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Ashley Alman

Here's How House Republicans Rigged The Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

In its effort to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for opening the government, the GOP has faced a fundamental strategic obstacle: They d...

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...

Jon Ward

Top Dem Sees 'No Clear End Point' To A Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top House Democrat on Monday indicated that if the federal government shuts down Tuesday, it could be some time before disagreements b...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Reminded Their Budget Includes Savings From Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after House Republicans voted nearly unanimously for a measure to defund Obamacare, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reminded them of ...

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark, and Herding Stupid Insane Cats

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Dog-lovers will have to wait for their portion of that headline until the awards part of the column; but as for the cats, I was struck this week by a funny comment on an article I was reading on the continuing civil war within the Republican Party.

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Sued Over Rule That Lets Dark Money Flood Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging the Internal Revenue Service's rules for certain tax-exempt n...

Dems Have Secret Weapon In Looming Budget Fight

Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

Most observers expect Congress will somehow pass a measure this fall funding the government temporarily at current levels, pushing the real fights ove...

Sam Stein

White House, Hill Dems Contemplate Short-Term Sequester Fix

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Adding a new wrinkle to fall budget negotiations, the White House and top congressional Democrats expressed new openness on Wednesday to...

Sam Stein

CBO: Sequester Could Cost 1.6 Million Jobs In The Next Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As many as 1.6 million new jobs could be added to the U.S. economy if Congress simply canceled the budget cuts implemented due to seques...

Obama's Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.

House Democrats Keep Raising Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $6.7 million in June to put its total six-month haul at $40.8 million, according ...

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman To Challenge IRS In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he and two campaign finance watchdog groups would sue the IRS, challenging regulations t...

Paul Blumenthal

Would Stronger Disclosure Rules Have Prevented The IRS Scandal?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service would have an easier time figuring out which groups applying for tax-exempt status are political in nature ...

Deficit Shrinks Far Faster Than Expected

Reuters | David Lawder and Labib Nasir | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. deficit is shrinking considerably more quickly than previously thought, the Congressional Budget Office said...

Sam Stein

Obama, House Dems At A Loss Over How To Move Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over a two-and-a-half hour dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and nine House D...

Obama, House Democrats Gather Over Dinner

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's dinner tour continued on Wednesday, with House Democrats joining him to discuss an array of issues. The House Democratic C...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Passes Bill To Ease Air Travel Delays

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers passed a bill Friday to ease air traffic delays before catching their own flights home for a week off, leaving unchanged other...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Now It's Democrats Blasting GOP For Stalling Budget

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans spent four years berating the Democratic-led Senate for failing to pass a budget. Now that the Senate has approved a budget ...

Lawmakers Spar Over Keystone Pipeline

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, sparred briefly over the State Department...

Dem Rep: GOP Budget Is 'Romney Plan On Steroids'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) had strong words for Republicans' proposed budget on Sunday, telling NBC's "Meet The Press" that it's "the Romney plan o...

Republican Scolds Nancy Pelosi For Thanking Colleague

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Republican and Democratic leaders generally get a fair amount of leeway in their remarks on the House floor, but Rep. Andy Har...

Van Hollen Positioned For Party Leadership

The New Republic | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

While viewing today’s dreary stagnation on Capitol Hill, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the two parties have assumed a kind of role reversal....

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi Bringing Newtown Child To State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A increasing number of House Democrats are bringing people affected by gun violence as their guests to next week's State of the Union, w...

Paul Blumenthal

Dems Aim For One Unified Bill On Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to show a unified front, five members of a campaign finance reform task force organized by House Democrats reintroduced thr...

Paul Blumenthal

Is New Congress Ready For Campaign Finance Reform?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 election was the most expensive in history, with a pricetag as high as $6 billion. This staggering amount brought with it many ...