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Economy Aug 23Tax revenue shortfall to blame for rising deficit this year, report finds
A new government report released Tuesday blames lower-than-expected tax revenues for a spike in this year's budget deficit to $590 billion. That's an increase of about one-third over last year's tally.
Politics Jul 24Obama says Trump’s NATO comments show ‘lack of preparedness’
President Barack Obama says that GOP nominee Donald Trump's recent suggestion that the U.S. might not come to the defense of NATO allies is another sign of Trump's "lack of preparedness" on foreign policy.
Economy Jul 15White House says budget deficit will rise to $600 billion
The disappointing figures, while expected, come after the deficit has steadily declined.
Nation Jul 01Federal officials grapple with how to display Confederate flag
The National Park Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Army have longstanding guidelines for its cemeteries that permit display of the Confederate flag one or two days a year. This is particularly true in Southern states that celebrate…
Politics Jun 28Senate Democrats block GOP-drafted Zika bill
A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a more than 800 cases of Zika infection in the continental U.S.
Nation Jun 23Amid guns sit-in, House passes $1.1 billion Zika defense bill
The House has passed a $1.1 billion House-Senate measure to combat the Zika virus, but the GOP-drafted measure is a nonstarter with Senate Democrats and the Obama White House.
Politics Jun 09House panel moves to block Obama regulations on payday loans
WASHINGTON — A powerful House panel is coming to the aid of payday lenders, moving to delay Obama administration regulations aimed at cracking down on the much-criticized industry.
Politics Jun 08Ryan cracks down on floor votes after LGBT rights debate scuttled energy bill
The move means Ryan is reneging on a promise to protect the rights of lawmakers to take on a wide range of issue when the House debates annual spending bills.
Politics May 26GOP conservatives sink spending bill over LGBT rights
The sweeping 305-112 vote to kill an energy spending measure imperils efforts by GOP leaders to pass any more of the 12 annual spending bills for the upcoming budget year.
Politics May 26House reverses course, supports LGBT rights measure
More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure through late Wednesday, despite the opposition of GOP conservatives who dominate the House.