April 10, 2013 The USPS says Congress gave it no choice but to continue Saturday mail delivery despite its plan to cut back and save money.
April 10, 2013 The White House is gearing up for another round of difficult budget negotiations. Republicans are opposed to tax increases in the president's plan, while Democrats don't like its new math on entitlement benefits.
April 10, 2013 Around the country, budget cuts are bringing some federal public defenders to the breaking point. "We can't not pay the rent, and ... everything else is personnel. We can't send a computer to court," says Washington, D.C., public defender A.J. Kramer.
April 9, 2013 Many economists would applaud a change in the way Social Security administrators measure inflation. But many older Americans may hiss at using something called the "chained CPI," fearing a new formula will cut their benefits in coming years.
April 8, 2013 For agencies administering the low-income housing program, mandated federal budget cuts are forcing cutbacks on several fronts. But some of the belt tightening is yet to come.
April 8, 2013 It's only been about a month since across-the-board federal spending cuts kicked in, but real, tangible, quantifiable signs of the sequester are proving hard to find so far. Politically, that means — for now, at least — there's not much pressure for Congress to undo or modify it.
April 8, 2013 Congress returns from a two-week recess amid reports that a gun deal in the Senate may have gained late momentum; a focus on immigration to include a rally on Capitol Hill and perhaps movement in the Senate; and a budget proposal from President Obama that already has some in his own party fuming.
April 5, 2013 Few things indicate a president no longer needs to worry about running for re-election more than his willingness to ignite an intraparty firestorm. That's just what President Obama has done by saying he is willing to consider savings from safety net entitlement programs in his new budget proposal.
April 5, 2013 With D.C. real estate booming, it's no surprise that the government is thinking about unloading a building seen by many as an eyesore. The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the FBI, sits on a valuable spot along Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the Capitol and the White House.
April 5, 2013 Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. In a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful as the government has begun cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.
April 4, 2013 Robert Mueller has been the U.S. government's indispensable man when it comes to national security. When his 10-year term as FBI director expired, the Obama administration asked Congress for an unprecedented two-year extension. But now, the clock is ticking on finding his successor.
April 3, 2013 Nearly four months after the massacre of young children and educators in a Connecticut elementary school, federal efforts to enact comprehensive gun control legislation appear to be in jeopardy. And while a few blue states have passed tougher new laws, many red states are pushing in the opposite direction.
April 2, 2013 The daughter of the Democratic political legend says she will run for Congress next year, taking on incumbent Republican Steve Southerland in a district that includes Tallahassee and part of Florida's panhandle
April 2, 2013 The mortgage giant needed a $116 billion bailout from the federal government after the housing bubble burst in 2007. As housing recovers, it's been able to put money back into Treasury's coffers.