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New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

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As expected, New Jersey’s senior Senator has been indicted.

Citing Fifth Amendment, Justice Department Declines To Prosecute Lois Lerner For Contempt

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The Justice Department will not pursue contempt charges against Lois Lerner because it has determined that she did not waive her rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

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Harry Reid made outlandish claims about Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. He probably knew they were lies when he made them. And he doesn’t care.

Tammy Duckworth To Run Against Mark Kirk In 2016

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who defeated Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in 2012, will run against Republican Senator Mark Kirk in 2016: WASHINGTON – Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., will announce a 2016 Senate bid likely on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. She is aiming to win the Democratic nomination to run against […]

Harry Reid Retiring From Senate

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After nearly 20 years in office, Harry Reid announced early today that he would not seek reelection in 2016.

Indiana Senator Dan Coats To Retire

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Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats announced today that he will not be running for re-election in 2016: Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana will not seek another term in office, he said Tuesday. Coats told the political news website Indy Politics that his age and his preference to legislate rather than campaign both played a […]

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

Rand Paul Tries To Explain Why He Signed The Cotton Letter To Iran, And Fails

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Rand Paul now says he signed the Cotton Letter to strengthen the Administration’s bargaining position.

Senate GOP’s Letter To Iran Likely To Achieve Exactly The Opposite Of What It Intends

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Senate Republicans have done more harm to the goal of stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons than they have done good.

Senator Bob Menendez To Reportedly Face Federal Corruption Charges

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A powerful Democratic Senator looks like he’s about to be in a whole lot of trouble.

Republican Congressional Leaders Skipping Selma Anniversary

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Another tone deaf action from leading Republicans.

After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill

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As expected, Republicans have caved in the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans Suddenly Discover They’re Against The Filibuster

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Now that they control all of Congress, some Republicans are suddenly deciding that the filibuster should be repealed.

Supreme Court Justices Skeptical Of Non-Legislative Redistricting

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The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down state laws that take redistricting completely out of the hands of state legislatures.

Barbara Mikulski Will Not Run For Re-Election In 2016

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Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in Congressional history, has announced that she will not seek re-election in 2016: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, announced at a news conference Monday that she will retire from the Senate after five terms in office, three people familiar with her plans said. […]

Congress Punts DHS Funding Bill For Seven Days

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Another lesson in incompetence in governing from House Republicans.

Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

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Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Republicans Ready To Cave On DHS Funding?

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With three days to go, there are signs the GOP is ready to give up on its showdown over DHS funding.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s Decision To Invite Netanyahu To Speak Before Congress

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By a wide margin Americans think it was wrong of the GOP to invite Israel’s Prime Minister to speak to Congress.

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

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President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

Netanyahu Reportedly Considering Canceling Speech To Congress

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently realizing that speaking to Congress may not be a good idea after all.

Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Becoming Even More Of A Partisan Football

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s speech to Congress is becoming even more partisan, much to the apparent chagrin of the Israelis.

Democrats Consider Boycott Of Netanyahu Speech To Congress

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Some Congressional Democrats are considering skipping a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Session Of Congress.

House Votes To Repeal Obamacare Again

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The House voted to repeal the PPACA for the 56th time, but it’s clear that this vote will end up being a pointless as all the others.

Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

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Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

John McCain Calls Hearing Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’

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John McCain is not a fan of Code Pink.

Congress Is Making The U.S.-Israeli Relationship Even More Partisan

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By inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, Republicans are damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

House Republicans Drop Abortion Bill Vote At Last Minute, And It Was Smart Politics To Do So

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The House was set to vote on a ban on abortion after 20 weeks that never would have become law today but they pulled the bill. Conservatives are annoyed, but it was smart politics in the long run.

An ‘Ambitious’ Yet Pointless State Of The Union, And An Utterly Pointless Response

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The State Of The Union Address was more of the same, and the same will be true of Washington going forward.

Feel Free To Skip The State Of The Union Address

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There’s really no point in watching tonight’s speech.

Why The GOP Is Likely To Cave In The Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Law Changes

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Even with a House and Senate majority, the GOP is unlikely to get what it wants in its current immigration battle with the President.

House Vote, Nebraska Court Decision Push Keystone XL Forward But Obama Continues To Dither

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President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL is apparently to delay things long enough so he doesn’t have to decide at all.

Joe Manchin Mulls Leaving Senate To Run For Governor Again

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West Virginia’s Joe Manchin is reportedly mulling leaving the Senate to run once again for a job where he’d have the ability to actually accomplish something.

Barbara Boxer Retiring At End of Term

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Senator Barbara Boxer has announced she will not run again in 2016. AP (“California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to Retire“): California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election […]

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?

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The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

Saxby Chambliss Transforms From Senator To Lobbyist In Less Than A Week

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It took less than a week for former Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss to land a new job: Congratulations to former Sen. Saxby Chambliss on his new job at K Street lobbying firm DLA Piper. The firm announced today that Chambliss is joining as a partner, a couple of days after he left the “world’s greatest […]

Obama And Congress Headed For First Confrontation Over Keystone XL Pipeline

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Just one day into the new Congress, the first confrontation is already set.

Boehner Strips Foes of Plum Posts

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You come at the king, you best not miss.

John Boehner Fends Off Yet Another Quixotic Tea Party Challenge

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In the end, the Tea Party challenge to John Boehner was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Tea Party Crowd Launching Another Phony “Challenge” To John Boehner

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Several Tea Party backed Members of Congress claim to be challenging John Boehner in tomorrow’s vote for Speaker. They are, of course, delusional.

Looking to the New Congress

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NPR has a short piece on the coming Congress that is worth a read:  Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress. The piece counters what it perceives as the conventional wisdom on the coming Republican control of both chambers: 1. Republicans are going to have to show they can govern. [...] 2. House Democrats will […]

Congressman Michael Grimm To Resign

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A week after pleading guilty, and just shy of two months of being re-elected despite facing a 20 count indictment, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm will be resigning Congress: WASHINGTON — Michael G. Grimm, the Republican Party’s lone congressional representative in New York City, announced late Monday night that he would resign effective Jan. 5, […]

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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Some eight months after being indicted, Michael Grimm, the only Republican representing a Congressional District inside New York City, has plead guilty to a single count of tax evasion, raising questions about how he can continue in office: A former Marine and agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who first ran for office as […]

GOP Wins Last Outstanding House Seat, Has Largest Majority Since 1928 Elections

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The final undecided House election of 2014 was decided yesterday in Arizona, and it gives the GOP another pickup and its biggest House majority in eighty-six years: Republicans clinched their 247th U.S. House seat on Wednesday when GOP challenger Martha McSally officially unseated Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), bringing to an end the final unresolved congressional […]

Obama’s Cuba Policy Shift Faces Headwinds On Capitol Hill

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The fate of Cuba policy in Congress is far from certain, but what is certain is that following through on President Obama’s historic and necessary changes will face resistance.

American Held By Cuba Released, U.S. And Cuba To Begin Talks On Normalizing Relations

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An American freed from captivity, and potentially huge changes in America’s diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba.

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President, But Don’t Expect The Speculation To End Soon

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President, and she is unlikely to change her mind on that. Nonetheless, the speculation that she is will continue for some time to come because it suits her interests and the interests of others.

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