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Congrss “inching” towards deal on federal budget

Congrss “inching” towards deal on federal budget

Congressional budget negotiators are zeroing in on a modest deal to keep the federal government operating while easing the grip of the mandatory automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. With…

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical…

Republicans oppose renewing jobless benefits

Republicans oppose renewing jobless benefits

Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.…

Both parties hope veterans can win in 2014

Both parties hope veterans can win in 2014

When he meets voters in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, former Army Ranger Kevin Strouse recounts how he helped clear a city block in Iraq during the rescue of prisoner of…

Florida GOP to Rep. Radel: Resign now

Florida GOP to Rep. Radel: Resign now

The Republican Party of Florida called on Republican Congressman Henry “Trey” Radel on Monday to resign after he pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. Lenny…

More sanctions ahead if Iran deal falls apart

More sanctions ahead if Iran deal falls apart

Lawmakers are making contingency plans for what happens if — or when — the nuclear accord with Iran falls apart. Congress is out of town through the end of the…

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party’s core liberal activists dispirited by the troubled rollout of the health…

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Democrats kill off filibusters in Senate

Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate’s hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made…

Budget negotiators looking at two-year deal to end showdowns

Budget negotiators looking at two-year deal to end showdowns

U.S. budget talks are aiming for a two-year deal that would end divisive fiscal showdowns that have plagued Congress since 2011, while also easing the severe across-the-board spending cuts that…

Congressman cops plea for cocaine possession

Congressman cops plea for cocaine possession

First-term US congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. The Florida Republican, 37, was arraigned in Washington…