The summer question: Can Washington govern?
Congress returns to work next week facing a crowded legislative agenda and one big question for President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers: Can Washington govern?
Entitlements are the problem?
Washington frets endlessly over the problems that Social Security and Medicare, both of which are projected to exhaust their trust funds in the coming decades, might cause the budget. But two reports underscore the serious problems they might solve for the country.
Fact Checker: Claim That No Fugitives Have Been Prosecuted After Background Checks
"There are 9,000 people in 2010 that failed a background check who are felons on the run, and none of them were prosecuted."
— Sen. Lindsey Graham, R, S.C., interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union," March 31, 2013
States with Fewer Gun Laws Rank Among Most Violent, Study Finds
WASHINGTON — States with the least restrictive gun laws are among those with the highest rates of firearm-related violence such as homicides, suicides and assaults, according to a study of national crime data.
Obama Cites State Gun Curbs in Pressing Federal Firearms Effort
WASHINGTON — With his gun-control proposals facing an uncertain future in Washington, President Barack Obama is turning attention to state legislatures in an effort to prod Congress into action.
Poll: Marijuana Legalization is Supported by More Than Half of Americans
A majority of Americans now say marijuana should be made legal, with far fewer viewing it as a gateway to harder drugs or as morally wrong, according to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
Obama Pushes Republicans to Drop Hurdles to Judicial Nominations
WASHINGTON — President Obama is pressing Republicans to stop obstructing federal judicial nominees, protesting the delays in private conversations with senators and in public declarations by administration officials.
The Root: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline?
Federal mediators and public school administrators in Meridian, Miss., have reached a landmark agreement to launch a rewards-based disciplinary plan, aimed at keeping in the classroom more black students who routinely received harsher disciplinary action when accused of relatively minor infractions.
How Mark Sanford Won — In 5 Easy Steps
The most common reaction to disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's victory Tuesday in a Republican runoff for a Charleston-based House seat goes something like this: What the heck?
Hagel Warns of Deep, New Cuts to Defense Budget
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Pentagon on Wednesday to brace for further cuts in defense spending and said the military needs to make fundamental changes in the way it operates to cope with new fiscal realities.
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