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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 ...

Poll Shows Americans Fear Entitlement Cuts the Most in 'Cliff' Talks

December 11, 2012 As President Obama and congressional leaders race to avert the fiscal cliff, Americans remain concerned that whatever budget deal they strike will cut too much from Medicare and Social Security, according to a new poll. More of the Americans surveyed (35 percent) are worried about such cutbacks than seeing their ...

Look-alike sites funnel big money to mystery PAC

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Noam Neusner, a former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought he had given $250 to Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel. He hadn’t. Instead, Neusner was one of nearly 3,000 donors who stumbled onto a network of look-alike campaign websites that have netted more than $570,000 this ...

Democratic keynoter has echoes of Obama

September 4, 2012 The keynote speaker of this year’s Democratic convention is a telegenic young orator, a Harvard Law school grad with a cool demeanor and a hard-to-pronounce name who people say could one day be president of the United States. Eight years ago, that described Barack Obama. This year, it applies to ...