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113th Congress

The Divine Right of Senators

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Tom Davis

As a longtime minister and close student of the history and current status of the abortion issue in America, I can find no instances where these senators have pondered what they would do if they were a woman and legislators ordered them to have medical tests which their doctors said were unnecessary.

Tea Party Favorite Announces Challenge To Lindsey Graham

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics

Republican Nancy Mace announced she is running for the United States Senate, posing a primary challenge to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Mace is th...

Republicans Go On Attack Against Others In GOP

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The barbs are personal, the differences are multiplying among Republicans, a party divided over spending, foreign policy, a willing...

Focus Shifts To Obama If Lawmakers Axe Key Measure

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - If immigration reform sputters in the deeply divided U.S. Congress, supporters are plan...

Lawmakers Step Away From Divided, Discourteous Environment

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The accomplishments are few, the chaos plentiful in the 113th Congress, a discourteous model of divided government now beginning a ...

A 'KISS' (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid) Strategy for Dems to Win the '14 Elections

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

To win the '14 elections, Democrats especially have to generate enthusiasm, a reason for minorities and young people and women to vote in the same numbers as they do in presidential election years.

Joy Resmovits

Why Did Obama Wait 6 Months To Fill This Key Position? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- More than six months after President Barack Obama announced a major initiative to expand preschool, the U.S. Education Department has fill...

When We Put Our Country First, We Can Do the Right Thing

Sen. Joe Manchin | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Joe Manchin

Each year, millions of American students rely on the federal student loan program to pursue higher education. For many families, without the ability to pay for their students' education over a longer term, college would simply be out of reach.

Snowden's Father Slams Congress For Trying To 'Demonize' Son

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

McLEAN, Va. — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said Friday his son has been so vilified by the Obama administration ...

Combustible Mix Could Lead To 'Crazy' Shutdown

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite pressure from some liberal Democrats for a September showdown in hopes of ending huge automatic, government-shrinking spending c...

Reid Thinks Congress Could Do Better

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told PBS NewsHour Wednesday that Americans are disappointed in Congress, and he agrees with them. On the...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Student Loan Profit Guaranteed As Senate Approves Deal | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government is forecast to generate $185 billion in profit over the next decade from students and their families under an overhaul of the fede...

Republican Hypocrisy on Kids Act

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

For the sake of children who were brought here through no fault of their own, let's hope that Republicans pick up on the contradiction between supporting the children of undocumented immigrants while simultaneously promoting policies that would tear families apart.

Shahien Nasiripour

White House Twists Arms To Defuse Student Loan Implosion | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

The White House is scrambling to keep a preliminary deal on student loan interest rates from imploding, people familiar with the efforts said Tuesday,...

Today In 'John Boehner's Life Is A Living Hell' | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

The political premise of my magazine story about the Republican Congress is that the Tea Party wave of 2010 is not actually receding....

Joy Resmovits

Dumping Bush's School Legacy For Good? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives voted Friday to pass a replacement of the long-expired No Child Left Behind Act, the first time the nation's sweeping fed...

Is There No Price to Be Paid?

Stan Greenberg | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Stan Greenberg

We would all benefit from listening to the voters who may be trying to tell us something about what is happening in Washington and the U.S. Congress. Maybe there is a price to pay for not trying to help our country meet its challenges.

Amanda Terkel

John Boehner Insists It's 'Nonsense' 112th Congress Was Least Productive, Even Though It Was | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bristled at a suggestion on Thursday that Congress has been "historically unproductive." "That's ...

No One Is Safe: Out-Of-State Groups Dominate Key Races

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Carpetbagging super PACs and nonprofit groups are dominating this year’s special congressional elections in a potential foreshadowing of the 2014 mi...

Why the Senate Filibuster Should Be Abolished Entirely

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The whole idea of democracy is government by the people, of the people, and for the people, so why is it that anything but the votes of the people are allowed to decide political measures?

Dem, Republican Team Up For Unusual Cause

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Welcome to the "Max and Dave Show," a campaign-style swing around the country featuring two of the most powerful members of Co...

GOP Chances Get Major Boost

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans received a boost in their attempt to win back the majority in the Senate next year when a former Democratic governor bo...

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

They just passed a farm bill that included about $195 billion in subsidies to "farmers" (read: agribusiness) over 10 years, while eliminating food stamps and nutrition programs from the bill as "extraneous."

Hagel Issues Tough Warning To Congress

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned lawmakers Wednesday of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if Congress doesn'...