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White House “Use of force” authorization for Syria

7:53 pm Aug. 31, 2013

As President Obama announced on Saturday that he would seek a vote in the Congress before committing the United States to any military action against Syria for that country’s use of chemical weapons, the White House sent lawmakers a proposed “use of force” resolution, which would authorize such military action. …

White House releases review of Syrian attack

1:01 pm Aug. 30, 2013

As Secretary of State John Kerry was outlining the arguments of the Obama Administration on evidence related to the chemical weapons attack last week in Syria, the White House released a declassified report on what U.S. intelligence has been able to determine about the attack, saying that there is “high …

Readout of White House call on Syria

9:21 pm Aug. 29, 2013

Top Obama Administration officials spent 90 minutes on a conference call with over two dozen members of Congress on Thursday night, making the case that the Syrian government was linked to the chemical weapons attack last week in that Mideast nation.  Lawmakers said they were told that no decision has …

Five Star resort weekend for federal judges

10:17 pm Aug. 28, 2013

With officials from the Judicial Branch demanding that Congress end across the board budget cuts from the sequester, federal judges from the Tenth Circuit start to gather today for a judicial conference at a “five star” Colorado resort that features three golf courses and a “scenic mountain backdrop.”  The Tenth …

Obama March on Washington speech

4:36 pm Aug. 28, 2013

Honoring the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those who demonstrated fifty years ago in the March on Washington, President Obama told a crowd gathered at the Lincoln Memorial that more work remains to achieve King’s goal of economic freedom in America. “To secure the gains this country …

Congress on sidelines over Syria

8:24 pm Aug. 27, 2013

Yes, I know what is in the Constitution. I know that only the Congress has the power to declare war. But I also have watched over the last three decades as President after President has used American military force without a vote in the Congress. And that seems like it …

U.S. to hit debt limit in mid-October

6:52 pm Aug. 26, 2013

Setting up what could be another major budget showdown between President Obama and Republicans in the Congress, the Treasury Department says Uncle Sam will reach its limit on government borrowing in mid-October, as Democrats urged GOP leaders to reach a broader budget agreement and avoid a historic default. “Congress must …

Back to the courts on Voter ID laws

4:00 am Aug. 19, 2013

The recent move by North Carolina Republicans to approve a “Voter ID” law has spurred demands by opponents of the law for it to be challenged in court; but as you read stories about such legal battles, remember that there is a fairly recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which found …

Feds roll out $67 million in “Navigator” grants

12:45 pm Aug. 15, 2013

The federal government today announced that it is awarding $67 million to various groups to help sign people up for insurance under the Obama health reform law, designating 105 organizations as “Navigators” to help people get coverage through the various state exchanges. “Navigators will be among the many resources available …

U.S. military makes history on same-sex benefits

10:54 pm Aug. 14, 2013

Sometimes, as a reporter, you have to take a big step back while covering a certain issue to realize how much change you have witnessed on a story. That certainly is true when it comes to how the military has dealt with gays and lesbians. When I started reporting in …