Fliers hate baggage fees, and the long lines at airport security screening that are made worse by passengers carrying on more bags than they did in the past.
Federal airport screeners still find four to five guns at checkpoints on a typical day, the Transportation Security Administration's chief told a Senate hearing Wednesday.
Senate Democrats still have not decided when to take up the jobs bill President Barack Obama announced with great fanfare to a joint session of Congress almost two weeks ago. In addition, they are still working to determine if they will vote on the bill in its entirety or augment it with additional job growth ideas of their own.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget Wednesday, saying cuts proposed by House Republicans would hurt the nation's security.
It figures it would take the Udall family to bring a touch of good-naturedness to the center of American government and politics -- the U.S. Congress.
CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the Obama administration's move to lift the deepwater oil drilling moratorium.
The Obama administration is lifting the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling -- put in place after the Gulf oil spill disaster -- for operators who comply with tough new rules and regulations, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.
As President Obama pushes a new campaign to juice up the economy, he's starting to fill in the details of how he would pay the estimated $180 billion tab. His plan: Eliminate some corporate tax breaks and subsidies, and close loopholes.
President Obama's latest round of job-bolstering proposals boasts something for everyone: corporate tax breaks for conservatives and spending on roads and railways for liberals. Yet he's having a hard time getting everyone on board.
"I have seen nothing but unimaginable kindness," she says on the fifth anniversary of Katrina
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will hold a late-morning hearing Thursday about the lessons learned and the progress made in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and large sections of the Gulf coast.
As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we look back at sights and sounds from the Gulf Coast in 2005.
The federal government will award $1.8 billion to New Orleans schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, said Wednesday.
President Obama on Friday called on the Senate to pass a small-business jobs bill that would, for one, help spur greater lending to struggling business owners.
Whether you call it a moratorium or a suspension, the government's new halt on deepwater oil drilling will cause economic harm, according to industry advocates and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
BP says it has placed a new containment cap on its crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico that's been gushing oil since an explosion and fire April 20.
Senate Democrats Thursday seized on the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as a reason to pass climate-change and energy legislation, but internal policy differences will not be easy to overcome and may also leave many disheartened.
Before the president's address to the nation from the Oval Office, my pal Paul Begala, on "John King USA," reminded everyone of the words of William Shakespeare: "Action is eloquence." By that standard, President Obama has been powerfully eloquent.
BP: Kick up $20 billion to pay for the recent oil spill in the Gulf region. And make it snappy.
Conservative videographer James O'Keefe and three co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to entering federal property under false pretenses for a January incident in which they tried to tamper with the phone system in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The new mayor of New Orleans has asked the Justice Department to review the city's embattled police department.
Conservative activist James O'Keefe said Friday that the government had "confirmed" that he did not try to wiretap or bug the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.
A conservative activist who made undercover videos of the liberal community-organizing group ACORN was one of four men charged Tuesday with attempting to illegally access and manipulate the phone system in a district office of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Senators push for laws that would make the process of matching Haitian orphans with American families more efficient.
Dozens of lawmakers support legislation that would set up a more streamlined system for matching Haitian orphans with families in the United States, a U.S. senator said Tuesday.
Senate Republicans failed Saturday to eliminate $42.1 billion in cuts to Medicare home health care service in the health care bill.
The Senate narrowly votes to open debate on its version of the health care bill. Brendan Gage reports.
Senate Democrats cleared a major hurdle this weekend by voting to move ahead with debate on health care reform, but it was hardly a unified party standing behind the bill.
CNN's team of analysts debates what Democrats will need to do to pass health care reform legislation through the Senate.
House Democratic leaders have put the finishing touches on their health care bill and could bring it to the full chamber as soon as Friday.
Four senators pushed for a bill Wednesday to ban texting while driving, a day after a study found that drivers who text while on the road are much more likely to have an accident than undistracted drivers.
CNN's Tom Foreman shows the dangers of texting while driving.
Senate and House negotiators tasked with finalizing a compromise on a $105 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rejected a provision Thursday night that would have prohibited the release of photos showing alleged detainee abuse.
The power of music and the power of politics met Tuesday, with a hip-hop mogul and one of the most prominent leaders in Congress joining their considerable forces to spotlight issues facing youth in America.
When the Senate passed its credit-card reform bill on Tuesday, Senator Christopher Dodd called it "a great day for consumers." But what will it mean for small business owners who've been struggling with inflated rates and unexpected fees on their credit cards?
An emergency loan program designed to shore up struggling-but-viable small businesses will open for applications in mid-June, the Small Business Administration announced Monday.
