| 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...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:56 PM
WASHINGTON -- The show was ostensibly focused on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy -- and the possibility of transformational change in politics and government.
But Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, and Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:40 AM
After "60 Minutes" ran a devastating piece on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham pledged to block President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and for the next secretary of...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 10:11 AM
The Senate provided the country with a rare and modest glimpse of bipartisanship in its 68-32 passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill laboriously accomplished by the Gang of Eight — four Democrats and four Republicans. But overcoming...
| May 1, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.
Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame "foreigners" and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It's more reassuring to believe that an evil lies...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The road to meaningful U.S. immigration reform will no doubt prove rocky and difficult, but at least Washington has taken its first big step on the most critical part of the route — down the so-called "path to citizenship" that now has bipartisan...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 4:11 PM
Speaking at an emotional hearing on federal gun control proposals, Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson urged lawmakers Wednesday to close loopholes and ban assault weapon sales or risk more tragedies like the recent elementary school shooting...
| May 22, 2013
| 10:35 AM
Just when Washington looked like it was completely preoccupied with the scandals, real and imaginary, swirling around the White House, a group of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate managed the unexpected (and, these days, extraordinary): They...
| Jan 3, 2013
"It's not all I would have liked," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, "so on to the debt ceiling."
For Republicans, the battle over the fiscal cliff is only a prelude to the coming battle...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama had a dinner date last week with a dozen of his worst enemies, thus proving that the governmental stalemate in Washington, D.C., is driving him to unusual acts of political creativity -- or desperation.
The president personally...
| May 7, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The hawks are squawking. Congressional conservatives and the right-wing media are blasting President Barack Obama for going soft on the Syrians. The president insists there is a "game-changing" red line the Syrian government will have crossed if it is...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Defense officials and their allies in Congress have done their best to create a sense of crisis about impending budget cuts, but their warnings have failed to produce any visible result.
Instead, partisan divisions have hardened over how to avoid the...