| Jan 13, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The push is on in Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and so too is the conservative counterattack.
In the vanguard of the pushback is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who dismisses the minimum wage as a "stale" weapon in the war on...
| Dec 22, 2013
Tom Cotton was an unknown less than two years ago as his race for the House of Representatives began, but he caught the eye of some important political backers, including the Club for Growth, and won the election. Now he's running for the Senate –...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 26 senators Thursday introduced legislation calling for tough new Iran sanctions that the White House warned could deal a death blow to upcoming negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 1:05 AM
SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Both Dakotas will have seats at the table when Congress attempts to negotiate a new farm bill, after South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem was appointed on Oct. 12 as a House conferee on the legislation.
Noem joins North Dakota...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON — The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 61-30 procedural vote does not...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:52 AM
WASHINGTON -- California’s egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill.
The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring...
| Dec 1, 2013
Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough.
Now is the time to get rid...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:41 AM
We've been making the case for years that the proper approach to Social Security is to expand it -- increase benefits and bring more people into its embrace, including college-age survivors of deceased workers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has now made...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The slow summer political season is inevitably leading to speculation about what may happen in next year's congressional elections, on which President Obama's prospects for his final two years in the Oval Office may rest. It's widely assumed...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 11:44 AM
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples....
| Jul 10, 2013
| 2:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing...