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Michael McAuliff

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House Begins Passing Series of Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts

(832) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the few bipartisan goals that President Barack Obama and Republicans agree on is comprehensive reform of the tax system, but Democrats cried foul Friday as GOP leaders in the House began passing permanent tax cuts that opponents believe would make that reform harder.

The House voted...

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House Republicans Plead With Mitch McConnell To Weaken Filibuster

(496) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Stymied in their attempts to pass a bill that would curb President Barack Obama's immigration orders, some conservative House Republicans have a fallback option: They're pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change the Senate's rules.

On Thursday, four GOP lawmakers called on McConnell...

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Rep. Mike Kelly Compares IRS Asset Seizures To Torture As Agency Apologizes

(24) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- The commissioner of the IRS offered an apology of sorts Tuesday for seizing the assets of taxpayers absent any evidence of a crime, but not before one angry congressman compared the agency's actions to torture.

Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the Ways and Means Committee to explain why...

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Senators Push To Arm Ukrainians

(96) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators pushed Thursday to send arms to Ukraine, saying in a Capitol Hill news conference that the United States needs to send "defensive, lethal" weapons to the country to help stem fresh offensives by Russian-backed separatists.

Sending arms would be a step beyond...

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Tom Cotton Wants Terror Detainees To 'Rot In Hell,' But He'll Settle For Gitmo

(187) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- If new Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had his way, the detainees at Guantanamo Bay would "rot in hell" instead of being held in the prison.

Delivering a remarkably passionate declaration in an Armed Services Committee hearing on the Cuban detention facility, Cotton, who is an Iraq War veteran,...

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Paul Ryan's First Tax Legislation Adds Nearly $100 Billion To Deficit

(1050) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The first bills promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the new chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee would add nearly $100 billion to the deficit over 10 years.

Ryan, a deficit hawk during his time as the chairman of the Budget Committee for the previous...

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House Passes 56th Anti-Obamacare Measure

(1005) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted for the 56th time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The vote was largely symbolic, because the measure is unlikely to pass the Senate and would face a certain veto from President Barack Obama if it did.

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Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class

(659) 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

(217) 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

(458) 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

(733) 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

(31) 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

(968) 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

(108) 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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