WASHINGTON - For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
...Then there's the annual defense bill, which has passed Congress like clockwork each year since John F. Kennedy was in the White House.This time, it's mission not yet accomplished.David Espo is AP's chief congressional reporter.
...I think the worst thing you could say about any politicians is that they are cynical enough to wave in front of seniors a message that was designed solely for a bumper sticker.'' David Espo is AP's chief congressional correspondent.
GOP wants action on economy By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON -- His tax...it's time for an even bolder set of reforms.'' David Espo is AP's chief congressional correspondent. All...
WASHINGTON - Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.
...provided the Democratic rebuttal."There are many words that can be used to describe the Ryan budget," he told the House. "But the one word that cannot be used is 'balanced.'"David Espo is AP's chief congressional correspondent.
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