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This Is Obsessing GOP Lawmakers While Sequestration Hits Back Home?!? | Sam Stein | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have upped their campaign to pressure the White House to reopen its doors to tour-goers after shutting them in...

Harry Reid Slams 'Dr. No' Senator

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently thinks Sen. Tom Coburn is living up to his old nickname, Dr. No, and expressed his displeasure with the O...

Republicans Cautiously Optimistic After Obama Wooing

AP | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

BY PHILIP ELLIOTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama's courtship and suggested t...

GOP Senator Rails Against Washington's 'Dysfunctional' Culture

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) did not mince words about sequestration on Sunday. In an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press," Coburn railed against the a...

Obama Recruits Republicans For Budget Talks

The New York Times | JACKIE CALMES and JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

With Republican leaders in Congress forswearing budget negotiations over new revenues, President Obama has begun reaching around them to Republican la...

Sam Stein

Key Gun Control Measure Faces Likely Setback | Sam Stein | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The signature gun control bill being pushed by President Barack Obama is likely to suffer a setback, as congressional aides and outside ...

Dispute Stalls Bipartisan Background Checks Negotiation

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A dispute over whether to require record keeping for private gun sales is holding up a compromise between Republican and Democratic...

Republican Pooh-Poohs Sequestration Fears

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Senate Republican said Sunday that the Obama administration is exaggerating the impact of looming cuts to federal spending. Th...

Senators Near Deal On Gun Background Checks

The Washington Post | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

The bipartisan group of four Senators who are negotiating over a proposal to expand the gun background check system privately met this week to discuss...

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Working On Gun Deal

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A cornerstone of President Barack Obama's drive to check gun violence is gathering bipartisan steam as four senators, including two...

GOP Senator Talks 'Wonderful Experiment' Of Not Raising Debt Ceiling

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) claimed Tuesday that a Republican-led refusal to raise the debt ceiling could be a "wonderful experiment" in forcing the gov...

Senators Say No To Storm Aid, After Their States Received It

THE NEW YORK WORLD | Posted 01.04.2013 | New York

In the acrimonious dispute unfolding in Washington over the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, one of the most contentious requests is for money to shore up...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

GOP Senator Finds Upside To Falling Off Fiscal Cliff | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sounded resigned to the possibility that the country might fall of...

Defense Needs Big Cuts, but Missile Defense Isn't the Place

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

While the Pentagon budget is long overdue for much-needed spending cuts, policy-makers looking for places to trim would be short-sighted if they don't recognize the need for an effective missile defense.

Contractors: The Pentagon Isn't a Jobs Program

Ben Freeman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Cutting waste at the Pentagon and strengthening our economic security will strengthen our national security. Congress can avoid sequestration's meat-cleaver approach, and instead use a scalpel to make strategic cuts.

The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

Michael McAuliff

Republican Senator Cites Zombie Apocalypse In Waste Report | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There are zombie banks, the zombie apocalypse, and now, according to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), zombie homeland security programs that s...

Debate Over 'Fundamental Right' Becomes Sticky Issue In Defense Measure

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a ...

WATCH: Republicans: We Were Wrong

The Huffington Post | The Political Mashups Team | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

Senators from deep red Oklahoma and Tennessee endorsing tax increases? Newt Gingrich admitting mistakes? Sean Hannity endorsing a path to citizenship ...

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.

Election Day and Veterans Day: Time to Make the Connection

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Behind each of these statistics is a human story. These stories and our individual veterans must not be ignored. The plight of our post-9/11 veterans is a ticking time bomb and a national tragedy.

6 INSANE Instances Of Government Waste In Florida

The Huffington Post | Joey Francilus | Posted 10.18.2012 | Miami

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has released his annual "Wastebook" report, highlighting extravagant government spending in 2012 -- and of course, Florida s...

This Is How Much Michigan Officials Spent On Talking Urinal Cakes

Posted 10.19.2012 | Detroit

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is sick of the government flushing money down the toilet, so each year he releases an annual "wastebook" that documents instanc...

Michael McAuliff

Ford Motor Co., 2-Year-Old, Innocent Man In Terror Database | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many people who would consider the Ford Motor Co. or a 2-year-old to be terrorist threats, but the United States' premier d...

Michael McAuliff

Homeland Security Squanders Millions Snooping On Fishing, Marriage Counseling | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A marquee federal effort to share intelligence about terror threats with state and local law enforcers has produced no evidence of any. ...