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House Passes Violence Against Women Act

House Passes Violence Against Women Act

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The House voted Wednesday evening to approve the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act, also known as VAWA, 222-205. The bill would have failed had it not won the support of six Democrats.Twenty-th…

JPMorgan’s $2 Billion Loss: The Political Ramifications

JPMorgan’s $2 Billion Loss: The Political Ramifications

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Republicans and Democrats both stand to suffer from the ripple effects of the massive losses announced by JPMorgan Chase last week.JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon described himself as “barely a D…

Democratic Candidates Mixed on Gay Marriage

Democratic Candidates Mixed on Gay Marriage

(NEW YORK) — Now that President Obama has completed his “evolution” on same-sex marriage, Democratic candidates must figure out what to say about it. Some have seemed reluctant.Among the handful of Democrats in competitive Senate races, on…

Biden Ribs Republicans, Romney on Women’s Issues

Biden Ribs Republicans, Romney on Women’s Issues

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden Friday told a group of 400 women leaders from the YWCA that Republicans — and by implication, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney — are undermining efforts to get more women back to work and close the …

Rupert Murdoch’s Co. and Execs Give Cash to Both Parties

Rupert Murdoch’s Co. and Execs Give Cash to Both Parties

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Across the pond, Brits are focused on the inquiry into the ways that media mogul Rupert Murdoch used his news empire to exert influence on the British government.In the U.S., the open government website Politi…

House Passes Small Business Tax Cut

House Passes Small Business Tax Cut

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a $46 billion small business tax cut that Republicans hope will lead to economic growth by enabling entrepreneurs to deduct 20 percent of their income. Democrats …

Dems’ Senatorial Committee Edges GOP Counterparts in Fundraising

Dems’ Senatorial Committee Edges GOP Counterparts in Fundraising

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — the committee tasked with overseeing Democratic Senate races — has narrowly out-raised their Republican counterparts — the National Republican Senatorial Committee …

Ted Nugent Clears His Name With the Secret Service

Ted Nugent Clears His Name With the Secret Service

Randy Snyder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rocker Ted Nugent cleared his name with the Secret Service on Thursday, emerging arrest-free from a meeting with two agents prior to taking the stage in Ardemore, Oklahoma, for a concert, ABC News confirmed. The…

House Approves Another Short-Term Highway Extension

House Approves Another Short-Term Highway Extension

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to overwhelmingly approve another 90-day extension of the highway bill, enabling the divided Congress to move forward on negotiations on a long-term agreement.The b…

Concerns About Women Voters Extend Beyond Obama/Romney Battle

Concerns About Women Voters Extend Beyond Obama/Romney Battle

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The controversy over Ann Romney and working moms hits Democrats in their sweet spot.  They have tried to criticize Republicans for supporting policies they say would hurt women.  And in the race for control …

Bill Clinton Endorses Mark Critz in Pa. Democratic House Primary

Bill Clinton Endorses Mark Critz in Pa. Democratic House Primary

ABC News (JOHNSTOWN, Pa.) — As redistricting pits Democrat against Democrat, Bill Clinton has given his seal of approval in a hotly contested House primary.The former president gave his nod to Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Critz, who is locked in a primary c…

Rep. Allen West Says Up To 81 House Members Are Communists

Rep. Allen West Says Up To 81 House Members Are Communists

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It’s not the 1940s or the 1950s, Joe McCarthy is no longer rooting out alleged Soviet supporters in the legislature and the country is not entangled in the Cold War, but don’t tell Rep. Allen West.The F…

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget, Would Reform Medicare

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget, Would Reform Medicare

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — By a mostly party-line vote, the House of Representatives approved Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget resolution Thursday by a count of 228-191, slas…

Senate Dems Unveil Countdown Clock, Claiming Threat of ‘Transportation Shutdown’

Senate Dems Unveil Countdown Clock, Claiming Threat of ‘Transportation Shutdown’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The countdown clock has officially been broken out. There are just three days left until construction on roads across the nation could come grinding to a halt unless Congress passes a transportation bill.This Satur…

Congress Revives STOCK Act; Obama Likely to Receive Bill Thursday

Congress Revives STOCK Act; Obama Likely to Receive Bill Thursday

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The STOCK act, legislation to ban members of Congress from benefiting from insider stock trading, will move forward in Congress after all.The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act had been stalled in Congre…

Democrats Seize on Romney Pledge to ‘Get Rid of’ Planned Parenthood

Democrats Seize on Romney Pledge to ‘Get Rid of’ Planned Parenthood

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) — Democrats have produced a Web video accusing GOP front-runner Mitt Romney of wanting to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood — an accusation the Romney campaign claims is false and taken out of con…

Voting on the Weekend? Democrats Eye a New Election Day

Voting on the Weekend? Democrats Eye a New Election Day

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Americans have long voted on Tuesdays, a tradition held over from the mid-1800s, when it was more convenient for farmers. But voting on Tuesday is more difficult in the 21st century, when people have longer commutes, …

Senate Narrowly Rejects the Keystone Oil Pipeline Amendment

Senate Narrowly Rejects the Keystone Oil Pipeline Amendment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s pipeline lobbying paid off…for now.A controversial Republican amendment to a transportation bill, to mandate construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, has failed in the Senate.The numb…

Convention Chair Says Gay Marriage Should Be Part of Dems’ 2012 Platform

Convention Chair Says Gay Marriage Should Be Part of Dems’ 2012 Platform

Jerod Harris/Getty Images for BGR(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that his party should take a national stand in favor of gay marriage.As chairman of this year’s Democratic National Convention, Villaraigosa w…

Anti-Abortion Activist Challenges Obama in Democratic Primary

Anti-Abortion Activist Challenges Obama in Democratic Primary

Digital Vision/Thi​nkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Veteran anti-abortion activist Randall Terry won more than 18,400 votes, or 18 percent, in Oklahoma’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday — a significant showing in a year when incum…

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