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Nation Mar 17Cranking up pressure, Garland begins Senate visits
President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court commenced courtesy calls with senators Thursday as Democrats began the next phase of their drive to put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama pick.
Politics Feb 22Senate controversies over Supreme Court picks are rare
WASHINGTON -- The history of Supreme Court nominations is dominated by tales of picks the Senate debated and approved with little angst. President Barack Obama's upcoming effort to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia's death doesn't seem to be…
Politics Feb 20GOP House primaries to test establishment popularity
Next month, GOP House members in a crescent curving from Texas to Illinois face the first congressional primaries in this incumbent-bashing, anti-establishment season of billionaire Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the leading Republican presidential contenders.
Politics Jan 27Will red and blue lawmakers clear a path for a heroin abuse bill?
WASHINGTON — In a testy election year likely to see scant collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, there's a glint of hope in Congress for a bipartisan bill aimed at fighting heroin and opioid addiction — a deadly, growing problem that…
Politics Jan 12In GOP response to Obama, S.C. governor defends immigrants
WASHINGTON -- Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to…
Politics Dec 17Republicans push more than $600B in tax cuts through House
WASHINGTON — Republicans whipped more than $600 billion in compromise tax breaks for businesses, investors and families through the House on Thursday, as Congress tried capping 2015 with a flurry of accomplishments before the partisan collisions certain to dominate the…
Politics Dec 15Congressional negotiators prepare to unveil $1.1 trillion spending deal
WASHINGTON — White House and congressional negotiators moved toward wrapping up a tax and spending compromise Tuesday that would cap Congress' year, a package expected to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports and provide legislative goodies for home-state interests.
Politics Dec 08Democrats in Congress lay out steps to prevent gun access by suspected extremists
Democrats have taken to the floors of the Senate and House to draw attention to their drive to prevent violent extremists from obtaining guns.
Politics Dec 03Senate OKs Republican bill unraveling health care law
WASHINGTON -- Openly welcoming a preordained veto, Republicans drove legislation to Senate passage Thursday aimed at crippling two of their favorite targets: President Barack Obama's health care law and Planned Parenthood.
Politics Dec 03Senate set to OK Republican bill unraveling health care law
Republicans drove legislation toward Senate approval Thursday that would demolish President Barack Obama's signature health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal money, edging toward a veto fight the GOP knows it will lose but believes will delight conservative voters…