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  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:19:53 GMT
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.
  • DC Council sues mayor over budget autonomy law

    DC Council sues mayor over budget autonomy law

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:03:39 GMT
    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent Gray's office over a law that gives the city more control over its local budget. District voters approved a referendum in 2012 that allows the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization by Congress. Gray supported the measure but said he had questions about its legality.
    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent Gray's office over a law that gives the city more control over its local budget. District voters approved a referendum in 2012 that allows the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization by Congress. Gray supported the measure but said he had questions about its legality.
  • Md. Gov. O'Malley signs pot decriminalization bill

    Md. Gov. O'Malley signs pot decriminalization bill

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:11:35 GMT
    Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, starting Oct. 1.
    Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, starting Oct. 1.
  • Video: Outgoing Secretary Sebelius missing pages during speech

    Video: Outgoing Secretary Sebelius missing pages during speech

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:10:27 GMT
    Outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lost her place momentarily during her speech at a Rose Garden ceremony Friday morning, when she discovered a page from her speech was missing.
    Outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lost her place momentarily during her speech at a Rose Garden ceremony Friday morning, when she discovered a page from her speech was missing.
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:37:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary. The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.
    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.
  • Md. customers accepting 'smart meters'

    Md. customers accepting 'smart meters'

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:43:46 GMT
    For the last couple of years, electric utilities in Maryland have been replacing conventional meters at the homes of residential customers with "smart meters." The new meters send wireless signals to the company, typically once a day.
    For the last couple of years, electric utilities in Maryland have been replacing conventional meters at the homes of residential customers with "smart meters." The new meters send wireless signals to the company, typically once a day.
  • Rep. Jim Moran loses bid to boost lawmakers' pay

    Rep. Jim Moran loses bid to boost lawmakers' pay

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:20:43 GMT
    A retiring congressman has lost his quixotic bid to give members of Congress $25 a day to help with their living expenses in Washington.
    A retiring congressman has lost his quixotic bid to give members of Congress $25 a day to help with their living expenses in Washington.
  • Md. lawmakers approve marijuana decriminalization, minimum wage increase

    Md. lawmakers approve marijuana decriminalization, minimum wage increase

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:59:55 GMT
    The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018 and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.
    The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018 and to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession.
  • Maryland passes distracted driving bill known as Jake's Law

    Maryland passes distracted driving bill known as Jake's Law

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:23:25 GMT
    A measure to increase penalties for distracted driving that cause serious accidents has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.
    A measure to increase penalties for distracted driving that cause serious accidents has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.
  • Md. lawmakers reach compromise on medical marijuana

    Md. lawmakers reach compromise on medical marijuana

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:19:36 GMT
    The House and Senate have reached a final agreement on plans to make medical marijuana more widely available.
    The House and Senate have reached a final agreement on plans to make medical marijuana more widely available.
  • Md. lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

    Md. lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:16:00 GMT
    The Maryland General Assembly has approved incremental increases to the minimum wage over several years. The House of Delegates voted 87-47 Monday to give final approval to increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January.
    The Maryland General Assembly has approved incremental increases to the minimum wage over several years. The House of Delegates voted 87-47 Monday to give final approval to increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January.
  • Streetcars at center of Arlington election

    Streetcars at center of Arlington election

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:57:50 GMT
    Voters in Arlington will decide Tuesday on whom to elect to a vacant seat on the County Board. And the proposed streetcar project for Columbia Pike has become a central part of the debate.
    Voters in Arlington will decide Tuesday on whom to elect to a vacant seat on the County Board. And the proposed streetcar project for Columbia Pike has become a central part of the debate.
  • Top 10 replacements for David Letterman ... featuring DC Mayor Vincent Gray!

    Top 10 replacements for David Letterman ... featuring DC Mayor Vincent Gray!

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:58:16 GMT
    When David Letterman calls it quits in 2015, who will take over? You can't beat this list of Top 10 Letterman replacements featuring D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray!
    When David Letterman calls it quits in 2015, who will take over? You can't beat this list of Top 10 Letterman replacements featuring D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray!
  • Gray, Bowser meet for first time since election at Democratic unity breakfast

    Gray, Bowser meet for first time since election at Democratic unity breakfast

    Friday, April 4 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-04-04 17:01:50 GMT
    Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser met Friday for the first time since Bowser ‘s victory in the district’s Democratic primary election.
    Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser met Friday for the first time since Bowser ‘s victory in the district’s Democratic primary election.
  • DC Mayor Vincent Gray unhappy about loss, undecided on supporting Bowser

    DC Mayor Vincent Gray unhappy about loss, undecided on supporting Bowser

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:01:28 GMT
    It has been two days since Vincent Gray's defeat in the D.C. Democratic mayoral primary. For the first time, we are hearing how he really feels about losing to Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser.
    It has been two days since Vincent Gray's defeat in the D.C. Democratic mayoral primary. For the first time, we are hearing how he really feels about losing to Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser.
  • DC mayoral nominee can't breeze to victory

    DC mayoral nominee can't breeze to victory

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:15:30 GMT
    Muriel Bowser's decisive victory in the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary makes her the presumptive favorite to become the city's eighth mayor, but she can't expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees have in four decades of mayoral elections.
    Muriel Bowser's decisive victory in the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary makes her the presumptive favorite to become the city's eighth mayor, but she can't expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees have in four decades of mayoral elections.
  • Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up

    Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:09:21 GMT
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.
  • Graham, Wells out of DC council after defeats

    Graham, Wells out of DC council after defeats

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:34:10 GMT
    Two D.C. council members are out of jobs. Ward One council member Jim Graham was handily defeated by political newcomer Brianne Nadeau.
    Two D.C. council members are out of jobs. Ward One council member Jim Graham was handily defeated by political newcomer Brianne Nadeau.
  • Voting machines lead to delay in DC primary results

    Voting machines lead to delay in DC primary results

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-04-02 04:17:30 GMT
    District of Columbia elections officials say some problems with electronic voting machines have led to a delay in reporting results from the city's Democratic mayoral primary.
    District of Columbia elections officials say some problems with electronic voting machines have led to a delay in reporting results from the city's Democratic mayoral primary.
  • DC mayor seeks second term as Tuesday primary arrives

    DC mayor seeks second term as Tuesday primary arrives

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-04-02 02:13:55 GMT
    The embattled mayor of the nation's capital sought a second term Tuesday, with many voters weighing praise for his performance in office against a federal investigation of his 2010 campaign that has cloaked the incumbent in scandal.
    The embattled mayor of the nation's capital sought a second term Tuesday, with many voters weighing praise for his performance in office against a federal investigation of his 2010 campaign that has cloaked the incumbent in scandal.
  • Congress demands answers on delay in GM recall

    Congress demands answers on delay in GM recall

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:30:03 GMT
    The piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, according to documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers investigating why the company took 10 years to recall cars with the flaw.
    The piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, according to documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers investigating why the company took 10 years to recall cars with the flaw.
  • Deeds: 'Real work lies ahead' on mental health

    Deeds: 'Real work lies ahead' on mental health

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:47:56 GMT
    R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health reform he helped push through the state's General Assembly in the wake of the tragedy "incremental change."
    R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health reform he helped push through the state's General Assembly in the wake of the tragedy "incremental change."
  • DC Mayor Vincent Gray signs pot decriminalization bill

    DC Mayor Vincent Gray signs pot decriminalization bill

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:28:21 GMT
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.
  • Va. inspector general report issued in Deeds case

    Va. inspector general report issued in Deeds case

    Thursday, March 27 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-03-27 23:11:53 GMT
    A report shows state investigators found no evidence a state mental health official tried to contact two facilities that had room to admit state Sen. Creigh Deeds' son hours before he attacked the senator and then killed himself.
    A report shows state investigators found no evidence a state mental health official tried to contact two facilities that had room to admit state Sen. Creigh Deeds' son hours before he attacked the senator and then killed himself.
  • Obama, Pope Francis find common ground -- and divisions

    Obama, Pope Francis find common ground -- and divisions

    Thursday, March 27 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-03-27 23:05:39 GMT
    Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.
    Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.
  • Amid scandal, some seek alternative to DC mayor

