OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark are asking Washington state's congressional delegation for their support in seeking additional money that could be used for fighting wildfires.
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama's health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press.
By JENNIFER AGIESTA and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 11:17 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 3:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.
By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:22 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.
By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
July 30, 2014 10:16 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.
By JULIE PACE and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:54 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:35 p.m.
McALLEN, Texas — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.
By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau
July 29, 2014 5:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Obama administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands.
By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
July 29, 2014 5:18 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, handing him a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
July 29, 2014 5:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON — After Democrats said Tuesday they had raised $7.6 million by warning supporters that a planned GOP lawsuit against President Barack Obama could lead to impeachment, House Speaker John A. Boehner accused the White House of engaging in a fundraising "scam" because there are "no plans" for such a step.
LEWISTON, Maine — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.