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Ryan Budget Vote Produces 'Win' For Both Parties

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Democrats made lots of speeches about the horrors of the GOP's Ryan budget. Republicans made lots of speeches about its wonders. The actual effect on public policy? None.


What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."


Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

House Republicans cite the former IRS official's attempt to single out Karl Rove's nonprofit — the one that spent $165 million attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.


The Ryan Budget, Coming To A Campaign Near You

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's latest plan is likely to play a familiar role — as fodder for both parties' congressional campaigns this fall.


Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.


More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.


RNC Approves New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Friday, January 24, 2014

The GOP hopes to compress the time frame for intra-party battles between presidential candidates, and is seeking to crack down on states that violate party rules by scheduling outside the GOP-sanctioned window of time.


GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Monday, December 30, 2013

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: a June convention.


Immigration Advocates Face Hurdles In GOP House Districts

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.


AFL-CIO Lets GOP Speak For Itself In New Immigration Ads

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The union is running Spanish-language TV spots in Atlanta, Orlando, Denver and Bakersfield, Calif., in an attempt to pressure Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul.


GOP Establishment Digs Deep For Alabama Special Election

Friday, November 01, 2013

The GOP establishment's preferred candidate has an overwhelming cash advantage over the Tea Party favorite in Tuesday's Alabama special election.


Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back home, Sen. Ted Cruz has received a hero's welcome from Republicans for his role in orchestrating the budget showdown, while Sen. Mike Lee has gotten the cold shoulder.


RNC Isn't Focusing On The Elephant In Its Ballroom

Saturday, August 17, 2013

They talked about a Hillary Clinton documentary, how well they're raising money and their voter turnout plans. But Republican National Committee members meeting this week didn't directly address the most important issue facing the party: the need to broaden support without losing their base.


IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Monday, June 24, 2013

Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, said the "be on the lookout" list used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny wasn't the only list the agency had been using.


The 10 Biggest Tax Breaks (And How Much They Cost)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has a new study of tax breaks in the tax code, and sure enough most of the biggest ones benefit the wealthiest taxpayers.


Benghazi Review Leader Offered To Testify On Capitol Hill

Friday, May 10, 2013

The former ambassador who led a review of the Benghazi consulate attack tells NPR he offered to testify at a House hearing but wasn't invited by Republicans.


Rand Paul Elaborates: Armed Drones Not OK For 'Normal Crime'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Kentucky's junior senator, who gained a good deal of attention from a 13-hour anti-drone filibuster, is again making news related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. But now, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate is clarifying his statement that "I don't care" if a drone is used to kill a liquor store robber.


Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If it seems perplexing why an idea that has broad support nationally could fail to pass the U.S. Senate, here's an important reminder: The Senate is not a democratic institution. In fact, it was structured to give sparsely populated states the ability to stop the majority's will. And that's what happened on background checks.


Focus On Sanford's Whereabouts, Again, Won't Help Gender Gap

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is hoping to put a marital scandal behind him with a return to Congress in a May 7 special election. But just two days later, Sanford must defend himself from an accusation that he was at his ex-wife's house without her permission.


The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage

Friday, April 05, 2013

A majority in the U.S. Senate now supports gay marriage, but a handful of prominent Democrats still haven't joined their party on the issue.