Ailsa Chang

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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.


Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

Monday, January 05, 2015

It's the first time since the 2006 election that both chambers will be controlled by Republicans. They pledge an end to gridlock, but they still have to work with the same Democratic president.


2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The number of judicial vacancies is now at its lowest point since Obama took office. All told, the president has seen more than 300 judges confirmed, including a record number of women and minorities.


Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.


Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The longer-than-expected Senate session is allowing Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid to confirm even more of President Obama's nominations to the federal bench.


Teens Now Reach For E-Cigarettes Over Regular Ones

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders, more than 16 percent of 10th graders and more than 17 percent of high school seniors have used the devices in the past month, the survey found.


Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Senate is to vote Tuesday on Sarah Saldana's nomination to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Republicans believe she will be too sympathetic to the president's actions on deportations.


Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week, but anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the proceedings.


Congress Runs Up Against Deadline To Pass A Budget

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A plan to pass a no-drama, year-long measure for most of the federal government started looking shaky Thursday afternoon, when the bill nearly died on a procedural vote in the House.


Senate May Need Every Minute To Meet Government Funding Deadline

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The House appears to have reached a trillion-dollar deal to keep the government running, but leaves the Senate just hours to speed the bill through — and some senators may prefer to take their time.


Congress Pushes Up Against Deadline To Keep Government Funded

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Congress has just over two days left to pass a spending bill before the government runs out of cash, and lawmakers appear to be pushing it to the wire. So far, no one is worried about...


Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

Monday, December 08, 2014

A year after Democratic senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.


GOP Hopes To Use Spending Bill As Leverage Against Immigration Action

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Congress hopes to be done for the holidays by the end of next week — which also happens to be the deadline for a new spending bill. The government will run out of money Dec. 11 if nothing is passed.


1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.


Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent in the Senate, says he may run for president.

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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.


Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has wanted to be Senate majority leader since grade school. Now, as he starts his sixth term in office, he'll finally get his wish.


McConnell Faces Challenges From GOP Conservatives, Obama's Veto Pen

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is in line to go from the Senate's minority leader to majority leader. He will have a majority smaller than the one Democrat Harry Reid has enjoyed.


After 8 Years, Republicans Win Control Of U.S. Senate

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The GOP scored major victories in the midterm elections. The wins reshape the political dynamic in Washington and complicate the legislative agenda for President Obama's final two years in office.


Sen. Mitch McConnell Has More Than Most Riding On Midterm Elections

Monday, November 03, 2014

If the GOP takes over the Senate, the man expected to become majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to win a sixth term in a state where his popularity has been sagging.