| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:10 PM
WASHINGTON - A political storm over the trade of five Taliban inmates for a captured American soldier intensified on Monday when Obama administration officials told lawmakers that up to 90 people within the administration - but no members of Congress -...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Almost as soon as hearty congratulations were issued by lawmakers last week over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release from captivity in Afghanistan, some were just as swiftly withdrawn.
"A grateful America thanks you for your service," Sen. Thad Cochran...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:57 AM
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has given up his Canadian citizenship, roughly nine months after learning he was a dual citizen, his office said on Tuesday.
Cruz, a Republican who is believed to be considering a bid for the White House in 2016,...
| 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...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:57 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday at one of the most difficult moments of his political career: The investigations into his administration's mammoth traffic jam continue,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:25 PM
First-term Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that lack of experience can sometimes be a good thing for people seeking top offices against “career politicians” who have become entrenched...
| May 19, 2014
| 12:07 PM
Tim Geithner's valuable career as a civil servant culminated in four high-powered years as Treasury secretary. His recent book about those experiences captures the traumas and tensions of the financial crisis.
He rightly takes credit for what most...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 9:17 PM
PEARL, Miss. — Sen. Thad Cochran is a portrait of the genteel Southern politician, known for three-piece suits, a shock of white hair and shoveling billions of government dollars back to his impoverished home state to repair levees, construct...
| May 21, 2014
| 12:46 PM
In a stirring display of old-fashioned political pragmatism, national tea party groups have quickly endorsed the reelection of a man they were campaigning against only 24 hours ago: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
| Apr 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
An early word on taxes came from Daniel Defoe when he said, “Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.”
Ben Franklin repeated the proverb thus: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, is on the verge of snaring the job he's dreamed about for years: majority leader.
Less than a year after a widely unpopular government shutdown dealt the GOP a political blow, McConnell and his fellow...
| May 13, 2014
| 10:30 AM
We're five years into a so-called recovery that's been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class, which is fueling a new populism. "The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes," says...