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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.

America’s Least Latino State Elected Its First Latino Congressman

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West Virginia is, demographically speaking, the least Latino state in the Union, but on Tuesday it elected its first Latino Member of Congress: The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of […]

Alaska Television Station Aired More Than 16,000 Political Ads In 2014

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A television station in Alaska has the distinction of having aired an amazing number of ads this election season: KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, wins the award for most Senate ads aired in the 2014 election cycle. The station played 13,200 Senate ads in 2014 through Oct. 27, according to data analysis from […]

Minimum Wage Initiatives Win At Ballot Box, But Fail To Help Democrats Politically

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Increasing the minimum wage proved to be popular at the ballot box Tuesday, unsurprisingly, However, it did not help Democrats on the same ballot.

Not Surprisingly, Angus King And Joe Manchin Are Staying Where They Are

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Despite speculation, both Angus King and Joe Manchin will stay with the Democratic caucus. And that makes sense for both of them.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

Senator Tim Scott Makes History In South Carolina

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Among the victories last night that wasn’t a surprise was one that is historically significant, in that Senator Tim Scott became the first African-American elected to the Senate from one of the states of the Confederacy since Reconstruction ended some 138 years ago: Washington (CNN) — South Carolina’s Tim Scott on Tuesday became the first […]

Republicans Expand House Majority

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The GOP added to its majority in the House, giving it the biggest majority it has had since Truman was President.

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

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2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Virginia Senate Race Shockingly Too Close To Call, Likely Headed For Recount

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Arguably the most surprising Senate race of 2014 was in Virginia, and it’s not over yet.

McConnell Wins Re-Election Easily

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Senate Minority Leader has won election to a sixth term in a race that proved to be far easier for him than had been suspected, and he’s on the verge of becoming the Senate Majority Leader: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held off Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Tuesday’s election to win a […]

Election Night Coverage and Miscellany

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I don’t anticipate that we’ll be obsessively blogging the results of every race tonight, but there will likely be posts about individual race results, especially if there are significant surprises somewhere in the country. If you’re looking to keep track of the results tonight online, though, Politico and The New York Times both have good […]

House GOP Caucus Could Become Just A Bit More Diverse After Tonight

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Tonight’s elections could bring some small degree of diversity to the House Republican Caucus, including possibly its first African-American female and its first openly gay Member of Congress: House Republicans are expected to expand their majority in Tuesday’s election in part by welcoming a new crop of fiery conservatives – but also by adding something […]

Supreme Court Rejects Legal Challenge To Filibuster

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a case challenging the Constitutionality of the Senate filibuster.

Eliminate Midterm Elections? Only If You Want To Make Congress Even Less Representative

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Two Duke University academics make an incredibly weak, ultimately unpersuasive, argument in favor of eliminating midterm elections by changing the length of Congressional terms.

Tom Harkin: Joni Ernst “As Good Looking As Taylor Swift”

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Outgoing Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is raising some eyebrows over comments he made about the Republican running to replace him: Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst may be “as good looking as Taylor Swift,” but she’s the wrong choice for Iowans, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said at a recent event. Buzzfeed on Sunday night flagged Harkin’s […]

Do We Need A Bigger House Of Representatives?

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Would increasing the size of the House of Representatives be the cure for what ails Congress?

What If Republicans Don’t Win Control Of The Senate?

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The odds say that the GOP will end up with a Senate majority in the 114th Congress when all the votes are counted, but if it doesn’t happen then there’s likely to be quite a battle inside the GOP.

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

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Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

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