Pa. lawmaker's staffer pleads guilty in gun case

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges, acknowledging that he accidentally carried an unloaded gun and ammunition into a federal office building in Washington.

Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Senate investigators are blaming China for almost a dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors.

Eisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A federal commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall is considering Wednesday whether to move forward with architect Frank Gehry's design after years of controversy over the project.

US current account deficit dips to $98.5 billion

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.

No welfare for weed under House bill

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.

No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget.

Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House, pushing for more military spending and greater intervention abroad as the United States confronts Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.