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Lamar Alexander Says Videogames Are 'A Bigger Problem Than Guns' But No, They Aren't | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard several hours of testimony on gun violence, from luminaries up and down the spectrum of opinion on reducin...

Bennet Voted 'No' On Fiscal Cliff

Posted 01.02.2013 | Denver

Colorado's Democratic Senator Michael Bennet was one of eight senators to vote against a plan to skirt the fiscal cliff on Tuesday. Democratic Senator...

Scandal-Ridden Republican Finishes Election Cycle Nearly Broke And Without Allies

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

House Republicans rushed to deliver campaign cash to scandal-tainted Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the days leading up to the November elections ...

Joy Resmovits

Little Hope For Rewrite Of Expired Bush Education Law | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on the promise that his administration would oversee the rewriting of the expired No Child Left Behind Act. But four ...

Disrupting Congress

Charles Kolb | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Today's Congress is a paragon of inefficiency, rent-seeking, crony capitalism, wasted time, and public embarrassment. Coherent and timely legislating focused on the nation's top priorities seems to be an afterthought, at best

Group Left High And Dry

Politico | Kenneth P. Vogel & Abby Phillip | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

A new group that hopes to tap into a rising appetite for a third-party presidential challenger has discovered that $30 million in secret cash can buy ...

ESEA Reauthorization: Everyone's Cards Are on the Table. Now Let's Make a Deal

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

Democrats across and beyond the nation's capital are up in arms about the ESEA reauthorization proposals released by House GOP leaders on Friday. Or at least they are pretending to be.

Michael McAuliff

Rand Paul Mocks Polar Bears, Rising Sea Levels And White House 'Extremists' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul mocked concerns about global warming, rising sea levels and endangered polar bears Thursday, accusing...

Michael McAuliff

Air Pollution Bill Drives Wedge Between Republicans | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This time, a Tea Party-backed measure to let pollution increase in the name of saving jobs is running into Republican opposition. It's c...

A is for Accountability*; What's at Stake in the ESEA Debate**

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

We know that setting annual (and ever-rising) targets in NCLB put pressure on states to keep their "cut scores" modest so they didn't unintentionally label every school in their jurisdiction as failing.

Hayley Miller

No Child Left Behind Revision Moves One Step Closer To Law | Hayley Miller | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Senate education committee completed a bipartisan markup revising the No Child Left Behind Act on Thursday evening. After 13 hours o...

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: 'I'll Tell You What A Tragedy Is' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Debate over the No Child Left Behind revision hit the Senate floor earlier than expected on Wednesday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) buste...

Joy Resmovits

Sen. Rand Paul: Slow Down Education Reform | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education

Letters and amendments are flying on the eve of the first markup of a comprehensive rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, providing a glimpse into ...

Joy Resmovits

Federal Government's Role In Grading Teachers At Center Of Legislative Fight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) shifted a major teacher evaluation requirement out of his rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- known as N...

ObamaFlex: Too Much Tight, Too Light on Loose

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

ObamaFlex is in need of improvement. Some additional vetting -- via the Congressional process perhaps? -- might make it ready for primetime. Too bad the Administration took that option off the table.

Top GOP Senator Resigning From Leadership Post

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Alone in a cabin in Northern Ontario last month, Sen. Lamar Alexander considered the debt limit deal Congress and President Barack ...

Republican Senators Introduce Bills To 'Fix' No Child Left Behind

Posted 11.15.2011 | Education

Former U.S. education Secretary Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced Wednesday a plan to introduce new legislation...

Uphill From Here: Why US Jobs Policy Will Improve

Stephen Kent | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

Let's hope today goes down in history as the low point of our national debate on jobs, and that it's all uphill from here.

Dave Jamieson

Senate Republicans Pick Fight With Labor Board | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at strengthening "right-to-work" laws in the wake of a complaint filed by the Na...

Speak Now Against the Day: TN Activist Ash-Lee Henderson on Next Steps for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Movement

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Few activists have put their necks on the line as often as Tennessee activist Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. She has been one of the most tireless, courageous campaigners to speak against mountaintop removal in Appalachia.

Senate Republicans Seek To Mandate Balanced Budget

Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - All 47 Senate Republicans, seeking fiscal discipline in big-spending Washington, proposed on Thursday an amendment to the Constitution t...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Two Down From The Front-Running Trio? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More and more, 2012 speculators are backing away from the notion that the 2012 campaign will feature a robust battle between the popular faces on the ...

Money Changes Everything: Will the Battle Over the Budget Derail All Bipartisan Cooperation in 2011?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

A collection of senior lawmakers gathered at a Washington panel last Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of cooperation across party lines in the 112th Congress.

Elise Foley

GOP Plans To Force Vote On Health Care Repeal | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans will attempt to repeal last year's sweeping health care law via an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration fun...

Top Senators Seek Deal On Rules For Presidential Nominations

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior senators are negotiating to reduce the 1,400 presidential appointments subject to time-consuming Senate confirmation, hoping...