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.
April 2, 2013 The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering the final word on major environmental, labor and national security cases. But four of its 11 judge's slots are vacant, the most in the nation.
April 1, 2013 It's still far too early to know whether Congress will be able to achieve major changes to the nation's immigration laws. All that's certain at this stage is that lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide, and in both chambers, continue to act as though they think they can.
March 29, 2013 House Speaker John Boehner condemned the use of the term by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the most senior Republicans in Congress. Young's comment, his quick apology, and Boehner's statement come at a particularly sensitive time for the GOP in its relationship with Hispanic voters.
March 28, 2013 A look back at landmark cases makes clear that the Supreme Court never really knows exactly how its decisions will play out — especially not in the long run. That uncertainty must loom over the justices now as they contemplate the issue of gay marriage.
March 28, 2013 President Obama commented on the long lines for some voters during his re-election acceptance speech last November. And at his State of the Union address, he promised to seek solutions. The new commission will make recommendations to states, but it will not have the power to enforce any changes.
March 27, 2013 The actress put an end to speculation that she would seek the Democratic nomination in order to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
March 27, 2013 As the Supreme Court considers the constitutional case for gay marriage, we look back at the role Vermont played just 13 years ago in the historic metamorphosis of the issue. The state's governor, who wore a bulletproof vest that year, called it "the least civil public debate in the state in over a century."
March 26, 2013 Five key areas of discussion in Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.
March 25, 2013 This week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a pair of cases on the issue of gay marriage. On Tuesday, the justices will review California's Proposition 8; on Wednesday, they take up the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.