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Congress braced to face angry voters during August recess

Congress braced to face angry voters during August recess

With Congress home for the month-long August recess, political advisers warn both incumbents and potential challengers for House and Senate seats that handling increasingly hostile public reaction will be crucial in determining outlook for next year’s mid-term elections. Public opinion ratings for Congress is at an all-time low and voter anger is directed at both […]

Democrats and Republicans alike worry about Obamacare

Democrats and Republicans alike worry about Obamacare

Seems all sides are nervous about Obamacare. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Friday for the 40th time to repeal parts or all of the health care “reform” law, this time saying the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service can’t do anything when it comes to the act. In Milwaukee, Democratic governors admit they are nervous […]

Dire warnings against standoff

Dire warnings against standoff

The nation’s governors have a warning for President Barack Obama and Congress: A fiscal standoff in Washington this fall could be catastrophic for states already feeling the fallout of sweeping cuts in federal spending. “When there’s uncertainty in Washington, D.C., that uncertainty can affect our economic climate and revenue growth,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a […]

Al-Qaida attack looming?

Al-Qaida attack looming?

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend. The alert was the first of its kind since an announcement preceding the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This one […]

Obama faces spying critics

Obama faces spying critics

Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations on the intelligence effort appear increasingly likely. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office […]

40th vote to repeal Obamacare?

40th vote to repeal Obamacare?

Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any part of the law they call “Obamacare.” It’ll mark the 40th vote […]

Budgets? What budgets?

Budgets? What budgets?

Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding. The House’s chief accomplishment for the week was a bipartisan Wednesday vote to deal with spiking student loan interest […]

Road bill hits GOP pothole

Road bill hits GOP pothole

A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill appeared likely to fall prey Thursday to a filibuster by Republicans unhappy that the legislation breaks through budget limits required by automatic spending cuts known […]