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Senator Harkin Set to Retire from Congress

Senator Harkin Set to Retire from Congress

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(CUMMING, Iowa) — On Saturday, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released a statement saying he would not seek reelection for his U.S. Senate term expiring in 2014.Harkin said, “I’m 73 years old right now.  At the end of…

David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over

David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday that despite Republican warnings that the tax debate is over, President Obama would not accept a budget deal without additional revenue.“We are going to require some …

White House Denies Call for Trillion-Dollar Coin to Avoid Debt Ceiling

White House Denies Call for Trillion-Dollar Coin to Avoid Debt Ceiling

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration has killed any notion of minting trillion-dollar platinum coins to solve the nation’s debt ceiling woes.In a written statement released Saturday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney …

White House Sees ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal as Game Changer

White House Sees ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal as Game Changer

(WASHINGTON) — It’s hard to find anyone in Washington happy about the outcome of the “fiscal cliff” brinksmanship.But inside the Obama White House, senior officials are elated by what they call a significant presidential achievement:…

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, All Eyes Turn to the Senate

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, All Eyes Turn to the Senate

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — A fiscal-cliff fix went nowhere in the House. Now, the Senate will take its turn. With just three days before their end-of-the-year deadline, Congress and the White House are hurtling toward the so-called “fiscal…

Texas Rep. Hall to Be the Oldest US House Member

Texas Rep. Hall to Be the Oldest US House Member

http://www.house.gov/ralphhall/images/RMHcolorheadshot.jpg(DALLAS) — Texas Representative Ralph Hall is set to become the oldest U.S. House member to serve Congress on Christmas Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.Hall, 89, will beat the 80 year…

Grover Norquist: Obama and Democrats Using Newtown for “Political Purposes”

Grover Norquist: Obama and Democrats Using Newtown for “Political Purposes”

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — National Rifle Association board member and president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist said on Sunday that President Obama and Democrats are politicizing the Newtown tragedy by pushing for gun co…

House Democrats Urge Congress To Toughen Gun Laws

House Democrats Urge Congress To Toughen Gun Laws

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — As the country mourns victims of last week’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the debate over gun control takes on new urgency in Washington, House Democrats Wednesday cal…

Senators Stop Work To Watch "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

Senators Stop Work To Watch "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Grab the popcorn: It’s movie night in the Senate.The Senate has taken an official recess from floor debate for a few hours to screen the movie Lincoln in the Capitol Visitors Center within the Capitol complex.Appea…

Late Sen. Inouye to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

Late Sen. Inouye to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) — The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, a source with knowledge of plans tells ABC News. It is one of the highest honors Congress can bestow on an individ…

Senate Democrats Plead for Gun Control Debate in Wake of Newtown Shootings

Senate Democrats Plead for Gun Control Debate in Wake of Newtown Shootings

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate floor Monday was filled with Democrats calling for a renewed debate on gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sen. Menendez, D-N.J., called for Newtown to be the “turn…

In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Boehner Gives on Some Higher Rates in Exchange for Entitlement Cuts

In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Boehner Gives on Some Higher Rates in Exchange for Entitlement Cuts

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sources familiar with negotiations say that in a phone call on Friday afternoon House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered President Obama a deal including letting tax rates expire for those who make over $1 m…

John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State, Sources Say

John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State, Sources Say

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. to be secretary of state.For a variety of reasons, including the finalization of the process, other pendi…

Sen. Daniel Inouye Hospitalized at Walter Reed

Sen. Daniel Inouye Hospitalized at Walter Reed

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Daniel Inouye, the longest-serving sitting U.S. Senator, has been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to regulate his oxygen intake, his office confirms Monday afternoon…

Obama Inauguration’s Big Donor Packages Previewed

Obama Inauguration’s Big Donor Packages Previewed

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The biggest donors to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration have been notified on what benefits will be available to them during that day’s festivities.Corporations and other organizations t…

It’s Official: Charlie Crist Is Now a Democrat

It’s Official: Charlie Crist Is Now a Democrat

Larry Marano/WireImage/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, has officially switched his party affiliation, three months after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in South Carolina.Crist made t…

Senators to Screen "Lincoln," Seek a Waiver for Popcorn

Senators to Screen "Lincoln," Seek a Waiver for Popcorn

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As lawmakers struggle to solve the fiscal cliff, they’re also struggling for the right to snack on movie night.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will make a formal appeal to the Senate Rules Committee i…

Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid

Hillary Clinton Wins High Popularity, Majority Support for a 2016 Bid

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016.F…

Obama, Romney Insiders Look Back on 2012 Campaign

Obama, Romney Insiders Look Back on 2012 Campaign

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(BOSTON) — The 2012 election cycle came full circle last week when representatives from the Obama and Romney campaigns, as well as top advisors to many of the GOP primary candidates and several influential outside groups, gath…

Obama Taps Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Remain DNC Chair

Obama Taps Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Remain DNC Chair

Vallery Jean/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has tapped Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to remain at the helm of the Democratic National Committee as the party looks toward the 2014 midterm election and an opportunity to solidify ele…

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