The new set of House rules requires that new spending be offset by cuts, not new revenues. And members are supposed to roll back spending by their own offices, too.
With the ceremonial reading of the US Constitution in Congress and with debate heating up over the proper role and meaning of America's founding documents, the Monitor thought a quick quiz might be in order. Test your knowledge of the US Constitution.
Both Republicans and some judges say the health-care reform individual mandate – that all Americans must buy health insurance – is unconstitutional. If they are right, is President Obama's signature achievement doomed?
The vice principal to Millard South High School, Vicki Kaspar, died in the hospital from gunshot wounds after the Omaha school shooting earlier Wednesday.
The past 16 years in Congress have been typified by partisanship and procedural stunts. New House Speaker John Boehner promises to return the House to a time when members can 'disagree without being disagreeable.' He will be put to the test, and soon.
Word that William Daley is Obama's top choice for chief of staff, to replace fellow Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel, have fed the line that the 'Chicago Machine' is taking over Washington.
Navy Capt. Owen Honors was removed from command of the USS Enterprise for participating in videos that included sexual innuendo and gay slurs. But some members of Congress see the scandal as a chance to change how the Pentagon responds to sexual crimes.
Ronald Reagan, said Howard Dean, 'was a great leader, had leadership attributes.' But Dean credited Gorbachev more than the late president, for example, for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told state leaders simply that it was 'time for New York to change' in his first State of the State speech. He faces daunting budget, education, and oversight issues.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, in the midst of a tiff with Washington, suggests US ambassadors he would accept: Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Noam Chomsky, even Bill Clinton.
For someone who once described herself as 'just an average hockey mom,' Sarah Palin's life has been far from ordinary. In the space of eight years, the former beauty pageant contestant has gone from the mayor of a tiny Alaska city to becoming the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket and has emerged as a formidable political force.
CES 2011 in Las Vegas is showcasing gadgetry to make TV truly mobile. Can the old guard media companies survive the revolution? Surprisingly, signs are that they will.
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean characterizes the tea party as 'almost entirely over 55 and white.' He says tea partyers are driven by the economy but also discomfort about the nation's demographic changes.
As Speaker John Boehner takes up his gavel Wednesday, his agenda and leadership style will come under almost immediate scrutiny. The challenge: to govern and not to obstruct.
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right. How will you do on the quiz?
Robert Gibbs will leave the post of White House press secretary in February. But he will remain an adviser to President Obama, in addition to joining the speaking circuit.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean criticized departing White House aides for acting like 'they knew everything and we knew nothing.'
The swearing-in of new members of Congress can be a moving scene, but it's not actually how it appears in pictures. What are the rules for taking the oath of office?
Now that the Republican party holds a majority in the US House they are likely to become more results-oriented in the lead up to 2012. The 'party of no' may even become the party of compromise and results.
In 2010, Los Angeles saw 297 homicides – down from more than 600 a year in the 1990s. The mayor and police groups praise the LAPD, but other are dubious.