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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
Trump speaks in Reno

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
Sen. Reid speaks at a Democratic fundraising dinner in Las Vegas

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) says that under a Republican president, health care reform would be repealed next year.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

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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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
Conservatives Attend CPAC

Congress Has A List Of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very minute to get things done.

December 1, 2015
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Defying Obama, House Passes Tougher Syrian Refugee Screening

The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate. Both houses would have to muster a two-thirds majority to override a veto by President Obama.

November 19, 2015
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White House Says Obama Would Veto Proposal For More Scrutiny Of Refugees

Administration says GOP bills would provide no actual benefits, “unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

November 18, 2015
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House Democrats Plan Alternative To Syrian Refugee Bill

The alternative measure has the potential to weaken support for the Republican-backed bill set come to the floor Thursday.

November 18, 2015
Liz Cheney, Congress, Cheney Destiney, political cartoon

Cartoon: Liz Cheney Decides To Run (Again) For Congress

“Well, I’m off to fulfill the Cheney destiny.”

November 17, 2015
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What’s In A Name? Plenty, To Those Who Want ‘Alien’ Out Of Federal Law

A congressional bill would strike the terms “alien” and “illegal alien” from federal law and from government signage and literature, replacing them with “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national.”

November 12, 2015
President Obama

Key Question In Immigration Court Fight: Is Obama Enforcing Deportation Laws Or Changing Them?

In public statements and legal briefs, Obama’s aides describe their immigration initiatives as limited and temporary, but experts in immigration law knew the administration was skating near the edge when it announced certain changes.

November 11, 2015
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to the media after been nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives

Republicans Pick Ryan For House Speaker Before Budget Vote

Paul Ryan was chosen by fellow Republicans on Wednesday as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the party uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.

October 28, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Binge-Ghazi’

Trevor Noah highlighted the House GOP’s never-ending quest to launch investigation after investigation to bring down Hillary Clinton.

October 23, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘Back To The Future Day’ — Great Scott!

Jimmy Kimmel celebrated “Back to the Future Day” — with a surprise visit from none other than the real Marty McFly and Doc Brown!

October 22, 2015
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Analysis: Ryan’s Political Gambit Comes With Upsides, Pitfalls

If Paul Ryan is playing his cards right — and it’s a big if — then he has turned the Republicans’ leadership crisis from a “no win” predicament into a “no lose” proposition.

October 22, 2015
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