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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 ...

Post-Iraq Invasion Congress Members Demand a Vote on Syria

August 30, 2013 The push for a congressional vote ahead of any military strike in Syria is being spearheaded largely by lawmakers who were not in Congress during the run-up to the war in Iraq. As of Friday, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell had collected the signatures of at least 140 House members demanding ...

In Congress, It's the Fresher Faces Pushing for Vote on Syria Strike

August 30, 2013 The push for a congressional vote ahead of any military strike in Syria is being spearheaded largely by lawmakers who were not in Congress during the run-up to the war in Iraq. As of Wednesday, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell had collected the signatures of 140 House members demanding that President ...

Democrats: New Documents Definitively Show 'Progressive' Groups Targeted Too

August 20, 2013 The document drip in the Internal Revenue Service probe continued on Tuesday, with top congressional Democrats releasing new information that they said definitively shows the tax agency applied heightened scrutiny to both progressive and conservative groups. Democrats and Republicans have engaged in a series of strategic leaks since the probe ...

Push for a Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Falls on Hard Times

August 20, 2013 The GOP drive to defund Obamacare is leaking oil. From the leaders of the GOP establishment to usual tea-party allies, a growing number of Republicans are splitting with movement conservatives who are pushing to shut down the federal government if funding is not cut off for President Obama's health care ...

The Republican Plan to Exploit the IRS Scandal (Even Without a Smoking Gun)

July 2, 2013 Republicans still haven’t found that smoking gun tying the White house to the IRS's targeting of tea-party groups. But that won't stop them from selling the scandal to voters as evidence Democrats cannot be trusted in Washington. The public’s dislike of the IRS is so visceral and details of the ...