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Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:46 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Ronald Reagan remains a venerated figure in American politics, even as folks on the left have been taking a more critical look at his economic legacy in recent years.

So perhaps it's not a surprise that Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders...

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Al Franken Brings The 'You Didn't Build That' To Fracking Boomers

(176) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- With a bevy of fellow senators and natural gas industry experts angling to jack up profits by boosting gas exports, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had a reminder for them in a Senate hearing Thursday: You didn't build that gas boom -- taxpayers did.

Natural gas prices have plummeted...

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Alaska Republican Wants Gun Control For EPA Agents

(398) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The first legislative act by Alaska's new senator, Dan Sullivan (R), turns out to be a gun control measure -- but one that will only affect federal agents.

Sullivan, who ousted Democratic Sen. Mark Begich last fall, is hoping to get a vote this week on

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Bernie Sanders Got Republicans To Make His Argument For Universal Health Care

(721) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 4:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- In their ongoing efforts to roll back or hamstring Obamacare, Republicans probably weren't hoping that the first Senate hearing on the matter this year would feature a self-described "democratic socialist" getting GOP witnesses to back a key argument for universal health care.

Thursday's hearing of the...

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Harry Reid Won't Rule Out Suing Exercise Equipment Maker Over His Injury

(30) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday made his first public media appearance since an exercise mishap left him with a severely injured eye and four broken ribs.

Reid had been working out with resistance bands in his new home earlier this month when one snapped, injuring...

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Elizabeth Warren Explains How Anti-Obamacare Bill Is Corporate Welfare

(208) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill that would redefine a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act as 40 hours instead of 30 actually amounts to a break for corporations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued in a hearing Thursday.

Under the legislation, businesses would be obligated to provide health care only...

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Republicans Really Don't Like Obama Taking Credit For Anything

(964) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- After spending the past six years laying the blame for most of the nation's ills on President Barack Obama and his policies, Republicans sure weren't happy that he offered some new proposals and claimed some credit for the country's rebounding economy Tuesday night in his State of the...

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Democrats Warn Obama They Don't Have His Back On Trade Plans

(107) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- With President Barack Obama declaring on Tuesday his intentions to push for legislation giving him authority to move forward unilaterally with trade deals, Democrats made one thing clear: They don't have his back.

"Twenty-first century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas," Obama said...

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Obama State Of The Union Address Highlights Battle For The Middle Class

(294) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 1:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- More than anything, President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address signaled a fresh battle for the hearts and minds of America's beleaguered middle class -- and Republicans weren't having any of it.

Obama mentioned the middle class at least seven times and touted "working" people at least...

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Obama's Plans Won't Work Unless He Can Fix The Campaign Money Problem, Says John Sarbanes

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have a strong message for the middle class and voters in his State of the Union address, but it won't matter unless he and Congress first do something about the cash-flooded election system, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) argued Tuesday.

"There’s a declining number of...

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Bernie Sanders: Obama Won't Propose Chained CPI To Cut Entitlements

(112) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will not renew his pursuit of a stealthy cut to Social Security and other entitlement programs by proposing a cheaper way to measure inflation, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Many budget-cutters on both sides of the aisle have proposed stemming the growth of entitlement...

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Jason Chaffetz Removes Darrell Issa's New Portrait, Says It's Not Personal

(39) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has had the portrait of his predecessor, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), removed from his hearing room -- but Chaffetz insists it's nothing personal.

The portrait, hung last month to the left of the chairman's seat, was...

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House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules

(721) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 5:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators to safety watchdogs.

The measure, called the Regulatory Accountability Act, has been passed by...

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House Passes Bill To Weaken Obamacare

(419) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- In yet another attempt to roll back President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, House Republicans passed a bill Thursday that they said protects the 40-hour workweek, but that Congress' own budget analyst says damages it.

The "Save American Workers Act" targets the requirement under Obamacare that larger employers...

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Mitch McConnell Pledges Fast Action For Secretive Trade Deals

(66) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Wednesday to move full speed ahead to give President Barack Obama so-called fast track authority to cut massive new trade deals with little oversight.

The last grant of fast track authority, formally known as Trade Promotion Authority, expired in 2007....

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Latest GOP Obamacare Bill Could Add $53 Billion To Deficit, CBO Says

(202) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 2:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the House Republican leadership's first bills of the new Congress will add some $53 billion to the deficit and cost hundreds of thousands of Americans health insurance, according to a new report by Congress' non-partisan budget office.

The bill, the Save American Workers Act,...

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John Boehner Stands By Steve Scalise Amid Furor Over Speech To White Supremacists

(144) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner insisted he knows what's in the heart of his embattled House Republican whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, and stood behind the Louisiana Republican who has come under fire for a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.

Boehner, who said earlier that the speech to...

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John Boehner Retains Position As House Speaker Despite Some GOP Opposition

(568) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to once again make John Boehner its speaker, handing the Ohio Republican the gavel for the third time despite a late challenge by dissatisfied members of his own party. Tuesday's vote saw the most votes against a sitting speaker since 1923.


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Michael Grimm Felony Plea Poses Challenge For John Boehner

(267) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 2:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was hoping to start 2015 on a positive note, but the felony plea deal copped Tuesday by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is posing an immediate challenge.

January will mark the first time since 2006 that the GOP has control of both...

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Congress Can't Prevent Michael Grimm From Taking Seat In House

(457) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 7:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) may be about to plead guilty to a felony, but there's nothing Congress can do to stop him from taking his seat in the House early next month.

"The only time there would be a clash between his ability to serve and...

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