A law set to go into effect Feb 10 will clear thrift stores and specialty retailers of children's clothes and toys. [unintended consequences? What unintended consequences?]
"Does the governor have the power, under law, to make the appointment? And the answer is yes," said Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, which judges the credentials of senators. "If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it ha
Democrats. Like the Congress of 76 years ago, they are converging on Washington with a popular new president, significant congressional majorities and, perhaps most important, a shaken public eager for government to try something new.
Standing amid a huge throng of reporters and television cameras in a cold and steady rain, Burris, 71, declared that he had been informed that "my credentials are not in order and will not be accepted."
While national numbers on fatalities caused by cellphone users have proved difficult to collect, according to some estimates, as many as 6% of all car accidents--and more than 2,000 auto fatalities a year--are caused by drivers distracted by their ce
Being annoying for its own sake will be allowed, but annoyance with a political aim will be prohibited? Apparently the city plans to review cases where the measure might violate freedom of speech to make sure that it does.
A crumbling economy, 2 million constituents have lost their jobs and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay. They will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to $2.5 million that taxpayers will
In a surprise (to me) move, Senate Republicans go union-busting and hand complete control of the government to the incoming Obama administration.
A report released Thursday by leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in
If the $14 billion bailout plan for U.S. automakers passes, it will help more than just Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Federal judges would get a pay raise, as well.
Congress desperately needs the auto bailout to pass. The survival of the legislative branch depends on it.
John Kyle ca. 2005: filibustering judicial nominees is bad, bad, bad. John Kyle ca. 2008: I'll filibuster liberal judicial nominees.
Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli: citing vehicles that had 60, 70, 80 thousand miles on them, Senators told automakers, "you guys are making them too good, therefore we're not buying vehicles."
Congressional Democrats were drafting legislation for tight government control of the crippled American auto industry, including the possible creation of an oversight board made up of the head of the EPA and led by an "car czar."
A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. President Bush has "no appetite" to act on his own.
A City Council member from Jersey City was arrested over the weekend after patrons at a Northwest Washington nightclub complained that someone had urinated on them from the balcony, according to police and media reports.
Flush with victory built on incursions in the South and West, Congressional Democratic leaders promised to use their new power to join President-elect Barack Obama in pursuing an aggressive agenda that puts top priority on the economy, health care, e
For four uninterrupted hours, scores of New Yorkers walked up to a microphone, looked at Mr. Bloomberg and rendered a blunt verdict on the legislation that would allow him to seek a third term.
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens says he's not dropping out of his Senate race despite being convicted of seven corruption charges. He was convicted of lying about $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor.
Hours after a married congressman addressed a report that he had an affair with a former aide and paid her to keep quiet about it, details of a purported tryst with a second woman surfaced.
Interest groups are pressuring Texas lawmakers to authorize the use of roadblocks ahead of the 2009 legislative session. The practice of setting up barricades on roads to stop and interrogate motorists suspected of no wrongdoing has been unlawful sin
Below, we’ve compiled the list of those who changed their votes last week. Collectively, they allowed the bailout bill to pass & become law. We’ve also listed their opponents in the upcoming election, who may gain or lose ground based on the incumben
In stark relief: PAC contributions vs. House votes on the (original) Billionaire Bailout. MAPLight has certainly shed light on why so-called "Free Trader" Republicans revealed their true selves.
Democrats were far more vocal in crediting Obama’s intervention than Republicans were in acknowledging McCain's role.
Members of a Republican women’s club in Andrews, Texas, applauded Rep. Mike Conaway during a speech earlier this week for voting against the landmark financial markets rescue plan. Now he has some explaining to do.
Stocks, which had been higher before the vote, dropped, with the S&P 500 index closing at its lowest level in almost four years. The dollar was also in retreat.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially approved an assisted suicide measure allowing nurses to sedate, dehydrate and starve depressed or confused individuals they consider to be "terminally ill." (Keep your chin up and smile i
GOP Rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee announced he was switching his vote from "no" to "yes." "If some of us don't change our vote, tomorrow's going to be a real ugly day in America, and I don't want to be a part of tha
House members are getting another chance to vote on a financial bailout bill that has infuriated millions of voters after the Senate added tax cuts and other sweeteners and passed it handily. [they're tripping over each other to switch their vote
Each depository institution can maintain zero reserves against its transaction accounts? You put it right there in writing! Sure you buried it across three bills, but you are now allowing for the possibility that banks can hold zero reserves!