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Politics Mar 29O’Malley: presidency ‘not some crown’ to be shared by two families
Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House.
Politics Feb 24Administration: No quick fix if court kills health subsidies
President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that there is no administrative action that would fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans…
Politics Jan 31Medical device tax repeal struggles in Congress
The medical device tax flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax…
Politics Jan 21Republicans divided over new abortion bill
Some Republicans take issue with a new abortion bill that offers exceptions for victims of rapes who have reported to authorities.
Politics Jan 20Iowa Sen. Ernst promises focus on Americans’ concerns in GOP response
In remarks that mixed calls for bipartisan cooperation with a flexing of GOP independence, freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, cited Americans' worries about stagnant wages, lost jobs and canceled health care coverage. She called on Obama to cooperate with Republicans…
Politics Dec 16Up to 88 federal judges may receive Senate confirmation this year
No longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.
Politics Nov 21House Republicans sue Obama administration over health care law
WASHINGTON — House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over steps President Barack Obama took to put his health law into place.
Politics Nov 18Nancy Pelosi re-elected as House Democrat minority leader
WASHINGTON — Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. In a closed-door meeting of House…
Politics Sep 08Senate Democrats in doomed push to limit campaign funds
Senate Democrats started their campaign-season drive Monday for a constitutional amendment aimed at curbing special interests' financial clout in elections, a doomed effort the party hopes will make a populist appeal to voters.
Politics Jul 31Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader
WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror.