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Happy birthday to us

Happy birthday to us

Capitol Hill Blue is 16 years old this morning. That’s right: 16. In Internet terms, that’s a lifetime…and more. This experiment in web political journalism began on October 1, 1994: Long before the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Politico and others. Many politcal news web sites that followed us vanished years ago in cyber ether. […]

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

And they’re off! Gridlocked Congress leaves town

Battle-weary members of Congress are coming soon to neighborhoods near you to press for re-election, more eager to campaign before angry constituents than compromise in Washington on tax cuts, child nutrition or a federal budget. Majority Democrats facing tough re-election fights rebelled in both chambers Wednesday against their leaders’ decisions to call off controversial votes, […]

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to send Democrats home to campaign with the strongest possible closing argument, said Friday she is considering calling a vote on extending middle-class tax cuts next week. Democrats, however, are divided on whether forcing a recorded vote on the issue before congressional elections in November would be politically helpful […]

Angry independents add up to doom for Democrats

Angry independents add up to doom for Democrats

For the upcoming midterm elections, the theme is — once again — change but the change voters want is something Democrats ain’t offering. And Democrats face an increasing number of independents who say they are mad as hell about the way Democrats are running the country and they want change in Congress. In fact, independents […]

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in January has sparked a partisan bickering match this election season, and much of the rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans is misleading. A look at three prominent arguments, sorting the spin from the facts: ___ THE SPIN: Republicans warn that America faces the largest tax increase ever if […]

Democrats: Yeah, we’re bad but Republicans are worse

Democrats: Yeah, we’re bad but Republicans are worse

With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that’s more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse. The strategy requires an autumn influx of voters willing to […]

Democrats want to tap voter anger over lost jobs

Democrats want to tap voter anger over lost jobs

Businessman Randy Altschuler had barely won a Republican primary for Congress when New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop unleashed a television ad christening him an “outsourcing pioneer” who sent jobs overseas while millions of Americans struggle. “The company is really about Sri Lanka, the Philippines, wherever we could find the best talent,” Altschuler is shown […]

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

Democrats jump on tax cut bandwagon

More Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday in calling for the preservation of tax breaks for Americans of every income level, bolting this election season from President Barack Obama’s plan to preserve cuts for families who earn less than $250,000 and let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans. But Obama placed the blame for the stalled […]

Congressional pork could doom Pentagon cost-cutting

Congressional pork could doom Pentagon cost-cutting

The Pentagon will unveil new rules later on Tuesday aimed at ending years of massive cost overruns on major weapons programs, but congressional efforts to protect home-district jobs may turn Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ cost-cutting drive into his toughest battle yet. Gates and chief weapons buyer Ashton Carter are due to announce the next steps […]

Boehner will support middle-class tax cuts…but

Boehner will support middle-class tax cuts…but

House Minority Leader John Boehner says he would vote for President Obama’s plan to extend tax cuts only for middle-class earners, not the wealthy, if that were the only option available to House Republicans. Boehner, R-Ohio, said it is “bad policy” to exclude the highest-earning Americans from tax relief during the recession, and later Sunday […]