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Democrats' Frustration With Obama Boils Over As Trade Bills Advance

(356) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' frustration with President Barack Obama's trade agenda bubbled over Thursday, with key opponents accusing their party's leader of putting more effort into a bid to aid corporate America than anything he's done for the middle class.

Calling it "maddening," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters that the...

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Senate Committee Decides Child Slavery Is An Issue, After All

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate committee writing up legislation to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda agreed Wednesday evening that there should be no exception to child slavery laws.

It might seem surprising that the Senate Finance Committee had to consider such an issue, but the proposed legislation to give the...

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: USTR Told Us Murder Isn't A Violation Under U.S. Trade Deals

(146) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- Defenders of the White House push for sweeping trade deals argue they include tough enforcement of labor standards. But a top union leader scoffed at such claims Tuesday, revealing that administration officials have said privately that they don’t consider even the killings of labor organizers to be violations...

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Key House Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

(512) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agreements, the top Democrat on the House committee writing the legislation criticized the president for squandering the chance to win that support.

'The administration...

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House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans

(1350) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, and add that cost to the federal debt.

Called the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, the bill would end the nearly 100-year-old federal estate...

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Lawmakers Unveil Secretly Negotiated Deal To Fast-Track Free Trade

(666) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Congress’ tax committees announced an agreement Thursday to speed through a bill to give President Barack Obama the fast-track authority that he will need to push mammoth new trade deals through Congress.

While many believed a deal was in the works, news that it was actually...

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Democrat Chris Coons Explains Why Democrats Are Bucking Obama On Iran

(502) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 1:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House may be worried that Congress will kill any Iran nuclear deal by demanding a say before the deal is even done. But lawmakers will almost certainly scuttle any agreement later if they don't get that say early on in the process, according to...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Insists Iowa Will Be 'Competitive'

(89) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's brand new campaign signaled Monday that it really, really doesn't want to blow its chances in the finicky first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, insisting to reporters that they expect a tough battle from challengers.

"These caucuses have always been competitive, and we're expecting the same thing here,"...

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Lawmakers Who Seem To Have Forgotten Iraq Insist They're Right About Iran

(791) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 7:29 AM

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) doesn’t have to think very hard to remember what happened after he visited Iraq in 2002, before Congress voted for a war to destroy Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

“I became ‘Baghdad Jim,’” McDermott said this week. “That was during a campaign year....

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Poll: Americans Back Iran Deal, Don't Want Congress To Crush It

(649) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- Americans mostly approve of the outline of the Iran nuclear deal and don't want Congress to block it, according to a poll released Friday.

The survey by Hart Research on behalf of the Democratically aligned Americans United for Change found that 61 percent of the country...

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Philandering Rep. Scott DesJarlais Gets A Fresh Primary Challenger

(38) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:21 PM

A Tennessee Republican congressman and physician who kept his job through the last two elections -- despite revelations that he had extramarital sex with his patients and counseled at least one, as well as his then-wife, to get an abortion -- is officially facing another primary...

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Lois Lerner Will Not Face Contempt Prosecution Over IRS Scandal

(452) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the furor over the agency's alleged targeting of politically active nonprofits, will not face prosecution for refusing to testify before Congress, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The House of Representatives voted last year to hold...

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Senate Republicans Attack Obama's Most Popular Achievement In Their First Budget Session

(320) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- In just their first legislative session since taking control of the Senate, Republicans on the Budget Committee pushed through a Wall Street-supported amendment attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The amendment, offered by Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), is a resolution to move the CFPB's...

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Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget

(568) 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

(158) 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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