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John Boehner Acknowledges GOP 'Stumbles'

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November's elections, have ...

McConnell Blasts Veto Threat, Asks Obama To Work With GOP

AP | By CONNIE CASS | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell kicked off his new role as majority leader Wednesday by holding out hope for compromise with Democrats on som...

Here Are All The New Members Of Congress

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

The 114th Congress officially got it start on Tuesday, with 74 new members kicking off their terms. Among the newest faces on the Hill are Iowa Sen...

Air Of Unpredictability As New Obama-McConnell Relationship Begins

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

(Repeats earlier story with no changes to text) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama an...

New Congress Getting Sworn In With GOP In Charge

AP | By DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years Tuesday, the...

Congress Is Way More Christian Than The Rest Of America

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

The 114th Congress will be sworn in on Tuesday January 6, 2015, bringing with it not only a Republican, but also a Christian, majority. Nearly 92 p...

Meet The Incoming Freshmen Of Congress

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there's one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elect...

Congress Crams Unfinished Agenda Into Final Days

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lame-duck lawmakers return to Washington on Monday facing a stacked agenda and not much time to get it all done before the new Cong...

Mandate: Nearly 60 Percent of Voters Worry About Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

The important lesson from all of this is that leaders in Washington shouldn't start believing their own press releases. Go ahead and claim voters endorsed everything you stand for, but don't start acting like it's true. The American people did not suddenly decide they don't care about clean air, clean water, and a healthy climate.

Yoho's Secret Weapon Revealed

National Journal | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

Kat Cammack had just come from meeting a big donor in Jacksonville, Florida, and was now in a house with boarded-up windows, rusty frying pans, and wh...

An Open Letter to President Obama for Obama II

Joan Michelson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Joan Michelson

Here are recommendations for your second term that will address energy-climate change challenges while expediting economic growth, spurring innovation, and creating more jobs.

Will the New Congress Save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or Cut Benefits? The Middle Class Wants to Know

Max Richtman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Members of the 113th Congress have now taken their oaths of office but their day of congratulatory celebrations and receptions will soon be a distant memory as a series of self-induced fiscal "crises" will demand this new Congress' full attention.

A Look At The Lawmakers Of The 113th Congress

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

-- Politically, the 113th Congress that was sworn in Thursday won't be much of a change from the less-than-stellar 112th Congress it replaces: Democr...

Eliot Nelson

Heidi Heitkamp Sworn In To Senate, Awkwardness Ensues | Eliot Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Do I need an ID or something?" It's Thursday morning and North Dakota's senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp is about to depart her transiti...

Tough Fights Loom For New Congress

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By DAVID ESPO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A new Congress opened for business Thursday to confront long-festering national problems, defici...

Talking It Out: It Will Solve (Some) Problems in Congress

Eli Lehrer | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

With approval for Congress near an all-time low, elected officials need some real change. There's no magic way to fix Washington or make it work but there is one thing that members of Congress on both sides need to do more of: talk and socialize with people from the other party.

A Dance of the Pygmies: Let's Strike It While the Iron Is Hot

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Some 150 years ago Darwin peered into the past and the future and wrote The Origin Of The Species. It did not change the real world but radically chan...

Ryan Grim

Warren Sworn In To New Congress | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren gathered Thursday with friends, family and supporters in the Kennedy Caucus Room before being ceremonially sworn in to ...

New Congress Sworn In

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASATA, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House have ushered in a new Congress. Both bodies gathered on Thursday, hewin...

New Congress Begins With 'Hangover' From Last Year

Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Congress is ushering in the new and the old – dozens of eager freshmen determined to change...

SLUMBER PARTY: One-Fifth Of House Freshmen Sleep In Offices

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(CBS) By Phil Hirschkorn & Wyatt Andrews WASHINGTON - Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg considers sleeping in his Capitol Hill office a luxury. ...

A Bipartisan Strategy for Sharpening U.S. Foreign Aid

Rich Tafel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

Bring a butcher knife to U.S. foreign aid? Not a good idea. But sharpen it? Yes. Let's make it a double-edged sword and address America's economic health and security.

New GOP Congress on Thin Ice

Oghene Oyiborhoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oghene Oyiborhoro

Folks on main street want to see both parties work together. Republicans cannot simply stand idle and wait for the Democrats to meet them halfway.

Faith On The Hill: Religious Makeup Of The New Congress Looks Like The Old

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Many analysts described the November 2010 midterm elections as a sea change, with Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and ...

A Polarized Congress In A Country Seeking Pragmatism

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — There's an inherent conflict in the country's new political reality: a much more polarized Congress must answer to an increasingly ...