| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:08 AM
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, elevating the rising Democratic star to President Obama's Cabinet.
The vote was 71-27, with 18 Republicans supporting the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:29 AM
In two recent online columns, The Times' Michael Hiltzik claimed that I, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on May 10, 2011, supported his argument that Social Security "can't contribute to the federal deficit."
That assertion is...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding...
| May 6, 2014
| 2:26 PM
WASHINGTON — Thanks to subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, Barth and Abbie Bracy of Dayville, Conn., can buy a comprehensive health insurance policy through Access Health CT for only $2.63 a month. But they are suing the exchange, and federal...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:44 AM
President Obama’s pick to take over the administration of his signature health law drew support Thursday from several Republicans in her first appearance before a congressional committee, signaling her likely confirmation to head the Department of...
| May 4, 2014
| 6:00 AM
So how bad was last year for President Obama?
“Things got so bad,” the president said, “the 47% called Mitt Romney to apologize.”
That got a big laugh, as did other self-deprecating remarks — and stinging jabs at...
| May 14, 2014
| 2:39 PM
President Obama’s pick to assume oversight of his signature health law received added bipartisan support Wednesday as more Republicans joined Democrats backing her nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services.
The growing support all...
| May 17, 2014
| 2:32 PM
President Obama is considering tapping San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Castro’s elevation to the administration post would raise the profile...
| May 21, 2014
| 12:13 PM
A Senate panel Wednesday recommended approval of President Obama’s pick to oversee implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all but assuring Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s confirmation as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.
| May 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the...
| May 23, 2014
| 1:46 PM
President Obama elevated a rising star in the Democratic Party to a national job on Friday by naming San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to serve as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In the East Room at the White House, Obama named...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:29 PM
President Obama elevated a rising star in the Democratic Party to a national job Friday, nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In the East Room of the White House, Obama named Castro to...