9 things the new VA secretary promised for his first 90 days

During his confirmation hearing last week, Robert McDonald laid out a series of actions he would take during his first 90 days in office.

Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing

Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing

Advocates who support the plan and oppose it testified at an EPA hearing on Tuesday.

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Who broke Congress?

Who broke Congress?

Ted Cruz’s pointing fingers at Democrats is pure chutzpah.

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In the Loop: Clock is ticking on nominees

Senators could use voice votes to help move things along, and the White House is pushing for action.

Senate unanimously confirms McDonald as VA secretary

Senate unanimously confirms McDonald as VA secretary

Former Procter & Gamble chief will take over an agency rocked by a recent scandal.

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John Kerry learns humility

John Kerry learns humility

The secretary of state is discovering that leading the world is harder than it looks.

Senate confirms three ambassadorial nominees in minutes, but will there be time for more?

Senate confirms three ambassadorial nominees in minutes, but will there be time for more?

The Senate confirmed three administration nominees Tuesday, but 150 are hanging on the Senate floor, hoping to be confirmed before the Senate recess Friday.

Charlie Crist’s most important campaign accessory? A fan.

Charlie Crist’s most important campaign accessory? A fan.

A story of a man and his fan.

Senate confirms Robert McDonald as VA secretary

Senate confirms Robert McDonald as VA secretary

Former Procter & Gamble chief Robert McDonald will take over an agency rocked by a recent scandal involving records falsification.

A simple summary of the new VA bill

A simple summary of the new VA bill

The legislation, which is expected to pass this week, comes with an estimated price tag of about $17 billion. What would it pay for?

Sympathy for young illegal immigrants, suspicion for other immigrants

Sympathy for young illegal immigrants, suspicion for other immigrants

An increasing number of Americans view immigrants writ large as a “burden.“

Young Americans take a dim view of Israel’s actions

Young Americans take a dim view of Israel’s actions

Two polls show a massive age gap in views of the conflict in Gaza. What does that mean long-term?

The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?

Opponents say the proposal would roll back civil-service protections and discourage talented professionals from joining the VA.

Boost the eligibility age for Medicare to avoid ‘bankruptcy’?

Boost the eligibility age for Medicare to avoid ‘bankruptcy’?

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) suggests that boost the eligibility age will shield Medicare from “bankruptcy.” Not really.

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is sticking with his state’s long legacy of pragmatic politics as he faces a challenge from tea party.

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Blaming the victims

Blaming the victims

The world exonerates the criminals for attacking Israel.

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Spinning their wheels

Spinning their wheels

Republicans are absent on immigration reform.

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The political cast of mind

The political cast of mind

As Democrats are bereft of ideas, GOP is the party of reform.

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In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

When the president speaks to the nation from the White House, he’s taken to using other backdrops.

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North Carolina Republicans choose ideology over lives

North Carolina Republicans choose ideology over lives

“They’re allowing people to die to prove a point,” says a dissenting GOP mayor.

GAO cites tax debt of DoD workers with security clearances

Employees and contractors owed $730 million in unpaid federal taxes as of June 2012, the report found.

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks

The people who think he is the least competent are the most likely to vote this fall.

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

What our cats and dogs say about our politics

Red states love their dogs, while liberal states are much more cat-friendly.

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

The GAO said about 31 percent of the tax-delinquent workers already owed money to the government when they were issued security clearances.

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

The president has been sharply criticized for multiple alleged failures through his presidency, but when it comes to predicting the stock market. . .

For Obama, things will probably get worse before they get better

For Obama, things will probably get worse before they get better

History shows a president’s approval rating rarely rises from this point on.

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

Natalie Tennant wants you to know she and President Obama don’t agree on much.

America really is two different political countries these days

America really is two different political countries these days

Partisans hate their opposite number. Now more than ever.