John Boehner

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

From Obama, a blunt acceptance of blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We fumbled the rollout on this health care law.” “That’s on me.” “It was insufficient.” Again and again, President Barack Obama on Thursday shouldered the blame for his botched health care rollout […]

11/14/2013

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay rights advocates hailed the bipartisan, 64-32 vote […]

11/07/2013

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

Gay rights bill clears first hurdle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after lawmakers narrowly rejected discrimination […]

11/04/2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Congress governs self under ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in […]

11/01/2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens at right as National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Intel chief: US spies on allies, they do it, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing lawmakers who suggested U.S. surveillance has gone too far, the national intelligence director on Tuesday defended spying on foreign allies as necessary and said such scrutiny of America’s friends — and […]

10/29/2013

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Business, GOP establishment say tea party is over

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slice of corporate America thinks tea partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections. In what could be a sign of […]

10/28/2013

Vice President Joe Biden applauds as President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama calls for immigration law by end of the year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to finish work on an immigration overhaul by the end of the year, a lofty goal that will be difficult to meet given the staunch […]

10/24/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Frustrated Dems lament damage from website bugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats lamented Wednesday that persistent problems with new health care exchanges have inflicted damage on the public’s perception of the already unpopular “Obamacare” — with some lawmakers insisting President Barack Obama […]

10/23/2013

House passes $8.2 billion water projects bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats united Wednesday to overwhelmingly pass an $8.2 billion House bill mapping out plans for dams, harbor, river […]

10/23/2013

President Barack Obama, standing with supporters of his health care law, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama appeals to allies to stick with health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the […]

10/23/2013

The White House, seen from the South Lawn in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Public tours of White House to resume Nov. 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public tours of the White House, canceled earlier this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis, officials said Friday in a welcome announcement for the many […]

10/18/2013

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown showdown widened GOP-tea party rift

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it. Implored by House Speaker John […]

10/18/2013

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