WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats have taken advantage of their weakening of filibusters and muscled through the Senate President Barack Obama's pick to lead a housing regulation agency.
By 57-41 Tuesday, senators confirmed Rep. Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Obama nominated the
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in
By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin
By WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Eccentric and extremely conservative, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman made a big splash when he entered Texas' 2014 U.S. Senate race, stunning the political world with a last-minute challenge against powerful Republican incumbent John Cornyn. But
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, will join President Barack Obama's inner circle for one year as a counselor to focus on energy and climate change issues, the White House said Tuesday.
White House spokesman Jay
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and Russia are marking the end of a 20-year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants.
The final shipment arrived in Baltimore this week. The shipment was
By DEB RIECHMANNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. envoy to Afghanistan says a delay in signing a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan is raising anxiety and imposing unnecessary costs on the Afghan people.
A national assembly endorsed the deal last month, but Afghan
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Government dairy subsidies that affect the cost of a gallon of milk are set to expire at the end of the year as farm-state lawmakers said Tuesday that they do not expect to have a new farm bill - or an extension of current law - before Jan 1
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's that time of year again: doctors caring for Medicare patients once more face a steep pay cut. But this time Congress is pursuing a permanent fix to the annual drama that has undermined the medical profession's confidence in
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The commandant of the Marine Corps is appealing to House and Senate leaders to complete a defense policy bill before the end of the year, calling it a national security imperative.
Gen. James Amos sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders
By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Comet ISON, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a way-too-close brush with the sun. It was barely a year old.
The comet, which excited astronomers and the media as it zipped within 730,000 miles of the sun
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A spokesman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the evangelist has generally been weaker since his 95th birthday celebration last month but his vital signs are good.
Spokesman Mark DeMoss said Tuesday that Graham is at his home in Montreat, N.C., and does not appear to be in any
By PAUL FOYAssociated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An avalanche that was caught on video dragged a backcountry skier into a Utah ravine and buried her in snow, but the woman survived because she deployed a special air bag and other skiers were able to quickly dig her out, witnesses said Tuesday.