| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:53 AM
BEIJING -- As the United States' first Chinese American ambassador to China, Gary Locke made an impression on many ordinary people here with his down-to-earth ways – carrying his own backpack, paying for his Starbucks with a coupon and flying...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:23 PM
WASHINGTON -- Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer won't seek Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, a blow to Democrats' hopes of holding the seat and preserving their overall Senate majority.
The popular Democrat, who left the governor's office in...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Appearing before lawmakers a week before the deadline to raise the debt limit, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday warned that the uncertainty caused by the fiscal stalemate was stressing financial markets and could "deeply damage" the economic...
| Dec 13, 2013
The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...
| Oct 24, 2013
The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans."
After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 9:25 AM
WASHINGTON — In a long-anticipated move to restrict the flood of secret money in campaigns, the IRS for the first time proposed rules to rein in the political activities of tax-exempt groups that have emerged as heavyweight players in American...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants to cut corporate tax rates. But he's finding that corporations are lining up to criticize his proposal.
As it happens, they're right to: Baucus' misplaced...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Here's some holiday cheer: 120 million American families no longer have to file income tax returns; the top individual rate is lowered by 20 percent; the top corporate rate is cut by more than half; the government gets the same amount of revenue; and...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — For one of the least productive congressional sessions in modern history, the final word about tax overhaul was entirely in character: Nothing's happening.
But is that good or bad news for homeowners, buyers and small-scale real...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:55 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as his next ambassador to China, officials said, a move that may bolster the Democratic Party's chances of holding the Senate seat in 2014 and signal that the tax reform effort...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:18 PM
The conventional wisdom evolves. Yesterday, Washington was merely broken, gridlocked, dysfunctional. The passive voice spread the blame evenly. Today, it's agreed that Republican obstructionism is the root of all evil — GOP resistance having now...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:04 AM
Sen. Bob Casey believes any tax reform package should include incentives for investing in domestic manufacturing, life science innovation and renewable energy. And the Pennsylvania Democrat wants the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit -...