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Pelosi Urges Vote on Middle Class Tax Relief

Pelosi Urges Vote on Middle Class Tax Relief

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Republicans to allow a vote on legislation to extend tax cuts on the first $250,000 of personal income and delay the debate over tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers …

Re-Living Election 2012: Campaign Comes Full Circle At Harvard

Re-Living Election 2012: Campaign Comes Full Circle At Harvard

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) — It’s been just over three weeks since Election Day 2012, but to many it already feels like an eternity.President Obama’s victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney quickly gave way to an unfolding…

Poll: Among Cliff-Avoidance Options, Most Favor Targeting Wealthy

Poll: Among Cliff-Avoidance Options, Most Favor Targeting Wealthy

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the fiscal cliff drawing closer, raising taxes on wealthy Americans remains a popular option. The public divides closely on reducing federal income tax deductions, while two-thirds oppose another possibili…

Fiscal Talks Turn as Tax Pledge Questioned

Fiscal Talks Turn as Tax Pledge Questioned

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The two-party tango that is negotiations over the “fiscal cliff” took a turn Monday as two more Republican lawmakers expressed willingness to break with a long-standing anti-tax pledge and the White House reveale…

Daniel Hernandez Jr. Answers Questions on “This Week”

Daniel Hernandez Jr. Answers Questions on “This Week”

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — ABC’s This Week, caught up with Daniel Hernandez Jr., who was lauded for his heroism after he rushed to help former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store n…

Lawmakers Give Back on Thanksgiving and Share Recipes

Lawmakers Give Back on Thanksgiving and Share Recipes

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For countless members of Congress, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give back to the communities they represent at the Capitol. Lawmakers volunteer at food banks, shelters and other charitable events to distribu…

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Continued Troubles

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Continued Troubles

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned his seat in the House this week, citing his bipolar disorder, but he still has other troubles. While Jackson says his health issues and treatment are “incompatible” with servic…

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers $5.1 Million

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers $5.1 Million

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from the House could cost Illinois taxpayers more than $5.1 million, according to the state elections board.Jackson, Jr. offered his resignation Wednesday to House Spea…

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers $5.1 Million

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Could Cost Taxpayers $5.1 Million

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from the House could cost Illinois taxpayers more than $5.1 million, according to the state elections board.Jackson, Jr. offered his resignation Wednesday to House Spea…

Let the Liberal Pressure Begin: Union Ads Tell Dems Not to Cave on Cuts

Let the Liberal Pressure Begin: Union Ads Tell Dems Not to Cave on Cuts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Three major unions have joined forces to air ads pressuring Democrats to reject GOP demands as party leaders negotiate a way to sidestep the dreaded “fiscal cliff.”Congress will return after Thanksgivin…

Nancy Pelosi: No Fiscal Cliff Deal Without Tax Rate Hike for Wealthy

Nancy Pelosi: No Fiscal Cliff Deal Without Tax Rate Hike for Wealthy

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday’s This Week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi gave ABC’s Martha Raddatz a firm “no” when asked if a deal to aver…

Record-Breaking Number of Women in Senate Promise Bipartisan ‘Collaborative’ Spirit

Record-Breaking Number of Women in Senate Promise Bipartisan ‘Collaborative’ Spirit

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The 113th Congress will have a record-breaking number of female senators, the most in history. And it has created a less auspicious historical footnote.“We had the first traffic jam in the United States history in the wome…

Boehner Rejects Obama’s Request To Extend Middle Class Tax Cut

Boehner Rejects Obama’s Request To Extend Middle Class Tax Cut

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Fresh off his reelection as House speaker Wednesday afternoon, John Boehner emphasized the need for bold leadership in order to repair the ailing economy, telling reporters that job creation remains the top p…

Maine’s Angus King to Caucus With Senate Democrats

Maine’s Angus King to Caucus With Senate Democrats

US Department of Energy(WASHINGTON) — Maine’s newly elected Independent senator-elect, Angus King, announced on Wednesday that he’ll caucus with the Democrats, boosting the party’s control to 55 seats, compared with 45 held by Republ…

Majority of Americans Skeptical a Deal Will Be Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Poll Finds

Majority of Americans Skeptical a Deal Will Be Reached on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Poll Finds

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans don’t trust Republicans and Democrats to get along, it seems.A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds that 51 percent of Americans don’t believe a deal will reached between President Obama and R…

Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

US House of Representatives(NEW YORK) — After a hard-fought race in a newly formed Arizona congressional district, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner Monday, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.Sinema, a former state sen…

Four Days After Election, Obama Wins in Florida

Four Days After Election, Obama Wins in Florida

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Four days have passed since President Barack Obama took enough of the electoral college to secure a second term and Florida has still not quite counted 100 percent of its ballots. But with the last …

McCain Tweets Support for Push on Immigration Reform

McCain Tweets Support for Push on Immigration Reform

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Failed attempts at immigration reform are nothing new on Capitol Hill, but there is some indication a new post-election tone might help pave the way for lawmakers and the White House to move toward a comprehensiv…

Texas State Senator Wins Election After Death

Texas State Senator Wins Election After Death

Rick Scibelli/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Democrat Mario Gallegos won re-election to his Texas state Senate seat on Tuesday. Gallegos, who had served since 1994, overwhelmingly beat his challenger, Republican newcomer, R.W. Bray. But the victory is, to sa…

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. In Talks for Plea Deal

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. In Talks for Plea Deal

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Attorneys for the Justice Department and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. are in talks about a possible deal regarding allegations of campaign finance violations, according to sources familiar with the inve…

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