David Lightman

Possible Fed choice brings Obama flak from the left

President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended one of the presumed front-runners to lead the Federal Reserve Board, a candidate liberal Democrats see as emblematic of loosening regulations on Wall Street. | 07/31/13 18:58:16 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Obama talks jobs on Capitol Hill, but not compromise

President Barack Obama came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to give Democrats a pre-summer recess pep talk – with little mention of compromise. | 07/31/13 17:35:15 By - By David Lightman and Anita Kumar

Obama heads to Congress today, but will make nice only with Democrats

President Barack Obama will make a rare trek to Capitol Hill this week to huddle behind closed doors with lawmakers as they debate how to pay the government’s bills, rewrite the nation’s immigration laws and adjust the government’s surveillance programs. | 07/29/13 17:35:34 By - By Anita Kumar and David Lightman

Americans’ frustration with gridlocked Washington grows

Americans are eager for Washington to act on a host of issues they care deeply about, but instead they’ve just witnessed another week of sharp rhetoric and political finger-pointing. They’re clamoring for their elected representatives to do something about all their concerns – or even just one – but think that they’re not. President Barack Obama’s job approval numbers this month hit their lowest level in nearly two years of McClatchy-Marist polling, and Congress’ are even worse. | 07/26/13 17:02:32 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Poll: Public wants immigration, voting rights fixed, but differs on solutions

Americans want the nation’s broken immigration system fixed, but they’re torn over how to do it. | 07/25/13 16:01:33 By - By David Lightman

Bid to rein in NSA snooping goes down in the House

The House of Representatives on Wednesday tried mightily but fell short in its bid to send a tough, pointed message to the Obama administration: Put limits on the National Security Agency’s ability to collect personal data. | 07/24/13 19:44:05 By - By David Lightman

Poll: Back off the snooping, public tells Washington

Americans are fed up with the federal government collecting information on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what can be monitored, majorities say in a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 07/24/13 15:10:27 By - By David Lightman

2016 poll: Hillary’s the Democrat to beat; Christie tops conservative-heavy GOP field

The latest McClatchy-Marist poll is a tale of two very different political parties: Hillary Clinton has a huge lead among Democrats for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, while the Republicans face a melee with no clear front-runner. | 07/23/13 17:29:59 By - By David Lightman

Poll: Obama’s job approval plunges; Congress, especially GOP, still unpopular

Stung by Americans’ persistent worries about the economy and a capital gripped by controversy and gridlock, President Barack Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 07/22/13 17:44:45 By - By David Lightman

Clinton, Christie tie in Iowa 2016 trial run

Iowa's been a swing state in presidential elections for years, and true to form, it looks like it could be that way again in 2016. | 07/22/13 09:44:54 By - David Lightman

Helen Thomas opened White House press corps to women

Helen Thomas, the feisty, trailblazing White House reporter who tore down historic barriers that had stymied women journalists for generations, died Saturday at 92. | 07/20/13 14:55:16 By - By David Lightman

Mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying

Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate _ and perhaps prod legislative action _ as early as next week. | 07/19/13 18:10:31 By - By David Lightman, Kate Irby and Ben Kamisar

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell suddenly confronts a rough political road

Usually a picture of self-assured calm and control, Mitch McConnell is having a rough week. | 07/19/13 06:00:00 By - By David Lightman

IRS workers say D.C. office stalled tea party cases

Internal Revenue Service managers at Washington headquarters thwarted attempts by field employees to speed up review of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, two agency employees testified Thursday before Congress in the strongest evidence yet that higher-ups were involved in the targeting of conservative groups. | 07/18/13 18:20:59 By - By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall

Racial subtext in Zimmerman reaction offers reminder of 'politics that divide'

The “true genius of America,” Barack Obama said the night the country elected its first black president in 2008, is “that America can change.” | 07/15/13 18:25:01 By - By David Lightman

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