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113th Congress

Intense Warnings May Prove Harsher Than Reality

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither. Many of the th...

Congress Slams Controversial Nuclear Test

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is weighing in on international condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test, and Republicans are calling on the Obama administra...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Vote Fails To End Filibuster On Hagel | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans successfully foiled attempts to confirm Chuck Hagel for the post of defense secretary on Thursday, by denying him the...

Postmaster Pleads With Congress Over Saturday Mail Cuts

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Postal Services pleaded with Congress Wednesday not to thwart his plan to cut Saturday mail as a way to save m...

White House Asks For Green Energy Fund

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The White House is asking lawmakers to create a $2 billion Energy Security Trust from federal oil and gas revenue to ...

8 Subjects Senators Should Bring Up at Jack Lew's Confirmation Hearing Today

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Republican senators like Chuck Grassley may ask some excellent questions, but some of his colleagues are likely to be in attack mode. Here are eight lines of constructive senators should pursue, along with some specific questions for each of them.

The Biggest Republican Lie

Robert Reich | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Big lies can do great damage in a democracy. This one could help Republicans in their coming showdowns. But it could keep the economy in first gear for years, right up through the 2014 midterm elections, maybe all the way to the next presidential election.

State of the 8th Congressional District

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

The way forward must involve compromise. I know that you sent me to Washington to get results. That is why I voted to go without pay if we cannot pass a budget. If you didn't do your job you wouldn't get paid, and neither should Congress

Obama Presses Congress To Find Short-Term Fix

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to pass another short-term mix of spending cuts and tax changes while they hash out a ...

Ed Today: Arne Duncan Defends NCLB Waivers, Texas Testing Reduction

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Arne Takes The Stand As we reported yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced both praise and skepticism yesterday as he testified befo...

Woes Leave Military Families Uncertain

AP | BROCK VERGAKIS | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. — With family members waving from a pier, sailors aboard a Navy destroyer left for an overseas mission with more uncertainty than e...

In A Sea Of Suits, Skirts And Old White People, These Politicians Stand Out

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

There are 435 members of U.S. House of Representatives, and in a sea of suits, skirts and older white people, it can be difficult to tell one represen...

Joy Resmovits

Senator Tells Schools Chief: 'We Are In Regulatory Purgatory, Sir' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan faced an angsty Senate education committee Thursday as he was forced to defend his administration's workaround...

Ed Today: No Child Left Behind Review, Fountainhead In Idaho

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Happy Waiver Day! Today, the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the No Child Left Behind waivers, featuring none other than U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the big cheese himself. Catch our preview here.

The CBO Report: Six Things You Can't Talk About in Washington

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The short version of the CBO's report is: Spending's going down, but we desperately need jobs. So how did the President and Congress respond? They kept arguing about who's got the better plan for making spending go down some more.

Could Congress Take the Hippocratic Oath on the Economy?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Congress must stop setting fiscal traps and ceiling and cliffs and sequesters. Just leave well enough along, get out of the way, maybe do some stuff on immigration or something. Or go back to your districts and chill out. Just please stop with the self-inflicted wounds. Stop. Please.

Congressmen Being Investigated By Ethics Committee

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee said Wednesday it will continue an investigation of Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock over allegatio...

How Are Schools Harnessing Technology?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

When it comes to education, the role and effects of technology has been a tough nut to crack. As tomorrow's Digital Learning Day approaches, education groups and officials are offering up their recommendations.

Crisis? What Crisis?

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Big automatic cuts in federal spending are fast approaching again, alarming the defens...

The Congressional 'Dance' on Gun Control

Toby Moffett | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Toby Moffett

For me, this dance-gone-wrong on guns spans decades. It goes back to my eight years in Congress representing 50 western Connecticut towns, including Newtown.

Your Voice Is Needed in the Budget Process

Sen. Patty Murray | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Sen. Patty Murray

The budget process and conversation is too often limited to bureaucrats and politicians. The truth is that the federal budget belongs to the American people. That's why I am proud to announce the launch of MyBudget, a new online platform for members of the public to engage with the Senate Budget Committee.

Harkin Stepping Down

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

CUMMING, Iowa — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he will not seek re-election in 2014. The 73-year-old Harkin tells The Associated Press in an intervi...

The Myth of Living Beyond Our Means

Robert Reich | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us put together. The six Walmart heirs have more wealth than bottom 33 million American families combined. So why are we even contemplating cutting programs the middle class and poor depend on, and raising their taxes?

Senator's Denial of News Story Reflects Deep Resistance to 'Chained-CPI' Social Security Cut

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's an "Washington insider" story that could affect every family in the country. This story included an explosive paragraph which seemed to suggest that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate's #3 Democrat, was interested in a deal that included the "chained-CPI" cut to Social Security benefits.

Hot Years and Cold Truths: The Past and Future of Climate Legislation

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Nathaniel Loewentheil

The climate campaign of 2009-2010 didn't lack for corporate boosters, lobbying teams nor policy analysts. What it lacked was public support.