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Congress braced to face angry voters during August recess

Congress braced to face angry voters during August recess

With Congress home for the month-long August recess, political advisers warn both incumbents and potential challengers for House and Senate seats that handling increasingly hostile public reaction will be crucial in determining outlook for next year’s mid-term elections. Public opinion ratings for Congress is at an all-time low and voter anger is directed at both […]

Budgets? What budgets?

Budgets? What budgets?

Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding. The House’s chief accomplishment for the week was a bipartisan Wednesday vote to deal with spiking student loan interest […]

Road bill hits GOP pothole

Road bill hits GOP pothole

A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill appeared likely to fall prey Thursday to a filibuster by Republicans unhappy that the legislation breaks through budget limits required by automatic spending cuts known […]

Government shutdown looming?

Government shutdown looming?

There hasn’t been a government shutdown in nearly two decades, but top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding trickier-than-usual obstacles in their path as they try to come up with must-do legislation to keep federal agencies running after Sept. 30. Conservatives making a last stand against President Barack Obama’s new health care law and Senate […]

Don’t expect much from Obama’s economic tour

Don’t expect much from Obama’s economic tour

It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president. A day after he kicked off the tour in Illinois and Missouri, Obama was traveling Thursday to a seaport in Jacksonville, Fla., to yet […]

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

Senate avoids a meltdown…for now

A bipartisan Senate pact has smoothed the confirmation path for a batch of President Barack Obama’s nominations and removed, for now, a Democratic threat to impose procedural changes weakening minority Republicans’ clout. Yet there are no guarantees that the conflict won’t flare anew the next time a White House appointment stirs controversy. A day after […]

Senators head for rowdy showdown on rule changes

Senators head for rowdy showdown on rule changes

Senators prepared for a potentially rancorous day Tuesday — even by recent standards of partisan unpleasantness — as Democratic leaders threatened to change filibuster rules to stop Republicans from blocking White House nominees for top executive jobs. Several Senate votes were scheduled to test whether Republicans will allow simple-majority confirmations of a handful of long-stalled […]

Reid heads for rules showdown in Senate

Reid heads for rules showdown in Senate

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is driving his chamber toward rule changes that would help President Barack Obama win confirmation for some of his nominees for posts overseeing workers’ and consumers’ rights. But the changes might strip future senators of their prized ability to delay action. Reid, D-Nev., planned to continue his push to let […]

Can prostitute-loving Eliot Spitzer return to office? Sadly, yes.

Can prostitute-loving Eliot Spitzer return to office? Sadly, yes.

Whoremonger Eliot Spitzer delivered more than 27,000 signatures to New York officials Thursday, more than enough needed to get on the ballot for his planned return to politics. Does this mean nearly 30,000 people think its OK for a former New York governor who resigned in disgrace after revelations that he dallied repeatedly with high-priced […]

Republicans say Obama ignores Constitution, exceeds authority

Republicans say Obama ignores Constitution, exceeds authority

In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers. In one instance, Senate Republicans formally backed a lawsuit challenging the president’s appointment of […]

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