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Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget

(567) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 7:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government's budget deficit.

The budget resolution for 2016 includes what are known as reconciliation instructions that tell several congressional committees to...

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Bernie Sanders Rails Against GOP Budget As Boost To Income Inequality

(157) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new Republican budgets offered this week aren't so much spending blueprints as they are promises to help the rich get richer and boost income inequality.

There are some large differences between the House GOP budget offered Tuesday and the Senate plan unveiled...

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Republican Co-Chair Of The R&D Caucus Only Likes Certain Research

(40) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 7:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Culberson, the new Republican co-chair of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, doesn't necessarily value all research, especially not research that informs lawmakers about the American public.

The Texas congressman rates the caucus post because he chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and...

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Republicans Admit To Guessing On The Budget

(161) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 2:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The new Republican budget unveiled Tuesday not only dramatically cuts health care, anti-hunger programs and most other non-military spending -- it also takes a faith-based approach to generating revenue, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) acknowledged Tuesday.

The budget plan for 2016 says it achieves...

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Why Congress' Obamacare Doomsday Cult Can't Admit It Was Wrong

(545) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 7:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the 1950s, the psychologist Leon Festinger became fascinated by a Chicago woman pseudonymously named Marian Keech, who convinced herself and a surprising number of others that the world was about to end in a biblical flood.

When aliens didn’t arrive in spaceships to save Keech and her...

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John Kerry Hammers GOP Senators' 'Irresponsible' Letter To Iran

(1163) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- The recent letter from 47 Republican senators to the leaders of Iran is an "irresponsible" gambit that breaks with more than two centuries of U.S. foreign policy history, Secretary of State John Kerry argued Wednesday in a hearing on Capitol Hill.

The letter, organized by Sen....

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How Hillary Clinton Could Be Targeted Under The Espionage Act

(297) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:16 PM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended her exclusive use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, saying she had opted for "convenience."

"I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead...

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Republicans Introduce Throwback Legislation To Rekindle Forgotten Welfare Fight From 2012

(125) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 6:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Some issues are just too good for politicians to let go. For instance, Republicans vote to defund ACORN almost annually, even though the advocacy group went out of business years ago.

Another such issue appears to be saving welfare reform from President Barack Obama.

Last...

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Democrats Roll Out 'Middle-Class' Tax Agenda To Compete With GOP

(39) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Wednesday fired their own salvo in Capitol Hill's ongoing tax cut battles, offering a slew of breaks that would primarily help middle-class and lower-income earners.

Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Committee on Ways & Means, have already begun work...

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Meet The Falconer Who Took On The Feds, And Won

(26) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON -- After Mike Dupuy, a master falconer in central Pennsylvania, captured three young goshawks last year, he reported the “takes” to local wildlife officials so the animals could be properly banded and applied to federal permits that allow him to hold up to four birds for falconry and breeding.

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Ted Cruz Says GOP Leaders Planned To Cave On Immigration All Along

(446) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged Tuesday that Republican leaders in Congress had planned all along to capitulate in their battle to defund President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

Cruz’s remarks came soon after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to bring up a “clean” bill to fund...

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House Begins Passing Series of Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts

(832) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:03 AM

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 | 1:06 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 | 2:09 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 | 1:29 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

(188) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:31 AM

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

(1051) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 2:08 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

(1006) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:16 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

(669) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 6:46 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

(218) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:42 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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