Post Politics: February, 2013

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed today.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 02/28/2013

GOP Rep. Peter King: Don't donate to Marco Rubio

The congressman is still hopping mad, two months later.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:55 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Obama: Republicans 'chose' the sequester

The president issues a statement about the failed sequester bills.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Sequester replacement bills: How they voted

Neither party's bill got unified support from its members.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:50 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/28/2013

GOP and Democratic sequester bills both fail in Senate

Neither attained the 60 votes necessary, and neither got unified support from its own party.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Arkansas legislature overturns veto of late-term abortion ban

The legislature has also passed a bill that would outlaw most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abortion

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Nike joins Michelle Obama for physical activity initiative

The new effort aims to engage 50,000 schools over the next five years.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:14 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Violence Against Women Act passes in House, goes to Obama

House Speaker John Boehner violates the Hastert Rule again.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Plot thickens for former Fla. congressman David Rivera

A Democratic opponent in the 2012 campaign, who is facing his own charges, appears to be cooperating with investigators.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:10 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds wouldn't challenge King in Senate primary

But she's very serious about running if King doesn't.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Senators delay consideration of gun legislation

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/28/2013

New labor ad campaign targets Republicans on sequester

The six-figure ad buy called "Remembered" targets Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, among others.

By David Nakamura  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, sequester

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2013

R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has big problems

The independent Rhode Island governor is half as popular as either of his likely Democratic opponents in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Bob Woodward: White House said I would 'regret' it if I pursued the story

Longtime Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is taking on the White House, saying in multiple interviews that the administration essentially threatened him to try to get him not to write a story.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Michelle Obama op-ed: Healthy food is good business

The first l ady cites Wal-Mart and Disney as examples of companies succeeding financially with healthy options.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Club for Growth ties Mark Pryor to Obama in new ad

The anti-tax group launches an ad against the Democratic senator.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Tammy Duckworth to take 8.4 percent pay cut if sequester happens

Illinois lawmaker says she's doing so to feel the pain of her constituents.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:18 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, sequester

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Jack Lew confirmed as Treasury secretary

Lew was given the Senate's greenlight in a 71-26 vote.

By Jia Lynn Yang  |  06:17 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Air traffic controllers bracing for furloughs

The sequester would significantly and perhaps permanently undermine the capacity of the system"

By Lori Aratani  |  04:01 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Bloomberg: Kelly win a harbinger of future campaigns

Bloomberg was visiting the capital the day after a major victory for his super PAC.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, sequester, White House

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Latham not running for Senate in Iowa

Latham won't make bid for open seat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Levin, McCaskill rip Democratic super PAC over racial tweets

"Shame on KY group for repugnant attack on Sen. McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao," Levin tweets.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Boehner to curb codels due to sequester

Only delegations headed to review ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq would be allowed to continue.

By Paul Kane  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Rosa Parks statue unveiled in Capitol (video, photos)

Parks is the first black woman honored in Statuary Hall with a full-length statue.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/27/2013

The tale of the sequester start time

Does the sequester start Friday morning or Friday night?

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/27/2013

TSA: Sequester will impact spring, summer travel

Busy airport times will be harder to staff with cuts.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Air traffic controllers: Sequester to have 'long-lasting consequences'

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said in the report that increased delays, higher costs and lags in air traffic upgrades would be felt.

By Mark Berman  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2013

OFA asks followers to speak up against sequester

OFA has previously used its massive mailing list to support the White House's proposals to curb gun violence.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Champ Edmunds launching challenge to Sen. Max Baucus

The state representative joins former state senator Corey Stapleton in the primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Head of FAA echoes warnings about flight delays

Flights to major cities could be delayed and that could cause ripple effects.

