October 8, 2013 "All of a sudden, people are looking over their shoulders," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He says changes in the way campaigns are financed have led members of Congress to worry that if they're seen as not liberal or not conservative enough, they'll be challenged by their own party.
October 8, 2013 Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
October 7, 2013 New polling shows that both parties are taking a hit over the shutdown, but Republicans are bearing the brunt of the blame from the American public.
October 7, 2013 Several media tallies report there are enough votes to pass a "clean" spending bill. But vote counts by media organizations aren't the most reliable way to gauge the prospects of legislation.
October 7, 2013 The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy.
October 7, 2013 The federal government shutdown has given governors across the country an opportunity to take part in one of their favorite pastimes: scolding Washington.
October 7, 2013 The special forces operations against terrorism targets in Libya and Somalia over the weekend came at a time when President Obama badly needed something to go his way. It's a reminder that counterterrorism is the unusual arena where Obama can decide on a course of action — and execute it.
October 7, 2013 If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury will be unable to pay creditors and the U.S. will be in default. Some argue Treasury could continue making "priority payments" designed to protect the nation's credit rating. Others say that could undermine the confidence in the U.S. to meet its obligations.