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Congressional Leaders Have Actually Reached A Deal On VA Reform

(18) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- After a near-death experience, legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs has been revived.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced on Monday that they had struck a deal to reform the beleaguered agency. Sanders and Miller, who chair their respective chambers' committees...

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With VA Reform Legislation On Life Support, Lawmakers Make One Last Push

(144) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the likelihood of passing legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs dwindling rapidly, top Republican and Democratic staffers are making a last-ditch effort to find a compromise before the August recess.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and...

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Dan Pfeiffer: White House Expects John Boehner To Try For Impeachment

(2808) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's top advisers said on Friday that he expects House Republicans will ultimately file articles of impeachment against the president.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior aide who has been with the administration since Obama first took office, told reporters that he anticipated that

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How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days

(250) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise.

On Thursday,...

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Congress Stalls Out Trying To Solve Self-Declared Crises

(130) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in crafting a bill to restructure the Department of Veterans Affairs, he pleaded with his colleagues to not derail the compromise.

The delays in health care for veterans were too offensive, the system too corrupt, to allow...

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Boehner Won't Get Help Passing House GOP Border Bill, Top Dem Says

(78) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Moments after House Republicans unveiled the outlines of a bill on Wednesday to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors on the nation's southern border, Democrats signaled they would oppose the measure nearly en masse.

Speaking to reporters from his office on Capitol Hill, House Minority Whip...

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Bill Clinton Advised McCain During Height Of 2008 Financial Crisis, New Book Says

(61) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- In retrospect, it is widely perceived to have been a mistake. As the financial crisis shook the country in the backstretch of the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) chose abruptly to suspend his campaign and head back to Washington to forge a solution.

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9/11 Commission Report A Decade Later: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't

(152) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack.

The report, released Tuesday, praises some federal actions for making the country ”better equipped to prevent and...

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White House Blames Russia For MH17 Crash, Saying There's No Believable Alternative

(53) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials said Monday they have high confidence that Russian influence and weaponry was directly responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 last week.

In a background briefing with reporters, these officials offered no specific new evidence to substantiate Russia’s culpability in the crash that...

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Committee To Elect Senate Democrats Has Best 2nd Quarter Fundraising In Its History

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Continuing its trend of strong fundraising cycles, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce on Friday that it raised nearly $22 million during the second quarter of 2014, expanding its lead over its Republican counterpart.

The $21.7 million raised between April and June gave the committee its...

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What Do Top Republicans Fear? Hint: It's Not An Obama Impeachment Vote

(675) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, top officials from the major GOP campaign committees were in a cheerful mood. The president’s approval rating has been teetering on the edge of the toilet seat for several months. Generic congressional ballot polls looking toward...

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Harry Reid Lays Groundwork For Quick Highway Trust Fund Passage

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON -– Senate Democratic leaders early next week will consider the House-passed transportation financing bill, giving some encouragement to advocates nervous about the potential lapse of federal highway funds.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will attempt to forgo the potentially time-consuming process of merging a Senate-authored bill to finance...

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Improving Economy Means Less Slack In Men's Waistbands

(9) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:12 PM


WASHINGTON -- Economists have been looking at people's underwear for decades and this year things are looking good.

Gross, you say? Perhaps, but underwear sales do happen to be one of quirkiest economic metrics ever created by a Federal Reserve chairman.


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House Passes Critical Highway Trust Fund Bill

(82) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a critical highway funding bill on Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 367-55.

The measure puts just under $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund, which is in line to run out of money sometime in late August, and was put together by...

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Critical Highway Trust Fund Bill Loses Support Of House Dem

(111) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Backers of a critical highway trust fund bill set to get a vote in the House on Tuesday may have to worry about defections from Democrats.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that he would not support the bill put together by House...

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Conservative Groups Move To Kill GOP's Highway Trust Fund Bill, But Republicans Aren't Nervous

(349) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The last likely opportunity for Congress to avoid completely draining the nation’s highway budget will present itself on Tuesday afternoon.

Though a Republican proposal to temporarily extend the Highway Trust Fund gained notable opposition Monday from two powerful conservative groups, leaders from both parties expressed optimism that...

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White House To O'Malley: Border Kids Won't Be Sent Home To Die

(413) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 3:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Attempting to assuage liberal critics, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the nation’s southern border won’t be deported if it is determined that doing so would lead to their death.

The press secretary was responding to remarks...

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The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration

(64) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that the fix didn't do nearly enough.

At a roundtable conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, senior officials at some of the nation’s top universities said that their...

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Republicans Warn GOP About Political Perils Of Border Crisis Inaction

(446) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the political world grapples with how to respond to the current crisis on the nation's border, several Republicans have begun warning fellow party members that doing nothing but opposing the president carries substantial political risks.

At issue is President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to...

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Can You Be A Political Mudslinger And Still Have A Soul?

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Political campaigns are increasingly staffed by people whose sole job is to figure out how to destroy the opposition. They tend to be young, ambitious and partisan. But are they soulless?

The Huffington Post wanted to know whether amid all the political mudslinging, opposition researchers and campaign...

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