Ailsa Chang

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Women On Capitol Hill Reach Across Party Lines To Get Things Done

Thursday, May 08, 2014

There's an assumption that women are more likely than men to collaborate. But as the number of women in Congress has increased, so has the partisanship and gridlock. Does a woman's touch help?


From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.

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Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Thursday, May 01, 2014

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.


Is It Still College Without Football?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Temple University in Pennsylvania and the New College of Florida are keeping costs low by cutting amenities and some varsity sports. But will running this play make them less attractive to applicants?


Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.


As Election Nears, Congress Is Expected To Be Less Productive

Monday, April 14, 2014

If anything, 2014 has been marked with a flurry of show votes. Those are votes on bills that have no realistic hope of passing Congress, but are done to make political points.


Mega-Donor Opens Wallet On The Hill To Kill Online Gambling

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sheldon Adelson is possibly the most influential campaign donor in the U.S. He also happens to be the head of the Sands casino empire, and now he's behind a push in Congress to ban online gambling.


Ryan's Budget Plan Takes Midterm Elections Into Consideration

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans both can find a lot to love in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal. In the Senate, there's no chance the plan will pass.


As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention

Thursday, March 27, 2014

With enrollment numbers lagging, residents getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads and a close Senate race serving as a backdrop, the state was the focus of a White House conference call Thursday.


How To Meet Your Congressman

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Arranging face time with members of Congress and their staffs is such a challenge that businesses in Washington exist to do nothing other than try to schedule meetings.


With Clock Ticking Down, Obama Polishes Judicial Legacy

Friday, March 21, 2014

The profile of the judiciary has already changed significantly under the president, especially when it comes to the number of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans he's appointed.


Senators Agree To Compromise Extending Jobless Benefits

Friday, March 14, 2014

Negotiators in the Senate reached a bi-partisan deal to extend unemployment benefits for 5 months, retroactive to the end of last year. A full Senate vote isn't expected until later this month.


Gillibrand, McCaskill Square Off Over Military Assault Prosecutions

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide which sexual assault cases to pursue. The 2 female senators were on opposite sides.


Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Reforms

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Senate has blocked a bill introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which had proposed revisions to military procedures for punishing and preventing sexual assault.


Democrats Help Block Nominee For DOJ's Top Civil Rights Job

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The nomination of Debo Adegbile, a civil rights lawyer who helped handle the appeal of a cop killer, forced Democrats to choose between infuriating law enforcement groups or angering minority voters.


House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Two years ago, an overhaul bill passed with the goal of pulling the federal program out of debt. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly.


FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The law, passed in 2012, was meant to shift the financial risk of insuring flood-zone properties to homeowners. But some residents' premiums have skyrocketed.


Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Democrat has won some conservatives in the state with her strong defense of the oil industry. But her support for Obamacare may sink her.


Congress Divided On NSA Role

Saturday, January 18, 2014

President Obama's proposed changes for NSA surveillance rules include some that would need congressional approval. But that could prove a challenge, with members of Congress divided about the spy agency's activities.


When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.