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Now that they control all of Congress, some Republicans are suddenly deciding that the filibuster should be repealed.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

Senate Confirms Controversial Surgeon General Nominee Vivek Murthy

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After nearly a year during which his nomination was blocked by Republicans working together with the National Rifle Association, President Obama’s choice for Surgeon General has been confirmed: President Obama’s pick to serve as the next surgeon general was confirmed Monday evening more than a year and half after being nominated, the first of nearly […]

Senate Passes Spending Bill As Ted Cruz Maneuver Helps Democrats Pass Nominations

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As expected, the Senate passed the so-called “Cromnibus,” but not before a self-aggrandizing maneuver by Ted Cruz ended up being exploited by Democrats to pass outstanding nominations.

Politinerds Radio: Congressman Richard Hanna

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On this week’s episode of Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Congressman Richard Hanna, a Republican representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District, a District in Central New York State that stretches from the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario south to the New York-Pennsylvania border south of Binghamtom. Congressman Hanna has been in office since being […]

Despite Last Minute Drama, House Narrowly Passes Bill To Fund Most Of The Government

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Despite opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, the compromise budget resolution passed narrowly last night, but not without some last minute drama

Republicans Seek To Use Budget To Block D.C. Marijuana Legalization

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The budget bill Congress set to pass Congress would effectively reverse the will of the voters of Washington, D.C., who just voted to legalize marijuana.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely

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Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Congress Reaches Budget Deal, Delays Immigration Fight For Another Day

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It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History

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A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

Republican Senators Split On Whether To Reinstate Old Filibuster Rules

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The GOP Senate Caucus seems to be split on whether or not to reinstate the filibuster for Presidential and Judicial appointments.

GOP House Majority Largest In 67 Years

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In addition to picking up another Senate seat in yesterday’s Louisiana runoff, the GOP also won two House races, thus giving Republicans their biggest majority since Harry Truman was President and, depending on the result of a race in Arizona that is still too close to call, perhaps its biggest majority since 1929: Republicans will […]

House Passes Pointless, Doomed Bill To Protest Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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The House approved a bill to protest the President’s executive action on immigration that will go nowhere. The question is whether it will placate the right.

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