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Tough Road Ahead for Immigration Reform in the House

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Only a few months ago some politicians predicted that this summer an immigration reform bill would be on President Obama’s desk ready for signing. But as Congress goes on recess, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet put together a bill. That, however, doesn't mean both Republicans and Democrats aren’t plotting a way forward in this high-stakes game.

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Sandy Aid Bill Moves with Uncertainty to the House

Friday, December 28, 2012

With the Senate passing the $60 billion Sandy aid package by a vote of 61-33 on Friday, attention is now turned to the U.S. House of Representatives and the uncertainty brought on by the fiscal cliff deliberations dominating the Capitol.

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Sandy Aid Bill Could be Victim of Fiscal Cliff Fixation

Monday, December 24, 2012

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The US Senate is scheduled to return Wednesday after the Christmas break to vote on the $60 billion Sandy aid package by Friday. But the bill’s passage in the Senate is only one the first step, with time running out.

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Opinion: Swing Voters Swing - That's Good for Dems, and Bad for the GOP

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's a sad state of affairs for the GOP when the best thing they have going for them is that the American people don't trust the Democrats either.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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House Slaps Down HAMP

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The House of Representatives voted 218 to 109 yesterday to end one of President Obama's signature economic plans, the Home Affordable Modification Program. The program was expected to help more than 4 million homeowners keep their homes, instead of the underwhelming 600,000 it managed to help — rendering it a flop. Meanwhile, the housing market remains in trouble, with sales and prices continuing to fallLouise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, has the latest on HAMP, and why housing is having an incredibly difficult time getting out of the dumps.

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This Week's Agenda: China, Health Care, Economy

Monday, January 17, 2011

China's President Hu Jintao is heading to the United States this week and will meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, discuss what they expect to come out of this meeting between the leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world.

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'We the People': House to Hear Constitution Read Aloud

Thursday, January 06, 2011

On the insistence of House Republicans, the U.S. Constitution will be read from beginning to end today on the floor of the House of Representatives. This may prove a fitting overture to what could be a Congressional session filled with Constitutional battles. Is this reading a stunt or a significant symbol of how Congress will work?

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Politics, Policy and The Tea Party: The Top 5 Things to Look For in the New Congress

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Lawmakers get back to work as the 112th Congress begins today. Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), gets sworn in as its new Speaker of the House. At the same time, there is a move in the Senate to change the filibuster rule. The first day of Congress is the only day that lawmakers can change the rules with only 51 votes and some Democrats hope to use this to their advantage. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the new Congress and the top five things to watch out for in 2011.

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Census Data Will Adjust Political Landscape

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Data from the 2010 census will be released today, and the results could help give Republicans more seats in the House of Representatives.  For each state, the census data will confirm the total and regional populations, and indicate whether the state will gain or lose representation in the House. At this point, the GOP looks poised to pick up seats in several states.

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Exit Interview: Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)

Friday, December 03, 2010

After 35 years representing Minnesota constituents in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar will empty his office on Capitol Hill at the end of this month. Oberstar currently serves as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position he has held since 2007. He is one of dozens of incumbents voted out of office earlier this year during midterm elections. What are his thoughts on the eve of his departure?

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Top of the Hour: Republicans Get to Work, Morning Headlines

Friday, November 12, 2010

A week after they cleaned up in the midterm elections, the Republicans are trying to establish their goals. But with Tea Party candidates among their ranks, the GOP might have some divisions to grapple with first. 

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Self-Financed Candidates Largely Fail

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

In American, can money buy you a Senate seat or a governorship? If you're billionaires like Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, or Linda McMahon, the answer this year was no. Of the 58 self-financed candidates that have run for the House or Senate this year, more than half were out before election day even came around. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, looks at the big money in this year's race.

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WNYC News

No Experience? No Problem for GOP in NY House Races

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Political experience was an albatross in the midterm elections. As in many other races across the country, that was the case in New York's 13th Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat Michael McMahon lost to newcomer Republican Michael Grimm. 

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Polling Trends Leading to Election Day

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pollster describe elections like a horse race for a good reason: leads shrink, grow, and change hands, until at the very end, someone crosses the finish line first, and a winner is crowned.

John Zogby, president and CEO of polling firm Zogby International has been monitoring these changes in the final days leading up to Election Day.

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The Plan for Hearings if Republicans Take House

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

If Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, as they are expected to, Democrats' policies may not be the only thing they attack.

A Republican-controlled House is expected to begin investigations and hearings into the Obama White House in what might hark back to the days of the Clinton administration.

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The Fate of Democrats and Nancy Pelosi

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If Democrats are able to hold a majority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will have to decide if she will run for House Speaker again. However, many Democrats are already saying that they would not support her if she does run.

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details of this developing story.

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Handicapping the Midterms

Friday, October 15, 2010

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I think a lot of voters find it very satisfying when the big spender doesn't manage to spend his or her way into office and it does not seem that these ads are finding their mark.

- Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Politics Daily, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Unemployed Anxiously Await Senate Vote on Benefits Extension

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

While lawmakers are adjourned this week for the July 4th recess, many of the country's millions of unemployed workers await their return for an expected vote on an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. 

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The House Rules on Afghan Funding Bill

Friday, July 02, 2010

House Democrats worked late into the night to push ahead legislation to add $37 billion to war funding in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill also boosts domestic spending for teachers, student loans and U.S.-Mexico border security. Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details on the bill. He says that it's becoming clear that the war in Afghanistan is getting harder to support, and that last night's voting reflected that.

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