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Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Friday, March 14, 2014

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend insurance for the long-term unemployed. But the road to final passage is full of partisan obstacles.

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Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein's diatribe against the CIA for allegedly hacking into Senate computers.

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Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not everyone agrees that more U.S. natural gas exports would be an effective lever against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Why was it such a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against President Obama's nominee.

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Top Conservative Event Opens With Big Names, Red Meat And Fun

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Opening day at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference attracted some of the biggest names in GOP politics. It also featured some young conservatives bent on having some fun with politics.

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Ukraine Is The Latest Overseas Crisis To Blur DC's Partisan Lines

Monday, March 03, 2014

Politics may not stop at the waters edge (if it ever did). But it does get more complicated, as Russia's involvement in Ukraine is the latest foreign policy crisis to demonstrate.

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Obama And Boehner Relationship Anything But Solid

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The president and the House speaker have had few face-to-face meetings, and their relationship has more often been marked by angry finger-pointing.

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FCC Won't Ask Journalists To Explain Themselves After All

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission conduced a strategic withdrawal from a politically controversial plan to ask journalists how they decide what is and isn't news.

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Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.

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Democrats Seek Cure For GOP Obamacare Attacks

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Democrats are countering Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act by promising to fix the broken parts and embracing the most popular provisions in the law.

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GOP Struggles To Sell Message In Big Cities

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Democrats currently control city hall in 90 percent of the nation's largest cities. But not too many years ago, Republicans had a pretty good chance of winning big-city mayoral races.

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Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

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As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

Thursday, February 13, 2014

House Democrats are in Maryland for their annual issues conference. Despite their grim electoral prospects this fall, they are relishing the infighting that has beset the Republican House majority.

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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.

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Debt Ceiling Standoff? Not This Time

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Congress hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big confrontation. House Republicans don't have the appetite for it and can't even agree on what points to negotiate.

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House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

Friday, February 07, 2014

In politics, it often comes down to timing. And right now, the timing just isn't good for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

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Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.

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Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Report Creates Political Headache For Obama

Monday, February 03, 2014

A new State Department report that concludes the proposed 1,179-mile oil pipeline would not worsen global warming has alarmed environmentalists and increased the volume of Republican calls for its approval.

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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.

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