9:00 PM Feb 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The average time for a denied claim to work its way through the cumbersome Department of Veterans Affairs appeals process shot up to more than 900 days last year, double the department's long-term target.
12:00 PM Feb 27, 2014
WASHINGTON – A top House Republican unveiled an ambitious tax code overhaul Wednesday, taking aim at long-protected loopholes for mortgage interest deductions, corporate jets and Wall Street pay, while promising to lower top rates to 25 percent for most individuals and corporations.
12:00 PM Feb 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if Afghan leaders don't sign a bilateral security agreement.
10:00 PM Feb 21, 2014
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (MCT) – Mark Kentley is the kind of voter who will help decide the short-term political verdict on the new health care law known as Obamacare.
9:00 PM Feb 21, 2014
President Obama speaks to the media in Los Banos, Calif., addressing California's drought situation Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – In a bow to politics in Washington and in midterm elections, President Barack Obama will propose a new budget that would increase spending on popular programs and drop a plan to slow the growth of Social Security benefits that had angered his party's base.
12:00 PM Feb 13, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce during a Leaders in Government luncheon at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (David Kent/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Senate approved a yearlong increase in the nation's borrowing limit Wednesday, settling until well after this year's congressional elections an issue that had triggered three years of gridlock and confrontation between the White House and congressional Republicans.
12:00 PM Feb 12, 2014
Speaker of the House John Boehner gives thumbs up as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, January 28, 2014. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The House of Representatives voted narrowly Tuesday to raise the nation's debt ceiling, likely averting a potential default while also suggesting that the tea party politics that drove the Republicans to three years of unified fiscal and budget showdowns has lost its clout.
5:00 PM Feb 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Same-sex married couples nationwide now will receive many more of the same legal protections and benefits enjoyed by other couples, under new Justice Department policies formally unveiled Monday.
12:00 PM Feb 11, 2014
President Barack Obama departs from the West Slope of the Washington Monument en route to Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Washington. While in Charlottesville, the president and French President Francois Hollande will tour Monticello. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
9:00 PM Feb 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Al-Qaida's central command publicly has disowned its Iraqi affiliate over that group's brutal activities in Syria in an unprecedented break that analysts say may weaken the Syrian insurgency and impact al-Qaida's operations across the Middle East.
5:00 PM Feb 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Despite a significant decrease in the backlog of veteran disability claims last year, a report released by an advocacy group says that without a better strategy, the Department of Veterans Affairs may struggle to keep up with future claims.
9:00 PM Jan 31, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Md. (MCT) – House Republican leaders on Thursday proposed legal status for most undocumented immigrants, a stance aimed at helping the party appeal to Hispanic voters but also likely to further divided an already-torn Republican Party.
9:00 PM Jan 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – On the eve of the president's State of the Union speech, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina on Monday offered a plan to repeal President Barack Obama's signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with a plan he says would lower costs and expand access to coverage.
12:00 PM Jan 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – On Tuesday night, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will join a long list of big names who have given the opposition response to the president's State of the Union speech since the tradition began 48 years ago.
10:26 PM Jan 28, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, January 28, 2014. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor.
9:00 PM Jan 24, 2014
Edward Snowden, center, who was a fugitive from the United States for leaking intelligence-gathering information is shown meeting with activists at an airport in Moscow, Russia, in July 2013. (ITAR-TASS/Zuma/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The federal government is seeking billions of dollars in penalties and damages from the company that did the background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
5:00 PM Jan 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – A government oversight board's finding that the National Security Agency's massive collection of cellphone data is illegal and should never have been approved by the federal court created to deal with sensitive intelligence issues set off a furor in Washington on Thursday that presages the bitter battle likely to come in Congress over how to change the country's intelligence operations.