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Tables Have Turned As Senate Barrels Toward Homeland Security Deadline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Senate is speeding ahead into the first real deadline it's had since the beginning of the new Congress. In many ways, nothing has changed from past deadlines — lawmakers don't seem interested in resolving the matter with time to spare, rhetoric is hot and angry, and as always, one ...

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Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Congress has a Friday midnight deadline to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. But even though Republicans are now in charge of both chambers, the challenge of getting legislation through remains.

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Maybe Another Shutdown?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The DHS will run out of funding on Friday if the Senate doesn't come to an agreement over the agency's budget. NPR's Ailsa Chang explains what that would mean for national security.

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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home

Monday, February 23, 2015

If Congress doesn't fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, most DHS employees will likely be ordered to stay on the job — and make do without a paycheck until funding is restored.

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Grassley Leads Senate Judiciary Panel As Loretta Lynch Hearings Begin

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, the first non-lawyer to head the committee, gets his turn in the spotlight as he leads the hearing on President Obama's choice for attorney general Loretta Lynch.

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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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