October 18, 2012 The GOP could pick up as many as five governorships in next month's election, bringing the party's total to 34, the most since 1922.
October 12, 2012 United Mine Workers officials suspect the Obama administration doesn't want to move forward on the new rules during the presidential campaign. The federal mine safety chief says the process takes time.
October 12, 2012 More jurisdictions are turning to gambling to plug budget holes, but some say the economic benefits are exaggerated.
October 11, 2012 Unless Congress acts, the Defense Department faces some $55 billion in cuts after the first of the year. Salaries for uniformed personnel are the one major thing that's protected. Otherwise, it's about a 10 percent cut to everything from Pentagon civilian staff to the acquisition of new aircraft.
October 10, 2012 The Supreme Court has twice in the past 35 years ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. But in agreeing to revisit the issue, the justices are indicating a possible change in course. They hear oral arguments Wednesday.
October 6, 2012 This week, defense contractors said they would not issue layoff warnings, even though looming budget cuts could lead to big job losses in 2013. That's led to charges that the White House overstepped when it told the industry the notices are not needed.
September 27, 2012 New polls suggest the percentage of women voting for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney could reach historic levels. The surprise? The divide is attributed primarily to this year's size-of-government debate, not to a focus on social issues like abortion and reproductive rights.
September 24, 2012 Some pundits say the stumbling GOP presidential campaign should be seen as a bellwether for a possible Romney White House.
September 20, 2012 As some states try to weed noncitizens from their voter registration rolls, there have been a few catches, and many mistakes. Advocacy groups worry that some of these people will be challenged at the polls or discouraged from voting on Election Day.
September 9, 2012 The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country, but this time the subject of controversy is relatively new. As Americans' views on homosexuality change, more states are stepping up to challenge the federal definition of marriage.
September 8, 2012 The State Department is deploying a new, elite force onto the precarious stage of international diplomacy. More than 80 top chefs from across the nation were inducted into the first-ever American Chef Corps on Friday.
September 5, 2012 Since January 2011, the government has knocked 2 percentage points off the payroll tax, which funds Social Security. But even as the economy appears to still be in a rut, there's little appetite to extend the tax holiday and its $95 billion price tag.