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Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Former Congressman And Republican Leader Bob Michel Dies At 93

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Former Congressman Bob Michael, who served as House Republican Leader during a prolonged period when the party was in the minority, has died at the age of 93: Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked […]

Chaos Continues As Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws

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The President’s choice for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, but this is just the latest example of what has been a transition that has largely consisted of fumble after fumble by the Trump team.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Republicans Looking At Plans To Break Up The Ninth Circuit

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Independent of the current controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration order, Republicans in Congress are looking at a plan to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former Presidential Candidates Emerging As Candidates For Senate In 2018

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Several former candidates for President are emerging as potential candidates for Senate.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange Named To Replace Jeff Sessions In Senate

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With Jeff Sessions now confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General, it falls to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to name a replacement and he has selected Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the role: Gov. Robert Bentley today announced he has selected state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate. […]

Judge Gorsuch Parts With Trump On Attacks On Judiciary

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Judge Gorsuch isn’t much of a fan of Donald Trump’s comments about the judiciary.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Silenced By Senate During Debate On Sessions Nomination

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There were fireworks on the floor of the Senate last night, but it was really just politics as usual.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Secretary Of Education After Tie-Breaking Vote By Mike Pence

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Despite two Republican defections, Betsy DeVos was confirmed today as Secretary of Education.

Republicans Against Legal Immigration

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Two Republican Senators are introducing legislation that would result in drastic reductions in the number of people allowed into the country legally.

Democrats United In Opposition To Virtually All Remaining Trump Cabinet Nominees

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Senate Democrats are set to almost unanimously oppose virtually all of the Trump Cabinet nominees yet to be voted on.

Repealing Obamacare Proving To Be Harder Than GOP Thought

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Repeal and replace is likely to take longer than many Republicans thought it would, but that shouldn’t be surprising.

How Should Democrats Respond To The Gorsuch Nomination?

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In the end, an effort by Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court does not seem like a good use of their rather limited options.

Betsy DeVos Nomination At 50-50 After Two GOP Defections

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The nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education appears to be somewhat imperiled, and would appear to require a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Pence to make it through the Senate: Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said […]

Trump Appointee Monica Crowley Faces Further Plagiarism Allegations

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First it was her book, then it was her Ph.D. dissertation, now we’ve learned that Donald Trump National Security nominee Monica Crowley appears to have plagiarized at least fifty times in columns she wrote for The Washington Times: Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick for a senior national security communications role, plagiarized multiple sources in some of her […]

Joe Biden On The Verge Of Setting A Record For Vice-Presidents

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Unless something happens in the next ten days, Joe Biden will become the first two-term Vice-President who didn’t need to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

Key Republicans Pushing To Have Obamacare Replacement In Place Before Voting On Repeal

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With repeal of the Affordable Care Act now likely sooner rather than later, key Republicans are urging the party to have a replacement in place before repeal is voted on.

Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump On International Trade Policies

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In a break with President-Elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Congress would block any effort to increase tariffs.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

New Senate Democratic Leader Regrets Supporting Filibuster Reform

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The new leader of the Senate’s Democrats says he regrets supporting the filibuster reforms his party passed in 2013.

House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Congressional Ethics Board (Update: GOP Pulls Rules Change At Last Minute)

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On the eve of the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted to gut a key office charged with investigating Congressional ethics.

Roy Moore For Senate?

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Assuming that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General next month, which is pretty much certain, then Alabama’s Governor will have the responsibility of naming a replacement to fill his seat until a Special Election can be held. Unfortunately, one of the names he’s apparently considering is someone who clearly doesn’t belong in […]

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

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The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Republican John Kennedy Wins Louisiana Senate Runoff

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An unsurprising win in the Pelican State.

Nancy Pelosi Beats Back Challenge For Leadership Of House Democrats

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To the surprise of nobody who paid attention, Nancy Pelosi won re-election as leader of the House Democrats.

Jon Huntsman For Senate?

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Jon Huntsman, who served as Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China, and ran for President in 2012, is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018: Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said he’s weighing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, depending in part on whether fellow Republican Orrin Hatch decides […]

Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Potential Trump Nominees

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is speaking out against several of President-Elect Trump’s proposed Cabinet nominees.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Senate Over Merrick Garland Nomination

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A Federal Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that tried to make an end-run around the Senate and put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court.

Key Republican Senators Come Out Against Elimination Of The Filibuster

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Senior Republican Senators are throwing cold water on the idea of eliminating the filibuster.

After Election Losses, Democrats Battle For Some Top Leadership Positions

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In what seems like a replay of the primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, some top Democratic Party leadership positions may be in jeopardy.

No, The Democratic Party Is Not ‘Decimated’

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Reports of the demise of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated.

Chelsea Clinton Being ‘Groomed’ For Congress, Reports Say

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No, the Clinton dynasty isn’t dead just yet.

Maggie Hassan Defeats Kelly Ayotte In New Hampshire

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It won’t change the balance of power in the Senate, but New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has defeated Kelly Ayotte to capture New Hampshire’s Senate seat for the Democrats: CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has unseated Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in one of the most competitive and closely watched […]

Republicans Maintain Control Of Senate

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Defying the odds, Republicans held on in several traditionally Democratic states to keep control of the Senate.

2016 Congressional Election Predictions

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My predictions for the House and Senate.

Would Senate Republicans Really Block Any Supreme Court Nomination Hillary Clinton Makes?

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Two Republican Senators are exchanging barbs over the idea that the GOP should block any attempt by Hillary Clinton to nominate anyone to the Supreme Court if she becomes President.

Down-Ballot Republicans Campaigning As If Clinton Has Already Won

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Republican candidates for the Senate and House are campaigning on the argument that they will be a bulwark against a Clinton Presidency.

John McCain Says Republicans Will Refuse To Confirm Any Clinton SCOTUS Nominee

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John McCain said that Senate Republicans will unite to block any Supreme Court appointment by a President Hillary Clinton.

Paul Ryan Won’t Campaign For Donald Trump

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Paul Ryan is abandoning the Trump campaign.

Democratic Hopes Of Winning Back The Senate Seem To Be Slipping Away

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Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate aren’t going so well at the moment.

Republicans Vow To Continue Investigations Even If Hillary Clinton Wins The White House

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House Republicans are vowing to continue their investigations even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House.

John McCain Cruises To Primary Victory

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As expected, John McCain easily defeated his primary opponent yesterday.

Marco Rubio Easily Wins Florida Senate Primary

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As expected, Marco Rubio easily won the primary for his Senate seat. The General Election battle, though, promises to be more difficult.

Keeping Control Of The Senate Just Got More Difficult For Republicans

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GOP control of Indiana’s Senate seat appears to be in jeopardy, and that will have serious implications for the battle to control the Senate.

GOP Control Of The Senate At Risk As Trump Flounders

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With Donald Trump floundering, there are a whole lot of nervous Republican Senators up for re-election.

Paul Ryan Easily Wins Primary

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Notwithstanding a push by Trump supporters and hard right pundits, House Speaker Paul Ryan easily won his primary challenge last night: WASHINGTON — The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday, defeating a political newcomer who had received a late surge of attention after being praised by Donald […]

New York Republican Congressman Announces He’s Voting For Clinton

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Retiring Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York has announced that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton for President: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” Hanna […]

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