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...

Gov. Haley: Feds agree to remove some plutonium from South Carolina

Published Mar. 29 2016

Gov. Nikki Haley says the federal government has agreed to remove some of the plutonium being stored in South Carolina.

Obama to address nation's growing opioid problem

Published Mar. 29 2016

The Obama administration will issue a proposed rule Tuesday that aims to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of...

Judge awards $2 million in fees in Tennessee same-sex marriage case

Published Mar. 29 2016

A federal judge has awarded more than $2 million to attorneys who helped gay couples in Tennessee win a landmark...

Admission deals blow to Alabama governor's upright reputation

Published Mar. 25 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Baptist whose faith was central to his public persona, sullied his strongest political commodity after...

Alabama legislature approves General Fund budget

Published Mar. 23 2016

The Alabama legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a General Fund budget that Gov. Robert Bentley has vowed to...

'Obamacare' drives down uninsured to record lows

Published Mar. 22 2016

There's growing evidence that most of the dramatic gain in the number of Americans with health care coverage is due...

Sen. Corker bites back at watchdog group's second ethics complaint against him

Published Mar. 22 2016

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is questioning whether a Washington group's filing Monday of a new ethics complaint over his...

Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Published Mar. 16 2016

President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, congressional sources said Wednesday. The...

Nancy and Ronald Reagan, inseparable in life, together again

Published Mar. 11 2016

Nancy Reagan called her husband's presidential library "the shining city on the hill," using a phrase that President Ronald Reagan...

Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump

Published Mar. 11 2016

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson has endorsed Donald Trump.