What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation?

May 20, 2013
Commerce Secretary nominee and Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker will have to shift her billions to avoid conflicts of interest, and prepare for questions about the family business.
Posted In: Commerce Department, Obama, Congress

As Congress debates farm bill, food stamps hang in the balance

May 17, 2013
With one in five Americans on food stamps, some in Congress want to cut back on the program.
Posted In: food stamps, poverty, SNAP, Congress

House Republicans attempt to repeal Obamacare ... for the 37th time

May 16, 2013
Republicans in the House are expected to hold a vote today to repeal President Obama's health care initiative. It will be their 37th vote on the issue.
Posted In: health care, President Obama, Republicans, Congress

If millionaires formed a political party, they'd have a lock on government

May 9, 2013
A Duke professor asks: What would happen if all the millionaires in public office joined a single political party? Answer: They'd control the federal government by a wide margin.
Posted In: government, Congress, politics

Immigration bill also benefits meat industry, Irish workers, ski instructors

Apr 22, 2013
The pet projects of the immigration bill being worked on in Congress.
Posted In: pork. immigration bill, Congress

States and cities take gun laws into their own hands with tax plans

Apr 11, 2013
While Congress struggles with gun legislation in the wake of Newtown, states and municipalities are taking the lead, many with tax proposals
Posted In: guns, Newtown, Congress, Taxes

Mississippi River mayors call for more dam, lock funding

Mar 22, 2013
Mayors along the Mississippi River say more funding is needed to shore up aging infrastructure.
Posted In: Mississippi River, Congress, infrastructure

The economy + Valentine's Day = True love?

Feb 15, 2013
On Thursday, American Airlines and US Airways officially announced their long-rumored merger. And Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said it made a match with Ketchup giant Heinz, in a deal worth billions.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, State of the Union, Congress, sequestration

Congress is hated, but people still love to visit

Jan 9, 2013
Congress is enduring historically-low popularity ratings – so why do hordes of tourists still visit the Capitol?
Posted In: Washington D.C., Congress, Capitol Hill

Delay of federal Sandy relief package to squeeze state budgets

Jan 3, 2013
A $60 billion Sandy relief package passed the Senate in December, but House leadership reneged on its pledge to pass the bill before the end of the session.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, Congress, natural disasters