Published May 08, 2013
A federal investigation into an alleged sex-fueled smuggling scheme between female guards and inmate gang members at the Baltimore City Detention Center has drawn scrutiny to a union-backed "bill of rights" for prison guards that may have contributed to the culture of corruption.
Published May 06, 2013
While other states move to abolish capital punishment, Florida lawmakers are taking an entirely different approach -- trying to speed up executions for death row inmates.
Published April 23, 2013
Florida could become one of the first states in the country to overhaul the alimony system by ending life-long payments and allowing judges to change existing deals -- if Gov. Rick Scott signs the controversial legislation.
Published April 17, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner is being pressed by the conservative wing of the Republican Party not to allow a vote on major pieces of legislation -- from gun control to immigration -- without majority Republican support, after recent signals that he could be open to building a coalition with Democrats.
Published April 09, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Tuesday that it released personal information on potentially thousands of farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, following concerns from congressional Republicans and agriculture groups that the release could endanger their safety.
Published April 03, 2013
The possibility of Caroline Kennedy becoming a U.S. ambassador to Japan has sparked debate about whether the political scion -- who made a shaky and short-lived run for Senate in 2009 -- has the expertise to handle the increased turmoil in the region, where North Korea is antagonizing U.S. allies.
Published March 23, 2013
Governors in cash-strapped states are revving the motor on efforts to hike the gasoline tax to cover shortfalls or pay for transportation projects -- frustrating drivers, Republican lawmakers and others in a delicate economy.
Published March 18, 2013
With a Swiss Army knife in hand, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ed Markey visited Boston’s Logan Airport last week to make a very public showing of his efforts stop the federal government from allowing airline passengers to bring small, folding knives on board. Markey, who has held his congressional seat since 1976 and is now running for Senate, appears to have tapped into potential political gold.
Published March 13, 2013
Soldiers and veterans are among the hardest hit by the $85 billion in spending reductions that kicked in this month -- from cuts to tuition assistance to a program that helps homeless veterans get on their feet.
Published February 24, 2013
The Washington gun-control debate in which President Obama and fellow Democrats are trying to promptly tighten firearms laws is emerging as a longer effort with both sides spending millions on congressional candidates who will help or hurt their cause.