Frustrated by years of partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama is moving to flex his presidential powers during his sixth year in office. He's starting by using Tuesday night's State of the Union address to announce executive actions to raise the minimum wage for new federal contracts, help the long-term unemployed find work and expand job-training programs.
A U.S. diplomat on Tuesday urged North Korea to pardon imprisoned American Kenneth Bae, saying he is in poor health and needs to return home.
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Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote.
Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are pushing Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act. It would raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
In a major development on immigration reform, Republican leaders are set to endorse legal status for undocumented immigrants.
The San Jose Mercury News says Tim Draper is proposing a voter initiative calling on Congress to split the state into six regions. One would be called Silicon Valley and include the Bay Area and even Monterey.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is working with a colleague from South Dakota to fight President Obama's plan to cap tax deductions for charitable donations for the wealthiest Americans.
Washington's voters are deciding whether to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients in a campaign that has drawn millions of dollars from out of state.
A private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama's signature law recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions.
The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday with no sign of a way out after a White House conversation between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders seemed only to harden the stances of Democrats and Republicans.
President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to meet Wednesday afternoon but showed no signs of yielding.
Donald Hancock is about to head to Washington D.C. thanks to Honor Flight of Oregon, which sets up trips for veterans who want to visit the capital. But if the government shutdown isn't solved, virtually all sights will be closed.
Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo.