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Entries by Elise Foley from 03/2011

Tom Coburn Jabs Newt Gingrich Over Presidential Ambitions

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Newt Gingrich gears up for a possible 2012 presidential bid, he won't have the backing of Sen. Tom Coburn, a leading figure among con...

Former Koch Exec Supplying House's New Styrofoam Cups

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Koch Industries executive George Wurtz owns WinCup, which supplies the styrofoam cups now littering the building following the Ho...

Moderate Dems Form Group To Cut Spending

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As tension builds over compromise between the GOP-led House and Democrat-led Senate, Democratic Sens. Tom Carper, Mark Udall and Kay Hag...

Arizona Students Stage Walkout To Protest Immigration Bills

Posted 03.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Students from eight Phoenix, Ariz.-area high schools walked out of class and toward the state capitol on Friday to protest a wave of new...

House GOP Plans For More Short-Term Funding Extensions

Posted 03.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy reaffirmed Tuesday that House Republicans would push for another temporary extension on government fu...

Schumer: Budget Deal Should Include Tax Hikes, Medicare Changes

Posted 03.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before the Senate is slated to hold a pair of doomed votes on extending government funding, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued on ...

Senate Rejects Government Funding Bill With $60 Billion In Cuts

Posted 03.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As expected, the Senate rejected on Wednesday two budget proposals that would have exacted cuts in federal spending in exchange for fund...

Keith Ellison Tears Up At Hearing On Muslim-American 'Radicalization' (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, broke into tears Thursday during a hearing investigating po...

GOP Senators Threaten To Derail All Bills That Don't Cut Debt

Posted 03.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republican senators led by David Vitter of Louisiana sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Thursday tha...

Mitch McConnell Issues Threat Over Deficit: Republicans Will Vote Against Raising Debt Ceiling

Posted 03.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a direct challenge to the Obama administration on Sunday, telling "Fox News Sunday" that R...

UPDATE: Obama Administration, Senators Stand Behind Nuclear Power Amid Japan Meltdown Scare

Posted 03.13.2011 | Politics

With additional reporting by Sam Stein UPDATE: A spokesman for the Obama administration told the Huffington Post on Sunday that the president was w...

Eric Cantor Defends Foreign Aid Cuts In Aftermath Of Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

Posted 03.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Japan reeling from last week's magnitude-8.9 earthquake and the tsunami that followed, leading House Republicans on Monday defended...

GOP Defections In House Funding Vote Hint At Trouble Ahead

Posted 03.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a three-week stopgap funding bill on Tuesday by a vote of 271 to 158, fending off the threat of a go...

Dems Hold Fundraiser To Support Gabrielle Giffords

Posted 03.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leading House Democrats held a fundraiser on Tuesday for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from brain injuries she sustained du...

Democrats Aim For DOMA Repeal

Posted 03.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats launched a repeal effort against the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, introducing companion bills in both chambers of Con...

Paul Ryan: Government Shutdown 'Sounds Worse Than It Probably Is'

Posted 03.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government shutdown is still possible when the current three-week federal funding bill runs out, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wi...

Senate Dems: GOP Cuts Would Cause Surge In Gas Prices

Posted 03.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With gas prices soaring, 45 Senate Democrats signed a letter on Tuesday urging GOP leaders to abandon their proposed cuts to the budget ...

Federal Officials Send 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Back To Guatemala

Posted 03.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A 4-year-old girl born in New York was detained by immigration officials and then sent back to Guatemala, separating her from her parent...

Virgil Peck Resignation Petition Nets More Than 50,000 Signatures

Posted 03.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Latino and immigrant advocacy groups delivered more than 54,000 signatures to the Kansas capitol on Friday calling for state Rep. Virgil...

McCain, Lieberman Defend Libya Intervention

Posted 03.27.2011 | Politics

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) defended the United States' intervention in Libya, telling "Fox News Sunday" they support t...

Coburn, Conservative Group Feud Over Ethanol Subsidies

Posted 03.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn, one of three Republican members of a bipartisan group aiming to shrink the deficit, took aim on Tuesday at the conserva...

Freshman Republicans To Protest At Senate Over Shutdown

Posted 03.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With nine days remaining until government funding expires, House Republican freshmen announced today they plan to rally on the steps of ...