With sales down, credit tight and job losses mounting, America's small businesses are struggling - and so far, the Small Business Administration hasn't been able to do much to help them weather the recession. In her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the troubled agency acknowledged the problems besetting the SBA but offered few concrete suggestions for addressing them.
The number of small business loans banks issue has cratered since the recession took root last year. Rebuilding that number is the focus of the small business provisions in the economic recovery bill that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
As millions head to the polls Tuesday, history will be made. Either Barack Obama will become the first African-American president, or Sarah Palin will become the first female vice president.
President Bush said Wednesday that "hope is coming back" to New Orleans with the help of $126 billion in disaster aid poured into the region
As if Sen. Ted Stevens didn't have enough problems, Sen. Barack Obama might add to them.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency official Thursday defended the agency's handling of millions of dollars worth of supplies meant for survivors of the 2005 hurricanes, but pledged to check with states before any future giveaways.
The director of Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday defended giving away an estimated $85 million in hurricane relief supplies, blaming Louisiana officials for turning down the stockpiles.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a Democratic initiative that would have taxed the windfall profits oil companies have enjoyed due to rising energy prices, with the minority leader calling the proposal a "gimmick."
FEMA Administrator David Paulison says that his agency has learned from the past and improving its capabilities.
Some skeptical senators questioned Thursday whether the agency much maligned for its response to Hurricane Katrina is better prepared today to respond to another major hurricane season.
U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy took 29 seconds Monday to open and close the Senate, the latest move in a standoff with President Bush over recess appointments.
In one of the shortest session in its history, the Senate's final session of the year lasted a total of 12 seconds Monday.
The U.S. Senate was called to order for 11 seconds on Wednesday as the last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out.
The last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out on the floor of the Senate Friday morning -- even though nearly all the senators had left the Capitol for the Christmas holiday earlier in the week.
The Senate on Thursday handed President Bush his first veto override -- authorizing $23 billion in new water projects.
The Senate is set to vote Thursday on what promises to be the first override of a veto by President Bush, with members expected to authorize $23 billion in new water projects over the president's objections.
The Senate immigration compromise was effectively killed Thursday, failing to pass a critical procedural hurdle.
The New Orleans mayor could fill a vacuum if the state's most influential African-American politician goes down
In a city struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, newly re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin urged residents of New Orleans to "start the healing process."
Controversial Mayor Ray Nagin, who was criticized for predicting New Orleans would remain a "chocolate city" with a black majority, was far enough ahead in the mayoral race by early Sunday that it appeared he and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu would face each other in a May 20 runoff.
New Orleans voters cast ballots Saturday in what has shaped up to be one of the oddest mayoral elections in U.S. history.
Frustrated by a lack of progress in rebuilding the state's levees, a Louisiana Democrat threatened Wednesday to block President Bush's appointments requiring Senate confirmation until "significant progress" is made toward restoring the flood protection damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August.
The Senate on Thursday narrowly passed a $2.8 trillion budget blueprint for 2007 after disputes between moderate and conservative Republicans over spending nearly scuttled its passage.
They still love to party in New Orleans. It's just that lately the laughs come kind of hard. The Mardi Gras season that wraps up this week will have consisted of just eight days of parades and whatever gamy fun goes with them. In most years, it goes on for 12. Marching bands have been in short supply, their members still scattered to Houston and Atlanta. The crowds along the parade routes have been sparser too. On the bright side, that has made it easier to score the strands of colored beads flung by people on parade floats. Hustle, and you could grab 50 or so in just a few hours. Making the most of misfortune -- that's a very New Orleans thing to do.
President Bush on Thursday night signed a $51.8 billion emergency spending bill after promising survivors of Hurricane Katrina earlier in the day that the federal government "is going to be with you for the long haul."
Two Democratic U.S. senators, echoing calls for a better national response to Hurricane Katrina, on Saturday presented President Bush with a list of actions they said he must take immediately.
U.S. Gulf Coast residents who braved Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday began to face the storm's impact:
National Guard troops moved toward the French Quarter in an effort to stop rising unrest in flood-stricken New Orleans late Tuesday as police reported looting, attempted carjackings and shootings near the city's main shelter.
The Louisiana Superdome, where about 10,000 people have taken refuge from Hurricane Katrina, reportedly began leaking Monday as winds damaged the roof, letting daylight and rainwater in the darkened arena.
Four senators -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor asking that she reconsider her decision to retire.
Senators from the same state often disagree, especially when they're from different parties. Personal relations can become prickly.
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