By Mark Berman  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Assault weapons ban subject of emotional Senate hearing

Supporters and opponents of the ban debated its merits even though it's unlikely to earn Senate passage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Club for Growth invites GOP primary challenges with new Web Site

Anti-tax group targets GOP incumbents.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Obama to meet with congressional leaders Friday on sequester

It will be the first meeting between the president and congressional leaders on the issue.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  09:53 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Jim Messina launches consulting firm

Messina goes to the private sector with two Democratic strategists

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:41 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Rep. Keith Ellison to Hannity: 'You are the worst excuse for a journalist'

"Every journalistic ethic I have ever heard of was just breached by you," Ellison tells Hannity.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Michelle Obama kicks off Let's Move tour in Miss.

The first lady is celebrating her initiative's third year.

By Krissah Thompson  |  08:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Chart: How sequestration would affect government agencies

Based on information from the Senate Appropriations Committee.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 09:14 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Democrats nominate Robin Kelly in Illinois special election

Democrats nominate Robin Kelly in Illinois special election

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:14 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Bipartisan coalition calls for reforming sequester's defense cuts

The groups say the defense budget needs to be cut -- just in a different way.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:04 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/26/2013

McCain, Graham say Obama understands border concerns

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say Obama is fully committed to immigration overhaul

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Graham, immigration, McCain, White House

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:22 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Hagel confirmed as Defense secretary

The vote ends a nearly two-month battle that included an unprecedented filibuster against the nominee.

By Paul Kane  |  05:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Reid says it's the House sitting on 'posterior'

Sequester debate comes to this: an argument about who is sitting on their butts.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester; sequestration; boehner; congress; reid; mcconnell

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Obama: Uncompromising GOP will be to blame for massive cuts

Obama spoke before hundreds of workers at a submarine factory in Virginia

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and David Nakamura  |  02:52 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester, White House

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Democratic group tweets about McConnell's 'Chinese' wife, sexual orientation

"This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress -- she's his #wife.May explain why your job moved to #China!" the group tweeted of McConnell's Chinese-American wife.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Napolitano, Holder warn of cuts to law enforcement, security

"It's going to have an impact on law enforcement," Holder said, including FBI, DEA and ATF officials.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Obama campaign veterans launch effort to turn Lone Star State blue

Veterans from President Obama's campaign have formed a group dedicated to raising money and registering voters to help turn the Lone Star State blue.

By David Nakamura  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Watchdog calls on Obama to shut down nonprofit, saying it sells access to president

If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors, Common Cause president Bob Edgar said.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Senate clears path for final Hagel vote

The former Republican senator is now poised for a final confirmation vote later Tuesday.

By Paul Kane  |  12:38 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Lew confirmed by Senate Finance Committee

Six Republicans voted in favor of Lew's nomination

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Boehner: Time for Senate to 'get off their --'

Boehner raises rhetorical heat, calls on Senate to "get off their ass" on sequester.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boehner, Congress, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 02/26/2013

GOP Rep. Walter Jones says Cheney likely going to hell

Walter Jones said Lyndon B. Johnson is likely already there.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:44 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Poll: More would blame Congress for cuts

Only 30 percent of Americans thought the cuts would have a major effect on their personal finances,

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:41 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, sequester

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Anxiety, anger over the sequester in Newport News

Anxiety, anger over the sequester in Newport News

By Michael Laris  |  08:06 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester, White House

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Chris Christie will not be invited to CPAC

The New Jersey governor has fallen out of favor with some conservatives in recent months.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:25 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shorthand

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 02/25/2013

House Republican leaders speak out -- but nowhere closer to a deal

House Republicans have a message for President Obama: If you want to avert the sequester, stop calling us, and start calling Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:31 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, sequester

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/25/2013

McCain, Graham to meet with Obama on immigration

McCain is the lead Republican on an eight member bipartisan Senate working group attempting to craft immigration legislation.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Assault weapons ban could get committee vote Thursday

The proposal, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), is opposed by moderate Democrats and most Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Congress opens with little sign of work on sequester

