U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced he plans to cosponsor legislation to make permanent the state and local sales tax deduction, which allows residents in states with no state income tax, such as Tennessee, to deduct their state and local sales tax payments from their federal income tax.
NASHVILLE – A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor, after winning approval last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, ending a turbulent five-year tenure during when she become the public face of the troubled federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – European nations are begging the United States to send them natural gas to blunt dependence on Russia, but a lack of infrastructure and market realities are calling into question America's ability to flex its new muscles as the world's leading energy power.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Unable to slow Russia's moves in Ukraine, President Barack Obama moved Tuesday to convene an extraordinary summit of top economic powers in Europe, as aides signaled more sanctions against elite Russians.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn't exercised a claim of executive privilege.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – President Barack Obama delivered an Oval Office rebuke Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin with Ukraine's new prime minister at his side, warning that the U.S. and the international community would be "forced to apply a cost" should Russia refuse to withdraw from Crimea.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Republicans were rejoicing Wednesday over their surprising Florida congressional victory the night before, a triumph that they said proved that opposition to the health care law would be a powerful political weapon this year.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – At least $100,000 worth of business at Chase's Do It Best Hardware in Gainesville, Ga., shuffles out the door and onto the Internet each year to avoid sales taxes, in business manager Craig Shoemaker's estimation.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – More than 4.2 million people have signed up for coverage on the nation's health insurance marketplaces through February, but low participation from young adults and early technical problems with the website have jeopardized the government's goal of enrolling 6 million people by March 31.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence charged Tuesday that the CIA may have broken the law and violated the Constitution by secretly infiltrating computers used by her staff to assemble a scathing report on the spy agency's now-defunct detention and interrogation program.
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Ukraine crisis has forced Western leaders to reassess what they thought they knew about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has shown that he is willing to make far riskier moves to achieve his security goals and that his hostility to the U.S. and its allies runs much deeper than many wanted to believe.