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How They Spent Their Summer Vacation

Will Durst | Posted 12.04.2014 | Comedy
Will Durst

September is a grand month for traditions. Hopefully they did find some time to relax, because in even numbered years, the post Labor Day period marks the bare knuckles return of the American political process playoffs; with elections less than two months away, looming like a gorilla on steroids in the pantry.

Summer Break Over, Must-Do Tasks Await Congress

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress is beginning an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a g...

Congress Returns To Work With Government Shutdown Threat Looming

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Dem...

Summer Reading Suggestions for Congress and the President on Child Refugees

Luis Zayas | Posted 10.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis Zayas

President Barack Obama might check out a copy of Lauren Heidbrink's "Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State," which explores the consequences of not recognizing the unaccompanied child's autonomy.

Here's What Congress Is Doing Instead Of Dealing With The Border Crisis

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

Members of Congress embarked on a five-week recess on Friday after passing a dead-on-arrival bill to deal with the border crisis. As HuffPost's El...

8 In 10 Voters Say Congress Doesn't Deserve To Take A Recess

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday night, just 14 percent voters think Congress has worked hard enough to deserve a summer recess, while ...

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 ...

Pivotal Debate Approaches For Congress

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two influential senators, one from each party, are working on an agreement that could expand background checks on firearms sales to...

Most Partisan, Least Productive Congress Bolts To Campaign

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory is bolting Washington for the campaign trail, leaving in its wake a pile of ...

Congress Takes Long Vacation With A Lot To Do

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The quarrelsome House couldn't even agree on whether to formally adjourn, but that didn't stop Congress from taking five weeks off....

WATCH: Jon Stewart Slams Republicans Over Recess Appointment 'Outrage'

Posted 01.06.2012 | Comedy

President Obama flexed his muscles ever-so-slightly this week when he made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial P...

Obama Faces Perils Of The Presidential Getaway

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Is there ever really a good time for the president to go on vacation? President Barack Obama's summer getaway to Martha's Vineyard ...

Senate's Summer Recess In Peril: Capitol Hill Gridlock May Require Curtailing August Break

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Every August Senators take a break from their legislative duties for a month-long summer recess. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday the lengt...

Sam Stein

Gavin Newsom Warns of Dire Results Without Health Care Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom warned on Friday that local governments throughout the country would find themselves bankrupt if the current health c...

Pelosi: Congress Should Work Through Recess

The Hill | Mike Soraghan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she's open to keeping the House in session through the August recess to pass its healthcare ov...