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Top White House Aides Informed of IRS Troubles, but Didn’t Tell Obama

May 20, 2013 Top White House aides, including chief of staff Denis McDonough, were informed of the forthcoming report on the IRS’ targeting of tea party group but decided not to inform President Obama in advance, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. Previously, the White House had said that the White House ...

Eric Holder Offers Little Information, Much Ire for Republicans

May 15, 2013 It only took Attorney General Eric Holder a few moments to make clear he wanted no part of congressional Republicans’ plans to turn his Capitol Hill appearance into a serious grilling about the scandals of the day. “I appreciated this opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Justice ...

Attorney General Calls Lawmaker 'Unacceptable and Shameful'

May 15, 2013 This much is clear: Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa don't like each other. The attorney general accused the Republican lawmaker of “unacceptable and shameful" conduct as frustrations boiled over in a heated exchange that drew gasps from a packed congressional committee room on Wednesday. "No – I'm ...

The Quiet Charm Offensive of Obama's Chief of Staff

May 9, 2013 For an administration that has had a hard time creating and maintaining relationships on Capitol Hill, President Obama's new chief of staff, Denis McDonough, has emerged as a bridge builder early in the administration’s second term. As Obama has undertaken a well-publicized outreach offensive, McDonough has kept a busy social ...

Mitch McConnell Wants to be the Republican Party's Chief Tech Innovator

April 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has set an ambitious goal for his reelection campaign: to build the most sophisticated Republican digital and data operation to date. The 71-year old Kentucky Republican, known more as tactician than technologist, is making a major investment in technology infrastructure in hopes that a treasure ...

Why Would Anyone Want to Run for Congress?

April 19, 2013 Minutes after President Obama finished this year’s State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Israel slipped off the House floor, pulled out his iPhone, and began to type. In the address field were the names of people scattered across the country whom Israel, the man in charge of helping Democrats ...

Democrats Oppose Flexibility in Sequester Cuts

February 27, 2013 Top lawmakers spent Tuesday searching for leverage points in the coming public-relations war over the automatic spending cuts that almost everyone agrees will now occur even though they were never designed to go into effect. For Senate Republicans, one such potential spot is in crafting an alternative to the so-called ...

Reid: Hagel Vote to Be Held Friday

February 14, 2013 In an impassioned floor speech Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would press ahead on a confirmation vote for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on Friday morning, accusing Republicans of playing politics while the nation is at war. Reid said there has "never in the history of the ...

Conservative group gets out of Boehner's way on debt limit

January 22, 2013 In a boost for Speaker John Boehner, the conservative Club for Growth announced Tuesday that it won't oppose the House GOP-backed bill to raise the debt limit. The Club for Growth's opposition to Boehner's failed Plan B was one of the keys to the measure's demise in December. “The Club ...

Senators pitch filibuster alternative

December 28, 2012 Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan teamed up on Friday to present to their respective caucuses a last-ditch proposal to avert a controversial Senate showdown over filibuster rules. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has threatened to change the Senate’s filibuster rules next ...