April 28, 2013 In several recent cases, Speaker John Boehner's problem hasn't been the Democrats as much as members of his own party, backed by conservative outside groups. But those groups say they could be allies with the House leadership, if only it would push conservative policy.
April 16, 2013 With no fanfare, Congress moved to undo large parts of the popular law known as the STOCK Act, and President Obama has signed the watered-down measure into law. Insider trading is still illegal, but disclosures of large stock trades by staffers will be harder to get than under the original law.
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 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 1, 2013 The recruiting and vetting process already is under way for candidates who will run for Congress in 2014. For many candidates, part of that process involves hiring an investigator to look at their own background, as well as that of possible opponents. And there are even classes where you can learn how to do the digging.