Senate approves $37.5 billion measure to fund energy, water programs

Published May. 12 2016

The Senate on Thursday approved a $37.5 billion measure to fund energy and water programs next year, the first of...

Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide

Published May. 11 2016

There was a showdown in Houston last fall. This spring, North Carolina became the battleground.

Mosquito season brings no urgency for money to fight Zika

Published May. 9 2016

The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama's demands for money to combat...


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U.S. sues North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

Published May. 9 2016

A potentially epic clash over transgender rights took shape Monday when the U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina over the...

North Carolina gov. faces Fed's Monday deadline on LGBT law

Published May. 9 2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory shows no signs of backing down in the face of the federal government's Monday deadline...

Republicans reluctant to combat Zika virus

Published May. 9 2016

The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama's demands for money to combat...

Senate's power brokers are aging; several to seek new terms

Published May. 8 2016

Millennials have emerged as the nation's largest living generation yet that demographic shift isn't reflected in the upper reaches of...

Pot legalization backers kick off California campaign

Published May. 5 2016

A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in...

Trump stands alone in GOP field as Kasich bows out

Published May. 4 2016

Donald Trump's last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump's remarkable triumph as...

White House: Obama not offended by comedian's language

Published May. 3 2016

The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama wasn't offended by comedian Larry Wilmore's use of a racial slur...

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help

Published May. 3 2016

A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond...

Proposed rule would delay questions about criminal history on job applications

Published Apr. 29 2016

The Obama administration wants federal agencies to stop asking early questions about some job applicants' criminal history, part of an...

Conservatives fire back after Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer'

Published Apr. 29 2016

Former House Speaker John Boehner's rhetorical takedown of Sen. Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate and fellow Republican, has popped the...

Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Published Apr. 29 2016

Congress headed out of Washington on Friday, accomplishing relatively little in a short work period and missing deadlines on the...

Obama announces new steps in background checks, technology to curb gun violence

Published Apr. 29 2016

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns"...

Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on $20 bill

Published Apr. 20 2016

U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover.

Aide: Ryan to make statement ruling out president bid

Published Apr. 12 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Wisconsin Republican will address reporters Tuesday to formally...

Senate OKs Obama judicial nominee for Tennessee

Published Apr. 11 2016

The Republican-led Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama's pick for a Tennessee federal judgeship on Monday, even as the GOP...

Obama: Democracy at stake in November elections

Published Apr. 8 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama says a functioning American democracy is what's at stake in November's elections.

Supreme Court bolsters political influence of U.S. Latinos

Published Apr. 5 2016

The Supreme Court unanimously endorsed election maps that bolster the growing political influence of America's Latinos on Monday, ruling that...

Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders

Published Mar. 30 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a...

Local doctors weigh in on Obama's plans to curb growing opioid abuse

Published Mar. 30 2016

The trajectory of opioid deaths in the United States is trending in the wrong direction and has to be moved...

Tennessee activists pressure Sens. Corker, Alexander to support sentencing reform

Published Mar. 30 2016

In response to this call to action, both senators declined to take a firm stance on whether they would support...