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Rand Paul Rips Hillary Clinton: Not 'Fit to Lead the Country'

August 4, 2014 MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky.—Sen. Rand Paul delivered an unusually harsh rebuke of Hillary Clinton in Kentucky on Friday night, declaring that his potential 2016 rival is not "fit to lead the country." Paul, who is laying the groundwork to run for president in 2016, began his speech by mockingly saying he ...

Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

July 11, 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Friday he was subpoenaing a top administration official, David Simas, the director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, and demanding that he testify next week. Issa, who has been one of the Obama administration's fiercest critics ...

Ethics Chair: House Will Reverse Itself on Disclosure of Free Trips

July 3, 2014 House Ethics Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said Thursday that his panel would undo its controversial decision to delete the requirement that lawmakers list free trips they receive on their annual disclosure reports. "We will reverse that decision," Conaway said during an appearance on a local radio talk show in his ...

Pelosi Says Decision to Delete Reporting Requirement for Free Trips 'Must Be Reversed'

July 2, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House Ethics Committee's decision to stop requiring lawmakers to publish the free trips they take on their annual disclosure forms "must be reversed." But while Pelosi was quick to condemn the reduced disclosure, members of her own party had previously signed ...

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

July 1, 2014 It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors ...

Why Do Washington's Women Leaders Make Less?

April 11, 2014 Click here to see National Journal's interactive chart on how male and female pay stacks up in Washington. This past Tuesday marked a reunion of sorts at the White House as President Obama brought back Lilly Ledbetter, whose fight for equal pay has made her a feminist icon. Ledbetter, the ...

Rand Paul Slams Surveillance State 'Drunk With Power'

March 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BERKELEY, Calif.—Sen. Rand Paul delivered a blistering critique of America's spy agencies on Wednesday, likening the surveillance state to the "dystopian nightmares" of literature and arguing that a growing number of his colleagues on Capitol Hill now fear an intelligence apparatus that is "drunk with power." "If you have a ...

Fake Websites Created by Republicans Spur Ethics Complaint

March 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just as the series of faux Democratic websites created by the Republicans was fading from the news, they are the subject of a new ethics complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group said on Wednesday that it had filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Greg Walden, ...

Everyone Won the Government Shutdown

February 28, 2014 What if you shut the federal government down and everyone was better off for it? Take John Boehner, R-Ohio, who was on the loser ledger of any serious accounting in the immediate aftermath of the shutdown. The House speaker had led his troops into a battle he knew—and had told ...

Under Fire, GOP Adjusts Fake Democratic Campaign Sites

February 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Under growing political pressure, House Republicans' campaign arm has overhauled a series of controversial campaign websites that are designed to, at first glance, appear as if they support Democrats. The National Republican Congressional Committee changed the donation page to make it clearer to potential contributors that their money wasn't going ...