Boehner defies Obama with Netanyhu invitation

Boehner defies Obama with Netanyhu invitation

Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he’s invited Israel’s prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran. Boehner’s decision to bring Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 seemed to catch the White House by surprise. And it […]

Any future out there for Democrats?

Any future out there for Democrats?

Congressional Democrats are in retreat in more ways than one this week. As Democratic senators gather in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party faces diminished powers in Congress, GOP dominance in many states and a shrinking pool of potential candidates for future elections. In the November elections, Democrats lost their eight-year […]

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democratic congressional leaders plan on Monday to unveil proposed legislation to boost the middle class by giving many families a tax cut that would be countered by a fee on financial transactions and reduced tax benefits for the top 1 percent of earners, the Washington Post reported. The plan, which Representative Chris Van Hollen of […]

Obama facing decision time on Keystone XL pipeline

Obama facing decision time on Keystone XL pipeline

Republicans in Congress and a state supreme court have thrown the political hot potato known as Keystone XL straight back onto President Barack Obama’s lap. So loath is Obama to making a decision about the proposed oil pipeline that deliberations have entered their sixth year — a period nearly as long as Obama’s time in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can Obama deal with a Republican-run Congress?

Can Obama deal with a Republican-run Congress?

President Barack Obama this week will test whether he still has the sway to keep Washington focused on his own priorities, even as a new Republican-run Congress descends on the Capitol eager to take him on. Fresh off a two-week vacation, Obama immediately began ramping up for his State of the Union address — his […]

Congress welcomes newcomers to town

Congress welcomes newcomers to town

Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, pushing the GOP majority to 246 members, the most since the Great […]