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Marijuana News From the Budget Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

Congress May Have Just Robbed You Of $60,000 In Social Security Benefits

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty

As a fan of How To Get Away With Murder, I'm hoping that an Annalise Keating will step up and save us from the congressional version of How To Get Awa...

Boehner Ducks Offer To Negotiate A Way Around A Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined Thursday to address Democratic offers to negotiate a budget that avoids the threat of a gov...

Finally! A Bipartisan Bill Congress Can Be Proud Of

David Paul | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
David Paul

The sound of jingling coins that could be heard as members of Congress skipped off to National and Dulles airports was payment for a job well done.

Brinksmanship and the Return of Financial Crisis

Wallace Turbeville | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Wallace Turbeville

A government shutdown once again loomed, and familiar deadlines and ultimatums flew around Washington. And Congress just used the threat to loosen the rules created in the wake of the financial crisis, a victory for Wall Street banks in their constant and well-funded campaign against reform.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

Ted Cruz Dreams Up Another Defund Obamacare Fight, To No Avail

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), notorious for his hours-long speech that led to the government shutdown in October, hoped to name a new target ...

Budget Agreement Set For Vote

Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal c...

Late Senator's Widow Benefits From Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) won a New Jersey special senatorial election to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), U....

Our Congress: The Nine Cent Solution

Richard Greener | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

The only meaningful difference in Congress between modern times and long ago is that now we have only a single political party in America. Face it, we have a one-party system with two right wings.

Elise Foley

Pelosi: 'I Feel No Responsibility' To Pass Budget Deal | Elise Foley | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, said on Thursday she feels no obligation to pass the bill to fund govern...

Sam Stein

Budget Bill Vote Surrounded By Drama, Last-Minute Lobbying (UPDATE) | Sam Stein | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House and Congressional lawmakers awoke Thursday morning to the possibility that an 11th-hour deal struck to keep the governme...

Sam Stein

Cantor Debuts Bill That Would Make GOP Budget Law Of Land Should Shutdown Become Imminent | Sam Stein | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will introduce legislation, likely by the end of this week, that would make it so that if Congress is unable to come t...

Governor Walker, Welcome to the Show

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

We're not Egyptians, it turns out -- we won't wait 30 years to make our objections known. That was a tough lesson for the Democrats in November, and just three months later it's turning out to be a tough lesson for Republicans as well.

Paterson Approves Emergency Budget Bills, Averts Shutdown | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

After days of bitter public debate in which Gov. David A. Paterson and state lawmakers each sought to pre-emptively cast blame for a potential shutdow...

"Join Us, Mr. President!!!"

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

The son of the founder of the Peace Corps leading our march was one of the most powerful acts of political symbolism I have ever seen.

Earmarks -- What's All the Fuss About!

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

Earmarks will not be abandoned, as they are wanted, needed, and counted on.

Obama's Cure For America? Only Time Will Tell

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What a political week it was. We watched as Obama addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time; defended his $787-billion stimulus plan; and presented his massive $3.6-trillion budget.