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Seeking A Boost: Italy To Include Cocaine Sales In GDP Numbers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Faced with a weak economy and a need to improve Italy's debt ratio, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government will include illegal drug sales and prostitution when it figures the country's gross domestic product.

That's according to a report from Bloomberg News, which says:

"Renzi, 39, is committed to narrowing ...


House Defense Bill: Military DREAMers Out, Climate Science Ban In

Thursday, May 22, 2014

House Republican leadership decided Thursday that it was inappropriate to insert a provision in the defense authorization bill allowing DREAMers — immigrants brought to this country illegally as children — to earn permanent residency by serving in the military.

At the same time, leaders allowed to the floor an ...


Democratic Team Picked For Benghazi Panel

Thursday, May 22, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Democrats to the special committee investigating the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya in 2012. There have already been 8 probes into the attacks.


House Panel Rejects Military Dream Act

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The proposal would allow undocumented adults who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, and start on a path to citizenship. The House Rules Committee won't let it come to a vote.


Calif. GOP Congressman Pushes 'Military DREAMer' Act

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A normally routine House Rules Committee meeting Tuesday could showcase the ongoing battle over immigration reform within the Republican Party.

California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham wants immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children — often referred to as "DREAMers," after a legislative acronym — to be able ...


Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? The answer seems obvious, yet the question remains relevant for an obscure federal agency still pursuing its Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

Say you wanted to know more about supersonic ...


Why The Benghazi Committee Is A Rare Win-Win-Win For Congress

Friday, May 09, 2014

As hopeful Republicans anticipate how their new select committee will get the Benghazi issue a full airing, and as Democrats gnash their teeth at what they're calling a political stunt, here's another possible scenario: It won't make much difference either way.

The new committee has subpoena power — just like ...


Boehner Plays It Loose With His Speakership At Stake

Sunday, May 04, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner is almost certain to win re-election in his suburban Cincinnati district, but that will only get him back to Congress.

To get another term as speaker, he'll need to win a floor vote that doesn't happen until January — and Boehner's prospects in that contest are ...


Jeb Bush Treads Fine Line With Latest 2016 Hint

Thursday, April 24, 2014

For political junkies reading the 2016 tea leaves, Jeb Bush offers this newly emptied cup: "I'm thinking about running for president."

That's the report from an attendee of Wednesday's closed-door Catholic Charities fundraiser in New York to Fox News, who said this was in response to a question about ...


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

It's a classic example of supply and demand: How much would you pay for a bottle of fresh air in one of the world's most polluted cities?

When Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned home from a vacation in France, he brought with him a jar of clean air he had ...


Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Among the alleged crimes committed by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups: singling out Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's nonprofit group that spent $165 million in the last election attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.

That's according to House Republicans pushing ...


The Ryan Budget, Coming To A Campaign Near You

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans both can find plenty to love in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's new plan.

For conservatives, there's the promise of a balanced budget by 2024; a repeal of Obamacare; cuts and structural changes to Medicaid totaling $732 billion in savings; a subsidized alternative ...


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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

There are budget earmarks from powerful congressmen, earmarks from not-so-powerful congressmen and, as it turns out for an old mining town in Pennsylvania's Appalachians, there's even an earmark from a long-dead congressman.

In the 1960s and 70s, powerful Democrat Daniel Flood worked to find a federal government buyer for the ...


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

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

What might have been a routine update on the state of the federal budget Tuesday instead became the newest front in the ongoing political war over President Obama's signature health care law.

At issue: a revised estimate about how many people would voluntarily leave the workforce because they can get ...


RNC Approves New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Friday, January 24, 2014

If the primary calendar played a role in the GOP's defeat in the 2012 presidential election, that part, at least, is now fixed.

By a vote of 153-9, the Republican National Committee approved rules changes Friday designed to start the 2016 primary season in February and end it as early ...


GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Monday, December 30, 2013

A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process.

The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved ...


Immigration Advocates Face Hurdles In GOP House Districts

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Want to understand why House Republicans aren't onboard with an immigration overhaul? Take a close look at the districts they represent.

Hispanics today make up 17 percent of the nation's population and are the fastest-growing ethnic group. But an NPR analysis of U.S. census data shows they live disproportionately in ...


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

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The nation's biggest labor group is taking its support for an immigration overhaul to the TV airwaves, with Spanish-language ads that hammer Republican House members.

One ad uses the words of three GOP members. There's Steve King of Iowa saying: "They're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the ...


GOP Establishment Digs Deep For Alabama Special Election

Friday, November 01, 2013

If the Republican establishment doesn't get its preferred candidate in Tuesday's Alabama special congressional runoff election, it won't be for want of an overwhelming cash advantage.

Bradley Byrne, a former head of the state's community college system, has outraised Tea Party favorite Dean Young $689,000 to $260,000, according to the ...