April 18, 2013 If it seems perplexing why an idea that has broad support nationally could fail to pass the U.S. Senate, here's an important reminder: The Senate is not a democratic institution. In fact, it was structured to give sparsely populated states the ability to stop the majority's will. And that's what happened on background checks.
April 17, 2013 Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is hoping to put a marital scandal behind him with a return to Congress in a May 7 special election. But just two days later, Sanford must defend himself from an accusation that he was at his ex-wife's house without her permission.
April 16, 2013 President Obama has been the anti-George W. Bush when it comes to labeling perpetrators of violent acts "terrorists." On Tuesday, he called the Boston Marathon bombing "terrorism," but his stance has long been that his predecessor used the term too loosely. Some say Obama is too cautious.
April 16, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case testing the meaning and reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The question before the court was whether a Native American biological father who gave up his parental rights could later object after the non-Indian mother gave up the child for adoption.
April 15, 2013 Texas homebuilder Bob Perry was a behind-the-scenes political player who helped bankroll the Mitt Romney campaign last year, and who even before the era of superPACs spent tens of millions of dollars to influence the nation's politics.
April 14, 2013 Sen. Mitch McConnell is the latest victim in what has become a tradition in American politics. We look back at some of the other politicians whose private dealings were made public.
April 11, 2013 The part of President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget plan getting the most attention is his proposal to change the way the government calculates inflation for Social Security beneficiaries. Economists call it chained CPI; some politicians call it fodder for the midterm elections.
April 10, 2013 The heat wasn't just due to the unseasonable 90-degree temperatures. There was political heat in the form of thousands rallying for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. And heat in the form of activity and rhetoric on gun control and the federal budget.
April 10, 2013 Sen. Rand Paul went to one of the top historically black colleges in the nation and tried to make a case for his Republican Party as a continuing defender of the civil rights of African-Americans. The Kentucky Republican got credit for the effort, but not always his message.
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.