| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Republican Andy Vidak won an upset victory in last year's special election for a state Senate seat in the San Joaquin Valley. He prevailed despite the Democrats' 22-point advantage in voter registration in the district.
How'd he do it? His explanation:...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:25 PM
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called on Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) Wednesday to resign from the Senate or face swift suspension by his colleagues, after the San Francisco senator was indicted on arms trafficking and public...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 1:26 PM
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers opposed to White House-run surveillance programs welcomed the administration's announcement Tuesday that it would seek legislation to prevent the National Security Agency from storing bulk phone records of Americans.
| Apr 1, 2014
| 9:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Carl Levin, saying it was "long past time" to ensure that multinational U.S. corporations pay taxes on their overseas profits, took Caterpillar Inc. to task for an offshore strategy that helped the company avoid $2.4 billion in...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 10:18 AM
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is visiting South Florida to help the Republican Party raise money — and at the same time audition for donors and activists who could prove valuable if he runs for president.
More coverage over in the righthand column...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:30 AM
In the span of a few weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has found herself the target of insinuations about her husband’s liaison with a White House intern and has watched her private confidences as first lady spill into public view after a conservative...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Friday’s weak jobs report could provide momentum in Congress for extending unemployment insurance, despite the continued objections of most Republicans who believe that government intervention distorts the market and provides a...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:34 PM
WASHINGTON — "I already won," Edward Snowden declared recently about the reaction to his disclosures of National Security Agency secrets.
But as President Obama prepares to unveil new recommendations and rules for government surveillance in a...
| Sep 12, 2013
In all the long history of American presidential addresses, has there been an odder one than this? With the solemn grandeur appropriate to a declaration of war, President Obama informed the American people Tuesday night that a congressional vote on...
| Oct 16, 2013
God bless Mitch McConnell.
The Senate Republican leader isn't an especially lovable figure. Even many of his fellow conservatives are lukewarm about him.
He's colorless and charisma-free. He's a thoroughgoing partisan who has launched more filibusters...
| Nov 13, 2013
Is it too early to think about who's running for president in 2016, three years from now?
Not in Washington, a city with more campaign consultants than dry cleaners.
After all, we're talking about a business that raised and spent more than $2 billion,...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 9:16 AM
Congress averted another government shutdown by reaching an $85-billion budget deal late Tuesday night, but the new agreement, critics say, leaves out one vulnerable group of Americans: the long-term unemployed.
At the end of the year, federal...