By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are pushing legislation to repeal the federal debt ceiling, saying the borrowing limit has no practical purpose and has come to be used for political maneuvering that can have devastating economic repercussions.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler
By JOE MANDAKAssociated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania detective is trying to figure out how an apparent prankster was able to fill out a 2008 voter registration card signed "Barack H. Obama."
By the time Butler County elections officials processed the card, it went into the state's
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress to expand background checks on gun buyers to include private sales and is using his executive authority to increase the information available in data banks in the background check system. The White House calls background checks the most
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly."
Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary on Jan. 31.
The panel announced the hearing in a statement issued Wednesday.
The committee's chairman, Sen.
By JOE MANDAKAssociated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania detective is trying to figure out how a prankster was able to fill out a 2008 voter registration card signed "Barack H. Obama."
Butler County Detective Scott Roskovski says nobody voted using the bogus voter registration card, though
WASHINGTON (AP) - The pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration.
The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church has been chosen for the honor. He replaces Atlanta megachurch pastor Luis Giglio. Giglio bowed out last
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - A Zimbabwe court has refused to release on bail a human rights leader facing allegations of fraud and forgery relating to election documents.
State prosecutors alleged Wednesday that Okay Machisa, head of the independent Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, obtained a voter
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.
Salazar, a former Colorado senator, has run the Interior