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White House, Govt Agencies To Talk On Plans In Case Of Shutdown

The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.

September 23, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at a campaign rally in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump’s Economic Leap Of Faith

“Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that under our plan the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and create a total of 25 million new jobs… This growth means that our jobs plan… will be completely paid-for in combination with proposed budget savings.”

September 18, 2016
Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City, U.S. September 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Congressional Report: Snowden Not A ‘Whistleblower’

The Republican-led committee released a three-page unclassified summary of its two-year bipartisan examination on Thursday, which details how Snowden was able to remove the documents from secure NSA networks, what information the documents contained, and the damage their removal caused to US national security.

September 18, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Republicans’ Congress Lull Could Impede A Clinton Presidency

Republicans in Congress are planning a light legislative agenda as they return from their long summer break on Tuesday, a strategy some say is designed in part to bog down Hillary Clinton if she becomes president. It is not uncommon for the Congress to take it slow in an election year and legislative delays could work in Republicans’ favor if their nominee Donald Trump takes the White House in November.

September 6, 2016
A woman looks at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) health advisory sign about the dangers of the Zika virus as she lines up for a security screening at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Politics, Bad Timing Killed Zika Deal In Congress

Democrats and Republicans were tantalizingly close to a deal on funding Zika prevention measures this summer when it all fell apart in the final 48 hours, according to interviews with a half-dozen senior congressional staffers involved in the talks.

September 4, 2016
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Rob Portman Ignores Shadow Of Trump In Re-Election Bid

Rob Portman is largely ignoring Donald Trump, which is hard to do in U.S. politics today, but the strategy seems to be working for the Republican senator in his re-election bid in Ohio.

August 23, 2016
An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, in this March 8, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/Files

Zika Concern Leading Constituents To Push GOP Action

Concerns over the Zika virus are leading constituents in affected areas to push their Republican members of Congress for action. This is not the first time there have been significant calls for action on Zika, but this past summer, Congressional Republicans left for a seven week recess without doing anything to address the growing crisis.

August 19, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) closes the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Trump Fallout Now Has Washington Insiders Mulling House Democratic Takeover

The catalyst in all this is Trump’s continuing tumble in the polls in key presidential battleground states like Florida, which he needs to win but where he is now down by 9 points, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

August 18, 2016
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Congress Missed Its Chance To Help Combat Zika

“By the time they get back, it’ll be really too late to have much impact,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “So whatever is going to happen, looks like it’s going to happen.”

August 3, 2016
An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, in this March 8, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/Files

Zika Sex Research Begins Despite U.S. Congress Funding Impasse

Borrowing money earmarked for other programs, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has started enrolling men infected with Zika in Brazil and Colombia in the study to determine how long the virus remains transmittable in semen.

July 1, 2016
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#EndorseThis: House Democrats Sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ At Sit-In

As Paul Ryan moved through the standard procedure for a vote, meant to interrupt the protest, Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and began to sing “We Shall Overcome” with altered lyrics, like “We shall pass a bill some day.”

June 23, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

House Speaker Ryan Unveils Republican Alternative To Obamacare

The Ryan plan recycles long-held Republican proposals like allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts and giving states block grants to run the Medicaid program for the poor.

June 22, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Nihilist Ted, Back To The Back Bench

Failed campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will now recast himself as a party leader whose legislative agenda was endorsed by donors who backed him and citizens who cast their votes for him in primaries and caucuses. After reading 55 bills and 115 resolutions filed by Cruz, here’s the takeaway. Cruz is a destroyer.

June 11, 2016
Members of labor unions march past the capitol building during a protest in San Juan September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Puerto Rico Debt Bill Cleared For Thursday U.S. House Vote

Supporters hope to get it enacted into law before July 1, when Puerto Rico faces a deadline for making a $1.9 billion debt payment that it might not be able to fulfill.

June 9, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Will The Media Fall For Paul Ryan’s Sham Poverty Proposals Again?

With Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan slated to release a new proposal to “reform” American anti-poverty programs on June 7, media should be aware of his long history of promoting “far-right” and “backward-looking” policies that would enact draconian cuts to vital programs for families in need and actually “exacerbate poverty, inequality, and wage stagnation.”

June 6, 2016
Josemary da Silva, 34, combs the hair of 5-month-old Gilberto after giving him a bath at her house in Algodao de Jandaira, Brazil February 17, 2016. Gilberto is da Silva's fifth child and was born with microcephaly. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Republicans Use Zika To Fight For Pesticide Deregulation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and congressional Democrats, and President Obama — has requested funds to study and fight the virus, but Republicans want to combat it by stripping away environmental regulations on an array of pesticides.

June 2, 2016
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Republicans Strip Local Health Departments By Failing to Address Zika

Local health departments do not have months to wait for Republicans to fund the Zika fight. In July, the CDC will shift $44 million of its emergency response funds to fight Zika unless the funds are allocated by Congress, an action that would have crippling effects at the local level.

May 31, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) laughs as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Blame Trump For The GOP’s LGBT Vote Switch

“When you have a Republican Party that is built on the premise of vilification, hatred and marginalization, nobody should be surprised by what happened on the floor. You know, you reap what you sow.”

May 26, 2016
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