Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control....
House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks....
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment....
Obama to Democrats: Time to end budget austerity
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the automatic spending cuts that have reduced money for domestic and defense programs. He says the cuts triggered by a 2011 budget act don't "differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending."...
AP source: Obama to give Congress more info on trade deals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Barack Obama has told House Democrats he'll give them more information about the specifics in the trade deals he's negotiating overseas....
Obama budget to call for $1 billion for Central America
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says President Barack Obama's budget will call for $1 billion in aid for Central America. He says that's three times what the U.S. typically gives the region....
Senator: Taliban detainees have communicated with Haqqani
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar....
A Joint resolution proposed to amend the Pennsylvania constitution by giving the General Assembly authority to define who is or is not an "Institution of Purely Public Charity," has drawn criticism from the Peduto administration. Senate bill-4 would transfer power from local officials to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in determining what criteria must be satisfied to qualify for real estate tax exemption. Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Peduto, says the bill disrupts the "status quo" and eliminates the city's ability to negotiate with its nonprofits in exchange for services.
Do you think Governor Corbett's appointment during his last week in office should be allowed to remain head of the State Office of Open Records?