- Key support for budget deal; deficits would rise Updated: Dec-11-13 4:36 pm
- Voter data-sharing proposal heads to Ohio governor Updated: Dec-11-13 4:35 pm
- Kan. senator, foe spar over opposing budget deal Updated: Dec-11-13 4:24 pm
- Senators want check of oil pipeline beneath lakes Updated: Dec-11-13 4:10 pm
- Budget deal offers stability to Pentagon spending Updated: Dec-11-13 4:05 pm
- US runs $135.2 billion budget deficit in November Updated: Dec-11-13 4:04 pm
- Landrieu running her first Senate race campaign ad Updated: Dec-11-13 3:59 pm
- Congress to hold off on Iran sanctions for now Updated: Dec-11-13 3:48 pm
- Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials Updated: Dec-11-13 3:34 pm
- Senator: Staffer's home searched in investigation Updated: Dec-11-13 3:33 pm
- Study: Labor violations don't stop gov't contracts Updated: Dec-11-13 3:29 pm
- New estimate says budget deal raises deficit $41B Updated: Dec-11-13 2:53 pm
- Candidates gear up for NC congressional race Updated: Dec-11-13 2:40 pm
- Congress raises questions about secret Iran talks Updated: Dec-11-13 2:21 pm
- Cornyn: Stockman's fascinating, but not formidable Updated: Dec-11-13 2:05 pm
- Report: 398 Alaskans pick marketplace plans Updated: Dec-11-13 1:54 pm
- Dayton eyes $975 million in construction projects Updated: Dec-11-13 1:14 pm
- Mexican Senate approves oil reform Updated: Dec-11-13 11:52 am
- Senate panel approves Obama's pick for DHS No. 2 Updated: Dec-11-13 11:34 am
- Judge dismisses Rangel's bid to overturn censure Updated: Dec-11-13 9:46 am
- Deficit hawk pans newly-minted budget deal on Hill Updated: Dec-11-13 7:35 am
- Behind eulogies, US deeply conflicted on Mandela Updated: Dec-11-13 6:48 am
- Deal will keep Ohio tank plant running Updated: Dec-11-13 5:56 am
- AP-GfK poll: Low approval of Congress, Obama Updated: Dec-11-13 3:43 am
- Dems push parade of Obama nominees through Senate Updated: Dec-11-13 3:33 am
WASHINGTON - A newly minted budget deal to avert future government shutdowns gained important ground Wednesday among House Republicans who are more accustomed to brinkmanship than compromise, even though it would nudge federal deficits higher three years in a row.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state's top election official sees a bill aimed at keeping Ohio's voter registration database up-to-date as a missed opportunity to also let residents register to vote online, his spokesman said.
TOPEKA, Kansas - U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has announced he'll vote against a bipartisan budget deal, but the Kansas Republican's primary opponent says Roberts should have spoken up earlier.
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - Three U.S. senators have asked a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters.
WASHINGTON - Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stability in spending under Congress' budget deal.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than the same period last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's campaign launched its first TV ad of the election cycle Wednesday, touting the Democratic senator's push to keep people from losing insurance policies because of the federal health care overhaul.
WASHINGTON - Possible House action this week against Iran could fall short of new penalties that might derail a short-term nuclear agreement and Senate steps seem further off, legislatives aides said Wednesday, as the Obama administration appealed for patience.
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday he has placed his chief of staff on unpaid leave after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
WASHINGTON - The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report released Wednesday that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable.
WASHINGTON - Congress' budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - With U.S. Rep. Mel Watt's confirmation as the nation's top housing regulator, candidates looking to succeed him in his North Carolina congressional district can move forward with their plans.
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are raising questions about the secret U.S. diplomacy with Iran that led to last month's nuclear breakthrough, demanding greater transparency and expressing disappointment at being left in the dark.
JUNEAU, Alaska - Government figures show 398 Alaskans signed up for private health insurance during the first two months of the online marketplace.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he is considering sending lawmakers a state construction bill of $975 million, which is substantially higher than prior expectations.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Senate on Wednesday approved the most dramatic oil reform in decades, moving the country closer to opening its beleaguered, state-run sector to private companies and investment.
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has approved President Barack Obama's pick to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Charles Rangel that had sought to overturn the 2010 House censure of the New York congressman for financial wrongdoing.
WASHINGTON - A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt.
WASHINGTON - The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century" seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career.
LIMA, Ohio - U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.
WASHINGTON - Heading into a congressional election year, Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced, a new poll finds.
WASHINGTON - Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama's court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president's nominees than they used to.