Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:40 pm
When President Obama sat down with comedian Stephen Colbert Monday, he didn't actually loosen his necktie. But we saw a relaxed president with just two years left on the clock, playing to a receptive audience of nearly 1,500.
Here are some of the more memorable moments from the president's appearance on The Colbert Report:
Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:34 am
The Senate Intelligence Committee's summary of its report on the CIA's interrogation practices found that the agency "provided inaccurate information to the White House, Congress, the Justice Department, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public." [The report is here.]
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:46 am
The man described as an architect of the Affordable Care Act who said the "stupidity of the American voter" was critical in getting the law to pass apologized during a congressional hearing today for his remarks.
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 8:49 am
The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries.
More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey.
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 4:15 pm
When it comes to environmental regulations, taxes and the minimum wage, business groups generally object to President Obama's positions, while liberals support him.
But one issue blurs the usual political lines: trade.
Just last week, Obama told the Business Roundtable he would push to complete massive trade deals with both Asian and European nations. "If we can get that done, that's good for American businesses," he said.
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:53 am
The U.S. has increased security of its facilities around the world ahead of the release Tuesday by the Senate of the executive summary of its report on the CIA's interrogation practices in the war on terrorism, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today.
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 12:08 pm
The visit of Britain's Prince William to Washington, D.C. has been greeted with the excitement reserved for celebrities in a town starved of real famous people (I mean, spotting Sen. Chuck Schumer at a restaurant can lead to breathless "spotted" tweeting). Folks are disappointed that his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, didn't make the trip down from New York City with him. But, this is D.C., and we'll take what we can get on an otherwise slow news morning.
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:28 am
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says one of his top priorities will be to make the Senate work the way it used to â which would include the use of filibusters to block presidential appointments. But would that improve the way the Senate works? Republicans will be debating that question behind closed doors Tuesday. Many were furious when Democrats eliminated the filibuster for nearly all confirmation votes last year â a change some called the "nuclear option." But now that the GOP will be in the majority, they're not all that eager to go back.
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 7:06 am
Leaders on Capitol Hill are at odds regarding a report on CIA methods â including torture â used to extract information in the so-called war on terror.
Chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been fighting for the release of her 480-page executive summary of the report since April of this year, and it finally was scheduled for a reveal this week.
Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 10:25 am
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The final election battle of 2014 is now over. And Republicans have reason to celebrate. The GOP picked up a ninth Senate seat yesterday. Congressman Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu 56 to 44 percent in a runoff.
Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 10:34 am
African-American clergy, academics and activists will hold a march on Washington this week, protesting the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City and call on the federal government to intervene in the prosecutions of police officers accused of unjustified use of force.
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:01 pm
President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.
Editor's Note: A quote in the transcript for this story has been incorrectly attributed, and the quote has some extraneous words. Governor-elect Greg Abbott said the following: "That's not prosecutorial discretion. That is a rewriting of the law that Congress wrote."
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:23 pm
As 2014 winds down, you might want to save that calendar hanging next to the fridge.
Maybe even frame it.
After so many years of misery for the middle class, 2014 is now looking like the one that finally brought relief. The November jobs report, released Friday by the Labor Department, had blowout numbers showing a surge in job creation, an upturn in work hours and a meaningful boost in wages.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:33 am
An investigation by the New Jersey Legislature has cleared Gov. Chris Christie in an apparently politically motivated scheme that closed some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year, leading to major traffic jams and a political firestorm.
The investigation could find no evidence that Christie was involved in the scheme.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:10 am
The New Republic, the influential, century-old publication that during the Clinton presidency was called the in-flight magazine of Air Force One, announced today a slew of changes and cuts. Its editor, Franklin Foer, and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier both announced they were leaving the magazine.
NPR's David Folkenflik is reporting on the news for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:03 pm
The Achieving A Better Life Experience â ABLE â Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. "For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications," she said on the House floor.