National Politics

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.
Politics GOP continues to slam new Obama war approach GOP continues to slam new Obama war approach
Republicans keep slamming President Barack Obama's push to move the government away from a war footing and refine and recalibrate counterterrorism strategy.
Politics House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval
House Republicans pushed through a bill Wednesday to bypass the president to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Democrats criticized the legislation as a blatant attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review.
Politics Senate Democratic budget extends standoff with GOP Senate Democratic budget extends standoff with GOP
An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans.
Politics Fact Check: Overreaching in State of Union speech Fact Check: Overreaching in State of Union speech
President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.
Politics Wyden: Release of drone info to lawmakers 'encouraging first step' Wyden: Release of drone info to lawmakers 'encouraging first step'
A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to provide congressional intelligence committees access to classified information providing the legal rationale for drone strikes against al-Qaida-linked American citizens.
Politics Female veterans hail decision to allow combat roles Female veterans hail decision to allow combat roles
While women have proven themselves over the past decade where they have increasingly found themselves in combat because of modern warfare's blurred frontlines, many have come home with the feeling that few know of their contributions, a former Army specialist said Thursday.
Politics Washington seeks a pot pro to guide legal marijuana Washington seeks a pot pro to guide legal marijuana
As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, tested, labeled, and cooked into brownies.