By JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETTAssociated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New day. New lawmakers. Same old pension-reform dispute.
Illinois legislators failed to deliver a solution Tuesday to a ballooning, $96 billion pension deficit.
By LARRY MARGASAKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday adopted Republican-written rules for the chamber that reflect the party's efforts to cut spending, stop government regulations and oppose same-sex marriage.
The Senate put off discussion of its rules so that the Democratic
By LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court.
But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scof
By JENNIFER AGIESTAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the top news stories of 2012, the public and the press generally agreed on the year's most important events, according to nationwide polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and an Associated Press survey of news editors.
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military's ability to fight.
The vote was 315-107 and
By JUSTIN POPEAssociated Press
It was a year of storms, of raging winds and rising waters, but also broader turbulence that strained our moorings. Our atmosphere, our politics, our economy - rarely in memory have they seemed in such constant agitation.
Our emotions, too.