    Amid scandal, some seek alternative to DC mayor

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-03-27 21:00:48 GMT
    The defining moment of a bizarre election season in the nation's capital wasn't provided by Mayor Vincent Gray or any of the seven Democrats trying to unseat him in next week's primary. Instead, it came from the city's top prosecutor.
    The defining moment of a bizarre election season in the nation's capital wasn't provided by Mayor Vincent Gray or any of the seven Democrats trying to unseat him in next week's primary. Instead, it came from the city's top prosecutor.
  • Negative attack ads, websites in full force in DC mayoral race

    Negative attack ads, websites in full force in DC mayoral race

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-03-26 23:29:18 GMT
    The candidates for mayor in D.C.’s upcoming primary are now in the home stretch. Election Day is next Tuesday and things are getting dirty.
    The candidates for mayor in D.C.’s upcoming primary are now in the home stretch. Election Day is next Tuesday and things are getting dirty.
  • Ex-Virginia governor, wife request separate trials

    Ex-Virginia governor, wife request separate trials

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-03-26 19:48:46 GMT
    Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have asked a federal judge to order separate trials in their public corruption case.
    Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have asked a federal judge to order separate trials in their public corruption case.
  • 3 Secret Service agents sent home for disciplinary reasons before Obama trip

    3 Secret Service agents sent home for disciplinary reasons before Obama trip

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-03-26 03:49:31 GMT
    The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.
    The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.
  • Obama administration grants extra time to enroll for health care

    Obama administration grants extra time to enroll for health care

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-03-26 02:38:08 GMT
    People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
    People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
  • Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell seeks dismissal of corruption charges

    Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell seeks dismissal of corruption charges

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-03-26 00:43:48 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking a federal judge to dismiss most of the charges he and his wife face in a public corruption case.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking a federal judge to dismiss most of the charges he and his wife face in a public corruption case.
  • DC mayor signs senior property tax exemption

    DC mayor signs senior property tax exemption

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-03-25 20:21:42 GMT
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that exempts certain longtime city residents from paying property taxes.
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that exempts certain longtime city residents from paying property taxes.
  • Obama orders new round of sanctions on Russia

    Obama orders new round of sanctions on Russia

    Thursday, March 20 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-03-20 20:36:49 GMT
    Seeking to intensify pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, targeting President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff and 19 other individuals as well as a Russian bank that provides them support.
    Seeking to intensify pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, targeting President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff and 19 other individuals as well as a Russian bank that provides them support.
  • Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes first bill

    Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes first bill

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-03-19 20:00:49 GMT
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed his first piece of legislation.
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed his first piece of legislation.
  • Marion Barry endorses DC Mayor Vincent Gray amid federal probe

    Marion Barry endorses DC Mayor Vincent Gray amid federal probe

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-03-19 19:54:21 GMT
    Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry says Mayor Vincent Gray should be re-elected because of his experience and track record, and he brushed off concerns about a federal investigation of Gray's 2010 campaign, saying, "I know about how U.S. attorneys work."
    Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry says Mayor Vincent Gray should be re-elected because of his experience and track record, and he brushed off concerns about a federal investigation of Gray's 2010 campaign, saying, "I know about how U.S. attorneys work."
  • Marion Barry to endorse embattled DC Mayor Vincent Gray

    Marion Barry to endorse embattled DC Mayor Vincent Gray

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-03-18 23:50:46 GMT
    Embattled District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is getting a boost from the man dubbed the city's "Mayor-for-Life."
    Embattled District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is getting a boost from the man dubbed the city's "Mayor-for-Life."
  • Judge denies ex-Virginia governor's motion

    Judge denies ex-Virginia governor's motion

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-03-18 20:18:27 GMT
    A federal judge denied a request Tuesday by the defense team of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, to limit prosecutors' involvement in a civil case against the government's key witness, the latest in a string of failed motions by the defense team.
    A federal judge denied a request Tuesday by the defense team of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, to limit prosecutors' involvement in a civil case against the government's key witness, the latest in a string of failed motions by the defense team.
  • DC Council to weigh special-education overhaul

    DC Council to weigh special-education overhaul

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-03-18 20:15:18 GMT
    A D.C. councilmember says special education is facing a crisis in the nation's capital and has introduced legislation intended to overhaul the system and improve student outcomes.
    A D.C. councilmember says special education is facing a crisis in the nation's capital and has introduced legislation intended to overhaul the system and improve student outcomes.
  • Early voting begins in DC mayoral race

    Early voting begins in DC mayoral race

    Monday, March 17 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-03-17 19:44:52 GMT
    Voters are getting their first chance to cast ballots in a scandal-marred race for District of Columbia mayor.
    Voters are getting their first chance to cast ballots in a scandal-marred race for District of Columbia mayor.
  • Marion Barry unsure whether DC mayor Gray can win re-election

    Marion Barry unsure whether DC mayor Gray can win re-election

    Friday, March 14 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-03-15 03:13:37 GMT
    Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry says he's not sure whether Mayor Vincent Gray can win re-election amid allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about an illegal "shadow campaign" in 2010.
    Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry says he's not sure whether Mayor Vincent Gray can win re-election amid allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about an illegal "shadow campaign" in 2010.
  • Ex-Va. Gov Bob McDonnell seeks FDA, SEC files on likely witness

    Ex-Va. Gov Bob McDonnell seeks FDA, SEC files on likely witness

    Friday, March 14 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-03-14 20:11:15 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorneys are seeking documents from two federal agencies that they hope to use to attack the credibility of the government's expected star witness in his public corruption case.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorneys are seeking documents from two federal agencies that they hope to use to attack the credibility of the government's expected star witness in his public corruption case.
  • Mayoral candidates say federal probe is hurting DC

    Mayoral candidates say federal probe is hurting DC

    Thursday, March 13 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-03-14 01:29:54 GMT
    Rivals to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray say the city is suffering because of the federal investigation of the mayor's 2010 campaign.
    Rivals to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray say the city is suffering because of the federal investigation of the mayor's 2010 campaign.
  • Zuckerberg voices frustration with Obama over NSA

    Zuckerberg voices frustration with Obama over NSA

    Thursday, March 13 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-03-13 22:16:17 GMT
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.
  • New Hampshire House supports DC voting rights

    New Hampshire House supports DC voting rights

    Thursday, March 13 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-03-13 21:42:45 GMT
    New Hampshire's House of Representatives has voted to support voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia.
    New Hampshire's House of Representatives has voted to support voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia.
  • Md. Del. Mizeur plans rally on marijuana reform bills

    Md. Del. Mizeur plans rally on marijuana reform bills

    Thursday, March 13 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-03-13 19:31:47 GMT
    A state delegate who's running for governor is planning a rally with marijuana reform advocates before she urges other lawmakers to decriminalize the drug.
    A state delegate who's running for governor is planning a rally with marijuana reform advocates before she urges other lawmakers to decriminalize the drug.
  • Obama calls for a 'rethinking' on Crimea vote

    Obama calls for a 'rethinking' on Crimea vote

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-03-12 22:07:55 GMT
    Counting down to a high-stakes Crimean referendum, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would "completely reject" a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goes ahead on Sunday. Adding pressure on Russia, the Senate advanced a package of potentially tough economic sanctions against Moscow.
    Counting down to a high-stakes Crimean referendum, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would "completely reject" a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goes ahead on Sunday. Adding pressure on Russia, the Senate advanced a package of potentially tough economic sanctions against Moscow.
  • Councilmember David Catania running for DC mayor

    Councilmember David Catania running for DC mayor

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-03-12 21:23:34 GMT
    At-large D.C. councilmember David Catania, once a Republican, is the latest candidate to run for mayor of Washington. Visiting election headquarters Wednesday morning, Catania has filed paperwork to run as an independent in November's general election.
    At-large D.C. councilmember David Catania, once a Republican, is the latest candidate to run for mayor of Washington. Visiting election headquarters Wednesday morning, Catania has filed paperwork to run as an independent in November's general election.
  • Minor change to DC Height Act advances in House

    Minor change to DC Height Act advances in House

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-03-12 20:29:15 GMT
    A House committee has approved a minor change to the century-old law that bans skyscrapers in the nation's capital.
    A House committee has approved a minor change to the century-old law that bans skyscrapers in the nation's capital.
  • Treasurer for former DC councilmember charged with stealing from campaign

    Treasurer for former DC councilmember charged with stealing from campaign

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-03-12 19:36:26 GMT
    The campaign treasurer for a former D.C. councilmember has been indicted on charges of stealing $115,000 from a campaign account.
    The campaign treasurer for a former D.C. councilmember has been indicted on charges of stealing $115,000 from a campaign account.
  • Despite scandal, Mayor Gray makes pitch for 2nd term at 'State of the District'

