National Politics

Politics Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for coercion Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for coercion
A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.
Politics California governor unsure legal pot is good plan California governor unsure legal pot is good plan
California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.
Politics GOP Senate candidate Wehby: 'Scrap' federal health care law GOP Senate candidate Wehby: 'Scrap' federal health care law (Video)
Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Randall's Children Hospital, is among at least four other Republicans fighting for that party's nomination for U.S. senator during this May's primary. The winner will presumably take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley in the November General Election.
Politics Holder: State AGs not obligated to defend same-sex marriage bans Holder: State AGs not obligated to defend same-sex marriage bans
State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.
Politics Wyden seeks probe in Hanford whistleblower firing Wyden seeks probe in Hanford whistleblower firing
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants an investigation into the treatment of whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after two were fired in the past five months after raising safety concerns.
Politics What does Presidents Day celebrate? What does Presidents Day celebrate?
Although many feel Presidents Day is a time to honor all former U.S. presidents, the federal holiday is actually the official observance of George Washington's birthday - Feb. 22, 1732.
Politics 'The State of the Union is ...' What's in a word? 'The State of the Union is ...' What's in a word? (Photo Gallery)
Presidents of both parties have long felt compelled to sum up the state of the union with a descriptive word or two in their State of the Union addresses. Mostly the same word. For many years now, "strong" has been the go-to adjective.
Politics Obama vowing to flex presidential powers in speech Obama vowing to flex presidential powers in speech
Frustrated by years of partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama is moving to flex his presidential powers during his sixth year in office. He's starting by using Tuesday night's State of the Union address to announce executive actions to raise the minimum wage for new federal contracts, help the long-term unemployed find work and expand job-training programs.