December 17, 2013 Tuesday's vote was not as close as some expected. Some Republicans joined with Democrats to move the plan forward. The two-year deal avoids any more government shutdowns until at least 2015.
December 12, 2013 Loretta Fuddy was director of Hawaii's Health Department. In 2011, she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. So-called birthers had questioned where he was born. Fuddy was killed Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.
December 11, 2013 The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
December 4, 2013 Obama, who has been criticized in recent weeks over the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, steered the conversation Wednesday back to the economy. His remarks on inequality follow similar comments the pope made last week.
December 3, 2013 To those in Congress who want to kill the Affordable Care Act, Obama said "we're not repealing it as long I'm president. ... We will make it work for all Americans."
November 22, 2013 Next year, the White House says, Americans won't have to start signing up until Nov. 15. The administration says that will give insurers more time to prepare their rates. It also starts the enrollment period after the 2014 elections.
November 20, 2013 Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, a Republican, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $250. He's planning to seek treatment.
November 19, 2013 Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator in Virginia who was his party's 2009 gubernatorial nominee, is being treated for serious injuries. His son Gus is dead. Authorities are investigating the incident at the family's home.
November 14, 2013 The White House unveiled a fix for consumers who've had health insurance plans canceled. Critics have pointed out that the president promised Americans could keep their plans if they wished, but that things turned out differently. As for the health care program's problems, Obama said "we fumbled."
November 7, 2013 The Obama administration refrains from attacking the health-insurance industry in order to get the Obamacare website fixed ASAP... Virginia is for lovers (of political recriminations)... Colorado's supporters of a failed effort to boost taxes for public education try to regroup.
November 5, 2013 The big news is expected to be from the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. Other races to watch include mayoral contests in New York, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis. Also, many states and localities have ballot initiatives — including whether the Astrodome should be torn down.
October 3, 2013 With the space agency largely grounded, employees Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins continue to orbit 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. While it's not clear they have all that much to do, their Twitter feeds show they may be getting creative — and perhaps a bit bored.
October 3, 2013 Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer told a Park Service ranger she should be ashamed for carrying out orders that the World War II Memorial, like other national parks and monuments, be closed. That led to a tense exchange with a passerby, who said it's lawmakers who are to blame. See the video.