    Despite scandal, Mayor Gray makes pitch for 2nd term at 'State of the District'

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-03-12 01:57:23 GMT
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a "shadow campaign" with a convicted donor nicknamed "Uncle Earl."
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a "shadow campaign" with a convicted donor nicknamed "Uncle Earl."
  • Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network

    Senator: CIA improperly searched computer network

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-03-11 20:12:48 GMT
    The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration.
    The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration.
  • David Catania to run for DC mayor as independent

    David Catania to run for DC mayor as independent

    Monday, March 10 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-03-11 02:16:02 GMT
    Councilmember David Catania will be the latest District of Columbia politician to enter the race for mayor.
    Councilmember David Catania will be the latest District of Columbia politician to enter the race for mayor.
  • Maryland Transit: Holocaust reparations bill jeopardizes rail funding

    Maryland Transit: Holocaust reparations bill jeopardizes rail funding

    Monday, March 10 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-03-10 22:39:07 GMT
    Legal problems could arise if Maryland tries to force a French rail company to pay reparations to Holocaust victims, rather than leaving negotiations to the U.S. government.
    Legal problems could arise if Maryland tries to force a French rail company to pay reparations to Holocaust victims, rather than leaving negotiations to the U.S. government.
  • Md. considers banning sale of energy drinks to minors

    Md. considers banning sale of energy drinks to minors

    Friday, March 7 2014 6:27 PM EST2014-03-07 23:27:04 GMT
    Should minors be forbidden from buying (or consuming) “energy drinks?” The Maryland legislature is currently considering a bill that would do that.
    Should minors be forbidden from buying (or consuming) “energy drinks?” The Maryland legislature is currently considering a bill that would do that.
  • Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

    Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:36 PM EST2014-03-06 01:36:23 GMT
    The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing Wednesday.
    The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing Wednesday amid signs that a congressional investigation into the affair may be stalling.
  • Marion Barry released from rehab facility

    Marion Barry released from rehab facility

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-03-05 23:28:32 GMT
    Former District of Columbia mayor and current councilman Marion Barry has been released from a center where he spent 16 days trying to regain his mobility.
    Former District of Columbia mayor and current councilman Marion Barry has been released from a center where he spent 16 days trying to regain his mobility.
  • Boehner: Congress will 'look at' DC pot decriminalization bill

    Boehner: Congress will 'look at' DC pot decriminalization bill

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 3:43 PM EST2014-03-05 20:43:19 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner says he's sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
    House Speaker John Boehner says he's sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
  • Mayor Gray wants Secret Service changes after gridlock

    Mayor Gray wants Secret Service changes after gridlock

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 3:23 PM EST2014-03-05 20:23:58 GMT
    Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for changes to Secret Service protocols for visiting dignitaries to avoid downtown gridlock.
    Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for changes to Secret Service protocols for visiting dignitaries to avoid downtown gridlock.
  • Obama budget would give DC more autonomy

    Obama budget would give DC more autonomy

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 7:01 PM EST2014-03-05 00:01:21 GMT
    The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says President Barack Obama's budget proposal would give the district some long-sought freedom over local affairs.
    The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says President Barack Obama's budget proposal would give the district some long-sought freedom over local affairs.
  • Obama's budget: Election-year themes to rally Dems

    Obama's budget: Election-year themes to rally Dems

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 6:51 PM EST2014-03-04 23:51:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama's election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table.
    President Barack Obama's election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table.
  • DC Council votes to decriminalize pot possession

    DC Council votes to decriminalize pot possession

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 4:30 PM EST2014-03-04 21:30:15 GMT
    Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would no longer be a criminal offense in the nation's capital under a bill approved by the D.C. Council.
    Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana would no longer be a criminal offense in the nation's capital under a bill approved by the D.C. Council.
  • Official looking into attack on Va. senator Creigh Deeds resigns

    Official looking into attack on Va. senator Creigh Deeds resigns

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 3:49 PM EST2014-03-04 20:49:06 GMT
    Citing interference, the lead investigator of the events that led to an attack on a Virginia state senator by his son has resigned.
    Citing interference, the lead investigator of the events that led to an attack on a Virginia state senator by his son has resigned.
  • Pro-Russian forces fire warning shots in Ukraine as as Kerry heads to Kiev

    Pro-Russian forces fire warning shots in Ukraine as as Kerry heads to Kiev

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 4:57 AM EST2014-03-04 09:57:44 GMT
    Pro-Russian troops fired warning shots at around 300 Ukrainian soldiers protesting at a military airfield in the Crimea, as Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev in an expression of support for Ukraine's sovereignty.
    Pro-Russian troops fired warning shots at around 300 Ukrainian soldiers protesting at a military airfield in the Crimea, as Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev in an expression of support for Ukraine's sovereignty.
  • Obama could pull Russia trip amid Ukraine tumult

    Obama could pull Russia trip amid Ukraine tumult

    Friday, February 28 2014 8:21 PM EST2014-03-01 01:21:16 GMT
    U.S. officials said Friday that President Barack Obama may scrap plans to attend an international summit in Russia this summer and could also halt discussions on deepening trade ties with Moscow, raising specific possible consequences if Russia should intervene in Ukraine. Obama himself bluntly warned of unspecified "costs" for Russia.
    U.S. officials said Friday that President Barack Obama may scrap plans to attend an international summit in Russia this summer and could also halt discussions on deepening trade ties with Moscow, raising specific possible consequences if Russia should intervene in Ukraine. Obama himself bluntly warned of unspecified "costs" for Russia.
  • Parents of sick Md. girl fight for 'Lily's Law'

    Parents of sick Md. girl fight for 'Lily's Law'

    Friday, February 28 2014 7:43 PM EST2014-03-01 00:43:21 GMT
    A Leonardtown, Md., family is trying to convince the state legislature to expand the number of maladies for which newborn babies are checked. Their own two-year-old daughter suffers from a rare neurological condition that, had it been detected earlier, might have been cured.
    A Leonardtown, Md., family is trying to convince the state legislature to expand the number of maladies for which newborn babies are checked. Their own two-year-old daughter suffers from a rare neurological condition that, had it been detected earlier, might have been cured.
  • '90s documents show Clintons' health care concerns

    '90s documents show Clintons' health care concerns

    Friday, February 28 2014 6:57 PM EST2014-02-28 23:57:01 GMT
    Bill Clinton's aides revealed concern early in his presidency about the health care overhaul effort led by his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and later about what they saw as a need to soften her image, according to documents released Friday. Mrs. Clinton now is a potential 2016 presidential contender.
    Bill Clinton's aides revealed concern early in his presidency about the health care overhaul effort led by his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and later about what they saw as a need to soften her image, according to documents released Friday. Mrs. Clinton now is a potential 2016 presidential contender.
  • Md. House passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

    Md. House passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'

    Friday, February 28 2014 4:54 PM EST2014-02-28 21:54:57 GMT
    The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a measure making it a crime to post so-called revenge porn.
    The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a measure making it a crime to post so-called revenge porn.
  • Tea party activists strategize in DC on 5th anniversary

    Tea party activists strategize in DC on 5th anniversary

    Thursday, February 27 2014 6:53 PM EST2014-02-27 23:53:27 GMT
    National polls show -- among voters -- a decline in support for the tea party movement in the United States. The largely grassroots movement is now five years old.
    National polls show -- among voters -- a decline in support for the tea party movement in the United States. The largely grassroots movement is now five years old.
  • Panda running for mayor of DC?

    Panda running for mayor of DC?

