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Bachmann Wants Earmarks Redefined To Exclude Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party in recent days has rallied around the idea, pushed prominently by Tea Party activists, that Congress should resist earmarks, those pork-barrel projects that help filter money back to home districts. But even as they publicly push a moratorium on the practice, some in the caucus are looking for a way […]

New clobbers old on Capitol Hill

New clobbers old on Capitol Hill

Old and new Washington collided on Capitol Hill Monday, and new won. Within moments of flicking on the Senate lights, Sen. Mitch McConnell announced that when it came to pork barrel politics he had changed his mind. The Senate’s staunchest fan of so-called earmarks reversed course and supported a ban on those special spending requests, […]

McConnell flips and backs ban on pork barrel spending

McConnell flips and backs ban on pork barrel spending

Congress’ most unapologetic fan of big-money politics is backing a ban on pork-barrel earmarks and avoiding an early battle with conservative senators who had threatened to force a vote on the matter. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has long defended the practice of designating money for home-state projects, said he was heeding the message […]

Murkowski leading by 1,706 votes as the count continues

Murkowski leading by 1,706 votes as the count continues

Election workers are scheduled to continue counting ballots in Alaska’s still-undecided Senate race. About 8,800 ballots were to be tallied on Tuesday, a day after election officials said Sen. Lisa Murkowski had emerged from several days of counting with a 1,706 vote lead over GOP nominee Joe Miller. Murkowski waged a write-in campaign after losing […]

He’s Back! Kal Penn Returns To White House

Kal Penn is back at the White House. The actor who played Kumar in the “Harold and Kumar” film series worked on Monday at the Office of Public Engagement, ABC News reports. Penn “will be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities,” a spokesman said. […]

Incoming GOP Rep Who Campaigned Against ‘Obamacare’ Demands Government Health Care Without 28-Day Waiting Period

A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan from the government takes a month to kick in. Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously […]

Hope fades for shoot-from-the-lip tea party candidate

Hope fades for shoot-from-the-lip tea party candidate

Two weeks after decisive US mid-term polls, a controversial Tea Party member is clinging to hopes of election in Alaska despite growing signs his bid to become a senator on a technicality has failed. In the state which gave the world Sarah Palin, Joe Miller is battling to oust incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, notably by […]

U.S. Preparing To Expand Yemen Operation, Open Long-Term Bases

The U.S. is preparing for an expanded campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen, mobilizing military and intelligence resources to enable Yemeni and American strikes and drawing up a longer-term proposal to establish Yemeni bases in remote areas where militants operate. The developments are part of a U.S. scramble to step up the hunt for members […]

John McCain Backs Billions In Defense Cuts

(Reuters) – Senator John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said billions of dollars could be saved from the defense budget by cutting lawmakers’ pet projects, known as earmarks, and fixing troubled arms programs. McCain told a foreign policy forum on Monday that he is confident Defense Secretary Robert Gates will […]