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Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid On Filibuster Reform: Maybe Democrats Should Have Gone Further | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scuffled with Republicans Thursday over delayed action on President Barack Obama's nominees, ...

As Campaigns Heat Up, These Candidates Just Can't Help Themselves

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — You might think this year's candidates had learned from Barack Obama's comments about bitter people who "cling to guns or religion...

Senators Troubled By Secret Service Allegations

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over...

Democratic Senate Candidate Faces Harsh Criticism Over Farmer Comments

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), faced tough local coverage Tuesday after critical comments he...

Dem Apologizes For Comments About Chuck Grassley's Qualifications

AP | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley apologized Tuesday to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley for comments recorded during ...

Jennifer Bendery

Chuck Grassley Touts Record Of Confirming Obama Nominees, Harry Reid Eyes Kool-Aid Bowl | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The judicial nominations process is as clogged up as ever, with Senate Republicans using any number of ways to delay or straight-up bloc...

The IRS's Obstruction of Equality

Adam Resnick | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

We all hate taxes, and despite what anyone says, paying them is utterly painful. However, taxes -- the better of life's two inevitabilities (death bei...

Do Senators Fear The Internet?

Center For Public Integrity | Rachel Baye | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Despite millions in potential cost savings to taxpayers, the U.S. Senate has still yet to pass a requirement that it file campaign finance reports ele...

Michael McAuliff

Senators Admit Congress Really Sucked In 2013 | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The toughest challenge for Congress in 2013 turns out to be determining whether anything good happened, anything at all, especially for ...

Iowans Worry About Losing Political Clout

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — For decades, presidential candidates' chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol...

The Vote That Will Change America

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Our federal government was designed as a republic. Within this system, and over time, elections were to have consequences and enlightened public opinion was to govern. Extra-constitutional appendages like the filibuster, abused by minority parties, have moved us away from that vision. Instead, our government is in perpetual gridlock, and the American people have lost faith in their government to even function properly. Even after this rules change, one of our parties must still win the House, the Senate, and the presidency before radically changing our country. That's no small feat. It will often require victories over the course of several elections. That's probably as it should be. Change ought to be possible, but only when one of our parties really earns it. The filibuster gave a small minority in the Senate outsized power to stifle the will of the people.

Jennifer Bendery

AGs Reject Chuck Grassley Effort To Shrink D.C. Circuit Court | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A dozen state attorneys general are urging the Senate to reject an effort by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to strip the D.C. Circuit Cour...

Obamacare Confusion Abounds For Members Of Congress, Their Staffs

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you're confused by "Obamacare." It's roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are gov...

Give Patricia Millett the Pay Cut She Deserves

Doug Kendall | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Fights over judicial nominations are hardy perennials. The politics around them can become dispiriting. So it is important to remember that beneath the political warfare, there are often unbelievably talented human beings, without any ideological agenda.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Republicans May Withhold Back Pay From Furloughed Workers | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If and when the federal government reopens for business, congressional lawmakers will have to decide whether or not to retroactively pay...

Senators Seek Review Of NSA Spying

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is calling for the inspector general of the intelligence community to do a comprehensive review of s...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Senator Tries To Trick Obama Nominee Into Bashing Other Nominee | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tried to get D.C. Circuit court nominee Robert Wilkins to criticize statements made by another of President...

Jason Cherkis

Lawmakers Listen To Constituents On Syria, On Gun Control Not So Much | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In arguing against President Barack Obama's proposal to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons, congressional lawmakers have cite...

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark, and Herding Stupid Insane Cats

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Dog-lovers will have to wait for their portion of that headline until the awards part of the column; but as for the cats, I was struck this week by a funny comment on an article I was reading on the continuing civil war within the Republican Party.

Huma Abedin Faces Scrutiny Over State Department Role

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is facing r...

North Carolina Takes a Hint and Ag Gag Takes a Hit

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

Yes, undercover video of abuse and misconduct has an impact on company bottom lines. I get that. But the answer is not having private interests lobby state legislators to help you commit crimes without consequence.

Sam Stein

Controversial New Obamacare Policy Came From A Republican Senator | Sam Stein | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday that the federal government would continue contributing to their health care premium...

'Space Vikings' Spark Call For NASA Inquiry

| SENAH YEBOAH-SAMPONG | Posted 07.31.2013 | Science

For Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics and astronautics graduate student and amateur fashion photographer, a photo project that involved NASA researchers d...

GOP Senator Steps Up Pressure On Huma Abedin Over State Department Roles

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded more answers from Huma Abedin on Friday, after the wife of scandal-plagued New York mayoral candidate Anthony We...

The Next Nuclear Test

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

If Senate Republicans follow through on threats to prevent confirmation of any of Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit under the fig leaf of an argument about whether this court needs more judges, we could quickly be back to the nuclear brink.