Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood Exposes Republicans’ Lack of Coherence

Monday’s Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood was a do-or-die moment for the Republican party.

August 3, 2015
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senate Will Pass Short-Term Highway Funding Fix While Working On Long-Term Bill: McConnell

The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit.

July 28, 2015
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Highway Funds In Jeopardy As House And Senate Differ On Way Forward

The stalemate over authorization for the nation’s highway program, which expires July 31, is not so much a traditional partisan divide, but rather a tussle between the House and Senate. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans, but they’ve taken different approaches to the problem.

July 27, 2015
Tea Party

For Aging GOP Voters, The Times They Are A-Changin’

No, Trump’s appeal won’t last. But the prejudices that are animating so many aging GOP primary voters are more enduring

July 25, 2015
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The War On Woman: McConnell Says of Hillary, ‘Gender Card Alone Is Not Enough’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of Hillary Clinton’s campaign: playing “the gender card alone is not enough.”

July 22, 2015
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Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle

President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, all but ensuring it will win final passage this week and be sent to the White House for his signature.

June 23, 2015
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TPP Is Not A Trade Fight — It’s A Fight For Democracy

With the full corporate establishment onboard the TPP, its passage was a done deal. Except for one unforeseen obstacle: you.

June 17, 2015
Rand Paul

Congress Curbs NSA Access To Phone Records While Resurrecting Spying Powers

For the first time since 9/11, Congress is enacting legislation that would actually limit intelligence authorities rather than dramatically expanding them.

June 2, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Congress Curbs NSA Surveillance, Sends Bill To Obama

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

June 2, 2015
Rand Paul

Paul Hopes His Opposition To Patriot Act Boosts Campaign Support

Rand Paul’s vow to fight the Patriot Act sets up a showdown with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and it’s an important moment for his campaign.

May 19, 2015
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Minimum Wage Is A Self-Made GOP Problem

Republicans could look to George W. Bush for an example of what to do on the minimum wage. But they won’t. And it’s going to hurt them in 2016.

May 8, 2015
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Obama In Fresh Push On Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Florida’s Everglades Wednesday hoping to reframe the debate on climate change ahead of a vital few months that will shape his environmental legacy.

April 21, 2015
Confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch

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
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)

Deal Or No Deal, Congress Primed To Act On Iran

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Whenever a deal is announced on Iran’s nuclear program, President Barack Obama faces a tough slog in Congress, where skepticism abounds about the ability of the administration and five world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. With Congress out of town on vacation Tuesday, there was […]

April 1, 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
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

White House Attacks McConnell Over Impasses On Capitol Hill

Find out why the White House described Mitch McConnell’s actions as ‘unconscionable.’

March 16, 2015
Keystone XL protest

Senate Fails To Override Obama’s Veto Of Keystone XL Pipeline

The Senate’s dream of forcing President Obama to sign off on Keystone XL is dead.

March 4, 2015
US Senate leaders struck a deal to avert an ugly shutdown and fund homeland security operations through September, but it remained unclear whether lawmakers will agree to the plan before Friday's deadline

Senate OKs Homeland Security Funds, But House Pushes Standoff To Brink

Republicans’ homeland security standoff is coming down to the wire.

February 27, 2015
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Congressional Republicans Continue To Fight Over Homeland Security Funds

Many Republicans aren’t ready to back away from their homeland security shutdown plan.

February 26, 2015
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McConnell’s Move To Avert Shutdown Cheers Vulnerable Senators Up In 2016

Dodging a damaging shutdown would be a big win for GOP Senators on the ballot in 2016.

February 26, 2015
Mitch McConnell

Senate Leaders Reach Deal To Avoid Homeland Security Shutdown

The Senate is moving forward on DHS funding — but John Boehner and the House still need to act.

February 25, 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
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

McConnell Move Gets Mixed Reaction As Funding Deadline Nears

Is it too late for Republicans to avoid a DHS shutdown?

February 24, 2015
Mitch McConnell

The GOP’s Freudian Moment

Is it too late for bipartisanship in Congress?

February 19, 2015
Mitch McConnell, John Boehner

Republicans Have (Another) Government Shutdown Problem

Republicans are staring a Department of Homeland Security shutdown in the face — and they seem to be out of ideas to stop it.

February 10, 2015
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