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Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

A trio of Tea Party-backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear that they would not support […]

GOP government shutdown tactics split presidential contenders

Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop the health care overhaul, even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government. That approach, warns former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is “quite dicey” politically for Republicans. A clear divide over President Barack Obama’s health care law separates the emerging field […]

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

Uneasy GOP Presidential hopefuls forced to choose sides in Syria debate

President Barack Obama’s plea to Congress for the go-ahead for military strikes against Syria is forcing ambitious Republicans weighing a White House bid to choose sides, as the party is bitterly divided over the U.S. role in foreign policy. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky remains unequivocal in his opposition, tangling with Secretary of State John […]

Voter’s dilemma: Who, if anyone, can you trust?

Voter’s dilemma: Who, if anyone, can you trust?

At a time when both Republicans and Democrats hope to gain ground with voters and show a political advantage heading into next year’s mid-term Congressional elections, internal polling by both parties show intense anger, even among established bases, and widespread dissatisfaction aimed at both sides and Congress in general. “American dissatisfaction with Congress crosses party […]

Where 2016 GOP Presidential hopefuls stand on immigration, gay marriage

Major developments on immigration reform and gay marriage offer an early preview of potential lines of division among a group of Republicans who are viewed as potential White House candidates in 2016. Here’s a look at where they stand on the issues. ___ IMMIGRATION REFORM — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: Bush, a longtime advocate […]

Can the rabid right-wing GOP stop immigration reform?

Can the rabid right-wing GOP stop immigration reform?

Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week’s end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party’s ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters. To some Republicans, the strength of Senate GOP support for the bill is all […]

Education back in spotlight on Capitol Hill

From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill. After months of relative neglect, education issues are getting the attention of lawmakers from both parties — as well as President Barack Obama — just as the school year […]