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Florida House Passes Religious Exemption To Block Gay Adoptions

Nestled among bills for tax cuts and firearm freedoms in the Florida House was a law to prohibit gays from adopting.

April 10, 2015
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Senate Democrats Show Limits Of GOP Spending Strategy

Congressional Republicans are coming to understand the flaws in their strategy.

February 25, 2015
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113th Congress Just Barely Avoids Distinction Of Least Productive In History

The outgoing Congress will have to settle for “bad” instead of “worst.”

December 18, 2014
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As GOP Considers Immigration Strategy, Hopes For Appropriations Omnibus Dwindle

Are Republicans really ready for another shutdown showdown?

November 26, 2014
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Pelosi Wields California Democrats’ Clout In Bid To Regain House

After a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Pelosi reclaimed her seat as the House’s Democratic leader.

November 19, 2014
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High Stakes For Pelosi, Party With Energy And Commerce Fight

In the race for the next ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, what’s really at stake is the status quo for Democrats.

November 17, 2014
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An Open Letter To The GOP Regarding Its Dearest Enemy

Impeach President Obama. We dare you.

November 12, 2014
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The Boehner-McConnell Relationship: Mutual Respect, Low Drama

Will a mutual respect between leaders be enough to make Congress productive again?

November 7, 2014
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Next Up: The Zombie Congress

Conservatives worry that defeated or retiring lawmakers — “zombies” — are the politically walking dead with nothing to lose.

November 6, 2014
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Joe Biden Emerges As Patron Saint Of The Embattled House Democrat

With President Obama’s unpopularity, Joe Biden is hitting the campaign trail to support House Democrats– and perhaps set the stage for an announcement about 2016.

November 4, 2014
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New Republicans Will Strengthen Boehner’s Hand In 114th Congress

An in-depth look at how the 114th Congress will change with Republican gains in the House.

November 3, 2014
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Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

Obama stands to lose the largest number of House seats out of any president in the past 50 years.

November 3, 2014
Robert Pittenger

N.C. Republican Dinged For Defending Right To Fire Gays

Rep. Robert Pittenger said that businesses should be able to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

September 18, 2014
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House Votes 273-156 To Arm Syrian Rebels Against Islamic State

The Senate will vote on the issue on Thursday.

September 18, 2014
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Midterm Roundup: Bad News For Kansas Republicans

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Tuesday, September 16: • Election law expert Rick Hasen expects the Kansas Supreme Court to remove Democrat Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot. Such a decision would be a big blow to incumbent Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who hopes that Taylor […]

September 16, 2014
Mitch McConnell

Five Undercovered Midterm-Election Stories

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg View) — It’s terrific that we have six polling aggregators and forecasting models, each giving us rapidly updated odds for every Senate seat. It’s nice to have the chances of a Republican majority in the next Senate (continued aggregation-of-aggregation odds: tossup, very slight edge to Republicans). But as many have noted, things […]

September 15, 2014
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Ex-Aide Accuses McMorris Rodgers, Staff Of Possibly Lying, And Smearing Him

By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Breaking a six-month silence, a former aide who was fingered for allegedly filing an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), lashed out Monday, accusing the Republican and her staff of falsely smearing his name and possibly lying to congressional investigators. Todd Winer, McMorris […]

September 9, 2014
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Will The 113th Congress Be The Least Productive In History?

Members of Congress returned to Capitol Hill after their August recess on Monday, and if they want to avoid being the least productive Congress in modern history, they have their work cut out for them. According to Govtrack.us, this Congress has enacted only 163 laws (including both bills and joint resolutions that have been enacted into […]

September 8, 2014
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As Congress Returns To Work, Politics Is High On The Agenda

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congress returned Monday for a two-week session with a schedule that’s short on substantive action and long on political theater ahead of November’s midterm elections. Rather than go out in a blaze of legislative accomplishment before the Nov. 4 elections, members of the House of Representatives and […]

September 8, 2014
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The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Could voter disdain for Congress motivate more people to turn out this November? Could be. A new Gallup study suggests that in recent elections, disapproval of Congress’ job performance meant higher turnout. Currently, Gallup’s congressional job approval is 13 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters saying […]

August 25, 2014
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Analysis: 6 Californias? GOP Probably Wouldn’t Be Helped By Bust-Up

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times As long as there have been state capitals, there have been people outside those capitals lamenting that lawmakers — in Sacramento, Denver, Des Moines, Atlanta, fill-in-the-blank — are too far removed and too far detached from the people and interests they’re supposed to be representing. In California, those […]

August 21, 2014
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Rep. Gowdy Says He’ll Bring Prosecutor’s Focus, Fairness To Benghazi Probe

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Gowdy’s got a late-night habit. “He eats a ridiculously lot of pizza,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. “Even if he goes out and has dinner, he’s got to have his late-night pie. I don’t know how he does it.” It’s a tasty […]

August 21, 2014
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Report: Majority Of Americans Don’t Want To Immediately Deport Refugee Children

Many politicians, including President Obama, have been adamant that the Central American migrant children who have crossed the border in recent months should be returned home as soon as possible, in the name of representing the views of their constituents and the American people. But it turns out that a majority of Americans don’t agree […]

August 11, 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives Votes To Sue Obama

Washington (AFP) — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt. By a party-line vote of 225 to 201, the House voted to resort to the unprecedented move of taking the president to […]

July 31, 2014