By SOPHIA TAREENAssociated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley said Thursday that he's "seriously" considering a run for Illinois governor in 2014, a move that would represent a major Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn.
Daley, who has mulled campaigns
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will push to tighten gun laws in response to last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, and Speaker John Boehner said the GOP-controlled House would consider the proposals.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is not standing up to his fellow Democrats as the clock ticks down on the dispute over the "fiscal cliff."
Boehner told reporters Thursday that Obama and Democratic lawmakers have been slowly edging the country toward falling
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military's ability to fight.
The vote was 315-107
By The Associated Press
Some key dates for negotiations involving the White House and congressional leaders to avert the year-end series of federal tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff":
- It's unclear if and when a deal may be reached, but it's unlikely to be before
By ANGELA DELLI SANTIAssociated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Newark Mayor Cory Booker, perhaps New Jersey's highest-profile Democrat, has ruled out a bid for governor next year and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.
The decision, announced Thursday on Twitter, means Booker has decided
By KEVIN FREKINGAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved
By JULIE PACE and ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as imperfect.
The ban, which existed for 10 years until 2004, would have
By MATTHEW LEEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department on Thursday acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Two top State officials appealed to
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Taxpayers making more than $1 million would get hit with tax increases averaging $100,000 next year under House Speaker John Boehner's alternative tax bill, according to an independent analysis.
Some low-income people would get smaller tax