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House trying to restore spending bill process

House trying to restore spending bill process

Lawmakers embarrassed by their inability to pass their annual spending bills the old-fashioned way are trying to get the broken budget process back on track. After the partial government shutdown…

Boehner faces three opponents in GOP primary

Boehner faces three opponents in GOP primary

John Boehner’s primary races are often about as challenging as a tap-in putt. However, the U.S. House speaker and avid golfer faces stepped-up competition back home this time. With three…

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…

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress returning to do as little actual work as possible

Congress gets back to work Monday after a two-week vacation, and it’s looking like lawmakers will do what they do best: the bare minimum. Forget immigration, a tax overhaul, stiffer…

Rep. Michael Grimm facing federal charges

Rep. Michael Grimm facing federal charges

The attorney representing Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm maintains that the congressman has done nothing wrong but says he’s not surprised his client is facing criminal charges from federal prosecutors.…

U.S. not giving up on Mideast peace…yet

U.S. not giving up on Mideast peace…yet

The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of State John Kerry’s ambitious, if perhaps quixotic, hope of ending the…

Social Security resuming benefit mailings

Social Security resuming benefit mailings

Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September,…

Sen. Warren details a working family’s woes

Sen. Warren details a working family’s woes

At the beginning of her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up. She was 12, living in Oklahoma with her family, and…

XL pipeline review delay will not delay politics

XL pipeline review delay will not delay politics

Democrats sweating this year’s elections may be hoping that the Obama administration’s latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the…

Some Democrats returning to the Obamacare fold

Some Democrats returning to the Obamacare fold

With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans…