| Feb 4, 2014
| 6:48 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama's choice to become the next surgeon general spent much of his confirmation hearing Tuesday deflecting criticism from Republicans, who attacked him for his political activism, ties to the president and relative...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 12:49 PM
This post has been corrected. See the note at bottom for details.
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress clearly like to talk. And talk.
But when it comes to sitting on a plane next to a passenger jabbering on the phone through a long flight, a lot of...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to argue about extending long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who were cut off last month, a politically sensitive issue in an election year.
Democrats urged their...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:10 PM
The Federal Communications Commission took a key step toward allowing cellphone calls on planes, but other government officials don't expect travelers will be chatting from 35,000 feet any time soon.
Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to allow...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:09 PM
WASHINGTON - A senior aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Law enforcement officials took Ryan Loskarn, chief of staff in Alexander’s Washington office, into...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:37 PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Millett for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the first nominees approved since the...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:05 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to seat Patricia Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the first confirmation under new Senate filibuster rules and one that gives the influential panel a majority of...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and...
| Oct 31, 2013
WASHINGTON — In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 8:57 AM
WASHINGTON – The official charged with overseeing the online health marketplaces apologized Tuesday to a congressional panel for issues that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s signature health law, but said she was confident the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Only now does Obamacare's namesake call the press to the Rose Garden, which is much better tended than his signature program, to acknowledge what everybody already knows: There are, well, a few problems with his signature program. Problems are now known...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- Top Republicans have threatened Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a subpoena if she does not provide them documents related to problems with the federal healthcare exchange's website by Monday.
In a letter sent...