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Public would accept tax hikes in debt deal

October 17, 2012 Voters are more likely to embrace tax increases for households making $250,000 or more than cuts to Medicare or other domestic spending, according to the latest United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll. They are also more worried about cuts in entitlement programs than about tax hikes as a part of any ...

Arne Duncan would stay at Education for 2nd Obama term

September 27, 2012 If President Obama wins a second term, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will stay in his job, he toldNational Journal on Thursday. “I am staying, unless the president gets sick of me,” Duncan said after speaking at a K-12 Education Forum sponsored by the Hamilton Project. That’s unlikely to happen, considering ...

DHS plan to defer deporting young undocumented immigrants hinges on details

July 20, 2012 The Obama administration’s program to defer deportation for young undocumented immigrants will be up and running on Aug. 15, but the program’s success will depend on a host of details that will be worked out on a case-by-case basis. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to give two-year deferrals to young ...

Women in Washington: We have to work harder to get ahead

July 13, 2012 Washington has always provided opportunities for white-collar professionals. The government serves up a steady stream of jobs that are oriented toward the social sciences. Nowadays, those jobs attract more women, who cluster in social-science or arts-oriented studies and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. The city is ...

High court upholds 'show me papers' piece of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012 “Show me your papers” is the most familiar provision of Arizona’s tough immigration law, but it is not the most consequential. As such, the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow that provision of the state law to stand is still a victory for the Obama administration. Conservative critics of the ...

Intelligence committee chairs praise leak investigations

June 11, 2012 Two lawmakers -- a Democrat and a Republican -- leading congressional committees on intelligence said on Sunday that the appointment of two prosecutors to investigate recent leaks about U.S. national security operations are a good start to resolving what could be a serious threat to American safety. “They have an ...

'We're on the path to al Qaeda's destruction,' terrorism adviser says

April 30, 2012 President Obama’s chief counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, took to the airwaves on Sunday to ensure the American people that they are safe from terrorist attacks. “We’re on the path to al Qaeda’s destruction,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “It’s a murderous organization that has killed many. …We ...

Fate of federal employee provisions in highway bill up in the air

March 28, 2012 House Republican leaders are planning to vote on Thursday on a 90-day extension of federal highway authority under a rule that would require a simple majority to pass. They expect to pass it without help from Democrats. They will then adjourn for a two-week recess, daring the Democrat-controlled Senate to ...

Education budget focuses on college affordability

February 13, 2012 President Obama stressed college affordability in his budget, proposing to increase Pell Grants and asking Congress to stop a interest-rate hike on student loans from going into effect in July. The White House has shifted focus over the last year in its education message, emphasizing higher education and job training ...

Lawmakers reach deal on controversial FAA labor provision

January 20, 2012 Gerald Herbert/AP House and Senate leaders have reached agreement on a long-awaited bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration with Republicans backing down on a controversial labor provision that had drawn a veto threat from the White House. The deal paves the way for finalization of an FAA bill that ...