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Upcoming Fiscal Deadline May Prove Helpful in Dealing with Sequester

Upcoming Fiscal Deadline May Prove Helpful in Dealing with Sequester

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As unbelievable as it might seem, yet another fiscal deadline hangs over Washington. Unless Congress agrees to extend funding by March 27, the federal government will shut down, but this latest deadline may actuall…

Politicians Get Heated During Senate Judicial Hearing on Gun Violence

Politicians Get Heated During Senate Judicial Hearing on Gun Violence

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It was an emotional day on both ends of the spectrum at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday. A father of one of the Newtown victims broke down in tears while testifying, and polit…

McConnell: President Is Offering ‘Armageddon or Tax Hikes’ to Avert Sequester

McConnell: President Is Offering ‘Armageddon or Tax Hikes’ to Avert Sequester

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Obama is offering only two options to avert the looming sequestration cuts — “Armageddon or tax hikes.”“Instead of engaging with us, the p…

Senate Finance Committee Votes to Approve Jack Lew’s Nomination

Senate Finance Committee Votes to Approve Jack Lew’s Nomination

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to approve Jack Lew’s nomination for secretary of the Treasury.The approval came with a 19-5 vote.  All the “no” votes came from Republican senators — John Cor…

Sens. McCain, Graham to Meet with Obama on Immigration

Sens. McCain, Graham to Meet with Obama on Immigration

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Tuesday will meet with the two top Republicans who are leading the Senate effort to draft comprehensive immigration reform legislation.Obama will sit down at the White House Tuesday afterno…

Senate Expected to Vote on Hagel Secretary of Defense Nomination

Senate Expected to Vote on Hagel Secretary of Defense Nomination

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — After a battle lasting nearly two months, characterized by tough interrogation and a partisan divide, lawmakers are expected to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defens…

Boehner Not Blinking in Budget Deadlock

Boehner Not Blinking in Budget Deadlock

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With sequestration set to strike on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner returned to the Capitol after a nine-day recess with no apparent change in his political posture: If the $85 billion cuts are…

Obama Enlists Governors to Help Get Sequester Deal

Obama Enlists Governors to Help Get Sequester Deal

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — With less than five days to prevent $85 billion in sweeping, automatic budget cuts, President Obama Monday asked the nation’s governors to help pressure Congress to compromise on a deal to a…

Will Ashley Judd Challenge Mitch McConnell for Senate?

Will Ashley Judd Challenge Mitch McConnell for Senate?

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Actress Ashley Judd is making moves to take on GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.She hasn’t announced it yet, but her biggest supporter in Kentucky, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, tells ABC News, “I woul…

Rep. Eliot Engel: The Sequester Is ‘Stupid’

Rep. Eliot Engel: The Sequester Is ‘Stupid’

ABC (WASHINGTON) – Speaking Sunday morning on ABC News’ This Week, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, called the automatic spending cuts — also known as the “sequester” — that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1 a &ldquo…

Planned Parenthood TV Ad Hits Senate Minority Leader

Planned Parenthood TV Ad Hits Senate Minority Leader

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Planned Parenthood is airing a new TV ad attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.The Kentucky Republican joined a brief with 10 other GOP lawmakers this week supporting the craft chain Ho…

Senate Democrats Protect Corporate Jet Loophole

Senate Democrats Protect Corporate Jet Loophole

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By Jonathan Karl
(WASHINGTON) — Listening to the White House, you’d think the key to averting the across-the-board spending cuts (the dreaded “sequester”) set to take place on March 1 is closing the tax break f…

Rep. Frank Pallone to Challenge Cory Booker for NJ Sen. Lautenberg’s Seat?

Rep. Frank Pallone to Challenge Cory Booker for NJ Sen. Lautenberg’s Seat?

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s decision Thursday not to seek another term paves the way for Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for Senate without a primary fight against the 89-year-old. But that doesn’t mean…

Boehner Challenges Senate to Enact Obama’s State of the Union Agenda

Boehner Challenges Senate to Enact Obama’s State of the Union Agenda

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) ) — While the majority of congressional Republicans oppose most of the policies President Obama outlined during his State of the Union address Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner deflected attention away from Republica…

Sen. Inhofe Wants to Delay Full Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee

Sen. Inhofe Wants to Delay Full Vote on Defense Secretary Nominee

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Add Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe to the list of Republicans who want to hold up the nomination of Chuck Hagel by the full Senate to become the next secretary of defense.Inhofe, the ranking GOP member on the Senate …

Senate Warmly Welcomes Second African-American Member

Senate Warmly Welcomes Second African-American Member

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — William “Mo” Cowan was sworn in as the interim U.S. senator from Massachusetts on Thursday, filling the seat left vacant by new Secretary of State John Kerry.Upon his swearing-in by Vice President J…

Mass. GOP Buoyed by Dan Winslow Eyeing US Senate Vacancy

Mass. GOP Buoyed by Dan Winslow Eyeing US Senate Vacancy

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Massachusetts Republicans got a glimmer of hope on Tuesday after days of rejections from heavy-hitting politicians weighing possible runs in the state’s upcoming special election. Republican st…

Tagg Romney for Senate? No Way, Sources Say

Tagg Romney for Senate? No Way, Sources Say

ABC / Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) — Ready for another Romney run?  Tagg Romney is not.The Boston Herald reported on Monday that the eldest son of Mitt and Ann Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election in Massachusetts now that for…

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

ABC/Martin H. Simon(NEW YORK) — Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans …

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

Sen. Harry Reid: Any Budget Deal Must Include Revenue

ABC/Martin H. Simon(NEW YORK) — Asserting that “the American people” are on his side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that any that deal reached between Republicans …

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