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'We're on the path to al Qaeda's destruction,' terrorism adviser says

April 30, 2012 President Obama’s chief counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, took to the airwaves on Sunday to ensure the American people that they are safe from terrorist attacks. “We’re on the path to al Qaeda’s destruction,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “It’s a murderous organization that has killed many. …We ...

Fate of federal employee provisions in highway bill up in the air

March 28, 2012 House Republican leaders are planning to vote on Thursday on a 90-day extension of federal highway authority under a rule that would require a simple majority to pass. They expect to pass it without help from Democrats. They will then adjourn for a two-week recess, daring the Democrat-controlled Senate to ...

Education budget focuses on college affordability

February 13, 2012 President Obama stressed college affordability in his budget, proposing to increase Pell Grants and asking Congress to stop a interest-rate hike on student loans from going into effect in July. The White House has shifted focus over the last year in its education message, emphasizing higher education and job training ...

Lawmakers reach deal on controversial FAA labor provision

January 20, 2012 Gerald Herbert/AP House and Senate leaders have reached agreement on a long-awaited bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration with Republicans backing down on a controversial labor provision that had drawn a veto threat from the White House. The deal paves the way for finalization of an FAA bill that ...

Education Department stresses civics

January 17, 2012 AP file photo The Education Department released a report last week arguing that civics education should be reinvigorated and reimagined. The White House is suggesting that higher education is about more than just getting a job after graduation. College students also should know about the political levers that influence change ...

Deadline looms for FAA funding, surface transportation measure

January 3, 2012 The countdown has begun to the Jan. 31 deadline when the current authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration expires. At the last check, lawmakers were no closer to a resolution on their disagreements than they were in September. The contentious dispute about how rail and aviation workers vote for unions ...

White House immigration message: We’re tough

October 18, 2011 It is no accident the Obama administration is touting a record number of deportations for the second year in a row. If Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has one immigration-related mission, it is to remind people as often and as firmly as possible that the United States is tougher than ...

For affable LaHood, Transportation chief will be last public job

October 13, 2011 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sees his post in the Obama administration as his last job in public office, and he likely will stay for only one term, he told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. LaHood spoke at the National Press Club as part of the administration's efforts to push Congress ...

House approves funds for FAA, highways

September 13, 2011 The House on Tuesday voted to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and the funding mechanism for highways, bridges, and railways, putting off the hard negotiations on infrastructure investment until next year. The Senate is expected to pass the same bill later this week, laying to rest fears from ...

House FAA stopgap includes back pay provisions

September 9, 2011 House Republicans are unveiling another funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration as early as Friday, this time to Dec. 31, that also includes back pay for federal workers who were furloughed for two weeks in August when lawmakers failed to extend the agency's funding. The measure also includes minor ...