National Politics

Politics Democrats in California capital reel from scandal Democrats in California capital reel from scandal
So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution."
Politics Officials: Senate once nixed phone company option Officials: Senate once nixed phone company option
The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans' phone records.
Politics Senate hears pleas for more natural gas exports Senate hears pleas for more natural gas exports
Calls to increase U.S. natural gas exports to counter Russian influence across Europe grew louder Tuesday amid concerns that Russia will move deeper into Ukraine.
Politics Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep
The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans' phone calls.
Politics Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage
Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar prohibitions across the country.
Politics Democrats see openings in congressional departures Democrats see openings in congressional departures
If Democrats are to have any hope of mitigating the damage, they must capitalize on Republican retirements in a half-dozen swing districts. The party has cleared a path for its preferred candidates, while the GOP faces some messy primaries that underscore the divide between conservatives and the establishment.
Politics Rand Paul criticizes Obama, others over spying Rand Paul criticizes Obama, others over spying
Republican Sen. Rand Paul's criticisms of President Barack Obama and other government leaders over recent surveillance disclosures were warmly received on Wednesday at the University of California, Berkeley.
Politics Steady health care sign-ups may miss national goal Steady health care sign-ups may miss national goal
The Obama administration said Tuesday it's making steady progress on health care sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month.
Politics Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network
The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.
Politics Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
The Senate on Thursday blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute or prevent charges for alleged rapes and other serious offenses, capping an emotional, nearly yearlong fight over how to curb sexual assault in the ranks.
Politics Lawmakers press White House not to abandon science on pot rules Lawmakers press White House not to abandon science on pot rules
A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.