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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.

Republicans Battle Over Government Funding, Responding To Obama On Immigration

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It’s an old story. Republican leadership wants to avoid a government shutdown, but the hard core conservatives want a fight, this time over the President’s immigration action. We have a week to see how it unfolds.

Ashton Carter Appears To Be Pick To Replace Hagel At Pentagon

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CNN is reporting that Ashton Carter, who formerly served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 until just last December and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics prior to that, will in all likelihood be named to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: Washington (CNN) — Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at […]

Mary Landrieu Looks Like She’s Headed For A Big Loss On Saturday

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With the fate of the Senate in the 114th Congress already decided, the Runoff Election in Louisiana isn’t getting nearly the attention it otherwise might have gotten had it become a race that could have decided the battle for control of the Senate, and that seems to be sealing the fate of Senator Mary Landrieu: […]

Would Congress Really Refuse To Invite Obama To Give The State Of The Union?

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Some on the right are suggesting that Congress retaliate against the President’s executive action on immigration by refusing to invite him to give the State Of The Union Address.

GOP Congressional Aide Resigns In Wake Of Remarks About Obama Daughters

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Public Relations 101: When you have a job in public relations, don’t say stupid things.

Americans Support The Substance Of Obama’s Immigration Policy, Not How He Implemented It

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the President’s changes to deportation policy, but don’t like that he acted unilaterally.

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own

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The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

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Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

The Richest Members Of Congress By State

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Vox is out with an interesting map of the richest Member of Congress in each state based on data collected by the people at Roll Call: (click to enlarge) As you’d expect, the list is dominated by Senators, but there are also quite a few members of the House on the list as well. Draw your […]

Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

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On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline For Now, Effectively Ends Mary Landrieu’s Political Career

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The Keystone XL pipeline bill is dead until the next Senate. Mary Landrieu’s political career, on the other hand, is basically dead for the foreseeable future.

President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

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If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

Keystone XL Likely To Pass Senate, But It Won’t Save Mary Landrieu

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Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will likely pass the Senate today, and will eventually go forward despite an expected Presidential veto. But, Mary Landrieu’s political career is still dead.

Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

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A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

Obama And McConnell Hold A Bourbon Summit

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This weekend’s cold open to Saturday Night Live pondered what an actual Bourbon Summit between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might look like:

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

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Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

Unless Congress Steps In To Authorize It, The President’s War Against ISIS Is Illegal

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As things stand right now, there is no legitimate legal authorization for the President’s war against ISIS, and that’s largely because Congress has failed to act.

Senator Mark Kirk Says He’s Not Retiring In 2016

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Republicans received some potentially good news today when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois brushed aside rumors that he might retire at the end of his current term: Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term. “No frickin’ way am I retiring,” he told […]

If Obama Pulls The Trigger On Executive Action, Republicans Have Limited Options

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Republicans don’t really have many options if the President pulls the trigger on immigration reform via executive action.

White House Hints At Content Of Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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The White House is now leaking out details of what seems like an inevitable decision by the President. How it plays out politically, though, is the big question.

John McCain Hinting He Will Run For Re-Election In 2016

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Setting aside long standing speculation of a retirement after more than 30 years in office between the House and the Senate, John McCain is hinting strongly that he will run for re-election in 2016: John McCain sure sounds like he’s running for reelection. The five-term Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee launched a new […]

Tammy Duckworth Blocked From Voting By Proxy In House Democratic Caucus Elections

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Outdated rules? It sure seems like it.

Will Congressional Republicans Listen To Their Base, Or To The American Public?

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Post-election polling shows that the majority of Americans want the new GOP majority in Congress to work together with the President. Republican voters have a very different view.

McConnell, Rest Of GOP Senate Leadership, Re-Elected Unanimously

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For all of the controversy that many in the media tried to drum up during the General Election about Republican candidates for the Senate who wouldn’t necessarily commit to supporting Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, and thus become Senate Majority Leader in January, he ended up being re-elected unanimously: Senate Republicans have […]

Will Keystone XL Save Mary Landrieu’s Senate Seat? Probably Not

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Mary Landrieu’s Keystone XL Hail Mary isn’t going to save her.

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Republican Dan Sullivan, An Eighth GOP Pickup

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A week after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, representing another Republican pickup assuming that the result holds through the official count: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes […]

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

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Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

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The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

A (Mostly) Solid Republican South, At Least For Now

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The GOP is dominant in the Southern United States, but it’s unlikely to last as long as Democratic dominance of the region did.

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic

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President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

Obama To Nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

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Later today, President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, who has served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York under two Presidents, as the next Attorney General of the United States: WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, […]

What Happened In Virginia?

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Trying to explain one of the biggest surprises of Election Night 2014.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

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Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

Democrats Already Abandoning Mary Landrieu?

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The party’s loss of Senate control has basically sealed Landrieu’s fate.

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