| Apr 24, 2012
| 11:24 AM
WASHINGTON (AP)— The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington.
People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Congress...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:34 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s solid bipartisan vote for a cybersecurity bill sends a message to the Senate: Now it’s your turn to act.
Ignoring a White House veto threat, the House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 5:02 PM
It’s been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
But on Friday, his sister Sandra...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 5:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.
In his final report to...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- Is the position of God subject to the confirmation process?
Does the Lord Almighty require the advice and consent of the Senate?
These are no longer abstract questions.
John Brennan may not be divine, but he plays God often as...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an earlier era, a move like the one engineered by House GOP leaders to pass a "no budget, no pay" measure probably would have been stopped in its tracks.
But with Congress' approval ratings in the gutter, House lawmakers...
| Jan 6, 2013
When it comes to serious, lasting budget constraints, our leaders in Washington have the escape talents of Houdini. The ominous approach of the fiscal cliff put Democrats in a position to extract a lot more revenue and Republicans to force real spending...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:30 PM
We haven't heard much about the "politics of personal destruction" since Bill Clinton. But if you thought the days of mean, personal, political attacks were over, just ask Susan Rice. The campaign against her -- led by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- There was a time when a president and the opposition party in Congress could agree on certain basics, such as the right of the chief executive to select members of his cabinet with no fuss or bother.
The president's most important choice in...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 9:05 AM
WASHINGTON -- A variety of insults have been deployed in opposition to Susan Rice's likely nomination for secretary of state: She is not qualified; she's too aggressive; she "misled" the public following the lethal attack on the American consulate in...
| Sep 24, 2011
| 4:36 AM
Republican Susan Collins says government regulations suffocate new jobs; Democrat Obama says more education is necessary for the future....
| Oct 4, 2011
| 4:32 PM
If you haven't seen the obits (Tribune, Sun-Times) former Tribune columnist Steve Daley died Sunday at age 62. The news was unexpected and very sad. He was smart, funny, kind and generous, as much fun to back-fence with as he......