Tom Coburn

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Gridlock in the Senate, progress in the House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A budget agreement between key Republicans and Democrats. Even President Barack Obama was on board. All without anyone threatening to repeal this or shut down that. Gridlock, however briefly, took an early […]

12/12/2013

Social Security judge accused of disability scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired Social Security judge in West Virginia collaborated with a lawyer to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants, according to a report released Monday by congressional investigators. The report […]

10/07/2013

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Analysis: Kenya attack a shift for Somali rebels?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured […]

09/22/2013

The Social Security Administration's main campus in Woodlawn, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Investigators: 36,000 workers game disability system

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday. The […]

09/13/2013

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Senators discuss changing background checks bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators backing gun control are discussing ways to revise the defeated Senate background check bill to help win the votes they need to resuscitate the measure. Among the changes they might consider […]

05/08/2013

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Lawmakers: Obama wooing might break budget logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers said they welcome President Obama’s courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle.

03/10/2013