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Sen. John Kerry Closer to Being Confirmed as Secretary of State

Sen. John Kerry Closer to Being Confirmed as Secretary of State

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry could be cleared to be Secretary of State by the end of Tuesday.By a unanimous voice vote Tuesday morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Kerry used to head, approve…

Senators Reveal Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Senators Reveal Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A bipartisan group of senators has agreed to an immigration reform framework that includes a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, a significant step toward a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration sy…

Mark Boal: Government Inquiry Into ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ‘Crosses a Line’

Mark Boal: Government Inquiry Into ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ‘Crosses a Line’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — During an interview for “This Week,” “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter and producer Mark Boal told Martha Raddatz that the current Senate inquiry into the Oscar-nominated movie could discourage the making of …

Senate Immigration Proposal to Include Pathway to Citizenship

Senate Immigration Proposal to Include Pathway to Citizenship

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two senators at the center of negotiations over comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said on Sunday that a pathway to citizenship is an essential component of a comprehensive …

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…

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 …

Report: Mark Sanford Staging a Comeback with House Run

Report: Mark Sanford Staging a Comeback with House Run

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Second chances do exist in politics, and Mark Sanford might just try his hand.According to The Weekly Standard, the disgraced former governor of South Carolina will run for Congress. South Carolina will stag…

President Obama Signs Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

President Obama Signs Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama signed a bill into law Sunday that allows the National Flood Insurance Program to help meet new claims from damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, The Hill reports. The $9.7 billion bill, H.R. 41, provides a sho…

Barney Frank Seeks Senate Appointment

Barney Frank Seeks Senate Appointment

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) — It’s only his second day of his retirement, and already Barney Frank wants back in the game.  The former Massachusetts congressman confirmed on Friday morning that he’s interested in the interim appo…

Classic Biden on Display at Senate Mock Swearing-In

Classic Biden on Display at Senate Mock Swearing-In

Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden turned on the charm and amped up the wit at the Senate mock swearing-in Thursday, schmoozing with senators’ moms, doling out dating advice to one senator’s granddaughter an…

Sen. Kirk Completes Stair Climb to Capitol on First Day Back in Senate

Sen. Kirk Completes Stair Climb to Capitol on First Day Back in Senate

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., 45 steps awaited him upon his return to the Senate for the first time since his stroke last January.Kirk slowly climbed the steps to the Capitol, a trip that took about 10 minutes …

Senators’ Kids Steal the Show at Mock Swear-In

Senators’ Kids Steal the Show at Mock Swear-In

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — They have been sworn into the Senate Thursday, but for Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), their kids were the ones who stole the show.First was Gillibrand’s son, …

Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators

Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators

Martin H. Simon/ABC(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators — four Republicans and 16 Democrats — in office.As the 113th Congress is sworn in Thursday on Capitol Hill, ABC’s World New…

Sen. Mark Kirk to Climb Capitol Steps as He Returns from Stroke

Sen. Mark Kirk to Climb Capitol Steps as He Returns from Stroke

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., will walk up the steps of the Capitol Thursday morning as he returns to the Senate for the first time since he suffered a stroke early last year.Nearly one year ago, doctors determine…

Congress Approves Compromise to Avert Fiscal Cliff

Congress Approves Compromise to Avert Fiscal Cliff

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives has approved a bipartisan Senate deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” and preserve Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans making less than $400,000 per year.The compromise is now on its way to…

House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to Deficit

House GOP Wary of Senate Deal That Could Add Trillions to Deficit

Photo Courtesy: Architect of the Capitol(NEW YORK) — Top House Republicans Tuesday opposed a bipartisan compromise that passed the Senate in the wee hours of New Year’s Day to avert the “fiscal cliff,” as new studies conclude that the compromise on ta…

What ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Would Do — and Not Do

What ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Would Do — and Not Do

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The fiscal cliff deal passed by the Senate and under consideration in the House Tuesday is 48 pages of legislative legalese, but here are the key points of what is in the bill — and what is not in the bill.&b…

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:…

Cliff Campaigners? Marco Rubio, Republicans Up for Election Say ‘No’ to Deal

Cliff Campaigners? Marco Rubio, Republicans Up for Election Say ‘No’ to Deal

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Who voted “no” on the “fiscal-cliff” deal this morning? Republicans up for re-election in 2016, that’s who.
The Senate passed its last-minute “fiscal-cliff” deal 89-8 at 1…

Fiscal Cliff: Can the House Follow Through?

Fiscal Cliff: Can the House Follow Through?

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It was after midnight, but not by much. In a town and for a Senate that has become synonymous with gridlock, the two parties came together for an imperfect solution to a big problem.After several days of hurried…

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