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.
5:00 PM Jan 23, 2014
(MCT) – President Barack Obama launched a federal task force on Wednesday to combat sexual assault on college campuses, telling the estimated one in five women who are victims, "I've got your back."
9:00 PM Jan 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – No matter what President Barack Obama announces Friday when he unveils changes to the federal government's surveillance programs, he won't appease critics on the most important question he faces: what to do with the massive collection and storage of phone records.
5:00 PM Jan 18, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an event on expanding college opportunity in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House on January 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – America needs to do more to help low-income young people succeed in college, President Barack Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday of educational, business and philanthropic leaders, who pledged to take on extra efforts to help more students reap the benefits of a college degree.
9:00 PM Jan 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday proposed amending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark civil rights measure that was hobbled after the Supreme Court determined last year that the law relied on outdated standards for racial discrimination.
12:00 PM Jan 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a $1.1 trillion federal spending plan, a peaceful and bipartisan truce after years of bitter feuding over the government's role and reach.
9:00 PM Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Congress' spending plan for the federal government touches almost every facet of American life, as it tackles big priorities such as health care, education and combating terrorism as well as smaller concerns such as the future of light bulbs.
5:00 PM Jan 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Intelligence officials are pushing to classify as secret certain information about lie detectors that they believe U.S. adversaries might use to harm national security, even though much of it has been available to the public for decades.
9:00 PM Jan 14, 2014
WASHINGTON – (MCT) The White House pushed back Wednesday against a harsh critique from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who in an upcoming memoir accuses Vice President Joe Biden of being wrong on foreign policy and national security issues over the last 40 years.
8:00 PM Jan 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Supporters of health care reform say nonstop news coverage of HealthCare.gov's early technical problems has hurt efforts to inform the uninsured about financial assistance that can help them purchase marketplace health coverage.
8:00 PM Jan 10, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways the federal government can help economically challenged communities through five new Promise Zones, during an East Room event January 9, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – President Barack Obama appears to be on verge of making several changes to the nation's surveillance programs, including ending the government's mass storage of telephone records of millions of Americans, appointing a public advocate to appear before the nation's secret surveillance court and stopping spying on some foreign leaders, according to people familiar with the White House deliberations.
9:00 PM Jan 9, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about unemployment insurance benefits during an East Room event January 7, 2014 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Before President Barack Obama finally signed it into law the day after Christmas, a defense-authorization measure bogged down for months in Congress over disputes about sexual assault prosecutions, terror detainees, Iran sanctions, surveillance of Americans and other hot-button issues.
9:00 PM Jan 7, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve on Monday, making her the first woman to head the world's most powerful central bank and arguably the most important female banker in history.
5:00 PM Jan 7, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Total public and private spending for health care in the United States increased to nearly $2.8 trillion in 2012, or nearly $9,000 per person, according to a government report released Monday.
5:00 PM Jan 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (MCT) – After more than three years of piecemeal implementation, the Affordable Care Act reaches an important new phase in 2014, when most of the law's major provisions finally kick in.
9:26 PM Dec 30, 2013
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet military personnel at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, after they arrived for a family vacation, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (Cory Lum/Pool/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Barack Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering health care coverage to millions nationwide.
9:00 PM Dec 24, 2013
WASHINGTON (MCT) – A three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits is gaining momentum.