A bill that will avert a federal government shutdown is stuck in the Senate, after one key leader says it is full of pork-barrel projects and others say they want to use a budget tactic known as CHIMPS.
As the papal conclave starts in Vatican City, there has been some talk that two cardinals from the United States could be contenders. But what happens to their U.S. citizenship if they become pope?
Lyle Denniston looks at due process and the public debate over the president’s authority to use drones as a weapon within the U.S.
A constitutional issue stretching back 200 years has popped up in two stories about gun control and marijuana within the past week, with two different twists on the concept of nullification.
On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored our Constitution as it existed at the time.
Lost in the controversy over the federal government’s use of military drones is an issue that hits home: commercial drones that can videotape you in your backyard.
Planning a trip to see the White House? Official tours are done, as of Saturday, as Washington’s biggest time of the year for tourism starts.
Four new gun control laws were under consideration on Thursday in the Senate, but a key provision on background checks appears to be stalled.
During a Senate filibuster on Wednesday led by Rand Paul, there were repeated references to Strom Thurmond’s record 1957 filibuster. But some evidence suggests that Thurmond didn’t follow Senate rules for his 24-hour speech.
Lyle Denniston looks at the Bob Woodward controversy, and if President Obama’s administration is testing the First Amendment in its relationship with journalists.