By PAULINE JELINEKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as it faces budget cuts and forced employee furloughs, the Pentagon is spending nearly a $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily.
Unemployment Compensation for Ex-
By JIM ABRAMSAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are pushing legislation that would end or consolidate dozens of overlapping job-training programs to make it easier for job seekers to gain the skills they need.
It's a goal shared by President Barack Obama, but the GOP bill
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - At a recent gathering of House committee and subcommittee chairmen, Republican lawmakers were asked if they could name the legislative affairs staffer at the White House responsible for staying in contact with their panel.
Not a single one could,
By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMASAssociated Press
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The Republican Party's 2012 presidential ticket is returning to the national stage as thousands of conservative activists gather outside Washington to examine the GOP's future.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will
By NEDRA PICKLER and MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize $200 million a year for research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil.
Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State
By FRANK BAJAKAssociated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The people tapped by Hugo Chavez to carry on his socialist revolution seem to be improvising the rules of governing as they march toward what most Venezuelans consider certain victory in a mid-April vote to replace the late president.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
A story on the newspaper's website said that as part of the probe federal agents
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday that he is optimistic that President Barack Obama will be able to reach an agreement with Republicans in Congress to break a budget impasse that's triggered across-the-board government spending
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail next month, heading to California for a pair of fundraisers for Democratic congressional candidates.
The April 3 events will kick off what is expected to be a robust effort by Obama
By SARA BURNETTAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Businesswoman Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education Thursday amid speculation that the longtime ally to President Barack Obama could be named the next U.S. Commerce secretary.
Pritzker was a top fundraiser for Obama's 2008 and