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Lame Duck Congress

An Iowa Teenager Just Shut Down Chuck Grassley's Supreme Court Argument

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, still refuses to give a hearing to President Barack Obama's Supre...

Senate Democrats May Vote On Keystone In Lame Duck Session

Reuters | Valerie Volcovici | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate may hold a vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada when it returns from r...

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

Michael McAuliff

Lame Duck Congress Will Duck Issues That Matter Most To Voters | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top concerns voiced by voters in poll after poll this election were the economy and the stagnating middle class. So, freed from e...

Thanksgiving Blessings 2012

Will Durst | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Seriously? Both political parties talking preemptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum's sakes, give it a rest, you guys.

Washington's Cliff Notes

Mattea Kramer | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

The odds are no one will leap, and remarkably little of note will actually happen. But since the headlines are about to scream "crisis," what you need to understand coming weeks is a little guide to reality, some Cliff Notes for Washington.

Fiscal Showdown Coming to Town

Mike Lux | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Most of the major progressive organizations that make up the base, heart, and soul of the Democratic party are solidly unified in opposing the DC establishment and their version of a so-called "grand bargain."

Michael McAuliff

Chuck Schumer Calls For Fiscal Cliff Fix In Lame Duck Congress, Higher Taxes For Rich | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The only responsible way to spare the middle class, cut the deficit and avoid falling off the rapidly nearing "fiscal cliff" is to cut e...

2012 COUNTDOWN: It's All About What's Next -- Armageddon In Congress

Howard Fineman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

This election is unlike any other in recent memory. Despite a lot of huffing and puffing, it is not about grand ideological conflict in America. It is more prosaic, but in its own way more urgent.

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When taken month-to-month, January, 2011, was Obama's best month of his entire presidency. Not only did he finally get his bump -- but it was a truly significant bump.

Jason Linkins

Movement Afoot To End Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's completely adorable that the next Congress may "ban" the lame duck session, until it becomes necessary to give themselves a pay raise or impeach someone they don't like. No matter that Americans really, really approved of this past lame duck session of Congress. Who listens to them anymore anyway?

Session Not as Lame as All That

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Barack Shellac hit the market to great fanfare in early November, the latest entry in the burgeoning Do-It-Yourself home-repair category. The early word: Here's a shellacking you won't find lacking. Our own findings: Don't be so sure.

No Connection: Obama's Tax Deal and the Lame Duck Congress's Victory Week

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What's astonishing is that the several unlikely legislative wins were accomplished in the waning days of the lame-duck session, when Republicans had every possible motivation to obstruct.

S.O.S. -- Showing Our Strength

Amb. Wendy Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Wendy Sherman

The Congress and the president took a lame duck session and showed that we weren't so lame after all. Now it's time for the incoming Congress to do the same and show the world America's strength.

The Senate's "Dr. No"

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

This blog was written by our colleague, Benjamin Kelley, a member of the board of directors of the Center for Auto Safety. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is ...

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

Steve King Blasts Congress

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) recently expressed disgust with the growing checklist of legislation that has been passed during the current lame duck sessio...

As Senate Tables DREAM Act, Endangered Hunger Strikers Vow to Keep Pushing for Their Dream

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

University of Texas student Lucy Martinez watched from her wheelchair as the Senate moved to table the Dream Act today. The debilitated nineteen-year-old has passed the precarious 30-day mark of her hunger strike.

The 12 Days of Christmas for 2010

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

I've been making my list and checking it twice. Here's what I'd like for the 12 days of Christmas -- some of the gifts to be spread throughout the com...

Read the 20th Amendment: New Republican Senators Violating US Constitution

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

A handful of newly elected Republican US Senators have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to undo the constitutional authority of other elected incumbent US Senators.

Lame Duck Congress: Don't Let Unemployment Benefits Expire

Linda Meric | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Linda Meric

The lame duck Congress can't leave American families out in the cold this holiday season. It doesn't have much time. It must extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits and do so quickly.

Dear Congress: While You're At It...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Welcome back to Washington! For dozens of you, these next few weeks will be your final moments on the congressional stage; you'll soon be moving back to your home states, or at least to K Street.

Both Sides Now w/ Huffington & Matalin: On Bush's book, the Lame Duck Session, Pelosi & Olbermann

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpgThis week there's more clash than consensus, perhaps reflecting the new "both sides" co-governance in Washington.

The Lame Duck Window

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have the choice of making a final push to see some of their agenda items pass before Republicans take over the House, or they can shrug their shoulders and not even try.