David Lightman

For members of Congress, war vote is wrenching

A vote on military action is the most wrenching, most profound decision a member of Congress can make, and that’s why Tom Carper was glad the minister talked about the Syrian crisis in church. | 09/04/13 14:47:45 By - By David Lightman

Sen. Rand Paul skeptical of proposed U.S. strike against Syria

A highly skeptical Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday sharply criticized President Barack Obama’s bid to launch military strikes against Syria, saying the mission’s purpose remained murky and uncertain. | 09/03/13 19:51:01 By - By David Lightman

Obama asks Congress for OK to hit Syria

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress to approve military strikes against Syria’s government, a risky step likely to delay action for at least 10 days that could signal broad popular support but also could end in rejection by the legislative branch. | 08/31/13 17:17:59 By - By David Lightman, William Douglas and Anita Kumar

A war-weary public leery of another Middle East entanglement

The American public doesn’t have much appetite for a military strike in Syria. | 08/30/13 15:35:11 By - By David Lightman

Washington, London: A study in contrasts over Syria debate

The British Parliament spent Thursday slugging it out over Syria. The U.S. Congress stayed away. For the fourth straight week. | 08/29/13 17:46:34 By - By David Lightman

Congress presses Obama for more details about possible Syria strike

Any effort by President Barack Obama to launch military action against the Syrian regime faces growing resistance on Capitol Hill, as increasing numbers of lawmakers from both parties insist on having a say. | 08/28/13 18:57:08 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

On March on Washington’s 50th anniversary, reminders of victories and battles still to fight

Wednesday’s scene at the Lincoln Memorial was a subtle but powerful snapshot of the state of the American struggle for equal rights on Aug. 28, 2013. | 08/28/13 17:53:46 By - By David Lightman

50 years after 'I have a dream,' do big, old-fashioned protests still work?

When was the last time a mass Washington rally made a political difference in this country? | 08/27/13 16:50:47 By - By David Lightman

Senate’s pivotal 2014 races take shape

The battle for Congress won’t fully engage until next year, but it sure looks like election season now as political activity explodes this summer at America’s county fairs, town halls and campaign fundraisers. From Alaska to West Virginia, what’s happening around the country as lawmakers spend a month back home might shape the 2014 political map. | 08/14/13 14:47:51 By - By David Lightman

GOP head objects to networks’ plans for Hillary Clinton dramas

Had enough of Hillary Clinton? Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has. He sent biting letters Monday to network executives at NBC and CNN, asking them to drop their planned projects – a mini-series and a documentary, respectively – about the will-she-or-won’t-she 2016 Democratic presidential contender. Such programs, he charged, would be a "thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election." | 08/05/13 17:40:06 By - By David Lightman

U.S. extends embassy closings; warnings renew debate over NSA data collection

The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs. | 08/04/13 17:48:53 By - By Ali Watkins, David Lightman and Adam Baron

High-ranking Senate Democrat joins calls to disclose NSA collection programs

The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat on Friday joined the growing push in Congress against the National Security Agency’s sweeping collection of cellphone records, announcing that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved a measure that would require the agency to make public declarations about the once-secret program. | 08/02/13 20:16:27 By - By Ali Watkins and David Lightman

House bans IRS Obamacare enforcement; Senate unlikely to agree

The Republican-run House of Representatives voted 232-185 Friday to bar the besieged Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing the new health care law, but the effort was largely a political exercise. | 08/02/13 17:09:10 By - By David Lightman and Ben Kamisar

Congress taking rhetoric, and partisanship, home for recess

Congress’ sophisticated message machines roar into action this weekend, as lawmakers head home eager to mobilize constituents and gain momentum for budget and immigration battles to come. Chances are, their efforts will sputter. | 08/02/13 14:30:04 By - By David Lightman

Obama taps little-known turnaround specialist to head IRS

President Barack Obama nominated a corporate turnaround specialist Thursday to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. | 08/01/13 19:36:05 By - By Kevin G. Hall, Anita Kumar and David Lightman

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