In December, Republicans and Democrats managed to extend a payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a fix for Medicare payments. That extension runs out at the end of the month but, at least when it comes to the payroll tax cut, Republicans are willing to offer another extension through the end of the year.
As President Barack Obama prepares to release his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, the Government Accountability Office is expected to take a hit that will reduce its head count to the lowest level in 75 years. The G.A.O. is responsible for investigating fraud and wastes of government money.
The Washington Post conducted a lengthy investigation, published on Tuesday, that found U.S. Congress members earmarking $300 million for projects that in some cases quite literally go right past their front door. And there's no transparency to the process.
A Republican transportation bill seeks to eliminate the $1.6 billion in federal transportation funds that has been used to add bike lanes, improve sidewalk, create curb cuts and otherwise enhance roadways to make them more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians.
Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, still recovering from the shooting that nearly took her life last January, turned in her resignation on Wednesday. A special election will be held to find someone to occupy her seat temporarily.
President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address was more partisan and more confrontational than perhaps any he's given, but it still had the aspirational rhetoric for which he has become well-known.
Gabrielle Giffords will step down this week, about a year after being shot and nearly killed. Giffords, a Democratic Representative for Southern Arizona, left the door open for a return to political life.
When President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Republicans bashed him for throwing away American jobs. An economist says the project would have created tens of thousands — though they would have been temporary.
After months of legal and political wrangling, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the United States. Republican immediately criticized the decision.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren want to keep negative ads out of their race and they're trying to reach an agreement to do just that. But before you hold it up as a shining example of fixing what's wrong with politics, you might look at if it's really enforceable.