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Asa Hutchinson: Gun Control Not Part of ‘Ultimate Solution’ to Gun Violence

Asa Hutchinson: Gun Control Not Part of ‘Ultimate Solution’ to Gun Violence

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Asa Hutchinson — the former congressman who will lead the effort by the NRA to place armed security guards in schools across the country following the Newtown, Conn. shooting that left 20 children and six adu…

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…

GOP Weekly Address: House Speaker Boehner on Working to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

GOP Weekly Address: House Speaker Boehner on Working to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Boehner, having removed the proposed “Plan B” as an option in fiscal cliff talks, delivered this week’s Republican address about the will of the House to avert the fiscal deadline.Boehner, R- Ohio, no…

A Sassy Merry Christmas from Mitch McConnell: ‘I’m Stuck Here in Washington’

A Sassy Merry Christmas from Mitch McConnell: ‘I’m Stuck Here in Washington’

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — It’s a Christmas greeting with a few digs reflecting the frustration over the fiscal cliff stalemate from Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. In a video just posted to his You Tube page, the Minori…

Boehner Pulls Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into Disarray

Boehner Pulls Plan B Option as Fiscal Cliff Talks Fall into Disarray

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a surprise development late Thursday night, House Speaker John Boehner pulled his so-called “Plan B option” — an extension of current tax rates for Americans making up to $1 million a year — from the Hou…

Fixing the GOP: Party Like It’s 1949

Fixing the GOP: Party Like It’s 1949

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans by a 15-point margin in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say the Republican Party needs less conservative policies that are more focused on middle- and lower-income Americans, rather than better leader…

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…

Rep. Huelskamp: If I Voted for Boehner’s Plan, I’d Deserve a Primary

Rep. Huelskamp: If I Voted for Boehner’s Plan, I’d Deserve a Primary

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Republicans who vote for House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” fiscal-cliff proposal could and should be challenged in primaries, conservative GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp suggested at a news confere…

White House Makes New Offer in Talks To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

White House Makes New Offer in Talks To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — They are getting closer.The White House presented a new offer to Speaker of the House John Boehner Monday that makes some important concessions in the talks to work out a deal to avoid the so-called fisc…

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…

GOP Pollsters, Latinos Study Gaps in Swing States

GOP Pollsters, Latinos Study Gaps in Swing States

Chris Knorr / Design Pics / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s become clear to Republicans that the party is falling flat with the Latino community.  What’s still murky is how to reverse that trend.A right-leaning Latino advocacy group has…

2012 Elections Are Finally Over: Boustany Defeats Landry in Louisiana Runoff

2012 Elections Are Finally Over: Boustany Defeats Landry in Louisiana Runoff

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The 2012 elections are finally over.GOP Rep. Charles Boustany defeated his GOP rival, freshman tea-partier Rep. Jeff Landry, in a runoff in Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District Saturday night. Fittingly, the …

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…

What Is Paul Ryan’s Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

What Is Paul Ryan’s Role During the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — After 88 days in the spotlight as Mitt Romney’s VP pick, Paul Ryan has stepped into the shadows (specifically, hometown Janesville, Wisc.) for the five-day House break – but that doesn’t mean he’s not …

GOP Weekly Address: Helping the Middle Class Is ‘Personal’ for Marco Rubio

GOP Weekly Address: Helping the Middle Class Is ‘Personal’ for Marco Rubio

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio a “growing opportunity gap” is what is keeping many Americans from making it into the middle class — an issue he says is a “personal” one for him.”Americans are strug…

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…

Rubio Answers Question on Age of Earth

Rubio Answers Question on Age of Earth

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., clarified his answer about the age of the Earth on Wednesday, two weeks after he passed on answering a question on the Earth’s age in an in…

Rubio Answers Question on Age of Earth

Rubio Answers Question on Age of Earth

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., clarified his answer about the age of the Earth on Wednesday, two weeks after he passed on answering a question on the Earth’s age in an in…

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hardly a month has passed since the end of the 2012 election season, but in a hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, campaign 2016 seemed almost in sight. Two leading lights of the Republican Pa…

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…

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