WASHINGTON — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.
WASHINGTON — Seeking war power authority for three years, President Barack Obama is setting up the prospect that his successor will become the third American president in a row overseeing U.S. military forces grappling with turmoil in the Middle East. Continue reading
President Obama formally asked Congress for military authorization to fight the Islamic State, triggering the first war powers vote since 2002 with the invasion of Iraq. The proposal rules out “enduring offensive combat operations” and calls for a three-year time limit on the authorization. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction to the request from Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D.-Va. Continue reading
Energy will be a key issue for the new Congress, and hydropower is one of the few areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. Legislative changes have made it easier to develop small-scale hydroelectric projects and both parties find it advantageous. Special correspondent Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports on what else proponents are seeking from lawmakers. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters, asking lawmakers to “show the world we are united in our resolve” to defeat militants who have overrun parts of the Middle East and threaten attacks on the United States. Continue reading
President Obama on Wednesday sent Congress a request for new authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State militants. In a letter to Congress, he emphasized that he is not seeking “long-term, large-scale ground combat operations” as in Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.
WASHINGTON — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.
WASHINGTON — Congress has awarded the congressional gold medal to the First Special Service Force, an elite strike force of U.S. and Canadian soldiers that conducted covert operations to help liberate France and Italy during World War II.
In our news wrap Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act — a first for the new Congress but the 56th time that House Republicans that tried to repeal the law. Also, advocacy groups reported that a growing gap between bachelor degrees received by students from wealthier families and those from the lowest income bracket more than doubled since 1970. Continue reading