| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:07 PM
As a Wall Street Journal columnist, I once wrote a mea culpa about a previous column. The publisher, a good friend and strong conservative, suggested it should be the first of a long series.
I'm going to risk it again: I was wrong a year ago about...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:58 PM
WASHINGTON — A rare bipartisan budget deal aimed at averting another government shutdown cleared its biggest remaining political hurdle Tuesday, ending the best chance opponents had of killing the compromise and worsening tensions between the...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 3:49 PM
At a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Finance Commmittee's Subcommittee on Social Security, conservative scholar Andrew G. Biggs made the following remark in defense of the idea that retirement ages can safely be raised:
"Go back to 1950, when we had a...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 8:53 PM
WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific.
Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The impasse over government spending gave way Friday to a steady stream of negotiations, as White House officials and Republicans in Congress wrestled over the details of an agreement that would reopen government agencies and avoid a...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Well, yes, the senators were angry. Listen to them justify getting rid of the filibuster for judicial nominees: 1. “Every judge nominated by this president or any president deserves an up-or-down vote. It’s the responsibility of the Senate....
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 5:22 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With opposition to military action growing among Americans and lawmakers, President Barack Obama is heading to Congress on Tuesday with fresh hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria's government to avert U.S....
| Apr 11, 2013
| 4:36 PM
By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, one of President Obama’s most persistent critics, joined him for dinner at the White House on Wednesday night to talk immigration, the budget and a wide range of other...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 11:52 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own — a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:43 AM
ATLANTA (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights act last week, it handed Republicans tough questions with no easy answers over how, and where, to attract voters even GOP leaders say the party needs to stay nationally competitive....