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Republicans Freak Out At Learning Reagan Decree Protects Lois Lerner

(1523) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Although legal experts warned at the time that little would come of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) attempt to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress, Republicans on Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee were infuriated to learn Thursday that a key obstacle is a Reagan...

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Congress Fawned Over Bernanke, But It Mansplains To Janet Yellen, The First Woman Fed Chair

(224) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen in February became the 15th chair of the Federal Reserve and the first woman to hold that job, and has so far run Fed policy not all that differently from her predecessor, Ben Bernanke.

But somehow, members of Congress seem to view her very...

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House Hears Arguments On Lawsuit Against President Obama

(91) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A key House committee heard arguments Wednesday about whether to push ahead with a lawsuit brought by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) against President Barack Obama, amid complaints from Democrats that the suit is a political stunt.

"This lawsuit is preposterous," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the...

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Elizabeth Warren Grills Fed Chair Janet Yellen On Too-Big-To-Fail Banks

(33) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised concerns Tuesday in a hearing about whether financial behemoths targeted by "too-big-to-fail" laws had complied with measures requiring them to craft plans for their own orderly breakups in case they run into problems like those that sparked the 2008 financial meltdown.

Warren pointed...

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Iran Sanctions Cost The U.S. Billions: Study

(8) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline looming in talks between the United States and Iran to reach a nuclear deal, an Iranian-American advocacy group has released a study that points out the downside to America of continuing economic sanctions against the Islamic republic -- the loss of billions of...

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House Votes For Tax Breaks To Add $287 Billion More To Deficit

(1242) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives embraced a former stimulus measure Friday, voting to make it and another related tax cut permanent, adding $287 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years.

The largest part of the cut, worth more than $263 billion, is making permanent...

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Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

(2176) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

The issue...

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Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes

(107) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Legendary coach Tommy Lasorda liked to kick dirt on umpires every now and then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted Wednesday in a Senate floor speech. So did Lou Piniella, said Reid, who was sorry he didn't have pro dirt-kickers to root for when he was a...

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Elizabeth Warren's Question Of Trust Stumps Wall Street Exec

(336) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- It seems like a simple question. With only 15 percent of Americans trusting the stock market and a declining percentage who invest in it, what can market bosses do to restore the people's faith?

That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wanted to know in...

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Scott Brown Campaign Attacks Jeanne Shaheen For Something He Did

(55) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:17 PM

The campaign of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) is attacking New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for threatening to raise gas taxes. But records and news clips show that Brown is the only one of the two who could be said to have voted for something like that.

Brown,...

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Tom Cotton Impugns Mark Pryor's Faith, Which He Once Defended

(32) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:24 PM

The campaign of Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is demanding an apology from his challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who questioned the sincerity of Pryor's religious faith in a radio interview about this week's Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.

The court ruled Monday that the craft...

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Democratic Senator Warns Against 'Mission Creep' As Obama Sends More Troops To Iraq

(59) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's only Iraq war veteran, Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), cautioned President Barack Obama on Tuesday over "mission creep" in Iraq after the administration announced it was committing another 200 U.S. troops to the beleaguered country.

The White House's latest announcement that U.S. forces were being deployed to...

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Ted Cruz: Eric Holder Should Be Impeached Over IRS Scandal

(102) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) floated a new target for impeachment Thursday, calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to be drummed from office if he does not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's botched reviews of tax-exempt political groups.

The scandal erupted last year when...

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Lawmakers Who Helped Break Iraq Are Angry Obama Hasn't Fixed It

(241) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress used to have hawks and doves when it came to Iraq. Now it seems to be filled with ducks.

With a few exceptions -- notably Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- lawmakers who voted to invade Iraq in 2003 are unwilling to say how they think...

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Democrats Launch New Bid To Unmask Secret Campaign Donors

(44) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats announced a new effort Tuesday to unmask secretive election spending, floating a bill that would require so-called dark money groups to disclose their campaign donors and expenditures.

Secretive spending became an issue in 2010, when the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision opened the door to unlimited...

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John McCain Backs Air Strikes, Special Forces For Iraq And Syria

(49) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ratcheted up the pressure on the Obama administration Thursday over the growing crisis in Iraq, calling for air strikes and special forces on the ground to arrest the advance of Sunni insurgents.

McCain is one of many Republicans who have been critical...

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Harry Reid Declares Koch Brothers A Cult

(348) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) found a new charge to level at the billionaire Koch brothers Thursday: They lead a cult.

Reid was inspired by recent reports that David and Charles Koch held their latest donor and political organizing conference in California under tight security...

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Republicans Choke Up Slain Soldier's Father In Bowe Bergdahl Hearing

(24) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 7:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have been impugning the character of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in their criticism of the prisoner swap that freed him. But the heartbroken dad of a slain Army lieutenant on Wednesday showed how hard and subjective it is to decide whether a soldier is worthy of the "leave...

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Harry Reid: 'Just A Matter of Time' Before Washington Football Team Changes Name

(15) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) piled on Washington's professional football team Wednesday after it lost its trademark, saying it's only a matter of time before team owner Dan Snyder realizes he must change the "racist" name.

The team, long known as the Redskins, lost a case before...

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Harry Reid Slams 'Disgusting,' 'Pathetic' GOP Response To Benghazi Arrest

(778) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- After a handful of Republicans suggested on TV and social media that the apprehension of alleged Benghazi, Libya, attacker Ahmed Abu Khatalla was less than impressive, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used his weekly news conference to hammer the GOP response as "pathetic" and "disgusting."

"The reaction from...

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