- Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help Updated: May-02-16 5:39 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond payment Monday and officials warned of worse to come if the U.S. Congress doesn't help it dig out from a mountain of debt.
- Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what it means for muni bonds Updated: May-02-16 5:11 pm
NEW YORK - Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors.
- Senators try to revive criminal justice overhaul Updated: Apr-28-16 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday to give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders, a renewed push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system after objections from some conservatives and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
- Speaker invites India Prime Minister to address Congress Updated: Apr-28-16 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) of India to address a joint meeting of Congress on June 8.
- Dems block spending bill in dispute over Iran nuclear deal Updated: Apr-27-16 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate's first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans to buy Iranian "heavy water."
- House GOP leader: No help for Puerto Rico before deadline Updated: Apr-26-16 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.
- GOP warily eyes Kerry-Zarif meeting on Iran sanctions relief Updated: Apr-21-16 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will meet Friday for a second time this week over complaints from Iran that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's nuclear deal. The meeting drew concern from Republicans who said Kerry should not announce changes to U.S. sanctions that go beyond what Iran is entitled to.
- Sept. 11 families upset by White House effort to derail bill Updated: Apr-19-16 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they are "greatly distressed" that the Obama administration is working to derail legislation giving them the right to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the attack.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Apr-16-16 12:14 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- Can Ohio delegation help Cleveland rock for Kasich? Updated: Apr-16-16 10:15 am
CINCINNATI - Ohio Republican delegates still think Cleveland can rock for their hosting state governor, who's counting on emerging in a contested national convention to overtake the front-runners for the presidential nomination this July.
- Minority Leader Pelosi raises $16 million for House Dems Updated: Apr-15-16 3:04 pm
WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has raised $16 million in the first quarter of this year to support House Democrats.
- House Republicans miss budget deadline amid caucus divisions Updated: Apr-15-16 12:04 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans departed Washington on Friday having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and without appearing to revive it despite the embarrassment for the party and its new House Speaker Paul Ryan.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: As Zika fears grow, DC points fingers Updated: Apr-14-16 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON - When it comes to Zika funding, President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on one point: It's the other guy's fault.
- Speaker: Can see why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies Updated: Apr-14-16 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump's provocative comments.
- GOP House under Speaker Ryan set to blow budget deadline Updated: Apr-13-16 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON - House Republicans are about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for Speaker Paul Ryan that raises questions about his stewardship of the House despite his high profile on the national stage.
- No nominees, no problem as Congress moves on inauguration Updated: Apr-13-16 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON - No nominees, no problem. Congress took the first steps Wednesday to staging the inauguration of the 45th president next January.
- Speaker Ryan raises $17.3 million in first 3 months of year Updated: Apr-13-16 9:45 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - House Speaker Paul Ryan has raised $17.2 million in the first three months of 2016 to help elect fellow Republicans to Congress.
- Greenwich: A stretch of coastline dotted by politics Updated: Apr-11-16 9:33 am
GREENWICH, Connecticut - A six-mile stretch of Greenwich coastline is virtually unrivaled in the country for attracting presidential hopefuls. From John Kasich to Hillary Clinton, all come to share in the abundance of campaign cash to be found here.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan gets Republican challenger Updated: Apr-08-16 5:05 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - House Speaker Paul Ryan is being challenged in the Republican primary by a Wisconsin businessman who says he once volunteered for the congressman but now feels betrayed.
- Cruz's winning ways have yet to win over fellow GOP senators Updated: Apr-07-16 3:28 am
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Cruz is increasingly winning over voters to his presidential bid. He's still not winning over fellow Republican senators.
- GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts Updated: Apr-05-16 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON - Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama's health care law and tax credits for children of immigrants living in the country illegally.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama Updated: Apr-04-16 9:12 pm
WASHINGTON - Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants.