National Politics

Politics Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, to lead Interior Department Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, to lead Interior Department
President Barack Obama has picked Sally Jewell, a business executive who has earned national recognition for her support of outdoor recreation and habitat conservation, to lead the Interior Department, the White House said Wednesday.
Politics Effort building to change U.S. marijuana laws Effort building to change U.S. marijuana laws
An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax.
Politics Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept. Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Politics House votes to defuse debt limit crisis House votes to defuse debt limit crisis
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.
Politics Obama weighing executive action on guns Obama weighing executive action on guns
Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said.
Politics Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA
President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him "the leader our troops deserve."
Politics Lawmakers postpone tough decisions on spending, debt Lawmakers postpone tough decisions on spending, debt
Another standoff is likely to arrive as early as February, when Congress will need to raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit so the government can keep paying its bills.
Politics Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans
While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013.
Politics Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes (Video)
Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.
Politics Obama: Fiscal cliff deal close, not done as deadline looms Obama: Fiscal cliff deal close, not done as deadline looms
Agonizingly close to a New Year's Eve compromise, the White House and congressional Republicans agreed Monday to block across-the-board tax increases set for midnight, but held up a final deal as they haggled away the final hours of 2012 in a dispute over spending cuts.