Politics and Government

Profits vs. patriotism

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google’s new encryption technology may make it harder for investigators to do their jobs.

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Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) rehearse with host Bill Goodman before their debate on 'Kentucky Tonight' at the KET Network Center on October 13, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Voters go to the polls on November 4, 2014.

By now, voters in my home state of Kentucky are as sick of the 2014 midterm game as voters in other battleground states. But they can take pride in having candidates who know how to play. In the sole debate Monday night of their tightly fought Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell …

Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court

Bernanke testified Thursday at the AIG bailout trial that he relied on the judgment of the N.Y. Federal Reserve Bank, which provided the initial commitments to AIG.

Paulson testifies in AIG bailout lawsuit

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson took the stand to defend the government bailout of AIG in 2008.

Colorado senate race

John Harwood takes a look at the U.S. Senate race in Colorado where the economy is playing an increasingly bigger role for candidates.

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.
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Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

DENVER—In about 30 days, President Barack Obama will discover how politically difficult his last two years in office will be—and he has good reason to worry. Democrats boast a set of experienced, battle-tested Senate candidates, strong turnout operations and social issues they are exploiting aggressively. They’ve been handed a valuable wild card in staunchly conservative Kansas, where …

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2014.

President Barack Obama has arrived at the most improbable moment of his tenure. And it poses the most formidable test of his skills so far. After six years in the Oval Office, the anti-war candidate has become a war president. He never wanted to, and resisted until events in Syria forced his hand. But he remains the …

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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly with a broad speech on Wednesday, condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and pushing for global unity against threats such as Ebola and ISIS. “There is a pervasive unease in our world—a sense that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for …

House passes funding bill

Democratic and Republican lawmakers may be on the same page, with the U.S. House of Representatives voting on a bill to fund the government into the next fiscal year, beginning October 1. But there’s a lot more than keeping Washington’s lights on in this congressional resolution.

Congress returns

Members of the house and senate returned after a five-week summer recess and lawmakers have a lot on their plates, but will anything get done?

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Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

RALEIGH, N.C.—Every important element in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate comes into focus here in North Carolina. The race features a Democratic incumbent, Kay Hagan, whose party is counting on her winning a second term to hold its majority. Just like five of her Democratic Senate colleagues. It takes place in a state …

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Iowa Senate candidates Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley

DES MOINES, Iowa—This crucial battleground in the Republican-Democrat fight for control of the U.S. Senate has scrambled terms of engagement in the politics of class. Democratic Bruce Braley makes his party’s familiar arguments against Republican Joni Ernst. He slams her for opposing a minimum wage increase, for entertaining the idea of privatization for Social Security, …

Administration & tax inversions

The U.S. treasury is taking steps to block U.S. companies from reorganizing overseas to avoid taxes. What power does the administration have over these tax inversions?

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Rep. Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan wants to change his image. The Wisconsin Republican gained a national reputation early on in President Barack Obama’s administration as a fearless deficit hawk battling to cut government spending—a profile that helped him win the vice presidential nomination on Mitt Romney’s 2012 ticket. Read More Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor Now, the House Budget chairman, …

The state of Medicare and Social Security

The trustees who oversee the financial health of the government’s two largest benefit programs has released their annual report and there’s some positive news for Medicare. The report shows its funding outlook has improved and that the program’s hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, four years later than last year’s estimate. Meantime, Social …