National Politics

Politics In reversal, Obama to allow canceled health plans In reversal, Obama to allow canceled health plans
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
Politics Obama: Wash. state's Foley represented civility in Congress Obama: Wash. state's Foley represented civility in Congress
President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored former House Speaker Tom Foley as a model of civility in government, someone who put problem-solving ahead of politics and never lost his sense of wonder about serving in Congress.
Politics White House open to short-term hike in debt limit White House open to short-term hike in debt limit
Senate Democrats intend to introduce legislation by mid-week to raise the nation's debt limit without the unrelated conditions Republicans have said they intend to seek, officials said Monday.
Politics No progress made on shutdown after White House meeting No progress made on shutdown after White House meeting(Photo Gallery)
President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.
Politics Government Shutdown 411: What changes, what doesn't Government Shutdown 411: What changes, what doesn't
Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo.
Politics Drug abuse groups: Fed stance on legal pot is wrong Drug abuse groups: Fed stance on legal pot is wrong
Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.
Politics Original AP story on the 1963 March on Washington Original AP story on the 1963 March on Washington
On Aug. 28, 1963, AP reporter Raymond J. Crowley went to the National Mall and chronicled the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which went on to become one of the most famous political rallies in U.S. history.
Politics Feds challenge state's mental health system
The federal government has indicated there are problems with the system Washington state uses to deliver mental health services, and officials say hundreds of millions of dollars could be at risk unless changes are made.
Politics FACT CHECK: Obama spins health insurance rebates FACT CHECK: Obama spins health insurance rebates
In his speech defending his health care law Thursday, Obama said rebates averaging $100 are coming from insurance companies to 8.5 million Americans. In fact, most of the money is going straight to employers who provide health insurance, not to their workers, who benefit indirectly.