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Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama's nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party's core liberal activists dispirited by...

Crossroads time for embattled insurgents of tea party

After a string of setbacks and losses, the insurgent Tea Party movement is at a crossroads, between learning to live within the Republican Party...

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is...

Yep, the Tea Party lost big-time in shutdown debacle

Victories come in many sizes. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, for example, at first seemed an overwhelming win for the Sioux. But it...

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn't mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved...

Defiant Republicans still up in arms and at war with each...

The Republicans' clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that...

Will votes on shutdown come back to haunt some in 2014?

A group of House Republicans planning Senate campaigns next year took different bets on a bill in Congress ending a government shutdown and avoiding...

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of...

Government reopens but lots still left to do

The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility...

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

  Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a 16-day partial government...