    Thursday, February 27 2014 6:32 PM EST2014-02-27 23:32:13 GMT
    There is breaking news from the campaign trail. In the race for D.C. mayor, there is now a most unusual candidate. Somebody out there in Twitterville is promoting a giant panda for mayor!
    There is breaking news from the campaign trail. In the race for D.C. mayor, there is now a most unusual candidate. Somebody out there in Twitterville is promoting a giant panda for mayor!
  • Md. Lt. Gov. Brown discusses measures on marijuana

    Md. Lt. Gov. Brown discusses measures on marijuana

    Friday, February 21 2014 4:03 PM EST2014-02-21 21:03:14 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland.
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland.
  • Washington Post endorses Muriel Bowser for DC mayor

    Washington Post endorses Muriel Bowser for DC mayor

    Friday, February 21 2014 12:33 PM EST2014-02-21 17:33:47 GMT
    The Washington Post has endorsed D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser in the city's Democratic mayoral primary. The Post editorial board cited the years-long federal investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign in declining to back him for a second term.
    The Washington Post has endorsed D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser in the city's Democratic mayoral primary. The Post editorial board cited the years-long federal investigation of Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign in declining to back him for a second term.
  • Obama threatens consequences for Ukraine violence

    Obama threatens consequences for Ukraine violence

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 7:49 PM EST2014-02-20 00:49:50 GMT
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Ukraine to avoid violence against peaceful protesters or face consequences, as the United States considered joining European partners to impose sanctions aimed at ending deadly street clashes that are sparking fears of civil war.
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Ukraine to avoid violence against peaceful protesters or face consequences, as the United States considered joining European partners to impose sanctions aimed at ending deadly street clashes that are sparking fears of civil war.
  • Marion Barry moved to rehabilitation center

    Marion Barry moved to rehabilitation center

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 3:13 PM EST2014-02-19 20:13:45 GMT
    D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry is out of the hospital and has been moved to a rehabilitation center where he will get additional rest and undergo physical therapy.
    D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry is out of the hospital and has been moved to a rehabilitation center where he will get additional rest and undergo physical therapy.
  • Budget office: Minimum wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

    Budget office: Minimum wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 7:58 PM EST2014-02-19 00:58:32 GMT
    Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.
    Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.
  • DC considering bill to make smoking in vehicle with children under 12 illegal

    DC considering bill to make smoking in vehicle with children under 12 illegal

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 7:29 PM EST2014-02-19 00:29:26 GMT
    City leaders in D.C. are considering a new bill that could make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids under the age of 12.
    City leaders in D.C. are considering a new bill that could make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids under the age of 12.
  • Washington Post poll: Brown leading Gansler by 2-1 margin

    Washington Post poll: Brown leading Gansler by 2-1 margin

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 6:02 PM EST2014-02-18 23:02:51 GMT
    A Washington Post poll says Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is leading by a 2-1 margin over Attorney General Doug Gansler in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor.
    A Washington Post poll says Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is leading by a 2-1 margin over Attorney General Doug Gansler in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor.
  • Md. considers new rules on speed cameras

    Md. considers new rules on speed cameras

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 4:43 PM EST2014-02-18 21:43:59 GMT
    The Maryland State Legislature is considering several bills that would alter how automated speed cameras are now used in the state.
    The Maryland State Legislature is considering several bills that would alter how automated speed cameras are now used in the state.
  • Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads

    Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads

    Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.
    Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.
  • Fight for DC statehood getting help from Hollywood

    Fight for DC statehood getting help from Hollywood

    Monday, February 17 2014 10:43 PM EST2014-02-18 03:43:23 GMT
    Most Americans have no idea that District residents have no true representation in Congress. D.C. residents pay federal taxes, but don't have a voting House member or two senators. But there is a movement underway to get Hollywood stars and producers to help build support for D.C. to one day become the 51st state.
    Most Americans have no idea that District residents have no true representation in Congress. D.C. residents pay federal taxes, but don't have a voting House member or two senators. But there is a movement underway to get Hollywood stars and producers to help build support for D.C. to one day become the 51st state.
  • Legislation introduced calls for cellphone 'kill switch' to deter thieves

    Legislation introduced calls for cellphone 'kill switch' to deter thieves

    Monday, February 17 2014 10:37 PM EST2014-02-18 03:37:24 GMT
    The FCC says 30 to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide are cellphone thefts. This is in part why some senators are introducing legislation to hopefully protect you and deter thieves.
    The FCC says 30 to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide are cellphone thefts. This is in part why some senators are introducing legislation to hopefully protect you and deter thieves.
  • Md. Senate to hold hearing on minimum wage bill

    Md. Senate to hold hearing on minimum wage bill

    Monday, February 17 2014 3:20 PM EST2014-02-17 20:20:14 GMT
    The Maryland Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on a proposed minimum wage increase.
    The Maryland Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on a proposed minimum wage increase.
  • DC Councilmember Marion Barry hospitalized

    DC Councilmember Marion Barry hospitalized

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:37 AM EST2014-02-12 12:37:30 GMT
    D.C. councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has been hospitalized at Washington Hospital Center.
    D.C. councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has been hospitalized at Washington Hospital Center.
  • Stag French leader gets warm state dinner embrace

    Stag French leader gets warm state dinner embrace

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 11:56 PM EST2014-02-12 04:56:07 GMT
    Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.
    Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.
  • House Republicans back away from debt fight

    House Republicans back away from debt fight

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 7:24 PM EST2014-02-12 00:24:17 GMT
    Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government's debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama's Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.
    Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government's debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama's Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.
  • Md. considers Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses

    Md. considers Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 6:57 PM EST2014-02-11 23:57:32 GMT
    Advocates of a proposed “Good Samaritan law” say people in Maryland are dying of drug overdoses because their friends are sometimes afraid to call 911.
    Advocates of a proposed “Good Samaritan law” say people in Maryland are dying of drug overdoses because their friends are sometimes afraid to call 911.
  • Obama, French president tour Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate

    Obama, French president tour Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate

    Monday, February 10 2014 8:33 PM EST2014-02-11 01:33:36 GMT
    Celebrating the long-standing ties between their nations, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande on Monday toured the sweeping Virginia estate owned by Thomas Jefferson, the former American president and famed Francophile. Obama's rare out-of-town trip with a foreign leader opened two days of events marking Hollande's state visit to the United States.
    Celebrating the long-standing ties between their nations, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande on Monday toured the sweeping Virginia estate owned by Thomas Jefferson, the former American president and famed Francophile. Obama's rare out-of-town trip with a foreign leader opened two days of events marking Hollande's state visit to the United States.
  • New allegations filed against former DC councilmember Michael Brown

    New allegations filed against former DC councilmember Michael Brown

    Friday, February 7 2014 4:56 PM EST2014-02-07 21:56:30 GMT
    Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown is admitting to campaign finance violations as part of a new plea agreement.
    Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown is admitting to campaign finance violations as part of a new plea agreement.
  • Judge recuses himself in Loudoun Co. supervisor ouster attempt

    Judge recuses himself in Loudoun Co. supervisor ouster attempt

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 7:53 PM EST2014-02-05 00:53:54 GMT
    A recall effort against a Loudoun County supervisor known for anti-gay rhetoric is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself.
    A recall effort against a Loudoun County supervisor known for anti-gay rhetoric is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself.
  • Obama to visit Prince George's County school, discuss Internet access

    Obama to visit Prince George's County school, discuss Internet access

    Monday, February 3 2014 4:07 PM EST2014-02-03 21:07:52 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expected to visit a Prince George's County school to talk about connecting more schools to high-speed Internet service.
    President Barack Obama is expected to visit a Prince George's County school to talk about connecting more schools to high-speed Internet service.
  • Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Christie on lane closures

    Lawyer: Evidence contradicts Christie on lane closures

    Friday, January 31 2014 7:23 PM EST2014-02-01 00:23:54 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration.
    Gov. Chris Christie made inaccurate statements during a news conference about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, according to a letter released Friday by a lawyer for a former Christie loyalist who ordered the closures and resigned amid the ensuing scandal that has engulfed the New Jersey governor's administration.
  • Court date set for McDonnell hearing

    Court date set for McDonnell hearing

    Thursday, January 30 2014 4:38 PM EST2014-01-30 21:38:49 GMT
    Lawyers for former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are set to square off with prosecutors next week over who the former first couple can speak with prior to their July trial on corruption charges.
    Lawyers for former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are set to square off with prosecutors next week over who the former first couple can speak with prior to their July trial on corruption charges.
  • Petition asks judge to remove Loudoun County supervisor

    Petition asks judge to remove Loudoun County supervisor

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:33 GMT
    A group of voters in Sterling, Va., is employing a little-used state law in an effort to remove an elected official from office. The target is Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R -- Sterling).
    A group of voters in Sterling, Va., is employing a little-used state law in an effort to remove an elected official from office. The target is Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R -- Sterling).
  • NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol, later apologizes

    NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol, later apologizes

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 4:47 PM EST2014-01-29 21:47:14 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has never been shy about promoting himself as a tough-guy. Grimm's temperament is at the forefront again after he was caught on camera threatening a television news reporter.
    U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm has never been shy about promoting himself as a tough-guy. Grimm's temperament is at the forefront again after he was caught on camera threatening a television news reporter.
  • Obama touts wage hike, creates 'myRA' savings plan

    Obama touts wage hike, creates 'myRA' savings plan

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 4:11 PM EST2014-01-29 21:11:52 GMT
    Declaring that hard work should pay off for every American, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an order to create starter retirement accounts that could be opened with as little as $25 but acknowledged there's a limit to the help he can give low-wage workers without congressional action.
    Declaring that hard work should pay off for every American, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an order to create starter retirement accounts that could be opened with as little as $25 but acknowledged there's a limit to the help he can give low-wage workers without congressional action.
  • Obama touts plans on contractor wages, retirement

    Obama touts plans on contractor wages, retirement

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 6:34 AM EST2014-01-29 11:34:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement - no action from Congress necessary.
    President Barack Obama is promoting his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement - no action from Congress necessary.
  • GOP focuses on empowering Americans, not gov't

    GOP focuses on empowering Americans, not gov't

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 1:02 AM EST2014-01-29 06:02:26 GMT
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday offered a kinder, gentler vision of Republicans who are determined to empower Americans, not the government, and close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be."
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday offered a kinder, gentler vision of Republicans who are determined to empower Americans, not the government, and close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be."
  • Text of Obama's State of the Union address

    Text of Obama's State of the Union address

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 12:59 AM EST2014-01-29 05:59:57 GMT
    Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.
    Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.
  • Obama vows to flex presidential powers in State of the Union address

    Obama vows to flex presidential powers in State of the Union address

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 12:58 AM EST2014-01-29 05:58:55 GMT
    Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.
    Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.
  • Key topics from State of the Union address

    Key topics from State of the Union address

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 10:14 PM EST2014-01-29 03:14:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he doesn't expect Republicans to agree with his health care law, but he's urging his political opponents to give up their repeated attempts to do away with it.
    President Barack Obama says he doesn't expect Republicans to agree with his health care law, but he's urging his political opponents to give up their repeated attempts to do away with it.
  • GM chief, 'dreamer' to be guests at State of the Union address

    GM chief, 'dreamer' to be guests at State of the Union address

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 9:07 PM EST2014-01-29 02:07:33 GMT
    The first woman to lead a major automaker, an Army Ranger who has met multiple times with President Barack Obama and a man brought to the U.S. illegally as a child are joining Michelle Obama to watch the president deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday.
    The first woman to lead a major automaker, an Army Ranger who has met multiple times with President Barack Obama and a man brought to the U.S. illegally as a child are joining Michelle Obama to watch the president deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday.
  • State of the US economy: strongest since recession

    State of the US economy: strongest since recession

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 8:38 PM EST2014-01-29 01:38:42 GMT
    The U.S. economy is showing more strength than at any time since the Great Recession began six years ago.
    The U.S. economy is showing more strength than at any time since the Great Recession began six years ago.
  • Energy secretary held from State of the Union speech

    Energy secretary held from State of the Union speech

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 8:19 PM EST2014-01-29 01:19:15 GMT
    And the answer to the annual trivia contest about which Cabinet secretary will miss President Barack Obama's State of the Union address is: Ernest Moniz.
    And the answer to the annual trivia contest about which Cabinet secretary will miss President Barack Obama's State of the Union address is: Ernest Moniz.
  • Obama hiking minimum pay for new federal contracts

    Obama hiking minimum pay for new federal contracts

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 4:26 PM EST2014-01-28 21:26:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address.
    President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address.
  • Rep. Trey Radel to resign after cocaine scandal

    Rep. Trey Radel to resign after cocaine scandal

    Monday, January 27 2014 5:55 PM EST2014-01-27 22:55:59 GMT
    After going through rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and pledging that he'd work through his problems to regain his Florida constituents' trust, Trey Radel's short career in Congress ended with a whimper Monday.
    After going through rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and pledging that he'd work through his problems to regain his Florida constituents' trust, Trey Radel's short career in Congress ended with a whimper Monday.
  • DC Councilmember Marion Barry released from hospital

    DC Councilmember Marion Barry released from hospital

    Monday, January 27 2014 3:56 PM EST2014-01-27 20:56:08 GMT
    D.C. Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has been released from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay.
    D.C. Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has been released from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay.
  • Va. state senator Creigh Deeds recalls son's attack, mental illness

    Va. state senator Creigh Deeds recalls son's attack, mental illness

    Monday, January 27 2014 3:44 PM EST2014-01-27 20:44:20 GMT
    A Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself said Monday the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in a lack of awareness and support that leaves the mentally ill to "struggle in silence."
    A Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself said Monday the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in a lack of awareness and support that leaves the mentally ill to "struggle in silence."
  • Obama set to announce 'practical' agenda focusing on immigration, income equality

    Obama set to announce 'practical' agenda focusing on immigration, income equality

    Monday, January 27 2014 6:17 AM EST2014-01-27 11:17:53 GMT
    President Obama is expected in his annual address Tuesday to detail what he calls practical proposals to advance the country in 2014, including ones to improve economic opportunities for every American and to fix the nations immigration system.
    President Obama is expected in his annual address Tuesday to detail what he calls practical proposals to advance the country in 2014, including ones to improve economic opportunities for every American and to fix the nations immigration system.
  • Ex-Senate staffer Loskarn dead in suicide; faced child pornography charges

    Ex-Senate staffer Loskarn dead in suicide; faced child pornography charges

    Friday, January 24 2014 8:23 PM EST2014-01-25 01:23:23 GMT
    A former aide to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hanged himself in his parents' basement in Maryland as he awaited trial on child pornography charges, officials said Friday.
    A former aide to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hanged himself in his parents' basement in Maryland as he awaited trial on child pornography charges, officials said Friday.
  • Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife plead not guilty; judges warn lawyers about media

    Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife plead not guilty; judges warn lawyers about media

    Friday, January 24 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-01-24 20:24:38 GMT
    Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, have formally pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. Two different judges sternly warned attorneys connected with the case against leaking information to the media.
    Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, have formally pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. Two different judges sternly warned attorneys connected with the case against leaking information to the media.
  • Va. attorney general: State shouldn't ban gay marriage

    Va. attorney general: State shouldn't ban gay marriage

    Thursday, January 23 2014 8:32 PM EST2014-01-24 01:32:44 GMT
    Saying it's time for Virginia to be on the "right side of history and the right side of the law," the newly-elected attorney general announced he will not defend the constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.
    Saying it's time for Virginia to be on the "right side of history and the right side of the law," the newly-elected attorney general announced he will not defend the constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.
  • Bill would bar political donors from DC contracts

    Bill would bar political donors from DC contracts

    Thursday, January 23 2014 3:58 PM EST2014-01-23 20:58:48 GMT
    The chairman of the D.C. Council wants people who contribute to political campaigns to be barred from obtaining contracts or doing other business with the city.
    The chairman of the D.C. Council wants people who contribute to political campaigns to be barred from obtaining contracts or doing other business with the city.
  • Michelle Obama joins photobomb craze with Miami Heat players in new 'Let's Move' video

    Michelle Obama joins photobomb craze with Miami Heat players in new 'Let's Move' video

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-01-23 00:45:58 GMT
    Michelle Obama is a big proponent of fitness. The Miami Heat are big fans of the photobombing craze.Combining the two seems like a hit. The first lady and some members of the Heat are starring together in a new video promoting fitness and healthy eating, part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
    Michelle Obama is a big proponent of fitness. The Miami Heat are big fans of the photobombing craze.Combining the two seems like a hit. The first lady and some members of the Heat are starring together in a new video promoting fitness and healthy eating, part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
  • Judge refuses to delay McDonnell's court date

    Judge refuses to delay McDonnell's court date

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 7:26 PM EST2014-01-23 00:26:09 GMT
    A judge has refused to delay former Gov. Bob McDonnell's initial court appearance on a 14-count federal corruption indictment.
    A judge has refused to delay former Gov. Bob McDonnell's initial court appearance on a 14-count federal corruption indictment.
  • Lawyers: Case against ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell no slam dunk

    Lawyers: Case against ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell no slam dunk

