Illinois Congressman repays Uncle Sam for redecorating office

Illinois Congressman repays Uncle Sam for redecorating office

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey,” according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the Illinois decorating firm Euro Trash, and $5,000 more on […]

Is a lapse in DHS funding that big of a deal?

Is a lapse in DHS funding that big of a deal?

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about. Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they […]

Republicans moving to approve short-term DHS funding

Republicans moving to approve short-term DHS funding

Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal. Some House Republicans insisted the tactic would allow them to continue their fight against President Barack Obama’s executive directives granting work permits and deportation […]

Pot fight between DC, GOP could be messy, costly

Pot fight between DC, GOP could be messy, costly

The new mayor of the nation’s capital gave her constituents what they wanted — the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had little choice, given the overwhelming voter support for the legalization initiative and the unanimous opinion from her legal team that Congress couldn’t block it. “D.C. residents […]

Missouri auditor, governor candidate kills himself

Missouri auditor, governor candidate kills himself

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. Schweich’s death Thursday stunned many of Missouri’s top elected officials, who described him as a brilliant and devoted […]

Jeb Bush tells CPAC he’s really a conservative

Jeb Bush tells CPAC he’s really a conservative

Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials — tax cuts and smaller government as Florida’s governor — yet convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he’s one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His speech Friday in Washington follows those by conservative […]

Arrested Islamic extremists talked about shooting Obama

Arrested Islamic extremists talked about shooting Obama

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels,” federal authorities said. The men were among […]

Can Republicans find ‘Mr. Right’ for 2016?

Can Republicans find ‘Mr. Right’ for 2016?

Let’s say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they’ve got to have — and what they can do without. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign […]

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren’t ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding concessions from President […]

GOP may need Dems’ help on Homeland bill

GOP may need Dems’  help on Homeland bill

For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn’t like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and […]

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