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Lots of violent rhetoric in budget fights

Lots of violent rhetoric in budget fights

Ask top Democrats, and they’ll say Republicans are acting like terrorists, arsonists and people with bombs strapped to their chests. Ask some Republicans about President Barack Obama’s health care law, and they’ll draw comparisons to the Nazis or the return of runaway slaves and declare that the law will cause the untimely death of vulnerable […]

Anger isn’t the answer. It’s time to try reason and rational action

Anger isn’t the answer.  It’s time to try reason and rational action

America heads into an approaching fall in what some consider the autumn of its existence. Beset by a seemingly unending series of crises, facing yet another possible government shutdown in a budget and debt standoff and an ever-increasing lack of public confidence in its leaders and government, the country may truly be at a crossroads. […]

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Congress is holding its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria as President Barack Obama seeks to convince skeptical Americans and their lawmakers about the need to respond to last month’s alleged sarin gas attack outside Damascus. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. […]

Congress, staffs get more protection from Obamacare costs

Congress, staffs get more protection from Obamacare costs

While the real cost of Obamacare remains a huge unknown for millions of Americans, Congress as usual found a way to exempt itself from parts of the threat that could force 535 members and their staff to face the same problems as the rest the nation. In a glaring example of how the health care […]

Budget cuts hurt defense

Budget cuts hurt defense

Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said about $500 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect over the next decade could leave the nation with an ill-prepared, underequipped military doomed […]

Gun control laws on shaky ground in Congress

Gun control laws on shaky ground in Congress

President Barack Obama’s prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases seemed shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared for Congress’ first votes on curbing firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school. The Democratic-led panel had four bills on its agenda Thursday as lawmakers began shaping their response to the slaughter […]

Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he says, leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.” Instead of making the hard choices to fix Social Security’s financial problems, policymakers “use […]

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said. Those steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, […]

Sex, booze, drugs and the naked truth about members of Congress

Sex, booze, drugs and the naked truth about members of Congress

It’s no secret that members of Congress get drunk, screw around and do stupid things. They always have and they always will. Power is a natural aphrodisiac. “Washington is basically a very horny city,” former lobbyist Paula Parkinson once said. Parkinson should know. She was a free-spirited sort who cavorted with Republicans, including disgraced Illinois […]

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