House set to approve Keystone Pipeline XL bill

House set to approve Keystone Pipeline XL bill

House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. Friday’s vote will be the 10th time since July 2011 that the House has voted on legislation advancing the pipeline, and the outcome is […]

Congress, Obama: Let the fights begin

Congress, Obama: Let the fights begin

Not wasting any time, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama are setting course for showdowns over health care, a big oil pipeline, immigration policy and financing of the agency that tries to protect the U.S. from terrorists. At the same time, both insist they are eager for compromise — if only […]

New Congress gets quick veto threat from Obama

New Congress gets quick veto threat from Obama

In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years Tuesday, then ran straight into a White House veto threat against their top-priority legislation to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Republicans condemned the unexpected announcement, which came at the same time they were savoring […]

Can Obama and McConnell play nice?

Can Obama and McConnell play nice?

President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are warily looking for areas of agreement as they begin a new chapter in a relationship that is likely to remain frosty but businesslike. With both men trying to position their parties for 2016 elections to choose a successor to Obama, the president and the Senate […]

Republicans taking control in Congress

Republicans taking control in Congress

Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline, summoning unity despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat […]

Republicans throw up roadblocks to Medicaid expansion

Republicans throw up roadblocks to Medicaid expansion

Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose “Obamacare.” While some of these governors themselves have criticized the president’s health care law in general, they’ve come to see one component — Medicaid expansion — as too generous to reject. But […]

GOP House leader a speaker before white supremacists

GOP House leader a speaker before white supremacists

As Republicans struggle to attract more votes from minorities heading into the 2016 presidential election, a House GOP leader has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists, though his office denies any association with the group’s social views. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chamber’s third-ranking Republican, served in the Louisiana Legislature […]

Can the GOP keep control of the Senate in 2016?

Can the GOP keep control of the Senate in 2016?

Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority. In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats […]

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