Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, California

The Odd Politics Of Fighting Wildfires

Much of the Forest Service’s swelling bill for suppressing wildfires comes from the rising cost of protecting residences in the “wildland-urban interface.” About 16 million houses were built in fire-prone rural areas over the last two decades.

August 27, 2015
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters during a new conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Democratic Senate Leader Reid Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

“I strongly support the historic agreement with Iran and will do everything in my power to ensure that it stands,” Reid said.

August 23, 2015
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Obama Calls For Voting Rights Reform On 50th Anniversary Of Historic Law

President Obama called on Congress to pass “an updated version” of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal law.

August 6, 2015
An image of Iranian leaders is projected on a giant screen in front of demonstrators  during a rally apposing the nuclear deal with Iran in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York

Lawmakers Will Vote On Iran Deal Disapproval Resolution

Republican lawmakers will try to pass a disapproval resolution against the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran — but even if they do pass it, Republicans would not likely be able to muster enough votes to override a veto by President Obama.

August 4, 2015
The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in Boston

White House Opposes Congress Cutting Off Planned Parenthood Funds

Planned Parenthood said it broke no laws, because abortion providers are allowed to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donation.

July 30, 2015
Automobile traffic backs-up as it travels  north from San Diego to Los Angeles along Interstate Highway 5 in California

House Approves Three-Month Fix To Keep Highway Funds Flowing

America’s infrastructure gets a boost — for three more months, while the political arguments continue.

July 29, 2015
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Will Pass Short-Term Highway Funding Fix While Working On Long-Term Bill: McConnell

The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit.

July 28, 2015
US Secretary of State Kerry makes statement to media before closed door briefing with House members on Iran nuclear deal in Washington

Kerry Mounts Furious Defense Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Testifying before Congress, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal.

July 23, 2015
Former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn Borough of New York

Ex-U.S. Representative Grimm Gets Prison Time For Tax Evasion

A former Marine and FBI agent who won the first of three terms in 2010, Grimm previously made headlines in January 2014 when he threatened to throw a television reporter off a balcony.

July 17, 2015
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The One Candidate Who Did Something In Congress

Only one 2016 presidential candidate can claim to have driven the enactment of landmark legislation while in Congress: Jim Webb.

July 10, 2015
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The New Law That Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination Everywhere

Congressional Democrats plan to put forward legislation that would outlaw LGBT discrimination not only in employment but also in education, credit, federal programs, housing, and jury service.

June 26, 2015
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Bill Clinton’s Health Reform History Lesson, 21 Years Ago Today

Twenty-one years ago, Bill Clinton reminded listeners of all the previous presidents who had tried and failed to create a universal health care system for Americans.

June 25, 2015
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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
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The Incomparable Chutzpah Of David Bossie, Failed Dirty Trickster

David Bossie lacks the skill and style of a truly dangerous gremlin like Roger Stone – and his rote recitations of old “scandal” memes aren’t difficult to refute.

June 4, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet in the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

Polls Show Discontent With GOP Congress, Rising Liberalism — And Shifting Memories On Iraq

Poll shows that nobody likes Republican leaders in Congress — not even Republicans.

May 22, 2015
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As Mountaintop Mining Spreads, Lawmakers Oppose Rule To Protect Streams

An upcoming rule to protect the environment and communities near mountaintop-removal mining operations is contested by Big Coal.

May 21, 2015
Ramadi, Iraq, Islamic State, ISIS, John McCain, Obama Legacy, World News, Top News, War, Troops, Sunnis, Shiites, Middle East, Congress

Fall Of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama’s Strategy Against Islamic State

Islamic State’s takeover of Ramadi gives Congressional hawks reason to criticize Obama’s foreign policy decisions.

May 19, 2015
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead Of Memorial Day Recess

“Things can happen quickly around here when they have to.”

May 19, 2015
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Senate OKs Bill To Let Congress Review Iran Nuclear Deal on 98-1 Vote

a White House spokesperson called the bill “the kind of reasonable and acceptable compromise that the president would be willing to sign.”

May 7, 2015
Corolla Island, Wild Horses, Congress, North Carolina, Travel, Environment, Animals, Extinciton, Spanish Mustangs, Fish and Wildlife Services, Top News

Feds Agree To Diversify Outer Banks’ Wild Horses

Congress and the Fish and Wildlife Service are bucking up to save the wild horses of Corolla Island from inbreeding and disease.

May 7, 2015
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New Congress, New Round In Senate Fight Over Obama’s Judges

L. Felipe Restrepo, a Colombian immigrant, “could become the latest high-profile victim of partisan brinkmanship in the shaping of the judicial branch.”

May 5, 2015
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House Republicans Hesitate To Overturn D.C. Law On Reproductive Rights

GOP House members use an arcane measure to infringe on the rights women and local governments, by ‘disapproving’ a D.C. law protecting the use of birth control in the workplace.

April 30, 2015
California, North Carolina, High-Speed Railway, Congress, Infrastructure, Trains

Amid Capitol Hill Opposition, High-Speed Rail Gets Second Wind

A high-speed railway could be coming to a state near you if Congressional Republicans don’t stop the plan dead in its tracks first.

April 23, 2015
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Endorse This: GOP Congressman Said He Will Drop – What?!?

Watch GOP congressman Steve Knight’s response to an anti-immigration protester — though you might want to be careful, should you ever meet him in a dark alley.

April 22, 2015
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Candidates Look To Make Family Legacies In Congress

Brand-name politicians aren’t only running for the presidency, they’re running for a seat on Capitol Hill too. 18 current members had a parent who served in Congress before them.

April 22, 2015
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