Tuesday, April 21, 2015
congress
Confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch

Obama To Senate: Approve Loretta Lynch Nomination Now

President Barack Obama on Friday called on Republicans to schedule a vote on his nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, calling Loretta Lynch’s monthslong wait a case of Senate “dysfunction” gone too far.

April 17, 2015
NSA, Patriot Act, Surveillance, Privacy, Congress, National News, Politics

Conservatives Push For Changes To Patriot Act Data Provisions As Expiration Draws Near

Will Congress reauthorize, rewrite, or let the Patriot Act expire? Critics tout the economic cost and strain on civil liberties that the law has had on Americans.

April 14, 2015
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How Much Student Testing Is Too Much?

With no easy answer to education reform, Congress meets to decide whether to rewrite the No Child Left Behind act and shift the power to administer tests from the Fed to the States.

April 14, 2015
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Transit Proposals In Congress Threaten Projects, Jobs, Critics Say

With transit ridership at an all-time high, advocates are pushing Congress to continue federal funding for long-term transportation projects.

April 10, 2015
Ron Paul and Rand Paul

Funny Business: The Financial ‘Shenanigans’ Of Ron Paul And Company

The nagging question about the Paul family business is how much of Ron’s millions were the fruit of his racist, anti-Semitic, gay-baiting, conspiracy-addled newsletters.

April 9, 2015
Corker

Congress Needs More Details On Iran Nuclear Deal, Top GOP Senator Says

With the details of a nuclear agreement with Iran still being debated, a prominent Senate Republican said Sunday that Congress should insist on learning more before deciding whether to support a final deal.

April 5, 2015
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) (CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies via Flickr)

The 5 Worst Climate Change Truthers In Congress

These congressional Republicans are definitely not scientists.

March 31, 2015
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Harry Reid speaks during the dedication of the Dr. Norman Borlaug statue in the National Statuary Hall at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Harry Reid vs. The Smooth Deal

Democrats will miss Harry Reid more than they think.

March 30, 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)

Net Neutrality Moves To Congress

Opponents of net neutrality have spent big money on lobbying.

March 26, 2015
Photo: Peter Stevens via Flickr

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
North portico of the White House (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Analysis: Why The GOP Will Likely Attack The Fake White House

The Secret Service is likely to get caught in the middle of Congress’ next spending debate.

March 23, 2015
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Waiting For The Children’s Health Insurance Program

Will congressional dysfunction threaten a near-perfect health care program?

March 23, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel greet one another before His Excellency addresses a joint meeting of Congress.

Boehner, House Delegation To Meet Netanyahu In Israel

A month after Benjamin Netanyahu visited John Boehner, the speaker of the House will return the favor.

March 20, 2015
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Marijuana Bill Gains Steam In Senate

A bipartisan consensus is forming in Congress around medicinal marijuana.

March 20, 2015
President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at McCamish Pavillion on college affordability and access to quality higher education at Georgia Tech on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Reining In High Cost Of College Should Be Priority

The cost of education is out of control — and Congress is doing absolutely nothing about it.

March 19, 2015
Internet, Online Sales Tax, House of Representative, Robert Goodlatte, Congress, Silicon Valley, Justice Kennedy, Technology, States Rights

Loading Time For Online Sales Tax Is Expiring

Would an online sales tax bill put small-business Internet retailers out of business?

March 19, 2015
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (Talk Radio News Service via Flickr)

Analysis: Republicans’ Budget Plans Require Creative Arithmetic To Add Up

Republicans’ budget math still doesn’t add up.

March 19, 2015
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Endorse This: Gee, Thanks Dad!

At least Congressman Aaron Schock’s father is still standing by him — sort of.

March 18, 2015
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock speaks on the panel at the George W. Bush Institute forum at the Art Institute in Chicago in September 2012. Schock resigned Tuesday amid controversy over his spending habits. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s Problems Could Follow Him After He Quits Congress

Aaron Schock’s problems may be just beginning.

March 18, 2015
Rep. Aaron Schock

Rep. Aaron Schock Resigning From Congress

Scandal-plagued Congressman Aaron Schock is on his way out.

March 17, 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
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

A Federal Funding Fight Over D.C. Vouchers

Republicans on Capitol Hill are lining up in defense of D.C.’s school voucher system.

March 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Capitol Rotunda on the way to the State of the Union Address, Jan. 20, 2015. (James Cullum/Talk Radio News Service via Flickr)

Lynch’s Confirmation Vote Gets Tangled Up With Trafficking Bill’s Abortion Provision

The Senate is bracing for another showdown over abortion.

March 17, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

White House Attacks McConnell Over Impasses On Capitol Hill

Find out why the White House described Mitch McConnell’s actions as ‘unconscionable.’

March 16, 2015
Tom Cotton

The Senate’s 47 Percent

The Senate GOP letter to Iran has inspired an explosion of hypocrisy on the right.

March 16, 2015