National Politics

Politics Religious freedom bill riles gay rights supporters Religious freedom bill riles gay rights supporters
The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
Politics Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes
Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes.
Politics Budget office: Wage hike would raise pay for 16.5 million Budget office: Wage hike would raise pay for 16.5 million
Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 workers.
Politics What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA What can unite liberals and tea partyers? The NSA
By exposing the NSA's vast surveillance web, Snowden created a link between tea partyers and liberals - two tribes camped on opposite sides of the nation's political chasm.
Politics Senate passes debt limit bill for Obama Senate passes debt limit bill for Obama
Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
Politics No drama this time: House passes debt ceiling increase No drama this time: House passes debt ceiling increase
The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.
Politics Another delay granted in health law's employer requirement
Trying to limit election-year damage on health care, the Obama administration Monday granted business groups another delay in a much-criticized requirement that larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
Politics Senator seeks records on military sex crimes Senator seeks records on military sex crimes
The Pentagon is coming under pressure to give Congress detailed information on the handling of sex crime cases in the armed forces following an Associated Press investigation that found a pattern of inconsistent judgments and light penalties for sexual assaults at U.S. bases in Japan.
Politics Reports: NSA gets under 30 percent of phone data Reports: NSA gets under 30 percent of phone data
The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of calling data from Americans despite the agency's massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers reported Friday.
Politics Health care law will mean fewer people on the job, CBO says Health care law will mean fewer people on the job, CBO says
Several million American workers will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
Politics Gov. Christie reiterates: No role in lane closures Gov. Christie reiterates: No role in lane closures
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he may have heard about congestion on the George Washington Bridge last fall but it didn't register as anything more than regular traffic jams because he wasn't aware his aides had ordered lanes blocked, apparently for political retribution.
Politics Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Gov. Christie on closures Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Gov. Christie on closures
Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration.
Politics 20-term Dem Waxman to retire; Sandra Fluke may run 20-term Dem Waxman to retire; Sandra Fluke may run
Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.