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 7:23 PM EST2014-01-23 00:23:32 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are accused of taking at least $165,000 in loans and gifts to help the chief executive of a health supplement company peddle his products. But proving the couple broke the law may be difficult.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are accused of taking at least $165,000 in loans and gifts to help the chief executive of a health supplement company peddle his products. But proving the couple broke the law may be difficult.
  • Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted on corruption charges

    Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted on corruption charges

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 8:19 PM EST2014-01-22 01:19:59 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as a rising star in the GOP, and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter's wedding — and even a joyride in a Ferrari — from the owner of a company that makes health supplements.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as a rising star in the GOP, and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter's wedding — and even a joyride in a Ferrari — from the owner of a company that makes health supplements.
  • Christie aide: Hoboken treated no differently

    Christie aide: Hoboken treated no differently

    Monday, January 20 2014 7:52 PM EST2014-01-21 00:52:21 GMT
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Monday pushed back against a claim that Superstorm Sandy relief funding was withheld from a severely flooded city because its Democratic mayor wouldn't sign off on a politically connected real estate venture.
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Monday pushed back against a claim that Superstorm Sandy relief funding was withheld from a severely flooded city because its Democratic mayor wouldn't sign off on a politically connected real estate venture.
  • Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

    Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

    Monday, January 20 2014 7:25 PM EST2014-01-21 00:25:36 GMT
    President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.
    President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.
  • Obama celebrates MLK holiday, visits soup kitchen

    Obama celebrates MLK holiday, visits soup kitchen

    Monday, January 20 2014 3:35 PM EST2014-01-20 20:35:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama honored Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals and a host of administration figures fanned out across the capital to appear at holiday events.
    President Barack Obama honored Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service Monday by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals and a host of administration figures fanned out across the capital to appear at holiday events.
  • Senate easily passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

    Senate easily passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

    Thursday, January 16 2014 8:30 PM EST2014-01-17 01:30:53 GMT
    Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.
    Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.
  • Health care website passed recent security test

    Health care website passed recent security test

    Thursday, January 16 2014 8:19 PM EST2014-01-17 01:19:09 GMT
    Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama's health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.
    Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama's health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.
  • Fairfax Co. Chairman: No to 5.7 percent hike for schools

    Fairfax Co. Chairman: No to 5.7 percent hike for schools

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 11:50 PM EST2014-01-16 04:50:46 GMT
    The top elected official in Fairfax County on Wednesday said "no" to the request by the new superintendent of schools to raise local education spending by 5.7 percent. That almost certainly means larger class sizes in Fairfax County schools next year.
    The top elected official in Fairfax County on Wednesday said "no" to the request by the new superintendent of schools to raise local education spending by 5.7 percent. That almost certainly means larger class sizes in Fairfax County schools next year.
  • Veteran Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran to retire

    Veteran Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran to retire

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 8:50 PM EST2014-01-16 01:50:11 GMT
    Veteran Rep. Jim Moran announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress after 12 terms representing northern Virginia.
    Veteran Rep. Jim Moran announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress after 12 terms representing northern Virginia.
  • Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says

    Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-01-16 00:41:30 GMT
    Both highly critical and bipartisan, a Senate report declared Wednesday that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.
    Both highly critical and bipartisan, a Senate report declared Wednesday that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.
  • House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government

    House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 7:02 PM EST2014-01-16 00:02:32 GMT
    A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job.
    A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary House on Wednesday over tepid protests from tea party conservatives, driven by a bipartisan desire to restore painful cuts in domestic and defense programs and show disaffected voters that Congress can do its job.
  • DC Council panel endorses pot decriminalization

    DC Council panel endorses pot decriminalization

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 6:43 PM EST2014-01-15 23:43:35 GMT
    District of Columbia lawmakers have advanced legislation that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    District of Columbia lawmakers have advanced legislation that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
  • Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley releases $39 billion budget

    Md. Gov. Martin O'Malley releases $39 billion budget

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 4:42 PM EST2014-01-15 21:42:07 GMT
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing to help fill a budget shortfall in Maryland by making a smaller payment toward long-term state pension reform.
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing to help fill a budget shortfall in Maryland by making a smaller payment toward long-term state pension reform.
  • O'Malley proposes $10.10 minimum wage

    O'Malley proposes $10.10 minimum wage

    Tuesday, January 14 2014 10:42 PM EST2014-01-15 03:42:44 GMT
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing Maryland raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.
    Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing Maryland raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.
  • Va. lawmaker wants to stop revenge pornography

    Va. lawmaker wants to stop revenge pornography

    Tuesday, January 14 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-01-15 00:45:14 GMT
    A Virginia lawmaker wants to make it a crime to distribute a sexually explicit image of others without their permission, a phenomenon called "revenge porn."
    A Virginia lawmaker wants to make it a crime to distribute a sexually explicit image of others without their permission, a phenomenon called "revenge porn."
  • Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe sets priorities before lawmakers

    Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe sets priorities before lawmakers

    Monday, January 13 2014 9:08 PM EST2014-01-14 02:08:41 GMT
    Days after taking office, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia told the General Assembly on Monday evening that Medicaid eligibility should be expanded in the state.
    Days after taking office, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia told the General Assembly on Monday evening that Medicaid eligibility should be expanded in the state.
  • DC considering legislation to give tax credit to organ donors

    DC considering legislation to give tax credit to organ donors

    Monday, January 13 2014 6:32 PM EST2014-01-13 23:32:04 GMT
    Several D.C. Council members are supporting legislation to help those who want to donate organs to those in need. Under a proposal being discussed, D.C. would offer a $25,000 tax credit to donors.
    Several D.C. Council members are supporting legislation to help those who want to donate organs to those in need. Under a proposal being discussed, D.C. would offer a $25,000 tax credit to donors.
  • Attorney general agrees to release DC mayoral documents

    Attorney general agrees to release DC mayoral documents

    Monday, January 13 2014 4:20 PM EST2014-01-13 21:20:06 GMT
    D.C.'s attorney general says he has given the city's U.S. Attorney all mayoral documents relating to a settlement between Washington and its former Medicaid contractor.
    D.C.'s attorney general says he has given the city's U.S. Attorney all mayoral documents relating to a settlement between Washington and its former Medicaid contractor.
  • NJ Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry

    NJ Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry

    Monday, January 13 2014 4:05 PM EST2014-01-13 21:05:20 GMT

    Democrats in New Jersey sharpened their aim at Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, forming special legislative committees to explore the role politics played in traffic jams last fall and announcing that the investigation has grown into an abuse of power probe.

    Democrats in New Jersey sharpened their aim at Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, forming special legislative committees to explore the role politics played in traffic jams last fall and announcing that the investigation has grown into an abuse of power probe.

  • Damage-control scramble followed New Jersey lane closings

    Damage-control scramble followed New Jersey lane closings

    Friday, January 10 2014 7:58 PM EST2014-01-11 00:58:14 GMT
    Officials squabbled over media leaks and worried about bad publicity in the days after lane closings near the George Washington Bridge caused huge traffic jams that now appear to have been politically orchestrated by members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration, documents released Friday show.
    Officials squabbled over media leaks and worried about bad publicity in the days after lane closings near the George Washington Bridge caused huge traffic jams that now appear to have been politically orchestrated by members of Gov. Chris Christie's administration, documents released Friday show.
  • RAW VIDEO: Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

    RAW VIDEO: Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

    Thursday, January 9 2014 8:56 PM EST2014-01-10 01:56:48 GMT
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides on Thursday and apologized repeatedly for his staff's "stupid" behavior, insisting during a nearly two-hour news conference that he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor.
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides on Thursday and apologized repeatedly for his staff's "stupid" behavior, insisting during a nearly two-hour news conference that he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor.
  • Del. Don Dwyer removed from committee

    Del. Don Dwyer removed from committee

    Thursday, January 9 2014 11:41 AM EST2014-01-09 16:41:57 GMT
    A Maryland lawmaker who is serving a jail sentence on weekends for drunken boating has been removed from a committee in the House of Delegates. Del. Don Dwyer was officially removed from the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.
    A Maryland lawmaker who is serving a jail sentence on weekends for drunken boating has been removed from a committee in the House of Delegates. Del. Don Dwyer was officially removed from the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.
  • Farewell speech: Va. Gov. McDonnell apologizes after gift scandal

