Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

Is it too late for bipartisanship in Congress?

February 19, 2015
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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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Standoff Continues On Homeland Security; Ted Cruz Denies He’s To Blame

As Ted Cruz shifts the blame, the Department of Homeland Security is inching closer to a shutdown.

February 9, 2015
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Republicans Challenging Obama On Immigration Fail In Third Try

Senate Republicans aren’t getting anywhere with their effort to fight President Obama on immigration.

February 5, 2015
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Democrats Block DHS Bill Over Immigration Provisions

Republicans are struggling to find a way forward on immigration.

February 3, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Keystone Backers Predict Final Senate Passage By Weekend

The Senate is on track to pass a Keystone XL bill — but President Obama’s veto pen looms large.

January 27, 2015
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Republicans Now Take Credit For The Recovery They Sabotaged

Mitch McConnell wants credit when things go well, but he’ll keep blocking any good ideas that come from the White House.

January 17, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Republicans’ Challenges Start With Economic News

Economic growth is good news for most Americans — but not Republican politicians.

January 15, 2015
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Republicans In Congress Struggle To Unify On Immigration

Immigration remains a huge thorn in the GOP’s side.

January 13, 2015
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Mitch McConnell Sings ‘Kumbaya’

Is Mitch McConnell really ready to work with Democrats?

January 12, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 7, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Boehner discussed priorities of the new U.S. Congress, and the recent attack in Paris during his remarks. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The Right’s Idea Of ‘Governance’

The new Congress has already proved that it won’t govern responsibly.

January 8, 2015
Members of the House of Representatives meet on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC

Obama, Republicans Clash As New Congress Convenes

So much for the new era of cooperation.

January 6, 2015
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Cartoon: Mitch McConnell Catches The Bus

Senator McConnell confronts an old Washington adage.

January 6, 2015
Mitch McConnell, now the Senate Majority leader, speaks to media on December 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Keystone Debate To Test Waters Of New Senate

Mitch McConnell will get a quick opportunity to show whether his caucus can govern.

January 6, 2015
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Republicans Take Helm Of Congress, But Initial Course Is Unclear

Now that Republicans control Congress, can they get anything done?

January 5, 2015