Congress opens with little sign of work on sequester

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 02/25/2013

NIH head warns cuts will stall its research

He also expects to have to turn away patients.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  03:51 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/25/2013

White House won't confirm access arrangement

When pressed, Carney referred reporters to speak to OFA directly

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Obama trying to 'scare' Americans, Jindal says

A trio of Republican governors said Monday that President Obama is trying to scare the American people about the impact of the deep federal spending cuts set to begin this week, and continued urging him to pursue alternate spending reductions.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:53 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, President Obama, sequester

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Napolitano warns that sequester would affect border security

Napolitano says her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 border control agents under mandatory spending cuts,

By David Nakamura  |  02:20 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  local sequester, sequester

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Obama to governors: Keep pressing Congress

"At some point we've got to do some governing," Obama said of Congress.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, sequester

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Top Kentucky Dem predicts Ashley Judd will run for Senate

"I would be surprised if she doesn't run at this point," Yarmuth said.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/25/2013

The sequester: A tea party victory

The tea party is about to get what they wanted.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:51 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Graphic: A state-by-state guide to the sequester

See what the White House says will happen to your state if sequester cuts to through.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester, White House

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Michelle Obama presents 'best picture' Oscars winner

It was one of the biggest surprises of the evening.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 02/24/2013

Sunday show sequester primer

A roundup of the Sunday show sequester news.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:46 PM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 02/24/2013

Jindal: Delaying Medicaid expansion, health care exchanges could avert sequester

Jindal says delaying Medicaid expansion, health care exchanges could avert the sequester.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:52 PM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/24/2013

O'Malley, McDonnell protest sequester-related defense cuts

The Democrat and Republican pledged to work together to head off the worst of the cuts.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/24/2013

Sequestration affecting congressional hiring, Rep. Goodlatte says

Lawmaker says sequestration is a factor in hiring decisions -- something federal agencies also should consider.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Japanese prime minister presents Obama with special golf putter

Japanese leader says his grandfather played golf with Eisenhower.

By David Nakamura  |  08:18 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Obama

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:03 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/22/2013

OFA pressures GOP lawmakers on guns in ad campaign

It's the first ad campaign by Obama's former campaign operation

By Philip Rucker  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, White House

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Democratic governors warn of sequestration impact

"We can blow it or we can continue to make it happen." said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

By Felicia Sonmez and David Nakamura  |  02:39 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Bobby Jindal to address CPAC

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 02/22/2013

LaHood: Sequester could mean 90-minute flight delays

The transportation secretary described the consequences of sequestration as "enormous."

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:38 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Obama to meet Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at White House

Topics will include a potential free trade pact, North Korea's nuclear threat and the ongoing Japan-China skirmish over the disputed Senkaku islands.

By David Nakamura  |  11:20 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Governors gather in D.C. for NGA winter meeting

What the nation's governors will do when they get to DC.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:03 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Rep. Phil Gingrey set to join Georgia Senate race, sources say

Three Georgia GOP strategists say Gingrey is all-in.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:03 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Huntsman supports same-sex marriage

Thursday's announcement marks a shift from positions he took during during the Republican primary.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:04 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Harry Reid on reelection: 'Sure, why not?'

The Senate majority leader would be 76 years old in 2016.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:59 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Biden makes case for gun control in Conn. speech

Biden sought to publicly shame lawmakers who are hesitant about voting for President Obama's gun-control agenda.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Big Bird films PSAs with Michelle Obama

They are part of the third anniversary of the "Let's Move" campaign.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:53 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013

NRA raised $1.1 million in January

The cash infusion came as the group geared up for what it is calling "the fight of the century"

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Labor, business leaders declare progress in immigration talks

Labor, business leaders said they have agreed on certain principles but stopped short of agreeing on a new guest worker program for foreigners.

By David Nakamura  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Mia Love to address CPAC

The rising Republican star will address the conservative conference next month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Hagel lands another GOP supporter

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) voted against bringing Hagel's nomination to a vote last week, but now he says he'll vote for his confirmation.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Laura Bush same-sex marriage ads will be replaced

Laura Bush asked to be removed from marriage equality ad

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/21/2013

15 GOP senators call for withdrawal of Hagel nomination

The letter states that a Secretary of Defense should have broad bipartisan support.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Rep. Ed Markey compares Citizens United to Dred Scott case

"The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed; we have to repeal Citizens United," Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Tuesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Obama says he has a year to get stuff done

In interviews to eight local television affiliates, Obama discusses policy, economy and golf.

By David Nakamura  |  10:22 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congressional Republicans, President Obama

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Shorthand

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By Rachel Weiner  |  06:03 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Obama to attend unveiling of Rosa Parks statue at Capitol

President Obama will head to the Capitol next week for the unveiling of a new statue honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks, a White House official confirmed Wednesday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/20/2013

White House dismisses North Korea video showing Obama, troops in flames

The White House on Wednesday shrugged off a new North Korean Web video depicting President Obama and U.S. troops in flames.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Michelle Obama's new official portrait unveiled

The bangs are part of history now.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Obama to give Ohio state commencement speech

President Obama will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University this spring.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:11 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Mitt Romney speaking at CPAC

The National Review reports that Mitt Romney will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this March, his first public speech since he conceded the 2012 presidential election last November.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Democrats want Congress to come back and stop 'sequester'

Democrats want Congress to come back and stop 'sequester'

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. faces prison time

A remorseful and emotional Jesse L. Jackson Jr. faced the criminal charges against him in federal court on Wednesday, admitting to misusing campaign funds to benefit himself and his wife.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ann E. Marimow

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 02/20/2013

RNC raised $6.9 million in January

The committee is in far better financial shape than its Democratic counterpart after not going into debt at the end of the 2012 election.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:54 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fundraising

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Kerry: State Department doesn't have its own Grover Norquist

In his first public address on foreign policy as secretary of state, John Kerry on Wednesday invoked anti-tax activist Grover Norquist as he made the case for funding of U.S. diplomatic efforts.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:32 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Gingrich: Karl Rove's super PAC plan is a 'dangerous model'

"We don't want to become a party in which a handful of political bosses gather up money from billionaires"

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Former senator Pete Domenici kept son secret for decades

Former New Mexico senator Pete Domenici, a Republican, disclosed this week that he has a son born in secrecy 30 years ago.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/20/2013

McCain defends immigration reform at testy town hall

Arizona Nightly News' Brahm Resnik described the meeting as "very rough... a lot of Republicans in that room clearly did not care for immigration reform."

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Schweitzer vs. Baucus? Montana ex-governor posts poll

Without comment, former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer has posted a poll on his Facebook page that suggests he would beat Sen. Max Baucus in a 2014 Democratic primary.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Group is fighting for gun control but dropping use of the term

What's in a name? A lot, if your name includes the term "gun control."

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Ex-senator Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) won't run for Senate

Goodwin's exit leaves Democrats still without a candidate.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:58 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:51 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Tiger Woods on Obama golf game: 'We won'

The White House press corps may have been shut out of President Obama's golf game with Tiger Woods this past weekend. But the pro golfer has shared a little bit of information on the game.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:47 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Biden: 'Buy a shotgun'

Vice President Biden had some advice today for Americans who wish to protect themselves with an assault weapon.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama calls Republican senators on immigration

President Obama placed phone calls Tuesday afternoon to three GOP senators involved in an eight-member Senate bipartisan group working on an immigration overhaul.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Tea party group apologies for Rove Nazi photo

A national tea party group has apologized for using a doctored photo of Karl Rove in which the Republican strategist was shown wearing a Nazi uniform.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Biden to deliver remarks at gun-control event in Connecticut this week

Biden will travel to Danbury, Conn., later this week to promote the gun-control agenda crafted by the Obama administration in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:48 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Hillary Clinton to give paid speeches

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving paid speeches exclusively through the Harry Walker Agency.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Rubio's office battles White House over immigration bill leak

A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) denied a charge from fellow Repubilcans Tuesday that a draft bill written by Obama administration officials on immigration closely resembles the framework Rubio is pursuing with other senators.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/19/2013

White House defends Tiger Woods media blackout

The White House pushed back Tuesday against complaints from the press corps that the administration was too restrictive last weekend in denying a glimpse of President Obama playing golf with Tiger Woods.

