Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:06:00 EDTYour choice for wireless service would get smaller should AT&T carry out its plan to buy T-Mobile USA.
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:37:00 EDTThe federal government is exploring the possibility of using a credit rating giant like Equifax to verify the identity of American workers.
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 15:00:00 EDTPresident Obama signed a new stopgap budget bill on Friday morning, keeping the federal government open until April 8. The measure passed the Senate on Thursday afternoon, and the House earlier in the week.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 07:50:00 EDTHe arrives for a two-day state visit before flying to Chile, then El Salvador.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:51:03 EDTU.S. stocks fell Wednesday on escalating concerns about the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan, despite large gains in the Nikkei stock index overnight.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:01:03 EDTThe United States is leaning on the first generation of plants built decades ago, even as critics worry that the reactors have some dangerous weaknesses.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 07:37:00 EDTAs many countries evacuate their citizens from Japan and begin reassessing their nuclear programs, the U.S. takes a more conservative stance - urging only that its citizens stay 50 miles away from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:44:03 EDTU.S. stocks fell in early trading Wednesday despite large gains in Japan's Nikkei stock index overnight.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:31:00 EDTAmong government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:25:00 EDTMembers receive much heftier retirement packages than most private-sector employees and state workers do.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:24:01 EDTWASHINGTON - Over the opposition of some conservative Republicans whose party dominates the House, the chamber is set Tuesday to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open three weeks past a Friday deadline.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:00:01 EDTLiberal groups will revisit an effort to make 'corporate welfare' an issue in upcoming elections, focusing on attacks on unions and subsidies to oil companies.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:14:03 EDTIf you add up what Republicans have offered since the election, the policies they've endorsed would increase deficits, but also decrease spending - at least in the short-term. But spending cuts don't always reduce the deficit. And even worse: Spending cuts don't always reduce government spending.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:19:03 EDTIf you add up what Republicans have offered since the election, the policies they've endorsed would increase deficits, but also decrease spending - at least in the short-term. But spending cuts don't always reduce the deficit. And even worse: Spending cuts don't always reduce government spending.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:32:03 EDTWASHINGTON - Senate Republicans on Monday raised the stakes in their showdown with President Barack Obama over trade policy, saying they will block the confirmation of a new Commerce secretary until the administration submits to Congress three pending free trade agreements.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:13:01 EDTWASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill began Monday to come out against a measure to keep the government running for three more weeks while the White House and Republican lawmakers seek a longer-term agreement on spending cuts.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:20:00 EDTHouse Republicans have been challenging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on whether carbon dioxide is a pollutant, in hearings aimed at cutting the agency's budget and curbing its ability to regulate greenhouse gases.
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:14:01 EDTThe independent analysis offers fresh ammunition to Democrats seeking block the Republican plan.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 23:45:05 ESTPresident Obama's Friday news conference did little to advance U.S. policy on Libya or clarify the White House's position on resolving the budget impasse in Congress. The president nonetheless conveyed one unmistakable impression: He is now focused intently on winning back independent voters.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:13:01 ESTFundamental changes are probably ahead for the American mortgage system as the federal government pushes to unwind its unprecedented involvement in the housing market.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:02:00 ESTPresident Obama is giving aides 90 days to find ways to overhaul federal trade and export agencies, according to senior administration officials familiar with his plans.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:31:00 ESTAn emerging battle over a proposed free-trade agreement with Colombia is undercutting central pieces of President Obama's trade agenda, with key lawmakers urging swift enactment of a U.S.-Colombia deal even though the administration says the pact needs more work.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:40:03 ESTThe Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican plan to sharply cut spending this year, as well as a far more modest Democratic proposal, clearing a path for negotiations toward a compromise that could streamline government without damaging critical services.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:55:01 ESTRepublican lawmakers on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of trying to make an end run around Congress as it negotiates a large settlement with banks involved in shoddy foreclosure practices.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:02:01 ESTIn the fall, with the administration struggling to convince Americans its economic strategy was working, the White House's new media team wanted to try an old-school idea: an adviser in front of a board explaining its policy ideas, like in a classroom.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:49:04 ESTWhat could be worse than taxpayers paying more than $100 million to defend a shareholder-owned company and its former executives in a private lawsuit?
