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Obamacare

Poll: Most Americans Want To Fix Obamacare — Not End It

Fully 68 percent of Americans want to keep what works and fix the rest, while just 32 percent prefer the GOP’s repeal and replace approach, according to polling from Hart Research.

March 7, 2017
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

In Congress, Republicans Are Starting To Fret

Until recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tolerated Trump’s turbulent debut because they agreed with the direction the White House was heading — or were confident they could nudge it in the desired one. But the newfound partnership is showing signs of serious strain.

February 18, 2017
Ryan holds a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol

Congressional Budget Office: Economy Grows, But So Does Deficit, Thanks To Tax Breaks

The U.S. economy is on track to expand “solidly” this year, but the federal deficit is creeping up again, thanks in large part to a package of tax breaks enacted by Congress last year, officials said Tuesday.

January 20, 2016

For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan Sets Sights On Crafting A GOP Campaign Vision

He has a new job, speaker of the House, but Rep. Paul D. Ryan has stuck with a longtime routine, sequestering himself on a hunting stand in Wisconsin, picking off deer that he will turn into jerky, brats and links to sustain him through the year.

January 3, 2016

Ryan Faces His First Big Test As House Speaker: Avoid A Government Shutdown

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan faces his first big test as Congress stares down a deadline to do something that has become increasingly difficult: pass a bill to fund the government.

December 2, 2015
John Boehner, House Speaker

White House And Republican Leaders Reach Budget Deal

The $80 billion, two-year budget accord would increase spending somewhat on defense and domestic programs, rolling back some of the automatic cuts known as sequesters that Obama repeatedly has denounced.

October 27, 2015

Paul Ryan’s Risky Road Ahead As House Speaker

Poised to become the next House speaker, Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan finds himself in a position he once seemed eager to avoid: leading an unforgiving GOP majority that is not completely sure it wants him.

October 22, 2015
John Boehner

Analysis: Who Will Blink First In House Speaker’s Race?

Republicans are no closer to replacing Boehner thanks to the Freedom Caucus, a ragtag bunch of “revolutionaries” who want to hijack the speakership in order to achieve their aims.

October 16, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio laughs while speaking during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Rubio’s Childhood In Las Vegas Shaped And Tempered His Politics

He was known as Tony back then, a young boy so persuasive and self-assured that he helped persuade his family to ditch Catholicism for the Mormon Church, and he marched in a union picket line with his dad, a casino bartender, to demand better wages.

October 12, 2015

Under Pressure, Ryan Weighs House Speaker Post

After repeatedly insisting that he had no interest in becoming speaker of the House, Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan was seriously considering the job Friday.

October 9, 2015
traffic cars trucks highways

Highway Funds In Jeopardy As House And Senate Differ On Way Forward

The stalemate over authorization for the nation’s highway program, which expires July 31, is not so much a traditional partisan divide, but rather a tussle between the House and Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans, but they’ve taken different approaches to the problem.

July 27, 2015

2016 Presidential Race Emerging As The First Uber Election

The so-called sharing economy is fast emerging as a 2016 presidential battleground, exposing fundamentally different approaches over how to embrace new technologies without hurting American workers.

July 24, 2015

Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle

President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, all but ensuring it will win final passage this week and be sent to the White House for his signature.

June 23, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Bill To Get Another Vote In Congress On Thursday

Trying to salvage President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, Republican leaders in Congress plan to vote again Thursday on legislation giving the president fast-track negotiating authority.

June 18, 2015
Rand Paul

NSA Surveillance Programs Expire As Senate Stalls

After 14 years and hundreds of millions of records of Americans’ telephone calls, the National Security Agency stopped bulk collection of phone data Sunday, officials said, as legal authority for the once-secret program expired.

June 1, 2015

Rand Paul’s Anti-NSA-Spying ‘Filibuster’ Lasts 10½ hours

Though civil libertarians heralded Paul as a hero, skeptics dismissed his move as symbolic at best, largely aimed at boosting fundraising for his nascent presidential campaign.

May 21, 2015
Rand Paul

Rand Paul Takes To Senate Floor To Block NSA Surveillance Measure

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) spoke out against a National Security Agency spying program on the Senate floor.

May 20, 2015
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As Voters Fret Over National Security, GOP Candidates Seek Right Message

Can the GOP presidential hopefuls find the right foreign policy stance while pivoting away from the failures of the Iraq war?

May 14, 2015
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Senate Democrats Filibuster Obama-Backed Trade Measure

Senate Democrats fight on behalf of the U.S. dollar and the middle-class by voting against Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership.

May 12, 2015

Marco Rubio, Once Seen As Front-Runner, Has Some Catching Up To Do

Despite the early buzz, Rubio finds himself just another name in an increasingly crowded field of 2016 presidential rivals who have chipped away at what were once his strongest assets.

April 14, 2015

Senate OKs Budget, But GOP Rift Over Pentagon Emerges

The all-night session, dubbed “vote-a-rama,” always puts senators in a bind on a number of votes, and Thursday’s session was no different.

March 27, 2015

A Make-Or-Break Week Awaits Republican Leaders In Congress

House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have an opportunity to demonstrate that Republicans can effectively govern. But it remains unclear if they will be able to deliver.

March 25, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Ted Cruz Courts ‘Courageous Conservatives’ In 2016 Presidential Bid

The Cruz campaign is officially underway.

March 23, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (Speaker Boehner via Flickr)

House GOP Budget Cuts Medicare, Repeals Affordable Care Act

The House GOP’s budget plan is just as extreme as ever.

March 17, 2015
Speaker John Boehner shakes Senator John Hoeven’s hand after signing his bill to to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, which is estimated to create 42,000 American jobs.

Republicans Struggle To Present Unified Front Over 2016 Budget

Republicans are finding out that slashing the budget is easier in theory than in practice.

March 16, 2015