WASHINGTON — Concerned about an oncoming wave of fragile older drivers, the federal government is working to beef up its safety programs aimed at seniors behind the wheel.
WASHINGTON — Employers added a solid 203,000 jobs in November, driving down the unemployment rate three-tenths of a percentage point to 7 percent, the lowest it’s been since November 2008, the Labor Department said Friday.
WASHINGTON — Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state insurance marketplaces, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
WASHINGTON - President Obama unveiled a series of proposals Friday that could curtail the federal government's ability to spy on Americans, in light of eroding confidence by the public after recent leaks about the massive surveillance programs.
WASHINGTON - The bleating of the goats Wednesday didn't disturb the residents of Congressional Cemetery, a burial ground for hundreds of senators, congressmen, a couple of vice presidents and iconic figures such as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and composer John Philip Sousa.
WASHINGTON - The opening of the health-insurance marketplaces in October - key the president's health plan - is in jeopardy because of looming questions about information security.
PHOENIX - Proclaiming a rebounding housing market, President Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to help more Americans secure cheaper mortgages - or affordable rentals - and stressed a need to limit government involvement in the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
WASHINGTON - After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of land for 150 tribes across the nation.
WASHINGTON - President Obama overruled the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday and signed a declaration saying there's a "major disaster" in West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant explosion in April killed 15 people and destroyed much of the town.
WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens Friday as it suspended operations in 21 Muslim countries in response to "current information" that suggests al-Qaida-affiliated militant groups might strike within the next month.
DELAWARE CITY, Del. - Who needs a pipeline when you have a railroad?
WASHINGTON - Three key members of the Senate introduced legislation Thursday that would change the way the country's secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court functions and how its members are selected.
WASHINGTON - There's the vice president of global licensing and retail at the HBO television network, the senior managing partner for a consulting firm based in Chicago and a Miami trial attorney who makes a living suing insurance companies.
WASHINGTON - Amid a resurgent effort by critics to attack the 2010 health care law, the Obama administration and its allies are focusing on enrolling millions of Americans in coverage next year and making sure the new state health insurance exchanges will be ready for open enrollment in October.
WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield Presiden…
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will legally contest a series of laws around the country as part of an aggressive campaign to fight a recent Supreme Court ruling that it says could reduce minority voting.
WASHINGTON - Americans are fed up with the federal government snooping on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what can be monitored, majorities say in a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
WASHINGTON - Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying he saw an opportunity for a positive outcome from his son's death.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to use "every minute, every second" of the rest of his second term to boost the middle class, even as he took Republicans to task, arguing that an "endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals" has taken Wash…
WASHINGTON - Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate - and perhaps prod legislative action - as early as this week.
WASHINGTON - Affirmative action in university admissions survives for now, under a Supreme Court ruling in a closely watched case that involves the University of Texas.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barbara Boxer says she never imagined how long she'd have to keep fighting to protect women and men in uniform from sexual assault.
WASHINGTON - Amid secrecy and spectacle, the long-awaited court-martial of WikiLeaks linchpin Bradley E. Manning starts Monday.
WASHINGTON - Up to one in five American youngsters - some 7 million to 12 million by one estimate - experience a mental-health disorder each year, according to a new report billed as the first comprehensive look at the mental-health status of American children.
WASHINGTON - President Obama succumbed to days of withering criticism Wednesday, releasing dozens of emails in an effort to demonstrate that the White House did not try to cover up information about the September 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed four Americans.
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that states lower their threshold for drunken driving with the goal of reducing alcohol-related fatal crashes, which have held steady for much of the past 15 years.
WASHINGTON - Budget cuts set to hit federal agencies next year would be "deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions," the Obama administration said in a report released Friday outlining the impact of a law Congress passed and President Obama s…