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 23:59:00 ESTPresident Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China, senior administration officials said late Monday, continuing a game of musical chairs that has shuffled top administration officials at the start of the second half of Obama's term.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:43:00 ESTRICHMOND - While Washington bickers noisily over cutting a small slice of the federal budget, Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, launched a campaign Monday to convince the public that merely cutting spending will do little to tame the $14 trillion ...
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:47:03 ESTIN ATLANTA "I have a lot of nicknames," David M. Walker says.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhat Egyptians most want from the U.S. is smart, targeted and timely assistance.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 06:51:00 ESTSenior Obama administration officials, newly joined by state attorneys general, were on the brink Thursday of finalizing major elements of a possible settlement with large U.S. banks accused of flawed and fraudulent foreclosure practices, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe White House proposed Thursday to trim an additional $6.5 billion from federal programs this year as Vice President Biden opened talks with congressional leaders aimed at funding the government through Sept. 30 and averting a shutdown.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:36:04 ESTCommunity development block grants have been a vital source of federal anti-poverty money for decades, supporting affordable housing, job training and an array of other programs serving low-income communities.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:58:00 ESTFrom The Washington Post archives Published: January 4, 1996, Thursday, Final Edition. In Los Angeles, Jose Hernandez is desperate to get to El Salvador to visit his gravely ill mother. In Chicago, Fred Etter risks losing an assignment in London for his software company. And in McLean, Va., Mark ...
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Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:53:01 ESTFrom The Washington Post archives Published: December 19, 1995, Tuesday, Final Edition Tens of thousands of federal employees streamed from government office buildings around the region before noon yesterday, the first disrupted workday in an ugly reprise of the last shutdown less than a month ag...
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Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:21:01 ESTFrom The Washington Post archives Published: November 17, 1995, Friday, Final Edition
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 22:41:01 ESTPresident Obama on Wednesday intervened in a partisan brawl that threatens to shut down the government, inviting congressional leaders of both parties to sit down with Vice President Biden and work out a compromise to fund federal programs through the end of the fiscal year.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:52:00 ESTThe Obama administration's main initiative to help struggling borrowers avoid foreclosure could soon be killed in the House, where many Republican lawmakers have complained about the program's lackluster results.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:25:00 ESTThese, apparently, were the worst ideas in Washington.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:19:01 ESTThe Obama administration plans to shed thousands of vacant or underused federal buildings in coming years and hopes to recruit outside help to determine which office towers, courthouses and warehouses the government no longer needs.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:44:00 ESTPresident Obama on Wednesday signed a stopgap measure that will keep the federal government funded through March 18, averting a shutdown for two more weeks while congressional leaders head to the White House to broker a longer-term deal.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:18:00 ESTU.S. defense leaders expressed caution Tuesday about military intervention in Libya, warning that enforcement of a no-fly zone would require scarce air assets, domestic political approval and international authorization.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:39:00 ESTThe Treasury secretary said that government should continue to back low-down-payment loans for first-time home buyers.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHouse and Senate leaders on Tuesday bought themselves a little more time in their efforts to avoid a government shutdown, agreeing to a two-week funding extension that also includes $4 billion in spending cuts.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:51:03 ESTCorporations have no right to "personal privacy" when it comes to government records requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:18:01 ESTWith Congress and the White House set to debate the merits of massive spending cuts, federal auditors have identified hundreds of overlapping government offices and programs that if merged or eliminated could save taxpayers billions of dollars.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:17:01 ESTRep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) kicked off the annual gathering of the National Treasury Employees Union on Tuesday with a call to federal workers to "gird yourself for battle" against Republican-led attacks on their ranks.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 09:33:00 ESTPresident Obama sought to defuse criticism of the new health-care overhaul Monday by saying he is willing to give states an earlier opportunity to opt out of certain key requirements - but only if they can find their own ways to accomplish the law's goals.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:24:00 ESTAmericans are divided over who would be to blame for a potential government shutdown, with large numbers saying Republicans and President Obama are playing politics with the issue, according to a new Washington Post poll.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:02:05 ESTIN NEW DELHI Clutching the yellow card that is proof of her impoverished status, Kapuri Munna lines up at a small corner store every week to buy low-cost food grains and kerosene that the government sets aside for the poor.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:37:00 ESTGENEVA - U.S. and Europeans leaders took new steps Monday to tighten the noose on Libya's besieged government, with the U.S. Treasury announcing the freeze of $30 billion in Libyan assets.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:27:00 ESTThe first-ever government database of product safety complaints, which is scheduled to go public in two weeks, could be scrapped as a result of a budget amendment offered by a freshman member of the House.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:27:02 ESTSenate Democrats tentatively embrace a GOP plan to immediately cut $4 billion in federal spending.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:33:00 ESTThe budget crisis facing many states is threatening to undermine key elements of President Obama's agenda, but with Republicans in control of the House and widespread concern over the federal deficit, he has few options to make a significant difference.
