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Big Bird pulled into politics (again)

October 4, 2012 Romney, Obama, Reid, Boehner, whatever. You know who's really dominating political talk today? Big Bird. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney professed his love of the giant yellow guy during last night's debate, after saying he'd cut federal funding from PBS as part of his plan to tackle the deficit. Today, ...

Are Republicans wavering ahead of the fiscal cliff?

October 3, 2012 Look out, because here comes the fiscal cliff, and as crisis-mode builds up, Republican resolve against raising taxes may be dissipating. Sort of. There may be some signs of bipartisan wheeling and dealing in the Senate, where more than a dozen GOP senators could concede to raising taxes on the ...

Bipartisan group of senators sounds the sequester alarm

September 24, 2012 Lawmakers may have left town, but some are already readying the groundwork for lame duck sequester negotiations. A bipartisan group of six senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that a sequestration alternative has to be decided upon before January, ...

Lawmakers disagree on whether to cook Big Bird

September 20, 2012 There has been plenty of discussion over the looming cuts if sequestration actually goes down, and now everyone's favorite yellow winged beast has been pulled into the fray. The National Institutes of Health could stand to face $2.5 billion in automatic cuts, according to the White House's sequester report. And ...

Pelosi blames Boehner for fiscal cliff

September 11, 2012 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday afternoon jumped on House Speaker John Boehner's comment this morning that he is "not confident at all" that a fiscal cliff deal will be reached, suggesting that the gridlock is due to Republican "intransigence and partisan obstructionism." "With our nation inching closer to the ...

House speaker 'not confident' of getting fiscal cliff deal

September 11, 2012 In light of Tuesday's news that Moody's warned it will downgrade America's credit rating if a deal isn't reached on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner said he's "not confident at all" that negotiations will be successful. "Listen, the House has done its job on both the sequestration and ...

When Congress doesn't fight over spending

September 10, 2012 So, Congress may actually not fight over spending levels this fall. A stopgap bill, or continuing resolution to keep the government funded for six months, is expected make it through both chambers this week. The text of the bill is expected later Monday, and the House Rules Committee will discuss ...

Issa is not finished with Fast and Furious just yet

September 5, 2012 Congress will be headed back to work next week, and if you thought Republicans were done pressing hard over the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme, you thought wrong. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be testifying on the case before ...

Presidential inauguration offerings to include local tap water

August 30, 2012 While most of the political world is all about the conventions, back in Washington, planning over the presidential inauguration has already begun. And next on tap: the kind of water that will be served. Local water and sewer utility DC Water was pushing New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to have ...

Van Hollen to play Paul Ryan in debate practice

August 17, 2012 Rep. Chris Van Hollen, prepare yourself for the role of a lifetime. Well, maybe not quite a lifetime, but it's still an important role. The Maryland Democrat has been tapped to play the role of Rep. Paul Ryan in vice presidential debate rehearsals, The New York Times reports. Van Hollen, ...