National Politics

Politics Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by 1 percent
Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote.
Politics GOP tries to school candidates to avoid disaster GOP tries to school candidates to avoid disaster
Having watched several promising campaigns collapse in 2012 after candidates made catastrophic mistakes, national Republican leaders are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for this year's midterm elections.
Politics In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity
Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic opportunity in America, asserting in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink the income gap between the rich and the poor.
Politics Feds subpoena NJ Gov. Christie's campaign, GOP Feds subpoena NJ Gov. Christie's campaign, GOP
Federal prosecutors have escalated their criminal investigation into allegations that Gov. Chris Christie's aides created traffic jams as political payback, subpoenaing his re-election campaign and the state Republican leadership.
Politics States weighing labels on genetically altered food States weighing labels on genetically altered food
In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.
Politics Survey finds growing distrust in government worldwide Survey finds growing distrust in government worldwide
Trust in elected leaders has fallen sharply, a global survey revealed Monday, citing the protracted budget battle in Washington that nearly saw the U.S. default on its debts and Europe's stuttering response to its debt crisis as key reasons for the drop.
Politics Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents.
Politics Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections
President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records.
Politics Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says
Both highly critical and bipartisan, a Senate report declared Wednesday that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.
Politics U.S. House approves government-wide $1.1 trillion budget U.S. House approves government-wide $1.1 trillion budget
Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties.
Politics RNC ditching role of ad maker, funder RNC ditching role of ad maker, funder
The Republican National Committee is largely getting out of the advertising business and instead will defer to super PACs and campaign committees to have a greater role during this year's midterm election, senior GOP officials said Tuesday.
Politics NJ Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry NJ Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry
Democrats in New Jersey sharpened their aim at Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, forming special legislative committees to explore the role politics played in traffic jams last fall and announcing that the investigation has grown into an abuse of power probe.