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

(0) 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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Marco Rubio Fires Back On Cuba: Obama Is The 'Worst Negotiator' In My Lifetime

(1728) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will get no money for his Cuba policy, no ambassador will be confirmed and the embargo will never be lifted, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) vowed in a blistering press conference on Wednesday.

In a historic move earlier in the day, Obama announced that the United...

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Mitch McConnell: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be My First Bill

(969) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone...

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Tom Coburn: We Don't Need Another Bush

(73) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Reaction among Republican senators to the news former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is exploring a presidential run was mixed on Tuesday, but retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was unequivocal, living up to his nickname of "Dr. No."

"Anybody wants to run for president, they can. That...

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Senate Passes Government Funding Bill

(955) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 8:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion government funding bill Saturday night that will keep Uncle Sam in business through next September, while handing lucrative Christmas presents to Wall Street and political parties.

The bill, which funds most of the government for the rest of the fiscal year, had...

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Ted Cruz Mocks GOP Leaders, Sparks Marathon Weekend Session On Spending Bill

(656) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is all but guaranteed to pass a $1.1 trillion grab-bag funding bill to keep the government open. But the effort to pass the bill has been fraught with drama, as a simmering feud between Republican leaders and the conservative wing of their party led by Sen....

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Failed Omnibus Revolt Leaves Democrats Pondering Future In The Minority

(280) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thursday's failed rebellion over the omnibus government funding bill offered two radically different models for the Democratic Party over the next two years. Which will it be: a unified, determined opposition or junior partners to a more powerful GOP?

The determined opposition was on display when Sen. Elizabeth...

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Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

(746) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 7:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the...

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Mike Lee Thwarted In Bid To Strip Government's Ability To Detain Americans Indefinitely

(11) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) mounted a largely symbolic bid Friday to end the White House's authority to indefinitely detain Americans without trial.

The conservative Republican senator offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that was immediately blocked.

"The bottom line is that there is simply...

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Government Stays Open As Congress Advances Poison-Pill Spending Bill

(1346) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- At least Democrats will have eggnog to wash down the poison pills they swallowed on Thursday as the House narrowly passed a government funding bill that will let Congress go home early for Christmas, and give Wall Street a fresh gift.

The House barely passed the inelegantly named...

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Deal To Fund Government On Verge Of Collapse

(742) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and a handful of Republicans rebelled against the government funding bill Thursday, with a possible government shutdown looming just hours away.

Republican leaders insisted that they would not let the government run out of money at midnight, and would pass a stop-gap measure if a deal could...

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Congress Demands A Cheaper, Better Census, But Won't Fund It

(24) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Congress has been demanding an overhauled, cheaper census for the last five years, but the spending bill unveiled Tuesday night fails to pay for work needed to achieve the goal, census advocates say.

Instead, Congress may find itself having to pay billions more than it already does, or...

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Republicans Argue Torture Helped America

(374) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee accused their Democratic colleagues Tuesday of selectively choosing examples in their damning investigation of CIA torture practices, and of ignoring the patent fact that "enhanced interrogation" was effective.

"The study essentially refuses to admit that CIA detainees, especially CIA detainees...

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John McCain Says CIA Torture 'Stained Our National Honor'

(331) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the only member of the U.S. Senate who personally knows what it means to be tortured, on Tuesday strongly defended the Democratic-led Senate investigation into the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program, saying the agency's activities "stained our national honor, did much harm, and little practical...

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Senators Demand Obama Get Permission For War Against ISIS

(159) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two progressive senators declared Friday that President Barack Obama lacks authority for his growing war on the Islamic State, and are demanding that he immediately present Congress with a plan and a request seeking that authority.

Many members of Congress have been seeking a debate and vote on...

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House Passes Defense Bill That Helps Partner Of Iran, Ignores New War

(9) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a defense bill that ducked the debate on new military action in Iraq and Syria, but did include dozens of unrelated federal land deals, including one that gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining firm that partners...

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Congress Raids Ancestral Native American Lands With Defense Bill

(292) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Terry Rambler, the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, woke up Wednesday in Washington, D.C., it was to learn that Congress was deciding to give away a large part of his ancestral homeland to a foreign mining company.

Rambler came to the nation’s capital for the...

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Iran Uranium Partner Could Get Gift From Lame-Duck Congress

(550) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress may use must-pass legislation in the next two weeks to slip through a controversial land deal that would help a company that jointly owns a uranium mine with Iran, sources told HuffPost.

The company, the international mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, has been trying for nearly...

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John Boehner Plots A Way Around A Government Shutdown

(702) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped back on Tuesday from an immediate confrontation with President Barack Obama over immigration, taxes and funding the government, deferring a showdown until a new Republican Congress is sworn in next year.

Though no plans have been formally announced, early reports suggest that...

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Police Body Cameras Seen As A Fix For Ferguson-Style Killings

(20) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 6:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Michael Brown's family did not just decry a grand jury's decision to bring no charges against the police officer who killed the 18-year-old on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. They also offered a solution -- require all police to wear cameras on their bodies.

“While we understand that...

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