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Vaccine foes find support from GOP’s right-wing

Vaccine foes find support from GOP’s right-wing

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Though the stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is…

More GOP stunts against Obamacare

More GOP stunts against Obamacare

Three Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveiled its first…

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in…

Lots of debate, little compromise on immigration

Lots of debate, little compromise on immigration

To hear congressional Republicans tell it, Democrats are so eager to grant work permits to immigrants in the U.S. illegally that they’d risk funding for the Homeland Security Department to…

The budget battle: Is there really room to negotiate?

The budget battle: Is there really room to negotiate?

There are reasons President Barack Obama and his aides will argue that his new budget can be the start of a negotiation with the Republican controlled Congress. For one, some…

So, who gets the biggest slice of the federal budget pie?

So, who gets the biggest slice of the federal budget pie?

Who gets what share of the federal budget pie has shifted over the decades, with the military taking less and entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid getting far…

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama’s budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also…

Obama invites Republicans to meet new Saudi king

Obama invites Republicans to meet new Saudi king

President Barack Obama will fly a 30-member delegation, including top officials and respected Republican foreign policy veterans, to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman as the…

Republicans pressure states for more anti-gay actions

Republicans pressure states for more anti-gay actions

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia,…

Can the GOP find a way to actually govern?

Can the GOP find a way to actually govern?

The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change. A group of more pragmatic lawmakers…