Post Politics: Master Archives
President Obama said at a press conference Friday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden “is under indictment.”
But a senior law enforcement official said that Obama simply misspoke.
Caitlin Hayden, the National Security Council spokeswoman at the White House, confirmed that "the president was referring to the unsealed criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of Virginia," not an indictment.
A federal judge ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional Friday, writing in his opinion that it “perpetuates inequality.”
“The State’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” Judge Robert J. Shelby, of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, wrote in his opinion. “Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in November, bringing in $5 million to the NRCC's $4 million.
The DCCC ended the month with $27.6 million in the bank and no debt. The NRCC finished November with $19.6 million in the bank and was also debt-free.
Democrats face a steep uphill climb in their effort to win back the House majority in 2014. They need to pick up 17 seats to do so.
This post has been updated
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed a bill Friday that would allow in-state tuition rates for students brought to the country illegally a day after Democrats bowed to his demand that the legislation be tightened.
Christie signed the bill in private, his office said, adding that there will be a public ceremony in the coming weeks. New Jersey Democrats agreed Thursday to strip out the portion of the legislation that would allow the students impacted by the measure to apply for financial aid funded by the state, falling in line with Christie's wishes.
The Senate brought the unceremonious first session of the 113th Congress to a close Friday, with the two sides battling over procedural rules for confirming President Obama’s nominees.
In a series of largely party-line votes, the Senate approved the confirmations of a deputy to the Department of Homeland Security, a lower-level federal judge and a commissioner to the Internal Revenue Service, while setting up a final vote early next month for the confirmation of Janet Yellen to become chairman of the Federal Reserve.
President Obama is holding one last press conference before heading to Hawaii for the holidays.
The press conference begins at 2 p.m. Click here for live updates.
With less than two hours to go before President Obama is scheduled to give his year-end news conference, people are not able to apply for health insurance on HealthCare.gov.
The home page is still present, but when one tries to apply for a health plan, the site says the "system is down." A message on the screen says it is part of "scheduled maintenance."
President Obama expressed support for changes approved by Congress that aim to curb sexual assaults in the military, and he ordered the Pentagon to deliver a full report on its efforts at the end of next year.
But Obama stopped short of endorsing broader reforms sought by some female members of Congress that would remove commanders from determining whether to pursue charges in rape and sexual assault cases and hand the decision to an independent military prosecutor.
President Obama has officially declared his intent to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as the next ambassador to China.
His choice of Baucus was widely reported earlier this week.
“For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China," Obama said in a statement. "The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and he’s perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.”
Baucus was already set to retire after the 2014 election, but his nomination means there could soon be a vacancy in his seat. That vacancy would be filled by Gov. Steve Bullock (D).
The Senate voted along party lines to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security Friday morning, after a vitriolic partisan debate that raged for months.
The 54-41 roll call vote occurred under new Senate rules that made it possible to confirm a presidential nominee with a simple majority instead of the 60 votes required previously.