With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.
The nation's largest freight rail carriers have announced they will provide health benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.
Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is working with a colleague from South Dakota to fight President Obama's plan to cap tax deductions for charitable donations for the wealthiest Americans.
Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.
After reviewing classified legal opinions used by the Obama administration to justify killing an American without trial with a drone, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and other members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say the action was legal.
The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.
Money, star power and Hollywood awaited President Barack Obama on a West Coast swing featuring a bit of official business but mostly fundraising for a Democratic Party eager to go on offense after a politically debilitating two months.
Being speaker of the House doesn't make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner.
Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's current and future nominees, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.
Senators on Tuesday illustrated their paralysis over what to do with the Guantanamo Bay prison, voting down dueling bills to loosen and tighten restrictions on transferring detainees.
Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel says he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a sentence of a year's probation.
A tiny Utah town had to skip an election earlier this month because part-time officials forgot to advertise or prepare for it - and it wasn't the town's first election flub.
The National Security Agency reported its own violations of surveillance rules to a U.S. intelligence court and promised additional safety measures to prevent similar missteps over and over again, according to more than 1,000 pages of newly declassified files about the federal government's controversial program of collecting every American's phone records during the past seven years.
Toronto's City Council voted Monday to strip scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford of many of his powers following a heated debate in which he knocked over a female councilor.