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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 ...

Why Issa won't drop 'fast and furious'

August 15, 2012 With a new lawsuit filed this week against Attorney General Eric Holder, the House Oversight Committee and its dogged chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, has again thrust the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal back into the news. The question is why. Issa, a Republican, insists he is simply continuing ...

Boehner calls debt limit 'leverage to make the system work'

May 17, 2012 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered a spirited defense on Thursday of his new fiscal doctrine, outlined earlier in the week, of demanding spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation’s debt limit in the future. After last summer’s debt showdown and the downgrade of the government's credit rating, Democrats ...

No ethics penalties for lawmakers arrested with Clooney

March 22, 2012 The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday it would not pursue any penalties against the four members of Congress who were arrested alongside George Clooney last week outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC. The lawmakers -- Reps. Al Green, D-Texas; Jim Moran, D- Va.; Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; and John ...

Gingrich defends lunar ambitions

February 6, 2012 Newt Gingrich said he’s dead serious about reviving America’s efforts to compete with other world powers in space. “This was not some slip, this was a deliberate effort to start a conversation,” the former speaker said on NBC’s Meet the Press, standing behind his talk during the Florida primary of ...

Defense buoys state campaign of Armed Services chairman's wife

February 1, 2012 Defense contractors and federal lobbyists don’t typically follow obscure statehouse contests 3,000 miles from the nation’s capital. But then, those contests typically don’t feature the wife of the current chairman of the influential House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. The defense sector and its advocates in the corridors ...

Sen. Rand Paul detained for refusing TSA patdown, spokeswoman says

January 23, 2012 Erik Schelzig/AP Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was detained by airport security officials on Monday, according to his communications director Moira Bagley, who posted about the incident on Twitter. "Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He's currently being detained by TSA in Nashville," Bagley wrote. She did not immediately respond to ...

Isolated, will House GOP fold in the payroll fight?

December 21, 2011 Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is probably starting to feel a little lonely. A day after his GOP troops rejected a bipartisan compromise to extend a payroll tax break for 160 million Americans for two months, Boehner's House Republicans are taking heat from across the political spectrum, from the conservative Wall ...