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Congress Closes In on a Deal to End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

October 15, 2013 With a wary eye toward potential turbulence from House Republicans, Senate leaders are seeking to finalize a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown in a way that could receive strong bipartisan support in the Senate. "Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day. We hope it ...

Staff Furloughs Have Lawmakers Providing Face-to-Face Service

October 11, 2013 The government shutdown has had all sorts of weird, ripple effects: panda cameras shuttered; potential craft beer shortages; T-Rex fossil delivery delays. But one of the more ironic outcomes of the federal closures is the increased, direct access to your member of Congress. You know, the very people responsible for ...

Lawmakers Give Capitol Police Benefit of the Doubt in Shooting

October 10, 2013 A week after police shot and killed a woman who was racing toward the Capitol after trying to breach a White House barricade, lawmakers have been largely silent on the incident pending the results of an investigation. “I’m concerned when any person is shot, armed or unarmed, if it could ...

Tension Turns to Chaos After Shooting Near Capitol

October 4, 2013 Tension over the budget impasse abruptly turned to chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday, as a woman was shot and killed by police after a fierce car chase, with her 1-year-old child as a passenger. But many questions were unanswered late Thursday, hours after the U.S. House gave Capitol Police and ...

What If They Shut Down Congress and Nobody Noticed?

October 3, 2013 While people often complain about a Do-Nothing Congress, massive staff reductions inside the Capitol could make that truer than ever before. The day-to-day business of congressional offices and committees—from constituent service to hearings and investigations—is largely on hold, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats stalemate over a budget agreement. Many ...

Shutdown Drives Wedge in Federal Workforce

October 2, 2013 As Congress wrangles over how to fund the government, federal employees are among the major casualties. Furloughed workers—there are an estimated 800,000—lose money and gain free time. And they often confront one of the most uncomfortable questions one can face in Washington: Just how important are you? As one Democratic ...

Senate Republicans Fumbling to Find Strategy on Defunding Obamacare

September 13, 2013 If Senate Republican leaders have devised a strategy for how to launch their latest assault on the Affordable Care Act, it does not appear to have been communicated to the rank and file, who have yet to coalesce around a clear plan of attack. Many Republican senators Thursday agreed the ...

Why the IRS Scandal May Be More Politically Potent Than Benghazi

May 16, 2013 Scandals for the Obama administration offer political opportunities for Republicans. But while GOP strategists acknowledge it’s tempting to use continued questions over Benghazi as fodder for attack ads or fundraising, many are arguing it's not effective politics. That hasn’t stopped Republican groups from seeking to capitalize politically off the Benghazi ...

Weighty Politics: Why Haven't We Seen Heavier Presidents?

May 8, 2013 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie emphasized this his decision to get weight-loss surgery had nothing to do with any future political ambitions. But it also highlights a reality of American presidential politics: There hasn’t been a significantly overweight president of the United States in nearly a century. It's hard to ...

What to Expect at Wednesday’s Benghazi Hearing

May 7, 2013 The Obama Administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which left ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead, will come into focus on Wednesday during a House Oversight Committee hearing. Testimony by three self-described whistleblowers could contradict portions of the narrative of ...