Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art.

GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails.

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

GOP's Baker to unveil plan to fight drug addiction

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is unveiling what he's calling a comprehensive approach to tackling the drug addiction crisis in Massachusetts.

Mississippi's Senate candidates to appear together

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers. And it might just be the only time during this year's campaign that'll happen.

What's in bill to overhaul VA

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Congress is set to adopt a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The House approved the bill Wednesday, with a Senate vote expected Thursday.

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.