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Voters to Congress: ‘Stop being so stupid’

Voters to Congress: ‘Stop being so stupid’

The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government. Those posting pulled no punches, calling members of Congress “immature,” ”stupid” and “idiots” who need to “grow up.” There were a […]

Vote approaches to fund government, dump Obamacare

Vote approaches to fund government, dump Obamacare

Republicans controlling the House are moving to ship to the Senate a measure that would prevent a government shutdown but cripple the health care law that’s the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama’s first term. The top Senate Democrat has pronounced the bill dead and calls the House exercise a “waste of time.” The White […]

Obama unsure about Russia

Obama unsure about Russia

President Barack Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world. But the two powers are divided over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama, speaking in a television interview taped before Saturday’s announcement of […]

Uncertain future for immigration bill in House

Uncertain future for immigration bill in House

The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the large-scale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week. The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a “special pathway to citizenship” for those in the United […]

Pelosi says Republicans need immigration reform to win White House

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says immigration reform is the right thing for congressional Republicans “if they ever want to win a presidential race.” The wide-ranging immigration bill approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate last week faces tough opposition in the Republican-controlled House. In the Senate, 14 Republicans joined all Democratic senators and independents in the […]

Pelosi’s defense of NSA spying draws boos

Pelosi’s defense of NSA spying draws boos

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has disappointed some of her liberal base with her defense of the Obama administration’s classified surveillance of U.S. residents’ phone and Internet records. Some of the activists attending the annual Netroots Nation political conference Saturday booed and interrupted the San Francisco Democrat when she commented on the surveillance programs carried […]

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Sanford: A comeback kid and potential wild card

Fresh off a redemptive win in South Carolina’s special election, former Governor Mark Sanford‘s return to Congress will make him a prominent wild card in an already fractious Republican caucus. Sanford, whose political career was short-circuited in 2009 by an extramarital affair that marred his last 18 months as governor, earned a political rebirth along […]

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

The nation’s sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone. The Republicans’ new approach would require even deeper cuts in social programs than […]