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State Republicans Get Big Chance In 2013 Legislature

Posted: 01/26/2013 - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's arrival and expanded party majorities in the two chambers open the door for the GOP to refashion state government more than any other time in memory.

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Democrats Push Assault Weapons Ban

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used in the school massacre at Newtown, Conn., even as they acknowledged an uphill battle getting the measures through a divided Congress.

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Penalty Could Keep Smokers Out Of Health Overhaul

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.

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Kerry Testifies Before Panel

Posted: 01/24/2013 - President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state says it's imperative for the United States get its fiscal house in order to lead worldwide.

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U.N. Expert Investigates US Drone Killings

Posted: 01/24/2013 - A U.N. expert is launching a special investigation into the drone warfare and targeted killings that the United States uses as front-line weapons in its global war against al-Qaida.

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Ryan Blames Republican Election Loss On Poor Communication, Turnout

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Ending a self-imposed silence about the November election, 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he and presidential running mate Mitt Romney lost not because of ideas, but due to ineffective communication.

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Top To Bottom Changes In Congress' Foreign Policy

Posted: 01/23/2013 - A harrowing nighttime flight over the African jungle and a wild search for a rebel leader helped forge a relationship between Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Rep. Ed Royce, two men at the forefront of Congress' changing guard on foreign policy.

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Gay-Rights Groups Look Forward To Obama Second Term

Posted: 01/23/2013 - President Barack Obama raised eyebrows when he became the first president to refer to gays in his inaugural address. Now, gay-rights activists are hoping he backs up his words with concrete action in his second term.

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State Lawmaker Foresees Anti-abortion Measures Ahead

Posted: 01/20/2013 - A North Carolina lawmaker says his colleagues in the General Assembly are likely to consider proposals to exclude abortion coverage from federal health insurance exchanges and to outlaw abortions based on gender preferences.

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Gun Control Law Limits Access To Permit Info

Posted: 01/19/2013 - A new gun control law includes a broad privacy provision that could sharply limit what the public can discover about people with gun permits.

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