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A woman walks past a giant fake mosquito placed on top of a bus shelter as part of an awareness campaign about the Zika virus in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

As Zika Spreads, Republicans Hold Funding Hostage

The House on Wednesday passed the Republican-backed Zika Response Appropriations Act, a bill that would provide $622.1 million in funding towards Zika but would also lead to other cuts — including on funds allocated for the fight against Ebola — in order to satisfy Republican demands to limit deficit spending.

May 20, 2016
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Democrats Outraged After GOP Rejects LGBT Protection Amendment

House Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” after their Republican colleagues voted last-minute to defeat an anti-discrimination amendment.

May 19, 2016
A protester holding a Puerto Rico's flag takes part in a march to improve healthcare benefits in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

House Panel Delivers Puerto Rico Crisis Bill, Debt Looms

U.S. lawmakers on Thursday began coalescing around revised bipartisan legislation to help address Puerto Rico’s unpayable debt burden that now threatens a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Released close to midnight on Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee’s revised bill includes a strong oversight board to direct how and when the island pays its bills and leaves […]

May 19, 2016
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‘Congressmen’s Warehouse’: ‘You’ll Like The Way They Vote, We Guarantee It’

At “Congressman’s Wearhouse,” millionaires — not billionaires — can afford their own candidate.

March 21, 2016
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval gives a welcoming address at the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Republican Sandoval Withdraws As Possible Supreme Court Pick

Sandoval’s name surfaced as a possible nominee on Wednesday, but Senate Republicans quickly said they still would not hold hearings or vote on any Obama nominee.

February 25, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), official photograph.

Obama Weighs Republican Nevada Governor For Supreme Court

Brian Sandoval, a 52-year-old Mexican-American, is considered a moderate Republican, particularly on social issues.

February 24, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on plans to close the Guantanamo military prison at the White House in Washington

Obama To Proceed With Court Nominee Despite Republican Defiance

“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”

February 24, 2016
File photo of U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walking past a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S Supreme Court's Great Hall in Washington

Senate Republicans Move To Block Obama High Court Pick

Senate GOP declares they will not hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings, nor even meet with a nominee from President Obama.

February 23, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the close of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

White House Rebuts Supreme Court Hypocrisy Charge Against Obama

Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.

February 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia during a statement delivered in Rancho Mirage

Obama Starts Work To Pick Supreme Court Justice Amid Political ‘Bluster’

White House: “This is not the first time that Republicans have come out with a lot of bluster, only to have reality ultimately sink in.”

February 15, 2016
Handout photo of U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan

Judge Who Could Replace Scalia Worked On Controversial Cases For Business

In private practice, prior to his appointment to the appeals court, Srinivasan successfully represented former Enron Corp CEO Jeff Skilling in a Supreme Court case.

February 14, 2016
U.S. Senator John McCain attends a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich

Senator McCain Says Could Subpoena U.S. Sailors Held By Iran

“I guarantee you, if they don’t have a debrief by the first of March like they said, we’ll have a hearing and we’ll subpoena.”

February 14, 2016
Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, smiles as he listens to Rep. Cummings during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Shkreli Laughs Off Questions From Lawmakers, Calls Them ‘Imbeciles’

Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year after his company raised the price of 62-year-old drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent, to $750 a pill.

February 4, 2016
Zephyr Teachout New York Congress Election

Anti-Corruption Activist Zephyr Teachout, Who Once Faced Cuomo For NY Governor, Running For Congress

Like Bernie Sanders, Teachout focuses almost exclusively on the toxic consequences of big money in politics.

January 26, 2016
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Unhappy Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Flooded Democracy With ‘Sewer Money’

On today’s anniversary of the ‘Citizens United’ decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures, it is worth recalling the false promise made by the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case.

January 21, 2016
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Analysis: Donald Trump Is Right About One Thing

Congress, Donald Trump is on to you. He knows you’re taking campaign donations and he knows you are doing something in return for the cash.

January 13, 2016
Harry Reid Senate Minority Leader Endorsement

Obama Administration Urged To Stop Deporting Central American Families

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday he expected the Obama administration to pause its new campaign to deport undocumented Central American families, a policy that has led to over 120 detentions since Jan. 1 and angered Democratic lawmakers.

January 12, 2016
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act celebrates after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote in Washington

Obama Vetoes Legislative Bid To Dismantle Signature Healthcare Law

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) says that under a Republican president, health care reform would be repealed next year.

January 8, 2016
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For Ambitious U.S. House Democrats, There’s Nowhere To Go But Out

Rep. Steve Israel’s decision to not seek re-election and to leave Congress at the end of the year is the latest reminder of how thin those ranks are getting. For the younger, more ambitious Democrats in the House, the obstacles are significant.

January 8, 2016
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Obama Preps Last Prime Time Address To Congress

Perhaps the surest prediction about the next State of the Union Address is that it’s going to be the last speech afforded that lofty title for fully two years.

January 8, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

In Congress, Expect Renewed Battles On Refugees, Guns And Health Care

Anything Obama does, Republicans will pounce.

January 6, 2016
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Fiscal Fights Fade As U.S. Congress Backs Huge Budget Bill

Obama says, “I think the system worked,” as Congress passes large-scale measure to end possibility of government shutdowns during 2016 campaign season.

December 18, 2015
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Prank Caller Asks Congressman Dave Brat: Can I ‘Sh*t In Your Mouth’?

One of the star members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus got a rather uncomfortable question during an appearance Thursday morning on C-SPAN.

December 17, 2015
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Congress Negotiators Get Tax, Spending Deal: Lawmakers

Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.

December 16, 2015
Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015
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