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Congress ends another do-nothing term

Congress ends another do-nothing term

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.…

Mitch McConnell achieves a major goal

Mitch McConnell achieves a major goal

As a child, Mitch McConnell contracted and largely beat polio. He was student president in high school, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky law school. He’s never…

Asbostos accident closes parts of U.S. Capitol

Asbostos accident closes parts of U.S. Capitol

An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day’s session for two hours.…

Sen. Menendez thinks Cuba sparked fed probe

Sen. Menendez thinks Cuba sparked fed probe

Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday that he has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Cuban government had a role in allegations against him that have made him a…

New Republican leaders for a divided House

New Republican leaders for a divided House

Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor’s No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in…

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

GOP derails minimum wage increase in Senate

Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major…

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Senate set to kill minimum wage increase bill

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage. Democrats,…

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Senate nears election-year mininum wage vote

Win or lose — and they’ll probably lose — Democrats hope this week’s Senate showdown over raising the federal minimum wage reaps them benefits in November’s congressional elections. Whether they’ll…

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in…

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

Not everyone benefits from minimum wage increases

Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the…

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