December 23, 2010 New House rules should increase transparency and efficiency, the House's new GOP leaders say. Lawmakers will be forced to vote specifically to raise the debt limit, for example, and will need to offer constitutional justification for legislation.
December 15, 2010 With House passage of a stand-alone bill to end the military ban on gays serving openly, it's now on the Senate to act. Repeal supporters think they have the 60 votes to pass the measure -- if it is brought to the floor after the spending bill.
December 15, 2010 Congress faces a severe time crunch and many complicating factors as it tries to finish big legislation before Christmas. Besides approving a Bush tax cut extension, it must take up a spending bill as well as give a repeal of DADT another try.
December 15, 2010 Congressional Democrats unveiled a $1.1 trillion which many Republicans immediately hit as too big and earmark-filled. Republicans bashed what they called spending and demanded that Democrats put off a vote on the bill until the new Congress.
December 13, 2010 About equal percentages of Republicans, Democrats and independents support the agreement, a new national survey shows.
November 29, 2010 In its waning days, the Democratic-controlled Congress is like a football team that must score by getting passage of important issues like raising the debt limit, extending unemployment insurance and how to do the same with the Bush tax cuts.
November 17, 2010 Lawmakers' average wealth rose 16% during the recession. The Center for Responsive Politics said Rep. Darrell Issa (R) was the wealthiest with an average wealth of $303.6 million.
November 16, 2010 House freshman were on Capitol Hill learning how conduct themselves and getting Tea Party warnings. They had to learn how to navigate the complex ethics laws. They also received a warning from Tea Party supporters that they would be watched.
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November 15, 2010 Lame duck Congressional session; Rangel ethics hearing; the Hajj; Suu Kyi works
October 25, 2010 Experts say Republicans will gain House control. The question now is by how many seats. The shift isn't surprising. In 2006 when Democrats won, experts said their hold was tenuous.
October 21, 2010 Politico.com reports Democrats are ridiculing dumb Republicans. But it's more complex than that. Both major parties have their elites and their masses. The elite tap into the fears and hopes of others. But most voters want competence.
October 7, 2010 President Obama won't sign legislation that Congress passed in haste that could worsen foreclosures. The Democrats who control Congress are trying to figure out how the bill passed so quickly.
October 6, 2010 A new survey of 12 congressional districts found GOP challengers leading in 11 of the contests. But the races were much tighter than many experts expected at this stage, with many of the small Republican leads within the margin of error.
October 4, 2010 Some ex-members of Congress have asked current members to be less divisively partisan. The group, Former Members of Congress for Common Ground, takes present members to task. But the realities are that most lawmakers come from partisan districts.
September 24, 2010 Comedian Stephen Colbert gave a truthiness jolt to a congressional hearing on illegal ag workers.
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