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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 ...

Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013 Than in Any Year Since Lobbying Reforms

February 3, 2014 Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions were put in place after the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. The website LegiStorm, which compiles congressional travel records, said Monday that lawmakers and their staffs took a combined ...

Paul Ryan Says Conservative Attacks Are a 'Strange New Normal'

December 11, 2013 For years, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has been hoisted on a pedestal by conservative think tanks and activist groups as the paragon of conservatism in Congress. But all the accolades bought him zero goodwill this week, as he crafted his first bipartisan budget pact. The Cato Institute called the package ...

The Next Budget Crisis Is Only 90 Days Away

October 17, 2013 Before the ink was even dry on the plan to end the government shutdown and avoid busting the nation’s debt limit, there were growing doubts that Congress could avoid another fiscal showdown in only 90 days. The package to reopen the government runs only through mid-January, and lawmakers have pinned ...

Senate Republicans Float Plan to Open Government, Lift Debt Limit

October 11, 2013 Senate Republicans emerged from a more than 90-minute meeting with President Obama on Friday more bullish than they have been in recent days on the chances to end the government shutdown, now in its eleventh day, and avoid breaching the nation's debt limit next week. In the meeting, lawmakers said ...

Obama's Last Chance to Convince Congress to Strike Syria

September 9, 2013 President Obama's best – and perhaps last – chance to convince reluctant members of Congress to support a Syria strike may be simply getting them out of their districts and back inside the Beltway bubble. With constituent phone calls and emails running overwhelming against intervention, proponents of striking Syria for ...