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:54:00 ESTThe events unfolding in the Arab world over the past month offer some hope that democracy, freedom and the rule of law may finally be taking root in the sandy political soil of that part of the world.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:59:03 ESTAt 27, Jacob J. Lew helped save Social Security. At 41, he helped cut a deal to balance the federal budget. During the Clinton administration, he became the only White House budget director in a generation to banish deficit spending. In a city suddenly crawling with would-be deficit-busters, even so
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:19:00 ESTThe former treasurer of one of the country's largest mortgage firms - Taylor, Bean & Whitaker - pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to charges of participating in a $1.9 billion fraud scheme.
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:20:00 ESTWith a political standoff over spending threatening to trigger a federal shutdown next week, Senate Democrats began drafting a plan Thursday to slice billions of dollars from domestic agency budgets over the next seven months, yielding to Republican demands to reduce the size of government this y...
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:13:01 ESTFederal agencies continued reviewing shutdown plans Wednesday in anticipation of a possible closure of the federal government that could begin as early as next week.
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe Republican war on unions goes far beyond Wisconsin.
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:57:02 ESTISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - Raymond Davis, the American CIA contractor jailed in the fatal shooting of two Pakistani men last month, has quickly assumed the role of Pakistan's public enemy No. 1. But not far behind him are those who have come to be known as "Raymond Davises."
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:51:03 ESTFederal agencies are preparing to operate at reduced levels if a government shutdown occurs, but the Obama administration hopes to strike a deal with congressional Republicans to avoid one, the White House said Tuesday.
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 23:32:02 ESTIf a government shutdown occurs, military benefits checks might not be issued, passports would not be processed and elephant dung could pile up at the National Zoo.
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:24:00 ESTThe indictment of a top Northern Virginia fundraiser last week is the latest in a series of criminal cases that have ensnared campaign donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who relied heavily on wealthy bundlers in her failed 2008 bid for the presidency.
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe wrestling room at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, where Jim Jordan , now 47, began the athletic career that took him to the University of Wisconsin and two NCAA wrestling championships, contains this sign: "Discipline is doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it."...
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:21:00 ESTThe prospect of a government shutdown appeared more possible Saturday after the House passed a budget measure in the pre-dawn hours that cuts $61 billion - and was immediately rejected by Senate Democrats and President Obama.
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTFour days after the Tunisian people overthrew their dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the Swiss government ordered its banks to seize Ben Ali's suspiciously acquired funds. A few days after that, the European Union froze Ben Ali's assets in Europe.
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:26:01 ESTFederal Reserve policy isn't to blame for the steep inflation and other woes affecting developing nations, the central bank's chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said Friday as he tried to rebut a rising chorus of criticism of the Fed's easy-money policies from abroad.
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:04:00 ESTDozens of House Democrats, including the party leader, joined with Republicans Friday in a vote to block an Obama administration plan to tighten federal regulation of trade schools and colleges operated for profit.
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:22:01 ESTThe travel industry doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation for keeping its promises.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:26:00 ESTIt's ironic that the president released his 2012 budget on Valentine's Day. In this long love letter to the country, President Obama said to the federal government, "Baby, I love you, but we are going to have to make some changes."
