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5 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From His Gridiron Club Routine

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Gridiron Club's motto is "singe but never burn." The president and other distinguished jokers did plenty of singeing at the club's annual dinner Saturday.


In Detroit, Jeb Bush Makes A Campaign Must-Stop

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

While he hasn't declared his 2016 candidacy yet, the former Florida governor spoke Wednesday at a preferred venue for presidential candidates.


At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

Monday, January 26, 2015

Do billionaires have too much influence in both major parties? Three top Republican presidential prospects say no.


Closing Gitmo 'Going To Be Very Difficult,' Hagel Says

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The outgoing secretary of defense conceded his handling of the Guantanamo Bay detainee issue "hasn't always made me popular in some quarters."


State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

After what he called a "breakthrough year," the president set caution aside. He called for expanded tax credits to help working families and for paid sick leave for workers who don't already have it.


State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The prospects for passing major parts of President Obama's agenda are slim to none. So what kind of tone will he take toward Congress?


5 Signs We're Not In Post-Partisan Paradise Yet

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It took only a day for the shiny new 114th Congress to start looking like the beaten and battered 113th that limped out of town last month.


Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Monday, December 29, 2014

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.


Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.


At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

Thursday, November 20, 2014

After a successful 2014 election season, the nation's GOP governors gathered to talk about policy issues and bask in their victories. But President Obama's immigration plans dominated the discussion.


Senate 'Torture Report' Findings Expected This Year

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's two-year-old report will be made public before Democrats relinquish control of the Senate in January.


When Legislative Leaders Fail In Other Countries, They Lose Their Jobs

Friday, November 14, 2014

Not here — Democrats in the House and Senate plan to stick with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Is it time to bring the parliamentary system's "vote of confidence" mechanism to Congress?


7 Places To Watch On Election Day

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Whether it's because of their size, demographic make-up, or the unique role they play, these places will have an outsized role in state — and possibly national — politics this year.


What If The Senate Isn't Decided On Election Day?

Monday, November 03, 2014

The election outlook is promising for the GOP. But there are a few scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party controls the Senate.


McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The GOP majority leader-in-waiting tempers expectations about what a Republican-controlled Congress can realistically accomplish with President Obama in the White House.


What Happens In A 50-50 Senate? Even More Joe Biden

Saturday, September 20, 2014

With polling suggesting there's a decent chance of a tied Senate next year, the gaffe-prone vice president could cut an even higher profile.


Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.


151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor

Monday, September 01, 2014

Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.


Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Friday, August 29, 2014

A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.


Attorney General Holder: Ferguson Scenes Cannot Continue

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Eric Holder said federal investigators have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb.