- Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables Updated: Apr-30-15 6:15 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions.
- Obama to talk trade in visit to Oregon, Nike Updated: Apr-30-15 5:28 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - President Barack Obama will campaign for free trade legislation during his Oregon trip next week.
- Obama under pressure to beef up Democratic support for trade Updated: Apr-30-15 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support.
- To salvage Klamath deal, tribes look to national forest Updated: Apr-27-15 4:20 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A failed land deal that would have returned part of the former Klamath Indian Reservation to the Klamath Tribes has tribal leaders now eyeing the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
- Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground Updated: Apr-27-15 1:08 pm
WASHINGTON - There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray.
- Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance Updated: Apr-22-15 2:01 pm
WASHINGTON - As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness.
- Connecticut Democrats face tough choice opposing trade deal Updated: Apr-22-15 1:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a liberal stalwart from New Haven, finds herself in an unusual spot: She's fiercely opposed to President Barack Obama on a key issue.
- Obama, lawmakers mingle to mark rare bipartisan breakthrough Updated: Apr-21-15 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner pecked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the cheek. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy conferred amiably with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Republicans and White House officials slapped each other on the back.
- For next president, a way out of the health care fights? Updated: Apr-19-15 8:18 am
WASHINGTON - Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.
- Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Updated: Apr-17-15 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."
- Oregon lawmakers seek federal tax code change for legal pot Updated: Apr-09-15 7:07 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Two members of Oregon's congressional delegation plan to introduce bills that would allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to take federal deductions on taxes like other small businesses.
- Wyden lobbies for Pendleton research center funding Updated: Apr-09-15 3:50 pm
- Senate creating secret encyclopedia of US spy programs Updated: Apr-08-15 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Trying to get a handle on hundreds of sensitive, closely held surveillance programs, a Senate committee is compiling a secret encyclopedia of American intelligence collection. It's part of an effort to improve congressional oversight of the government's sprawling global spying effort.
- US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades Updated: Apr-06-15 8:40 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of voluntary industry standards, U.S. safety officials said Monday.