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Congress Gone Wild? Lawmakers Take on Spring Break

Congress Gone Wild? Lawmakers Take on Spring Break

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Congress’ annual two-week spring vacation from the nation’s capital is well under way, and many of the 535 lawmakers are following the tradition of sharing their wild (and in some cases, mild) experi…

Obama and Cantor Clash on Immigration Overhaul

Obama and Cantor Clash on Immigration Overhaul

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Well, that didn’t go well.President Obama phoned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Wednesday to implore the GOP’s floor guardian to take up the Senate’s comprehensive immigration…

Obama Counsels Students on Options to a Four-Year Degree

Obama Counsels Students on Options to a Four-Year Degree

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(PITTSBURGH) — It would be a cultural shift, but the Obama administration is hoping to change the perception of two- and four-year universities and what is needed for success.Through two new skills-training prog…

Lawyers Who Cleared Christie Donated to RGA Before Report Released

Lawyers Who Cleared Christie Donated to RGA Before Report Released

ABC News (NEW YORK) — The law firm that wrote the Chris Christie-sponsored report clearing the governor of any wrongdoing in the New Jersey bridge scandal made a sizable donation to the Republican Governors Association, which Christie heads, days befo…

Michele Bachmann’s Five Pieces of Advice to Young Conservatives

Michele Bachmann’s Five Pieces of Advice to Young Conservatives

Steve Pope/Getty Images(LYNCHBURG, Va.) — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the conservative firebrand and former presidential candidate, gave the keynote address Wednesday at Liberty University’s weekly Convocation.It was Bachmann’s third t…

Joe Biden (and His Aviators) Now on Instagram

Joe Biden (and His Aviators) Now on Instagram

Instagram/@VP(WASHINGTON) — Just a week after dusting off his old Twitter account, Vice President Joe Biden joined Instagram.In his first post on the photo-sharing social network, Biden’s staff shared a photo of the vice president’s iconic…

Washington’s Cherry Blossom Trees: The Complicated Roots

Washington’s Cherry Blossom Trees: The Complicated Roots

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Washington’s cherry blossoms have become an iconic image of springtime in the nation’s capital. And while the trees can be appreciated solely for the ethereal beauty they cast on the shores of the Potomac Ri…

Diplomatic Incident over Kim Jong-Un’s Haircut

Diplomatic Incident over Kim Jong-Un’s Haircut

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Kim Jong-un’s distinctive haircut is no laughing matter for North Korea. A London hair salon that put up a promotional poster of the country’s leader, with the tag line “Bad Hair Day?” is at …

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema Running Boston Marathon to Honor Victims and Survivors

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema Running Boston Marathon to Honor Victims and Survivors

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — “A marathon is a celebration of life and endurance and the human spirit,” Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says. “Runners are such a tight-knit community. Even if we don’t know each other, we treat …

Highway Funds in Danger of Running Out

Highway Funds in Danger of Running Out

pictureimpressions/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is telling Congress that it’s either the president’s way or funds for highway projects will soon run out.That message is being delivered by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who…

Boehner Supports US Forces in Afghanistan Past 2014

Boehner Supports US Forces in Afghanistan Past 2014

Alex Wong/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A top U.S. lawmaker is giving his support to keeping a residual U.S. force in Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of most coalition forces by the end of 2014.Meeting with U.S. and Afghan officials in K…

Romney Son Takes a Swipe at Harry Reid on Tax Day

Romney Son Takes a Swipe at Harry Reid on Tax Day

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Almost two years after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeated an unsubstantiated report that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes, one of the Romney sons fired back.Josh Romney tweeted a photo of his father standing in …

No Executive Action on Immigration Overhaul

No Executive Action on Immigration Overhaul

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has no plans to enact unilateral immigration overhaul by executive action, faith leaders from across the country said Obama told them Tuesday.“We did not discuss the need; we did not bring up the i…

Vice President Biden Applauds Boston’s Courage

Vice President Biden Applauds Boston’s Courage

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute Tuesday to the bravery and courage of survivors and fir…

Mary Landrieu Draws Criticism for Re-Enacting Congressional Hearing in New Ad

Mary Landrieu Draws Criticism for Re-Enacting Congressional Hearing in New Ad

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — A new campaign ad from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is drawing criticism from some conservative groups for using re-enactments of statements that the senator made in an Energy Committee hearing last year.But Landrieu’s ca…

New App Finds ‘Virtual’ Way to Fix Congress

New App Finds ‘Virtual’ Way to Fix Congress

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Every day it seems a new app hits the market seeking to solve the most benign problems facing the smartphone-wielding masses. But how about a much bigger problem — like fixing Congress, an institution with an approval …

POLL: Broad Public Approval for Feds on Boston Bombing Investigation

POLL: Broad Public Approval for Feds on Boston Bombing Investigation

Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two-thirds of Americans approve of the federal government’s handling of its investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, and nearly six in 10 hold a favorable view more generally of…

Rep. Ron Barber Finally Opens Up About Tucson Shooting

Rep. Ron Barber Finally Opens Up About Tucson Shooting

The Office of Congressman Ron Barber(WASHINGTON) — When shots rang out on April 2 at the Fort Hood military post in Texas, Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., couldn’t help but remember his own experience with gun violence.“That takes me back to the…

Papers that Published Leaked NSA Files Awarded Pulitzer

Papers that Published Leaked NSA Files Awarded Pulitzer

Sunshinepress/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pulitzer Prize committee on Monday gave The Washington Post and The Guardian its award for public service based on coverage of National Security Agency documents leaked to the papers by former government co…

Revised Estimates of Health Care Law Good News for White House

Revised Estimates of Health Care Law Good News for White House

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In estimates that bode well for the Obama administration, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Monday that the Affordable Care Act will cover 25 million Americans over the next decade — an increase of one millio…

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