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Matt Sledge

With Gas Tax Money Vanishing, Transportation Bills Mum On What Comes Next | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As both chambers of Congress continued to debate dueling surface transportation bills on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Clears Way For Debt Hike | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to let the president raise the nation's debt limit by about $1.2 trillion, voting down a measure that would ha...

Four Reasons GOP Lawmakers Aren't Backing Gingrich

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

Why are GOP lawmakers so reluctant to support their former colleague? Here are a few of the likely reasons.

Tom Coburn, Ignorance, And The Need For Scientific Communication

Jamil Zaki | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Jamil Zaki

The consensus as I've experienced as a researcher is that (1) ignorant political attacks will not affect our ability to get work done, and (2) it is not our job to help the public understand our work. I think both claims are wrong, and potentially dangerous to the future of science.

Coburn: D.C. Pancake Restaurant Is Government Waste

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released his annual "Wastebook" this week and singled out a District of Columbia IHOP restaurant as an example...

Democrats for Newt!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

He's the quintessential conservative and, gosh darnit, he's been around so long he truly deserves this honor. And the party deserves him, as do Republican voters. I can't think of a more fitting nominee to lead this party of hypocritical crazies off a cliff.

Peter King Goes Off On GOP Candidate

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) blasted Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Tuesday, saying the former House Speaker is "too erratic." "He's ...

Elise Foley

Democratic Senator Says Payroll Tax Break Will Get Another Chance | Elise Foley | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will offer a new plan to extend the payroll tax br...

Newt Gingrich Not Winning Hearts Of His Fellow Lawmakers

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as he becomes the latest Republican presidential aspirant to revel in anti-Mitt Romney grandeur, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich...

Michael McAuliff

Report: Congress Guts Its Own Government Waste Watchdog | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress must have something against good advice that saves the government tens of billions of dollars every year, Sen. Tom Coburn sugge...

Michael McAuliff

Tom Coburn: Feds Pay Out Billions In 'Welfare For Well-Off' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Millionaires are receiving billions in taxpayer-funded support every year that helps them pay for everything from child care to bad debt...

GOP Senator Decries 'Welfare' For Millionaires

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

A leading Senate conservative is taking aim at tax breaks that he says amount to welfare for millionaires, a line of critique that usually comes from ...

Laura Bassett

Supercommittee Making Little Progress, Lawmakers Warn | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans on the congressional supercommittee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in federal savings are still far apart on a n...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Contend Obama Wants Super Committee To Fail | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign of just how unlikely Congress' deficit-cutting super committee is to succeed, Republicans took the blame game to another level...

'Adult Baby' Cleared Of Fraud, Demands Apology

Posted 12.21.2011 | Weird News

When this man-baby is threatened, he doesn't cry -- he fights back. A fully grown man who wears diapers and sucks on a pacifier has been cleared o...

GOP Senator Recovering From Procedure To Treat Prostate Cancer

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

A spokesman says U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer in Tulsa. CNN re...

Michael McAuliff

Coburn: Senate's GAO Cuts Will Cost $3.3 Billion | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn and several colleagues are taking their fellow senators to task for slashing the Government Accountability Office's budg...

Michael McAuliff

Schumer: FAA Bill Shows GOP Suffering For Obstruction | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate narrowly averted another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday, passing a temporary funding bill that Demo...

Matt Sledge

On The Jersey Shore, Chris Christie Drifts Away From The Tea Party | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York

When it comes time for a press conference, New Jersey politicians can't get enough of the beach. Sen. Frank Lautenberg went to the Belmar boardwalk...

To African-American Men With (Tremendous!) Benefits: Merry Christmas from Senator Coburn

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Tanya M. Acker

Some have maintained that it was racist for Senator Tom Coburn to suggest that President Obama wants to "create dependency" on government because he o...

Guns In The Senate? In Rick Perry's America, Why Not?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Texas governor and newly-announced presidential candidate Rick Perry has taken the incendiary mixture of guns and politics to a new level. When it comes to carrying concealed weapons, Perry certainly walks the walk.

Amanda Terkel

Tom Coburn's Unusual Solution For Getting Out Of Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) isn't quite sure how much longer the United States will be fighting in Afghanistan, although he does have an i...

GOP Senator: 'Good Thing I Can't Pack A Gun On The Senate Floor'

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blasted Congress for America's financial troubles and predicted that the debt ceiling agreement would unravel this fall, cal...

Republican Rift: Big Business vs. Tea Party

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The tension between the two wings of the GOP rose to the surface during the recent battle over the debt ceiling, which then exploded into a war of words between former Republican Senator Alan Simpson and Grover Norquist, head of the right-wing outfit, Americans for Tax Reform.

Dave Jamieson

Congress Leave Aviation Workers Without Paychecks | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The failure of Congress to authorize a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration has put some 4,000 agency employees and tens of th...