door talks to resolve the fate of several of President Barack Obama’s stalled appointees, a dispute that threatened what […]

07/15/2013

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