National Politics

Politics White House meeting a last attempt to dodge fiscal cliff White House meeting a last attempt to dodge fiscal cliff
President Barack Obama was preparing to present a limited fiscal proposal to congressional leaders at a White House meeting Friday, a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts at the first of the year.
Politics AP: US economy could handle short fall over 'cliff' AP: US economy could handle short fall over 'cliff'
The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality - unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.
Politics Senators fear that country may go over 'fiscal cliff' Senators fear that country may go over 'fiscal cliff'
Senators bickered Sunday over who's to blame for lurching the country toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," bemoaning the lack of a deal days before the deadline but bridging no differences in the debate.
Politics Will cigarette makers jump into pot market? Will cigarette makers jump into pot market?
Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon? The states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in the November elections, but it is unclear if any cigarette makers plan to supply either market.
Politics Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate
Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would vigorously fight her nomination.
Politics UN official calls  for marijuana ballot rollback UN official calls for marijuana ballot rollback
The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Politics Sen. Murray, Dems: Perhaps drive over 'fiscal cliff,' then bargain Sen. Murray, Dems: Perhaps drive over 'fiscal cliff,' then bargain
Some Democrats, including Washington Senator Patty Murray, are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the "fiscal cliff": Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on.
Politics Obama: Americans agree with my approach on deficit Obama: Americans agree with my approach on deficit(Video)
President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling budget and tax negotiations, said Friday he won't accept any approach to deficit reduction that doesn't ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes.