October 1, 2012 It's easy to blame politicians for failing to set aside differences and work together. But many political scientists believe that voters share the blame. Americans increasingly view the world through separate, partisan lenses and have turned compromise into a political liability.
September 14, 2012 Under orders from Congress, the administration detailed exactly how it would administer painful cuts to both defense and domestic programs that were ordered under last year's budget deal. But the Office of Management and Budget reiterates that the threat of cuts is meant to spur congressional action.
June 8, 2012 The president is pushing Congress to enact what the White House says are "bipartisan, paid-for ideas" that will boost job growth. He also said it's "offensive" to suggest "my White House" may have leaked some secrets to gain political advantage.
April 19, 2012 Last month, a Washington, D.C. subway station was plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them said: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill.
March 1, 2012 NASA's inspector general reports in testimony to Congress that the space agency's IT security efforts need improvement in the areas of network security and the encryption of data on mobile devices.
February 17, 2012 Whether a Congress can be defined as do-something or do-nothing is really in the eye of the beholder. If you judge Congress by its ability to pass landmark legislation or bills that address the real needs of the U.S. population, then you likely won't be giving Congress over the next year high marks for accomplishing much.
February 9, 2012 By a nearly unanimous vote this morning the House passed the STOCK Act. It will explicitly ban insider trading by members of Congress and their staffs.
January 14, 2012 The actor James Franco and the comedian Kevin Nealon offer a video message about the more than 1,000 chimpanzees confined in U.S. biomedical labs, and explain how each of us can help.
January 12, 2012 Republicans criticized his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to run the new consumer watchdog agency. But Justice lawyers say the Senate wasn't really in session.
December 14, 2011 Once again, Democrats and Republicans are at odds over taxes and other issues — and extensions of programs including benefits for the long-term unemployed are being delayed. They're "stumbling from impasse to impasse," the Los Angeles Times writes.