United States Congress

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Hagel says staff cutbacks will save $1 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that cutting his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over five years. At a Pentagon news conference, Hagel laid out details […]

12/04/2013

Sen. David Vitter, R-La. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Health overhaul debate snags Senate pharmacy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications. Before […]

11/11/2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens while participating in a panel at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, on "The Crisis as a Classic Financial Panic." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bernanke: Fed has greater power to combat crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the Federal Reserve is drafting rules to close large insolvent banks without bringing down the broader financial system, one of many steps regulators must take to […]

11/08/2013

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, right, visits a math classroom at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, to highlight the importance of education in providing skills for American workers in a global economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama urges Congress to spend more on education

NEW YORK (AP) — With budget talks set to resume next week, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to hammer out a spending deal that puts more money into education. At a high school in […]

10/25/2013

SEC considers allowing startups to “crowdfund”

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Startup companies would be able to sell stock over the Internet to small-time investors under rules put forth Wednesday by federal regulators. So-called “crowdfunding” has been popular for years now for […]

10/23/2013

LA seniors could lose meal services due to government shutdown

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Meals services and other resources for Los Angeles’ senior citizens would lose funding if the government shutdown continues beyond November, officials said today. The city’s Department of Aging runs multipurpose senior […]

10/04/2013

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White House supports back pay for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it supports House legislation to give back pay to federal workers furloughed during the current partial government shutdown. The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a […]

10/04/2013

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

Shots heard at Capitol, building under lockdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building. People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress […]

10/03/2013

President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, to speak about the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda […]

10/02/2013

President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, left, and Governor of the French National Bank Christian Noyer arrive for a news conference of the European Central Bank at the French National Bank in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Outside US, ripple effects of budget battle feared

PARIS (AP) — Top European officials are keeping a worried eye on the U.S. government shutdown, saying it could pose a risk for the continent’s fledgling recovery. The U.S. has the world’s largest economy and […]

10/02/2013

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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

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Americans’ view about the President and Congress

Eight in 10 Americans find it unacceptable for either President Obama or members of Congress to threaten to shut down the government during budget negotiations in order to achieve their goals. That’s according to a […]

09/26/2013

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