Lawmakers raised their pay and knocked off early anyway, even though they failed to complete one of their most basic jobs - financing the government.
Forget the minimum wage. Or outsourcing jobs overseas. The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress was their own: They will have to work 5 days a week starting in January.
A large group of liberal organizations is planning to wage a national lobbying and public relations campaign to press for passage of the House Democrats' legislative agenda next year, taking a page from longtime corporate practices.
Ridiculed as the "do-nothing" 109th US Congress, the Senate and US House of Representatives begin a brief session to wrap up whatever work they can, install a new defense secretary and approve money to prevent a shutdown of government servi
Texas Rep. Silvestre Reyes, an Iraq war opponent, will become chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee when Democrats take control of Congress in January, Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi said.
Rather than using the final days of their lame-duck session next week to ram through all the legislation they can, Republican leaders are taking a counterintuitive approach: Do a minimum and leave the rest to the Democrats to deal with next year.
A short legislative calendar might sink any hopes for legislation this year to reform mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the incoming leader of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee said
So why is the idea of a draft even considered? One answer is that our military forces are spread far too thin, engaged in conflicts around the globe that are none of our business. With hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in literally hundreds o
A fifth of your genes belong to someone else. That's because the US Patent Office has given various labs, companies and universities the rights to 20% of the genes found in everyone's DNA - with some disturbing results. Many US labs won**Q*
Anti-tobacco forces are opening a new front in the war against smoking by banning it in private places such as homes and cars when children are present. Starting Jan. 1, Texas will restrict smoking in foster parents' homes at all times and in car
Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi rejected a bid by a lawmaker earlier ousted as a federal judge on corruption charges to head a congressional panel that helps protect America's security.
The departing Republican majority in Congress is about to leave the nation a memorial to its own shameful history as the grand enabler of record debt and deficits. G.O.P. leaders are preparing to walk away from passing a budget.
Two state-paid lobbying firms under fire for their Republican-leaning work have been asked to show what strategy and staff changes they will make to build bridges with the new Democrat-controlled Congress, the governor's office said.
[trust us] 3 Democratic congressmen about to take leadership posts said they plan to pass popular legislation blocked by Republicans but would refrain from pushing some of the most controversial elements on the liberal agenda.
Seeking information about detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and government secrecy, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are reviving dozens of demands for classified documents that have been rebuffed or ignored by the Justi
Alarmed at the prospect of Democratic control of Congress, top executives from two dozen drug companies met here last week to assess what appears to them to be a harsh new political climate, and to draft a battle plan.
US Rep. Charles Rangel, the incoming chairman of the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee, said he would introduce legislation to reinstate the draft as soon as the new, Democratic-controlled Congress convenes in January.
I saw a great video clip the other day. The station’s camera man drove downtown on assignment. Parked his vehicle. Did his job. When he returned to his van, he found a parking ticket waiting.
House Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio to lead them in the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress that will convene in January. Meanwhile, a dispute arose between two Senate Republicans, John W. Warner of Virg
A week after winning back control of the U.S. Congress, divided Democrats in the House defied incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi and elected Steny Hoyer to be majority leader, a Democratic Party aide said.
Congressman John Murtha reportedly called a Democratic bill on lobbying and ethics reform "total crap" two days before the House Majority Leader election, during a vote-bidding presentation before the Blue Dog Coalition.
Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job 4 years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the chamber's No. 2 GOP post. Mitch McConnell
Democrats voted to keep the leaders who guided their takeover of the Senate last week but were sharply divided over whether to give Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi the majority leader she wants in the House.
Triggering a post-election shake-up, Dennis Hastert announced he will not run for leader of House Republicans when Democrats take control in January. [It will give him time to deal with his own corruption.]
[trading corruption for corruption] Sen. Harry Reid regulated gambling in his home state of Nevada when the mob controlled casinos. He mastered arcane Senate procedures as the Democrats' second-in-command for six years and their leader the past t
Investigations led by a Republican lawyer in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered
A Republican congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day.
Downsize DC, whose mission statement is "We believe the federal government has grown too large, too intrusive, and too expensive. We believe in constitutional limits, small government, civil liberties, federalism, and low taxes," has weighe
The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore. Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in fed
Gamblers may look over their shoulder now, but experts say a new internet gambling ban won't keep bettors from ponying up, just turn them on to overseas payment services out of the law's reach. "It has put a terrible scare into people,*