Charles Babington

Charles Babington covers Congress and national politics for the Associated Press. Prior to joining AP in 2007, he worked at The Washington Post, where he covered Maryland politics, Congress and the White House. He came to Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a one-person bureau for the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Babington holds a degree in Islamic history from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • AP
    June 19, 2015
    The House dramatically rescued President Barack Obama's trade agenda from near oblivion Thursday, and supporters urged the Senate to finish the job and give him a signature achievement in his final years in office.
  • Associated Press
    June 18, 2015
    In close cooperation with President Barack Obama, House Republicans worked to revive the administration's trade agenda on Thursday, nearly a week after it was left for dead by rebellious Democrats backed by organized labor.
  • Associated Press
    June 16, 2015
    President Barack Obama and his legislative allies scrambled Monday for ways to revive his severely wounded trade agenda, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles.
  • Associated Press
    May 22, 2015
    In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.
  • Associated Press
    May 4, 2015
    Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life.
  • Associated Press
    April 30, 2015
    Maybe it's not Mayweather-Pacquaio, but Wednesday's verbal sparring between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and EPA administrator Gina McCarthy crackled with tension and defiance.
  • Associated Press
    April 13, 2015
    Congress reconvenes Monday after a two-week recess, and plunges immediately into a fierce debate over how to control Iran's nuclear program.
  • Associated Press
    March 27, 2015
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare.
  • Associated Press
    February 26, 2015
    For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats.
  • Associated Press
    February 9, 2015
    The Israeli prime minister's upcoming speech to Congress without President Barack Obama's blessing has angered Democratic lawmakers, but they see little remedy except to hope for minimal damage to their party and U.S.-Israel relations.
  • Associated Press
    February 2, 2015
    Democrats' new message on America's economic recovery is: We told you so, and we're going to keep telling you so.
  • The Washington Post
    January 2, 2015
    Governors a­cross the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose the Affordable Care Act.
  • Associated Press
    December 31, 2014
    House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
  • Associated Press
    October 21, 2014
    Republicans are tapping into Americans' fears about Ebola in their latest attacks on the competence of the Obama administration, adding a darker and more emotional edge to their main argument of the 2014 elections.
  • Associated Press
    October 14, 2014
    Democrats are trying to gain a political edge on the Ebola front, saying Republican-driven spending cuts have hurt the nation's ability to fight the deadly disease.
  • Associated Press
    September 23, 2014
    A suspenseful election night is one thing, but what if it stretches out for a month?
  • Associated Press
    July 29, 2014
    Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds.
  • Associated Press
    July 28, 2014
    As Republicans try to win control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, they may be forced to confront runoffs in key states that could expose conservative-vs.-establishment rifts and allow relatively tiny numbers of voters to pick the nominees.
  • Associated Press
    July 23, 2014
    House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.
  • Associated Press
    July 22, 2014
    The sniping between establishment Republicans and tea partyers resumed Thursday as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse his state’s senior senator in next week’s Republican primary.
  • ABC News
    July 21, 2014
    The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year they decided to go small.
  • Associated Press
    July 21, 2014
    Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks — even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street.
  • Associated Press
    July 21, 2014
    You might think this year's candidates had learned from Barack Obama's comments about bitter people who "cling to guns or religion." Or perhaps from Mitt Romney's apparent dismissal of the 47 percent of Americans who don'
  • Los Angeles Times
    July 15, 2014
    Tuesday's elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
  • Associated Press
    July 15, 2014
    Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint.
  • Associated Press
    July 15, 2014
    Millionaires and billionaires are boosting their influence in federal elections. That's leaving political parties to play more limited roles and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns.
  • Associated Press
    July 11, 2014
    After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad th
  • Associated Press
    July 11, 2014
    President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.
  • ABC News
    July 9, 2014
    The White House said Monday that most unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief that would prevent them from being sent back from their home countries.
  • Associated Press
    July 8, 2014
    Strange, unsavory twists in Mississippi's Senate Republican race are grabbing the most attention of Tuesday's primary elections in eight states.
  • Associated Press
    July 8, 2014
    On a day with primary elections in eight states, the marquee race in Mississippi, where six-term GOP Sen. Thad Cochran faced his toughest re-election fight ever, remained too close to call hours after the polls closed.
  • Associated Press
    July 8, 2014
    Republican strength in this year's House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party's presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt Romney's defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign
  • Associated Press
    July 8, 2014
    The legal, humanitarian and political constraints facing the Obama administration as it copes with thousands of Central American children entering the country illegally came into sharp focus in a series of interviews Sunday.
  • Associated Press
    July 1, 2014
    Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

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