National Politics

Politics House votes almost $4 billion a year food stamp cut House votes almost $4 billion a year food stamp cut
Food stamps have figured in Americans' ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan's scorn for crooked "welfare queens" and President Bill Clinton's pledge to "end welfare as we know it."
Politics Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies
Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left "holding the bag" for the mortgage giants' bad bets.
Politics FACT CHECK: Obama spins health insurance rebates FACT CHECK: Obama spins health insurance rebates
In his speech defending his health care law Thursday, Obama said rebates averaging $100 are coming from insurance companies to 8.5 million Americans. In fact, most of the money is going straight to employers who provide health insurance, not to their workers, who benefit indirectly.
Politics Obama extols health care law amid public doubts Obama extols health care law amid public doubts
Facing public doubts and embarrassing setbacks to his signature health care law, President Barack Obama stepped forward Thursday to extol the program's benefits, emphasizing that some Americans already are receiving insurance rebates and lower premiums.
Politics Controversies add to Obama's 2nd term frustrations Controversies add to Obama's 2nd term frustrations
For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.