Thursday, July 2, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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