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 01:59:00 ESTInterest payments on the national debt will quadruple in the next decade and every man, woman and child in the United States will be paying more than $2,500 a year to cover for the nation's past profligacy, according to figures in President Obama's new budget plan.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTOne day after President Obama submitted his budget request for fiscal 2012 to Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans assailed the document as too weak on spending. But they also signaled an openness to working with Democrats to solve the nation's financial problems.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:07:01 ESTConcerns about how the Interior Department manages the nation's oil and gas resources have earned it a spot on a closely watched list of the government's most at-risk offices and programs.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:16:01 ESTImagine that a year ago the president had proposed to begin dealing with the government's budget deficit, and the urgent need for infrastructure investment, by raising the federal gas tax by 60 cents a gallon, from its current level of 18.5 cents. One can only imagine the howls of protest and con...
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:15:00 ESTPresident Obama strongly defended his $3.7 billion blueprint for federal spending in a news conference on Tuesday, rejecting criticism that he should have proposed a more specific plan to reduce the long-term budget deficit.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:00:00 ESTWashington Post columnist Eugene Robinson will be online to discuss his recent columns and the latest news.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:36:00 ESTPresident Obama submitted a budget blueprint for fiscal 2012 on Monday full of surgical cuts and cautious trade-offs to lawmakers clamoring for bold action to reduce government spending and control a budget deficit expected to rise to a record $1.6 trillion this year.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTAfter months of trying to set a new, friendlier tone with the business community, President Obama announced a budget plan Monday that includes old proposals that have inflamed corporate America.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 22:05:00 ESTPresident Obama's proposed fiscal 2012 budget protects many District programs from the federal budget ax, but Republicans are threatening to cut spending in some of the areas - including Metro, the courts and school improvements, local officials said Monday.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:31:01 ESTThere are a lot of big numbers being tossed around in Washington these days: a $3.7 trillion budget proposal, $61 billion in cuts, a $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Below is a breakdown of what they represent.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:05:03 ESTPresident Obama's proposed 2012 budget recommends a 1.6 percent pay increase for members of the military but keeps intact a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal employees.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:48:03 ESTHouse Republicans are trying to send the message that the entire government needs to slim down. How much weight can Congress itself afford to lose?
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:26:02 ESTPresident Obama rolled out a $3.7 trillion budget blueprint Monday that would trim or terminate more than 200 federal programs next year and make key investments in education, transportation and research. The plan is aimed at boosting the nation's economy while reducing record budget deficits.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:30:00 ESTThe Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's Marc Goldwein takes your questions about the proposed federal budget, which will be announced Monday, Feb. 14.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 02:06:00 ESTPresident Obama drew fire Sunday from congressional Republicans and independent budget experts for his reluctance to advance a plan that would tackle the nation's biggest budget problems in the spending blueprint he will submit to Congress on Monday.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTFederal support for high-speed rail is a waste.
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTIn the past month, President Obama has pressed the autocratic president of our most important Arab ally to heed the demands of his people and step down, established a workman-like relationship with China's president, and delivered a State of the Union address that sought to "win the future." Take...
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:02:00 ESTPresident Obama will respond to a Republican push for a drastic reduction in government spending by proposing sharp cuts of his own in a fiscal 2012 budget blueprint that aims to trim record federal deficits by $1.1 trillion over the next decade.
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:13:03 ESTAt about 2 a.m. on a November night, a former hedge fund manager named Donald Longueuil allegedly left his apartment in Manhattan with fragments of chopped-up hard drives tucked in his jacket. He walked through the darkened city tossing the pieces in the backs of garbage trucks - four of them, to...
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:10:05 ESTGordon Smith believes few things are more American than a square meal with peas, carrots and corn. Of course the former senator from Oregon may be biased, since his family supplies much of the nation's frozen veggies.
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 01:25:00 ESTSome of the President Obama's traditional allies argued that proposals in the newly released report could make it too costly for many Americans to buy a home.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 23:46:02 ESTThe Obama administration is pressing to scale back the federal government's role in the mortgage market. On Friday, it presented Congress with several proposals that would raise the costs of federally backed loans, a move designed to help the private sector better compete with Fannie Mae, Freddie...
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:13:01 ESTThe Obama administration said Friday that it had launched two new appeals against China to the World Trade Organization as new data showed the trade gap between the two countries rose to a record level last year.