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House Passes Symbolic Vote Cancelling Obama's Immigration Action

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:07pm

The House passed a measure that declares President Obama's immigration actions null and void. It's largely symbolic, but could be a first step in further Republican efforts to try to roll back Obama's moves.

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16 Things Michele Bachmann Will Miss About Congress

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:12am

The Minnesota Republican is not running for a fifth House term. She wrote in BuzzFeed that she'll miss, among other things, smoke-filled rooms and Seersucker Thursdays.

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Senators Try Again To Make Disclosure Process Electronic

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.

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17 States Sue Obama Over Immigration Actions

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:37pm

Texas, which is leading the states, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. State Attorney General Greg Abbott said the president's action "tramples" the Constitution.

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Potential Presidential Candidates Give Speeches On Foreign Policy

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:22pm

On Wednesday in Washington, D.C., three of many men and women who are talked about as presidential contenders gave foreign policy speeches.

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Obama Talks Gas Tax And Visas With Business Leaders

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:22pm

President Obama talked to business leaders about tax reform, clashes on immigration and the potential for a government shutdown on Wednesday.

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President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:21pm

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.

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Obama Appoints Too Many Big Donors To Ambassadorships, Critics Say

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. But this year, there have been some bad performances in confirmation hearings that raise questions about the practice.

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Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

With domestic violence by sports figures in the news, members of the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the issue. But not one commissioner — from the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL — showed up.

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House OKs Measure Stopping Social Security Payments To Former Nazis

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 4:51pm

A loophole in the law meant suspected Nazis who were forced out of the country continued to receive benefits. The House vote was unanimous. The Senate votes on a similar measure in the coming weeks.

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Should We Rue Rob Portman's Decision Not To Run For President?

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:22pm

Why oh why, the question goes, aren't there more candidates like...you know, that guy everybody likes...what's his name...Rob Portman?

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Republicans Rally To Counter Obama's Immigration Action

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:17pm

President Obama's decision to shield millions of people in the country illegally from deportation got its first look on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson testifying before a House committee.

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GOP Hopes To Use Spending Bill As Leverage Against Immigration Action

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:17pm

Congress hopes to be done for the holidays by the end of next week — which also happens to be the deadline for a new spending bill. The government will run out of money Dec. 11 if nothing is passed.

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Study: Campaign Cash Brings Tax Benefits On Capitol Hill

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:24am

A new analysis finds that corporations that deploy lobbyists and make contributions experience lower and more consistent tax rates over the long term.

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President Hopes To Draw Attention, And Funding, To Ebola Research

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Obama on Tuesday visits the National Institutes of Health, site of some promising anti-Ebola research, where he'll renew his call for Congress to approve $6 billion in funding to fight the disease.

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Following Ferguson, Obama Urges Changes To Boost Community Policing

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Following a day of meetings on police practices with his Cabinet, elected leaders, police officials and community leaders, The president asked Congress to fund 50,000 body cameras for police officers.

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Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:54am

The health care law gives subsidies to those whose employers' insurance isn't affordable, but that's based on the cost of worker-only coverage. Adding family to a plan can send prices out of reach.

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Republicans Debate: Fight The President Now, Or Fight Him Later?

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:05am

Congress returns from recess Monday, tasked with funding the government past Dec. 11. Some in the GOP want to tie it to halting Obama's immigration plan, while others aim to avoid a damaging shutdown.

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Week In Politics: Hagel's Resignation, Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:51pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times about the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson and the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:04am

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

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