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February 12 2014

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Insurers now outspending Kochs’ group on Obamacare ads

Washington Post - By Sandhya Somashekhar - Feb. 12 (News) - Much has been made about Americans for Prosperity's prodigious spending on an ad campaign opposed to the new health-care law. But another player, which is casting the program in a different light, is giving the conservative advocacy group a run for its money: the health insurance industry. Companies such as Cigna and Kaiser Permanente poured about $40 million into television ads specifically related to Obamacare between Dec. 1 and Feb. 8, according to ad tracking firm Kantar Media. That is far more than AFP, which as of last week had dropped about $27 million on ads since August attacking politicians who supported the program.

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January 28 2014

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Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Associated Press - By Julie Pace - Jan. 28 (News) - President Obama's address served as the opening salvo in a midterm election fight for control of Congress that will quickly consume Washington's attention.

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Text of Obama's State of the Union address

Associated Press - By Associated Press - Jan. 28 (News) - The following is the full text of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, as delivered and provided by the White House.

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08:00

The new loophole that connects Congress to corrupt corporate cash

JimHightower.com - By Jim Hightower - Jan. 28 (Special Report) - By holding what are called "destination fundraisers" outside of Washington, lawmakers and lobbyists can spend quality time together as they ski, snorkel, and schmooze. "It's a way to get some large chunks of a lawmaker's time," oozed the lobbyist, who had recently enjoyed three days at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail with five Republican House members, two of whom are on the committee that writes our health laws.

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December 23 2013

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Editorial: Immigration reform moves to the top of Congress’s to-do list

Washington Post - By Editorial Board - Dec. 23 (Editorial) - HOUSE REPUBLICANS, who have dug in their heels against immigration reform for months, may be running out of excuses. Congress has cleared the decks for action on non-fiscal issues by passing a budget deal that lifts the threat of further government shutdowns for the time being. In New Jersey, the Republican governor, Chris Christie, after waffling for a few weeks, signed a bill granting in-state college tuition subsidies to undocumented students brought to the United States as children by their illegal immigrant parents. ...

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December 18 2013

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Frank Wolf to retire after 17 terms in Congress; Northern Va. seat to be a battleground in 2014

Washington Post - By Ben Pershing - Dec. 18 (News) - Rep. Frank Wolf announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2014, ending a distinctive three-decade career in Congress and instantly making his bellwether Northern Virginia seat a prime November battleground. ...

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December 12 2013

08:00

Boehner lashes out at conservative groups on budget deal - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.com - By Michael O'Brien - Dec. 12 (News) - Republican leaders defended a modest budget deal that would maintain government operations through 2015 amid conservative opposition that could scuttle the legislation in the House. House Speaker ... Conservative groups oppose new budget deal Atlanta Journal Constitution House Set to Vote on Budget, With the Right Still in Dissent New York Times Paul Ryan: Budget criticism is "a little frustrating" CBS News Businessweek Politico Buffalo News all 1,969 news ...

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November 26 2013

08:00

Wow, the Senate did something | Editorials | The Seattle Times

seattletimes.com - By Seattle Times Editorial - Nov. 26 (Editorial) - THE U.S. Senate has embraced gridlock for decades. Well, actually just about forever. Small changes here and there, but with a strong institutional bias toward noble obstruction.

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November 14 2013

08:00

Janet Yellen Shames Congress For Austerity, Being Terrible

Huffington Post - By Mark Gongloff - Nov. 14 (News Report) - Yellen reminded everybody that Congress has forced the Fed to act by constantly imposing harsh austerity measures on an economy still recovering from a financial crisis and deep recession. "Fiscal policy has been working at cross purposes to monetary  policy," Yellen said. "Some of the near-term reductions in spending that we have seen have certainly detracted from the momentum of the economy and from demand, making it harder for the Fed to get the economy moving, making our task more difficult.

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November 08 2013

08:00

Feeding families made more hungry by Congress

Washington Post - By Alexandra Ashbrook, Patty Stonesifer - Nov. 08 (Comment) - The holiday season is beginning, which means two things: Many Americans will eat too much, and many others won’t have nearly enough. November will be tougher than usual for the hungry because it kicked off with a brutal blow to their already- meager food budgets, ensuring that 48 million men, women and children will be even hungrier this Thanksgiving.

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November 07 2013

08:00

Spinning ENDA

FactCheck - By Robert Farley - Nov. 07 (Fact Check) - House Speaker John Boehner announced his opposition to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with a statement from his spokesman saying the bill “will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.”

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October 27 2013

07:00

NSA Washington: March against surveillance and a call from Edward Snowden (+photos)

Christian Science Monitor - Oct. 27 - NSA Washington march: Anti-secrecy activists marched in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Saturday, protesting NSA spying. US citizens and world leaders are rattled at reports of vast surveillance of phone and Internet communications.

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October 22 2013

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Paul pushes constitutional amendment

The Politico - By Burgess Everett - Oct. 22 (News Analysis) - The senator's amendment is aimed squarely at Obamacare provisions.

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October 21 2013

07:00

GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll

CNN - Oct. 21 (Poll) - Washington (CNN) — Just more than half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.

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07:00

Poll: Nearly half say replace everyone in Congress

USA Today - Oct. 21 (Poll) - In a nationwide USA TODAY/Princeton Survey Research Poll, just 4% of those surveyed — equal to the margin of error — say Congress would be changed for the worse if nearly every member was replaced next year. Nearly half say it would work better.CNN Poll: 75% say most Republicans in Congress don't deserve re-electionCNN InternationalCongress: More than six in 10 want Boehner out as speakerNBCNews.comall 85 news articles »

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October 17 2013

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Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

All Things Considered - Oct. 17 (News) - After weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party, the bipartisan deal brings to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst. President Obama said he would sign the bill and open the government immediately.

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On to the Next Crisis: Why Congress Learned Nothing From the Shutdown

Time - By Alex Altman - Oct. 17 (News Analysis) - The governing crises that ended on Wednesday night depressed consumer confidence and drove the Republican Party’s ratings to all-time lows. Yet after 16 long, depressing days, one corner of the U.S. Capitol was brimming with hope as the standoff sputtered to a close.

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Republicans in turmoil as Congress passes bill to end debt crisis | World news

theguardian.com - By Paul Lewis, Dan Roberts - Oct. 17 (Breaking News) - US debt default averted and federal shutdown over for now, after bill goes through with barely any concessions to hardliners. The U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the country from the brink of a looming debt default on Wednesday night, bringing an end to the two-week crisis that has closed large portions of the government and revealed deep divisions in the Republican Party. President Barack Obama quickly signed the spending measure, a temporary fix that will last only through to the start of 2014. The bill passed easily with broad bipartisan support in the Senate, where Democratic and Republican leaders forged the agreement just hours earlier.

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October 15 2013

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