| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:20 PM
Congress has failed so miserably that it can't even keep the government open for business. But our representatives and senators still will get paid for failing to do their job.
Rest assured it's not because they are considered "essential" personnel...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:01 PM
I purchased my copy of the 2014 Almanac of American Politics (only $90) Tuesday and immediately started browsing through the profiles of members of Congress. As always, I found myself focusing on the religion of the senators and representatives, a...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 3:03 PM
When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition, or lose their Catholic funding.
Eight of the groups decided to...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 8:23 AM
SOUTH BEND - U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger, and fellow senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., have introduced a bill that would give qualified members of the reserve components tiered preference in hiring for civil service jobs....
| Jul 31, 2013
| 6:56 PM
WASHINGTON — After weeks of mounting controversy and doubts in Congress, the Obama administration made its most detailed effort yet to reassure the public about the National Security Agency's massive collection of Americans' telephone records,...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 7:13 AM
The Justice Department plans to change how it prosecutes some non-violent drug offenders, so they would no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences, in an overhaul of federal prison policy that Attorney General Eric Holder will unveil on Monday....
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:10 PM
WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the National Security Agency has overstepped its legal authority repeatedly since 2011 is likely to further erode public trust in the beleaguered intelligence service and spur new...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:29 PM
WASHINGTON — Journalists and bloggers who report news to the public will be protected from being forced to testify about their work under a media shield bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday.
But the new legal protections will not extend to...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:42 AM
WASHINGTON -- By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. court of appeals.
Todd M. Hughes, 46, a veteran Justice Department lawyer, will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It's become accepted wisdom that Washington has become pathologically polarized and partisan, with every new debate inevitably breaking down along party lines. That's why it was so remarkable last week when Rand Paul's old-fashioned talking filibuster...
| Jun 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — From the evidence so far, there's no good reason to let the National Security Agency continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.
I'm not ignoring all the officials,...
| Jun 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual's liberty. Today's liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting...