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5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Much of what was in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address was signaled in the days leading into the speech. Even so, there were a few revealing moments.

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Survivor D.C.: Why One Top Official Will Skip The State Of The Union

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One member of Obama's Cabinet will be absent from the House chamber during the president's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Why? To ensure the continuity of federal government in the event of catastrophe.


5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The populist issue of income inequality will get a full airing in President Obama's fifth State of the Union speech. But immigration could run a close second in a speech designed to advance the president's second-term agenda.


State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

Monday, January 27, 2014

Guests who get an invitation to the annual State of the Union address tend to reflect the personal and political aims of the president. Some have won notice during important news events that define the times โ€” like the Boston Marathon bombing.


Why Washington Drives Mayors Crazy

Friday, January 24, 2014

Close to 300 of the nation's mayors have been meeting in Washington this week. They've found networking with their peers to be a lot more productive than trying to lobby Congress.


Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Even those who support decriminalizing marijuana were careful not to claim that Obama's remarks had altered the overall political dynamics of the debate.


Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

Friday, January 17, 2014

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.


For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection

Thursday, January 16, 2014

For President Obama and Senate Democrats, it's all about mutual aid. The president needs their support to achieve whatever of his remaining agenda he can get through Congress. They need him to help raise money for their re-election campaigns.


5 Takeaways From The Omnibus Spending Bill

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Regular order. That phrase refers to Congress conducting business in a methodical way, like it used to back before "dysfunctional" came to seem an official description of Washington. A new federal budget working its way through Congress could help restore regular order to Capitol Hill.


Nation's New Mayors Revive Big City Liberalism

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.


Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines โ€” For All The Wrong Reasons

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.


Will Bad Jobless Data Spur Action On Unemployment Insurance?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Just as the Senate seemed to descend into another round of partisan gridlock, this time over extending emergency jobless benefits, the arrival of a surprisingly weak December jobs report raised the pressure on lawmakers to act.


Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates doesn't spare Congress in his new memoir, comparing Capitol Hill hearings to "kangaroo courts," and even suggesting some members need mental health assistance.


How Media Outlets Sometimes Agree To Agree

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Certain issues brook no dissent. But how do media outlets decide if and when a strong enough consensus has emerged to safely dismiss other viewpoints?


2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. Between the broken promises, personal scandals and federal government shutdown, it was a year that left voters frustrated and, in some cases, appalled.

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5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

Friday, December 27, 2013

The 113th Congress has come to be defined more by what it failed to do than what it did. But the two warring parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill managed to accomplish a few things in 2013.


5 Things We Learned From The Budget Debate

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Among the takeaways from congressional votes to approve the bipartisan budget deal: Compromise happens, except on taxes and entitlements. And Congress still works. Well, sort of.


Bridge Controversy Could Take Toll On Chris Christie's Future

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Did petty politics lead to traffic-snarling lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge? That question, which has dogged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for weeks, could end up tarnishing his prospective 2016 presidential bid.

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New Year Likely To Ring In Old Debt Ceiling Fight

Monday, December 16, 2013

The good news is that the budget agreement moving through Congress takes another costly government shutdown off the table. The bad news? It looks like another debt ceiling clash is right around the corner.


Boehner Blasts Tea Party Groups Over Budget Deal Criticism

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The House speaker lashed out at conservative advocacy groups over their opposition to the budget agreement reached by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. His reaction comes not a moment too soon, as far as the speaker's allies are concerned.