    Farewell speech: Va. Gov. McDonnell apologizes after gift scandal

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 10:20 PM EST2014-01-09 03:20:59 GMT
    Outgoing Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized in a major speech Wednesday to lawmakers for a gift scandal that eroded his political standing, but claimed strong economic leadership and new transportation funding as lasting achievements.
    Outgoing Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized in a major speech Wednesday to lawmakers for a gift scandal that eroded his political standing, but claimed strong economic leadership and new transportation funding as lasting achievements.
  • Giffords completes skydive on third anniversary of shooting

    Giffords completes skydive on third anniversary of shooting

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 9:01 PM EST2014-01-09 02:01:32 GMT
    Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.
    Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.
  • Va. speaker opposes Medicaid expansion, Deeds returns to Senate

    Va. speaker opposes Medicaid expansion, Deeds returns to Senate

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:37 PM EST2014-01-08 22:37:18 GMT
    In his opening remarks to the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker William J. Howell [R] expressed firm opposition to accepting the federal offer to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in the Commonwealth.
    In his opening remarks to the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker William J. Howell [R] expressed firm opposition to accepting the federal offer to pay for an expansion of Medicaid in the Commonwealth.
  • Maryland legislative session begins

    Maryland legislative session begins

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 5:25 PM EST2014-01-08 22:25:11 GMT
    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday his administration will take some first steps in expanding universal, full-day, prekindergarten this year in Maryland, as lawmakers convened for the 90-day legislative session.
    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday his administration will take some first steps in expanding universal, full-day, prekindergarten this year in Maryland, as lawmakers convened for the 90-day legislative session.
  • McDonnell set for final speech to legislature

    McDonnell set for final speech to legislature

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:36 AM EST2014-01-08 11:36:38 GMT
    Gov. Bob McDonnell gives his final State of the Commonwealth speech on the 2014 General Assembly's opening day. The speech is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. The assembly convenes at noon. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin says the speech will run about 50 minutes and will mostly be a recap of the strides Virginia has made during the governor's four-year term. The Republican's term officially ends Saturday with the inauguration of Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell gives his final State of the Commonwealth speech on the 2014 General Assembly's opening day. The speech is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. The assembly convenes at noon. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin says the speech will run about 50 minutes and will mostly be a recap of the strides Virginia has made during the governor's four-year term. The Republican's term officially ends Saturday with the inauguration of Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
  • Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

    Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 11:11 PM EST2014-01-08 04:11:27 GMT
    Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.
    Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.
  • DC Council advances senior property tax exemption

    DC Council advances senior property tax exemption

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 5:38 PM EST2014-01-07 22:38:28 GMT
    The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that would eliminate property taxes for some elderly residents.
    The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that would eliminate property taxes for some elderly residents.
  • Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

    Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

    Monday, January 6 2014 9:41 PM EST2014-01-07 02:41:23 GMT
    The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.
    The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.
  • Terry McAuliffe discusses his plans with FOX 5 as he gets ready to take over as Va. governor

    Terry McAuliffe discusses his plans with FOX 5 as he gets ready to take over as Va. governor

    Monday, January 6 2014 6:59 PM EST2014-01-06 23:59:37 GMT
    FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald talked with Terry McAuliffe about his plans as he gets ready to take over as the governor of Virginia.
    FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald talked with Terry McAuliffe about his plans as he gets ready to take over as the governor of Virginia.
  • Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    Friday, January 3 2014 8:38 PM EST2014-01-04 01:38:39 GMT
    The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.
    The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.
  • 5-year-old boy testifies on Va. budget

    5-year-old boy testifies on Va. budget

    Friday, January 3 2014 6:46 PM EST2014-01-03 23:46:00 GMT
    A small panel of Virginia legislators heard testimony Friday from a five-year-old boy. The topic: spending on early childhood intervention. The speaker was a recipient of those services.
    A small panel of Virginia legislators heard testimony Friday from a five-year-old boy. The topic: spending on early childhood intervention. The speaker was a recipient of those services.
  • Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-01-03 22:07:22 GMT
    The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
    The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
  • DC mayoral candidates face petition deadline

    DC mayoral candidates face petition deadline

    Thursday, January 2 2014 5:45 AM EST2014-01-02 10:45:18 GMT
    Candidates for mayor of the District of Columbia are facing a key deadline. Thursday is the last day that candidates can turn in petitions to get their names on the ballot. For the April 1 Democratic primary, candidates must collect 2,000 signatures from registered Democrats. Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking a second term.
    Candidates for mayor of the District of Columbia are facing a key deadline. Thursday is the last day that candidates can turn in petitions to get their names on the ballot. For the April 1 Democratic primary, candidates must collect 2,000 signatures from registered Democrats. Mayor Vincent Gray is seeking a second term.
  • Barbara Bush hospitalized for respiratory-related issue in Houston

    Barbara Bush hospitalized for respiratory-related issue in Houston

    Tuesday, December 31 2013 9:52 PM EST2014-01-01 02:52:49 GMT
    Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, her husband's office said Tuesday night.
    Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, her husband's office said Tuesday night.
  • Obama's tarnished health care law at a crossroads

    Obama's tarnished health care law at a crossroads

    Tuesday, December 31 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-12-31 21:58:30 GMT
    All things good, bad and unpredictable converge with the new year for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as the law's major benefits take effect, along with an unpopular insurance mandate and a risk of more nerve-wracking disruptions to coverage.
    All things good, bad and unpredictable converge with the new year for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as the law's major benefits take effect, along with an unpopular insurance mandate and a risk of more nerve-wracking disruptions to coverage.
  • Obama ringing in new year in low-key fashion

    Obama ringing in new year in low-key fashion

    Tuesday, December 31 2013 4:25 PM EST2013-12-31 21:25:38 GMT
    President Barack Obama is closing out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law.
    President Barack Obama is closing out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law.
  • Federal transit benefit cut could greatly affect Metro ridership

    Federal transit benefit cut could greatly affect Metro ridership

    Monday, December 30 2013 6:26 PM EST2013-12-30 23:26:24 GMT
    Commuters stand to lose big and so does Metro when a federal transit benefit cut takes effect January 1.
    Commuters stand to lose big and so does Metro when a federal transit benefit cut takes effect January 1.
  • DC mayor to launch campaign at arts center

    DC mayor to launch campaign at arts center

    Friday, December 27 2013 2:46 PM EST2013-12-27 19:46:37 GMT
    District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray will launch his re-election bid at an arts and recreation center in southeast Washington.
    District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray will launch his re-election bid at an arts and recreation center in southeast Washington.
  • Poll: Most Americans say 113th Congress worst ever

    Poll: Most Americans say 113th Congress worst ever

    Friday, December 27 2013 7:24 AM EST2013-12-27 12:24:07 GMT
    Americans believe the 113th Congress is the worst congress ever. That's according to a new CNN national poll. The survey shows seventy-three percent believe Congress has done nothing to address the country's problems.
    Americans believe the 113th Congress is the worst congress ever. That's according to a new CNN national poll. The survey shows seventy-three percent believe Congress has done nothing to address the country's problems.
  • Obama signs 2-year budget deal

    Obama signs 2-year budget deal

    Friday, December 27 2013 7:02 AM EST2013-12-27 12:02:40 GMT
    President Obama on Thursday signed the two-year budget bill approved by Congress before the holiday break, formally ending the threat of a partial government shutdown next month. There was little doubt that the president would ink the budget deal. Obama, pausing from his vacation in Hawaii, also signed a defense spending bill Thursday. The budget bill would undo some of the sequester spending cuts. Unclear is how lawmakers will address another looming deadline, early next year, to...
    President Obama on Thursday signed the two-year budget bill approved by Congress before the holiday break, formally ending the threat of a partial government shutdown next month. There was little doubt that the president would ink the budget deal.
  • Obama signs bipartisan budget deal easing cuts

    Obama signs bipartisan budget deal easing cuts

    Thursday, December 26 2013 6:53 PM EST2013-12-26 23:53:33 GMT
    Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.
    Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.
  • Obama signs sweeping defense bill

    Obama signs sweeping defense bill

    Thursday, December 26 2013 4:17 PM EST2013-12-26 21:17:10 GMT
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military.
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military.
  • Health care site put to the test as deadline nears

    Health care site put to the test as deadline nears

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 6:16 PM EST2013-12-24 23:16:54 GMT
    The government's retooled health care website was put to its biggest test yet as record numbers of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday's extended deadline for signing up for insurance.
    The government's retooled health care website was put to its biggest test yet as record numbers of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday's extended deadline for signing up for insurance.
  • Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

    Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

    Monday, December 23 2013 7:40 PM EST2013-12-24 00:40:16 GMT
    Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.
    Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.
  • Obama puts a rosy spin on rough presidential year

    Obama puts a rosy spin on rough presidential year

    Friday, December 20 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-12-20 23:21:17 GMT
    Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating "ups and downs" on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health care overhaul. He predicted 2014 would be "a breakthrough year for America."
    Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating "ups and downs" on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health care overhaul. He predicted 2014 would be "a breakthrough year for America."
  • Obama says 1 million signed up for health care

    Obama says 1 million signed up for health care

    Friday, December 20 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-20 20:59:17 GMT
    His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government's website is working better for consumers. But it was too soon to say the rollout has turned the corner.
    His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government's website is working better for consumers. But it was too soon to say the rollout has turned the corner.
  • US Rep. Radel will not resign after cocaine bust

    US Rep. Radel will not resign after cocaine bust

    Thursday, December 19 2013 8:37 PM EST2013-12-20 01:37:36 GMT
    A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges, Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida refused to resign Thursday, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.
    A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges, Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida refused to resign Thursday, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.
  • Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

    Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 9:18 PM EST2013-12-19 02:18:46 GMT
    Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.
    Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.
  • Obenshain concedes Va. attorney general race after recount

    Obenshain concedes Va. attorney general race after recount

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 3:11 PM EST2013-12-18 20:11:32 GMT
    Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark Herring, who has built an insurmountable lead in a recount.
    Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark Herring, who has built an insurmountable lead in a recount.
  • Year-end agreement: Budget heads to final passage

    Year-end agreement: Budget heads to final passage

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-18 02:37:31 GMT
    Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.
    Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.
  • Candidates for Md. governor speak at forum

    Candidates for Md. governor speak at forum

    Monday, December 16 2013 3:44 PM EST2013-12-16 20:44:04 GMT
    Six candidates for governor of Maryland have outlined some of their plans to benefit the state's most populated county.
    Six candidates for governor of Maryland have outlined some of their plans to benefit the state's most populated county.
  • Tenn. Sen.'s fired chief of staff ordered freed

    Tenn. Sen.'s fired chief of staff ordered freed

    Monday, December 16 2013 2:55 PM EST2013-12-16 19:55:30 GMT
    The fired chief of staff for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will live with his parents in Maryland and be electronically monitored while he awaits prosecution on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.
    The fired chief of staff for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will live with his parents in Maryland and be electronically monitored while he awaits prosecution on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.
  • Recount starts Monday in Va.'s AG race

    Recount starts Monday in Va.'s AG race

    Monday, December 16 2013 7:08 AM EST2013-12-16 12:08:04 GMT
    The recount in Virginia's cliff-hanging race for attorney general is getting a head start in three localities. Fairfax County and the cities of Alexandria and Chesapeake all start their recount on Monday, with the rest of the state joining in Tuesday and Wednesday.
    The recount in Virginia's cliff-hanging race for attorney general is getting a head start in three localities. Fairfax County and the cities of Alexandria and Chesapeake all start their recount on Monday, with the rest of the state joining in Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Budget peace breaks out after Boehner tough talk

    Budget peace breaks out after Boehner tough talk

    Thursday, December 12 2013 7:35 PM EST2013-12-13 00:35:47 GMT
    Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat.
    Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat.
  • Ex-Senate staffer appears in court on child porn charges

    Ex-Senate staffer appears in court on child porn charges

    Thursday, December 12 2013 6:26 PM EST2013-12-12 23:26:10 GMT
    The former chief of staff for Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.
    The former chief of staff for Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.
  • DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to live on minimum wage for a week

    DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to live on minimum wage for a week

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:56 PM EST2013-12-12 00:56:50 GMT
    Can you live on D.C.'s minimum wage? Councilmember Tommy Wells went shopping on Wednesday with a D.C. resident who feeds her family of three on $8.25 an hour. FOX 5's Matt Ackland caught up with Wells as he learned how to shop like someone living on minimum wage.
    Can you live on D.C.'s minimum wage? Councilmember Tommy Wells went shopping on Wednesday with a D.C. resident who feeds her family of three on $8.25 an hour. FOX 5's Matt Ackland caught up with Wells as he learned how to shop like someone living on minimum wage.
  • Key support for budget deal; deficits would rise

    Key support for budget deal; deficits would rise

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:48 PM EST2013-12-11 23:48:33 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff arrested on child porn charges

    Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff arrested on child porn charges

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:57 PM EST2013-12-11 22:57:37 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.
  • Biden speaks at Mandela celebration in DC

    Biden speaks at Mandela celebration in DC

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:54 PM EST2013-12-11 22:54:47 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden was among many speakers at a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday celebrating the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
    Vice President Joe Biden was among many speakers at a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday celebrating the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
  • Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

    Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:38 PM EST2013-12-11 02:38:41 GMT
    Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
    Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
  • Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

    Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:10 PM EST2013-12-11 02:10:38 GMT
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    It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela. It would hardly have been noteworthy, except the men locking hands in Johannesburg were Barack Obama and Raul Castro.
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    Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela

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    At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
    At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
  • Obama mourns death of icon Nelson Mandela

    Obama mourns death of icon Nelson Mandela

    Thursday, December 5 2013 10:47 PM EST2013-12-06 03:47:15 GMT
    Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation's first black president.
    Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation's first black president.
  • Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over

    Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over

    Thursday, December 5 2013 10:46 PM EST2013-12-06 03:46:53 GMT
    The death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president who fought apartheid both as a prisoner of that system of white rule and later as a political leader, drew an outpouring of messages from around the globe. Here is some of the reaction.
    The death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president who fought apartheid both as a prisoner of that system of white rule and later as a political leader, drew an outpouring of messages from around the globe. Here is some of the reaction.
  • David Catania forms exploratory committee for DC mayor

    David Catania forms exploratory committee for DC mayor

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:19 PM EST2013-12-04 19:19:06 GMT
    D.C. Councilmember David Catania is the latest local official to signal his intention to run for mayor.
    D.C. Councilmember David Catania is the latest local official to signal his intention to run for mayor.
  • Mayor Gray says opponents should address city's future

    Mayor Gray says opponents should address city's future

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 5:15 PM EST2013-12-03 22:15:30 GMT
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says his opponents who are making an issue about the corruption in his 2010 campaign should articulate their vision for the city instead.
    District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says his opponents who are making an issue about the corruption in his 2010 campaign should articulate their vision for the city instead.
  • Obama declares health care law is working

    Obama declares health care law is working

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 4:10 PM EST2013-12-03 21:10:27 GMT
    Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.
    Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.
  • Vincent Gray to seek second term as DC mayor

    Vincent Gray to seek second term as DC mayor

    Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:40 AM EST2013-12-03 11:40:22 GMT
    Vincent Gray declared his candidacy for a second term as District of Columbia mayor Monday, settling a question that had hung over city politics for months.
    Vincent Gray declared his candidacy for a second term as District of Columbia mayor Monday, settling a question that had hung over city politics for months.
  • Councilmembers react to Mayor Vincent Gray running for reelection

    Councilmembers react to Mayor Vincent Gray running for reelection

    Monday, December 2 2013 10:46 PM EST2013-12-03 03:46:01 GMT
    Vincent Gray will run for a second term as District of Columbia mayor. The mayor arrived at the D.C. Board of Elections to pick up nominating petitions Monday afternoon. Gray has one month to collect 2,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot.
    Vincent Gray will run for a second term as District of Columbia mayor. The mayor arrived at the D.C. Board of Elections to pick up nominating petitions Monday afternoon. Gray has one month to collect 2,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot.
  • Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews

    Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews

    Monday, December 2 2013 9:14 PM EST2013-12-03 02:14:08 GMT
    Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.
    Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes.
  • White House: 375,000 visits to health care website

    White House: 375,000 visits to health care website

    Monday, December 2 2013 3:56 PM EST2013-12-02 20:56:07 GMT
    The White House says the government's health care website received 375,000 visitors on Monday by noon. That's a surge in use on the first business day since Obama administration officials declared that the government's beleaguered online insurance service was now able to accommodate a vast majority of users.
    The White House says the government's health care website received 375,000 visitors on Monday by noon. That's a surge in use on the first business day since Obama administration officials declared that the government's beleaguered online insurance service was now able to accommodate a vast majority of users.
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