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Another House GOP assault on Obamacare

Another House GOP assault on Obamacare

House Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law. The GOP-led chamber voted 248-179 to change the law’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week […]

Vote to release terror report summary due in Senate

Vote to release terror report summary due in Senate

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government’s actions after the 9/11 attacks. Even as Thursday’s vote neared, […]

Paul Ryan claims new GOP budget is balanced

Paul Ryan claims new GOP budget is balanced

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan’s plan would also cut Pell […]

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. […]

Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year. The 50-year-old from Michigan made the surprising announcement in a radio interview, saying he’d leave Washington when his seventh term […]

Democrats try long-shot tactic to force immigration vote

Democrats try long-shot tactic to force immigration vote

House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move Wednesday to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S illegally and tighten border security. The effort seemed doomed to fail but was designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans […]

Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

Senate once rejected what Obama now proposes for NSA

The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone records, The Associated Press has learned. One of those options, outlined in a classified 2011 NSA analysis and reviewed in detail during closed committee meetings, […]

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

If senators vote this week to release key sections of a voluminous report on terrorist interrogations, an already strained relationship between lawmakers and the CIA could become even more rancorous, and President Barack Obama might have to step into the fray. The Senate Intelligence Committee hopes that by publishing a 400-page summary of its contentious […]