• U.S. Budget Deficit

    Congress Moves to Avert Shutdown with House Vote, Senate Has Friday Deadline

    The House of Representatives passed a three-week federal budget extension on Tuesday, sending the bill to the Senate where members must pass it ahead of a March 18 deadline or face the prospect of some federal services stopping until funds are made available.
  • A Little Understanding Goes a Long Way

    As the world confronts one of the most critical periods of economic upheaval that it has ever seen, it is clear that our most influential economic stewards have absolutely no idea what they are doing. But, like kids with a new chemistry set, they are nevertheless unwilling to let that stand in the way of their experimental fun. As they pour an ever-growing number of volatile ingredients into their test tubes, we can either hope that they magically stumble on the secret formula to cure the world...
  • U.S House Speaker John Boehner (C), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speak to the press outside the White House following their lunch meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, February 9, 2011.

    House Republicans Hope to Avoid U.S. Gov't Shutdown with Short Term Funds Proposal

    House Republicans, hoping to avoid a government shutdown, will pass a short-term budget extension that will make some cuts, a move which contrasts with a House Democrat proposal to keep the budget at its same levels for the short-run.
  • World reacts to Hosni Mubarak's resignation

    Hosni Mubarak’s somewhat belated decision to resign as President of Egypt has elicited almost universal joy (mixed with caution) from leaders and prominent figures around the world:
  • U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gives the thumbs up to the audience at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project

    McConnell Mocks Democrats' Reagan Tributes

    Sen. Mitch McConnell said Democrats' recent tributes to late President Ronald Reagan on his 100th birthday were an attempt to draw attention away from thei policies over the past two years.
  • Lindsay Cronin carries her snowboard back up the hill in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington January 27, 2011.

    Senate defeats health care repeal

    U.S. Senators on Wednesday defeated a bill to repeal last year's landmark healthcare bill, as Republican party members came up short against the Democratic majority. The vote was 47-51.
  • Budget battle in opening stages

    President Barack Obama and members of Congress agree that cutting the federal deficit is important but what should be cut and by how much is the debate ahead as the next budget battle takes shape.
  • China's Hu rapped by Congress, assures U.S. in speech

    Chinese President Hu Jintao got an earful of U.S. lawmakers criticism on North Korea and human rights on Thursday, but tried to assure the United States that China's military and trade policies were not a threat.
  • Health benefits and cost in focus for repeal vote

    U.S. lawmakers will consider new health care insurance benefits and the cost of paying for them on Wednesday, as the House heads to a vote on whether to repeal last year's major health care overhaul law.
  • MLK holiday was not without controversy

    The United States today celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., America’s pre-eminent civil rights leader, who was gunned down by an assassin on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old.
  • House 'back to work' on health care bill next week

    The expected vote on whether to repeal the health reform law comes less than a year after it was passed strictly along partisan lines last March.
  • Spending cuts just getting started, says House Republican

    A Republican lawmaker says his party's push last week to cut the Congressional budget and match new spending with spending cuts elsewhere was just the beginning of a push to keep cutting.
  • Lawmakers' unity, security mark week after Arizona shooting

    Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are displaying a symbolic show of unity and will hold meetings about security this week, with no votes on legislation expected in the wake of the Arizona shooting over the weekend which killed six people and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ.
  • Republicans take over U.S. House, dilute cuts

    Republicans scaled back plans for deep cuts in U.S. government spending as they took power in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, diluting a key promise that helped them to victory in November's election.
  • No WMDs in Iraq!

    Events that shaped the US in the past decade (2000-2010) – Part 2 of 3

    A sum up of top events that shaped United States in past decade (2000-2010). Part 2 covers 2004 to 2008 on weapons of mass destruction, Iraq, Bush second term, Hurricane Katrina, Housing bubble burst, and Barack Obama as the first Black president.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks before signing into law a bill at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, December 17, 2010.

    Obama repeals military gay ban

    Backdropped by the U.S. flag, and the flags of each military branch, President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell into law on Wednesday.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama slaps Kobe Bryant on the back as they put together care packages for the military

    Turks, Armenians and Kobe: The Vortex of Fame, Celebrity, Money and Multicultural Clash

    The new Kobe Bryant controversy relating to his contract with Turkish Airlines is a bizarre, unexpected and fascinating juxtaposition of fame, media, wealth, sports, ancient history and multi-culturalism that could only happen in Hollywood.
  • The U.S. Capitol Dome is lit after the first significant snowfall of the season as the House of Representatives worked late into the evening to pass the $858 billion package of renewed tax cuts and more unemployment benefits in Washington, December 16, 20

    Congress sends tax deal to Obama

    Congress passed a compromise deal late Thursday to keep alive Bush era tax cuts for all Americans and continue to provide unemployment benefits for millions of workers, with President Barack Obama set to sign the bill into law.
  • House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-MD.

    Compromise plan has Democrats steaming

    The situation in the U.S. capital this weekend is fluid.
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    Obama's tax cut compromise threatened by House Democrats

    House Democrats are rebelling against Obama's tax cut compromise with the Republicans. On Wednesday, they essentially rejected it in its current form by passing a non-binding resolution to block it from coming to the House floor.