Several state legislators from Clark County remain apprehensive about supporting a transportation plan that would raise gas taxes but include little in projects for Southwest Washington, they told business and community leaders Wednesday morning.
By Greg Giroux, Bloomberg News
December 11, 2013 12:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Most Republican senators seeking re-election next year face primary challenges, underscoring differences in tone and ideology within the party as it seeks to wrest control of the chamber from the Democrats.
By CHARLES BABINGTON and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Americans' perceptions of President Barack Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds.
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
December 11, 2013 10:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
By Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Washington Post
December 11, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new study.
By Andrew Taylor and David Espo, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 3:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.
By Scott Fallon, The Record
December 10, 2013 10:59 a.m.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has refused to join a coalition of eight Eastern states seeking to curb air pollution blowing in from Midwest and Southern coal-fired power plants that help make New Jersey's air quality among the worst in the nation.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:46 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
By Alan Clendenning, Jon Gambrell and Julie Pace,, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:36 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
Outgoing Vancouver City Council members will have their names and years of service on engraved bricks in Propstra Square across from City Hall, a tradition that will start with Jeanne Harris and Jeanne Stewart.
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 1:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Racing a midnight deadline, Congress is ready to renew the expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But lawmakers are sure to reject toughening those restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11:24 a.m.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that if they don't resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad, defense officials said.
By GRANT PECK and JINDA WEDEL, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 11 a.m.
BANGKOK — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house on Monday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.
By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 10:54 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego, completing the fall of the former 10-term congressman who barely a year ago achieved his long dream of being elected leader of the nation's eighth-largest city.