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Eric Holder in the Hot Seat as Lawmakers Probe Scandals

May 15, 2013 Eric Holder comes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a show of fireworks that could be unlike any seen in this Congress so far. And if he doesn’t offer the House Judiciary Committee more details on the scandals piling up at the White House’s doorstep than Jay Carney did on ...

What Obama wants and what Congress will give him

January 22, 2013 President Obama offered a passionate defense of a progressive agenda in his inaugural address Monday, laying out the legislative priorities for the next four years that will likely be echoed in his State of the Union address next month. That includes unfinished business from his first term, such as immigration ...

Always a bridesmaid: The people Obama passes over for top jobs

January 9, 2013 They’ve risen to the top echelons of government bureaucracy and burned the midnight oil for President Obama, and as a result, have had their names floated for top administration positions. But by virtue of bad luck or timing, they have never received the ultimate honor. For some top advisors and ...

House Republicans' support for Plan B on fiscal cliff uncertain

December 19, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders late Tuesday night drafted and posted legislative language online regarding two alternative plans to freeze income tax rates so both can be voted on this week as potential ways to soften the so-called “fiscal cliff” at year’s end. In reality, Republican ...

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan meet up in D.C.

November 29, 2012 Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan had their first post-election sit down at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Thursday, while Romney was in town for lunch with President Obama. "I remain grateful to Governor Romney for the honor of joining his ticket ...

Ryan: No mandate for Obama in election

November 14, 2012 Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, fresh off a loss in his bid to be vice president under former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said on Tuesday that he does not believe voters gave President Obama a mandate to govern in last week’s election. “They also reelected the House Republicans, so whether ...

Ryan: Government 'excesses' hamper upward mobility

October 24, 2012 Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is set to make the case Wednesday that President Obama’s policies have done little to promote upward mobility and help the poorest Americans. His speech at Cleveland State University comes less than two weeks before the election, as Republicans make a final push to show ...

Post-debate polls show Obama won

October 23, 2012 Polls taken in the aftermath of the third presidential debate show President Obama won a decisive victory. A CNN/ORC poll showed 48 percent believed Obama won, while 40 percent believed Romney did. The poll showed Obama as the stronger leader, but had that the two tied on likability. It was ...

Obama ekes out a win in two post-debate polls

October 17, 2012 President Obama won Tuesday night’s presidential debate by narrow margins in two surveys taken immediately after the 90-minute town-hall forum ended. In a CBS News poll, 37 percent of 525 uncommitted voters who watched the debate declared Obama the winner, compared to 30 percent who said the same of Romney; ...

Ryan says he backs term limits for Congress

October 15, 2012 WAUKESHA, Wis. – In spite of his own seven terms in Congress -- and current pursuit of an eighth -- Paul Ryan told a voter here on Monday that he would favor a constitutional amendment limiting the number of years that members of the House and Senate can hold their ...