September 21, 2011 House Democrats objected to Republican efforts to pay for $3.7 billion in FEMA disaster funding with offsetting cuts to an advanced technology program Democrats insisted was needed to maintain tens of thousands of auto industry jobs. The hard place was Tea Party Republicans who wanted deeper cuts than were in the bill.
September 13, 2011 The debt-ceiling debate was a game of chicken, a political scientist says. And the supercommittee may actually work out a deal.
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September 12, 2011 Something Republican and Democratic incumbents generally agree on is the drawing of congressional district borders to safeguard their incumbent and partisan advantage and, in the case of the CBC, their racial upper hand in certain districts drawn to include mostly black voters.
August 11, 2011 The 12 members of the Debt "Super Committee" are now official, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named her three appointees Thursday. She chose Reps. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. The special panel must create a plan to shave $1.2 trillion off the federal deficit over the next decade.
August 9, 2011 There could be another extreme makeover ahead of Congress if the current voter mood lasts until the 2012 general election. Different polls by credible organizations indicate that voters appear ready to wash their hands of the current Congress which could result in shifts in control of both the House and Senate.
The FAA's partial shutdown doesn't affect air traffic controllers (above). But the impasse has left some 47,000 workers without a paycheck.
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August 3, 2011 The shutdown doesn't include air traffic controllers. But it has left 4,000 FAA employees, and an additional 70,000 contractors, either furloughed or fired outright.
May 3, 2011 There's a lot of huffing and puffing in Washington and beyond about Pakistan after the successful U.S. military mission that killed Osama bin Laden at his safe house in that nation. But in the end, Pakistan is not only too big but dangerous to fail, with its nuclear weapons and extremists.
April 25, 2011 New House Republicans from swing districts with their constituents during the spring recess are finding themselves in the middle of a political pinch. On one side are voters, many who are, worried about possible changes to Medicare. On the other, there's the Tea Party. And Democrats wait to pounce.
March 17, 2011 It's probably unnecessary to point out that Nobel laureate physicist Steven Chu, President Obama's energy secretary, is scary smart but in an approachable way. That came through in his appearance Wednesday when he parried questions from lawmakers.
February 23, 2011 Charlie Cook, congressional campaign analyst, predicts Democrats won't regain House control soon.
February 18, 2011 Rep. Barney Frank seemed ready to upset the House's march toward completing work on a spending bill that will make deep cuts in the federal budget.
January 21, 2011 The idea of bipartisan seating at the State of the Union is favored by 72% of the public. That means lawmakers have a lot more to gain than lose by sitting with members of the opposing party. And once the speech is over, they can get back to sniping.
January 20, 2011 While the GOP House's health law repeal action may not become law, it gives both Republicans and Democrats fresh campaign fodder for 2012.
January 19, 2011 Much of the drama in the House health law repeal vote will be watching how certain members vote. Republican Sean Duffy of Wisconsin is definitely one to keep an eye on since he didn't campaign on repealing the health care law.
January 11, 2011 Obama's speech will be his first to a joint session of Congress since the GOP's House takeover. It will make for a new sight, Speaker John Boehner sitting behind the president as he delivers his speech.
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