Obama gives federal workers
a modest pay raise for 2015

Obama gives federal workers <br>a modest pay raise for 2015

The 1% increase is small compared with those given in past presidential administrations.

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Lighting fuses in Oklahoma

Lighting fuses in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is leading a renewed charge in support of federalism.

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Upbeat at the White House

Upbeat at the White House

The next two years may be slog, but Obama looks to the possible.

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Good riddance, Congress

Good riddance, Congress

You’ve been the worst one ever.

Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls.

Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls.

Thirty percent of religiously “unaffiliated” people believe in the virgin birth.

The Senate made a few people happy this week, but it’s high anxiety for others

The Senate made a few people happy this week, but it’s high anxiety for others

The Senate, when it closed shop, sent back scores of nominations to the White House to be returned to the new GOP Senate next year

What Obama can do about Cuba, and how Congress can interfere

What Obama can do about Cuba, and how Congress can interfere

A look at how President Obama can normalize relations with Cuba on his own versus what moves would require congressional approval.

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How to fight the lone wolf

How to fight the lone wolf

The Islamic State’s ideology is inspiring a new threat from people in our midst.

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Readers speak on CIA interrogation, VA service

Readers speak on CIA interrogation, VA service

Readers praise and criticize Federal Diary columns.

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How to fight the lone wolf

How to fight the lone wolf

The Islamic State’s ideology is inspiring a new threat from people in our midst.

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A global conspiracy of health

A global conspiracy of health

Vaccines saved 1.8 million children last year.

Dan Pfeiffer knows how to keep a Cuba secret

Dan Pfeiffer knows how to keep a Cuba secret

The White House senior adviser ducked and dodged questions during a media roundtable in November.

Car salespeople: Still more trusted than Congress

Car salespeople: Still more trusted than Congress

On the plus side, it’s getting closer.

The Associated Press just did something very smart

The Associated Press just did something very smart

The AP is making a major play in state capitols.

Cuba: The landing strip for the drug cartels?

Cuba: The landing strip for the drug cartels?

Obama’s move toward normalizing relations with Cuba kicked off a firestorm of protest by anti-Castro hardliners.

Republicans are popular again! Sort of.

Republicans are popular again! Sort of.

The GOP brand hits a new high.

Don’t assume Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2016

Don’t assume Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2016

The GOP of 2016 isn’t the GOP of 2008 or even of 2012.

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A win for Cuba’s people

A win for Cuba’s people

Obama’s historic opening is long overdue.

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A win for Cuba’s people

A win for Cuba’s people

Obama’s historic opening is long overdue.

Spending measure allows abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers

Spending measure allows abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers

The $1.1 trillion spending bill ended the federal ban on abortion assistance for Peace Corps volunteers.

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The nuclear option and its fallout

The nuclear option and its fallout

Obama has been able to make his mark on the federal judiciary, but easier confirmations came at a price.

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Rubio polls himself, finds he is 100% right

Rubio polls himself, finds he is 100% right

His emotional response shows why President Obama’s move is good policy, as well as good politics.

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The Schumer presciption for 2016

The Schumer presciption for 2016

The New York Democrat says his party must work to restore the middle class.

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The Democrats need a dose of Elizabeth Warren

The Democrats need a dose of Elizabeth Warren

The Democratic senator’s much-needed brand of economic populism is not a niche ideology.

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Texas takes aim at the First Amendment

Texas takes aim at the First Amendment

The debate over a Texas license plate pits the First Amendment against personal responsibility.

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD came in last out of 25 mid-size agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings recently issued by the Partnership for Public Service. That leaves Secretary Castro with nowhere to take the department but up.

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

Snow days will no longer count as excused absences for federal employees with scheduled paid time off for those dates.