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Former Clinton Advisor: ‘We Are Going Over the Fiscal Cliff’

Former Clinton Advisor: ‘We Are Going Over the Fiscal Cliff’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Three of the country’s most prominent minds on U.S. budgetary problems issued a stark warning to lawmakers today as Congress approaches what many have called a “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spen…

Utah Mayor Mia Love Would Forego Congressional Salary If Elected

Utah Mayor Mia Love Would Forego Congressional Salary If Elected

Love4Utah(SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah) — If Mia Love is elected to Congress, she would not only be the first black female Republican ever to hold a U.S. House seat, she would also be one of the only Members of Congress to reject the $175,000 salary that co…

Report: Countrywide Gave Discounted Home Loans to Capitol Hill Insiders

Report: Countrywide Gave Discounted Home Loans to Capitol Hill Insiders

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A House committee report on the now-defunct subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corporation shows the company tried to win and influence friends in Washington by arranging discounted home loans for some member…

Report: Countrywide Gave Discounted Home Loans to Capitol Hill Insiders

Report: Countrywide Gave Discounted Home Loans to Capitol Hill Insiders

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A House committee report on the now-defunct subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corporation shows the company tried to win and influence friends in Washington by arranging discounted home loans for some member…

Moody’s Should Downgrade Congress

Moody’s Should Downgrade Congress

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Last summer, August 5 to be exact, Standard & Poor’s dropped the rating of United States debt below AAA for the first time in history. This year, with our flippers and masks barely out of the pool equipm…

Congress Passes Transportation Extension with Student Loan Fix

Congress Passes Transportation Extension with Student Loan Fix

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After months of wrangling, arm-twisting, bitter debate and closed-door negotiations, Congress finally has a bipartisan deal for the American people. Just in time.The agreement, which couples a student loan interest…

Congress Passes Transportation Extension with Student Loan Fix

Congress Passes Transportation Extension with Student Loan Fix

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After months of wrangling, arm-twisting, bitter debate and closed-door negotiations, Congress finally has a bipartisan deal for the American people. Just in time.The agreement, which couples a student loan interest…

Congress to Honor Montford Point Marines with Gold Medal

Congress to Honor Montford Point Marines with Gold Medal

John Foxx/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Throughout the years, the Montford Point Marines received little recognition and few accolades for their contribution to U.S. history.More than 19,000 black Marines trained at Montford Point Camp, a facility set up e…

Congress Approves Ban on Just 2 of 17 ‘Bath Salts’ Chemicals

Congress Approves Ban on Just 2 of 17 ‘Bath Salts’ Chemicals

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Federal law enforcement officials, eager to get a deadly array of toxic drugs known as “bath salts” off the streets, say they are frustrated that bureaucratic politics got in the way of congressional lawmake…

Obama Slams Congress for Failing to Act on Student Loans

Obama Slams Congress for Failing to Act on Student Loans

KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Touting his efforts to make college more affordable, President Obama Thursday blasted lawmakers for failing to extend low-rate student loans.“This is a no-brainer,” the president told students at …

Congress Warns Intel Leaks Put ‘Lives at Risk’

Congress Warns Intel Leaks Put ‘Lives at Risk’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Top Democrats and Republicans Thursday demanded an end to leaks of classified intelligence because, they said, the leaks are putting lives at risk and jeopardizing future operations.Thursday afternoon, the senior D…

Tax Brawl Brewing on Capitol Hill

Tax Brawl Brewing on Capitol Hill

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The reality of “Taxmageddon” — a heavy load of tax code provisions expiring at the end of the year — is that lawmakers probably won’t come together on a comprehensive agreement until after the e…

Capitol Hill Burglaries Under Investigation

Capitol Hill Burglaries Under Investigation

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After a number of Capitol Hill offices have fallen victim to a crime wave of burglary and theft this spring, the U.S. Capitol Police continues to investigate who might be responsible, leaving congressional staffers o…

Even with Calculators, Senate Still Comes Up with Zero on the Budget

Even with Calculators, Senate Still Comes Up with Zero on the Budget

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite beginning the day with a vote permitting the use of calculators on the Senate floor, Wednesday turned out to be less than productive for the U.S. senators.The Senate spent the whole day Wednesday, with over s…

Even with Calculators, Senate Still Comes Up with Zero on the Budget

Even with Calculators, Senate Still Comes Up with Zero on the Budget

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite beginning the day with a vote permitting the use of calculators on the Senate floor, Wednesday turned out to be less than productive for the U.S. senators.The Senate spent the whole day Wednesday, with over s…

Obama Pushes ‘To-Do List’ For Congress

Obama Pushes ‘To-Do List’ For Congress

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is urging lawmakers to put politics aside and act on his “handy to-do list” for Congress in order to sustain the economy’s momentum.“One of the ways we can sustain momen…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push for Chen Guangcheng’s Safety

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push for Chen Guangcheng’s Safety

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — In a letter written directly to Chinese President Hu Jintao, a bipartisan group of five senators urges the Chinese government to take steps to protect the safety and well-being of Chinese dissident C…

Roger Clemens’ Former Trainer Faces Grilling by Defense

Roger Clemens’ Former Trainer Faces Grilling by Defense

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Roger Clemens’ former strength coach will take the stand again on Tuesday in the government’s perjury trial against the former major league pitcher.Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 about his…

Roger Clemens’ Trainer to Testify at Former Pitcher’s Trial

Roger Clemens’ Trainer to Testify at Former Pitcher’s Trial

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The government’s key witness in its trial against former major league pitcher Roger Clemens, who’s accused of lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs, will testify Monday in a Washin…

As Senate Debates Student Loans, Rubio Still Paying Off College Loans Himself

As Senate Debates Student Loans, Rubio Still Paying Off College Loans Himself

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voted against taking up a version of the student loan bill offered by Senate Democrats and defended his vote by discussing the student loans he is still trying to pay off.“I think I…

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