By David Nakamura  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama's inaugural address in edit

The White House has released a photograph of President Obama working on his second inaugural address.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/19/2013

USA Today replaces Gallup with Pew

The newspaper ended a decades-long relationship with Gallup last month.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Ron Paul writing education manifesto

New School Manifesto will be released by Grand Central on Sept. 17.

By Ron Charles  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Gen. John Allen retiring

Allen said his decision was not influenced by a Pentagon investigation into e-mail messages he exchanged with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley.

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Mitch McConnell takes on Ashley Judd

In a three-minute web video, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pokes at Democrats who hope to take him on in 2014 -- including actress Ashley Judd.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Scott Brown: Phone to blame for 'Bqhatevwr' tweets

The former Massachusetts senator speaks publicly about the tweets for the first time.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:36 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/19/2013

David Axelrod joins NBC News, MSNBC

David Axelrod, one of the chief architects of President Obama's two presidential campaigns, will be a senior political analyst.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/19/2013

White House: GOP will take blame for sequester

With less than two weeks before these cuts hit, the president will challenge Republicans to make a very simple choice, the statement said.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  09:58 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Israel to award Obama medal

Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Peres last year.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:58 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns won't seek reelection

Johanns's exit was not expected. He will leave an open seat that Republicans will be expected to win in a very red state.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Sarah Palin will speak at CPAC

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the American Conservative Union announced Monday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/17/2013

President Obama enjoys guys' weekend, golfs with Tiger Woods

President Obama on Sunday displayed the freedom that comes with not having another election ahead of him, golfing with Tiger Woods in an enclave of privilege here along Florida's blustery Atlantic coast.

By Scott Wilson  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 02/16/2013

White House readies plan for residency in 8 years for illegal immigrants, report says

An overhaul of the nation's immigration system being drafted by the White House would allow illegal immigrants to seek permanent legal residency the first step to citizenship within eight years, the USA Today reported late Saturday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  07:26 PM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, White House

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 02/16/2013

Obama gets golf tips at start of guys' weekend in Florida

President Obama got some tips Saturday from Tiger Woods's former swing coach during the first day of a guys' weekend golf outing here on Florida's Atlantic coast.

By Scott Wilson  |  06:50 PM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Obama: ‘I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved'

Obama: ‘I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved'

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Iowa governor tells Rove: 'Stay out of it'

I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive and he needs to stay out of it, Gov. Terry Branstad told the Associated Press.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:40 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with conspiracy, fraud, other counts

The AP reports on the charges against former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:39 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Michelle Obama, daughters to spend Presidents' Day weekend in Aspen

Michelle Obama, daughters to spend Presidents' Day weekend in Aspen

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Obama recognizes Newtown victims with Presidential Citizens Medal

President Obama on Friday honored the recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the country's second-highest honor bestowed on civilians.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Tom Vilsack won't run for Senate

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will not run for Senate in 2014, an aide told reporters Friday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Herman Cain joins Fox News

Former presidential candidate and Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has joined Fox News.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Bloomberg PAC endorses Robin Kelly in new Illinois special election ad

Bloomberg PAC backs Kelly in IL-02

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:51 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Memphis congressman: Deleted State of the Union tweets went to daughter

Congressman's Valentine Day tweets to a daughter he has known for only three years goes public.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  08:34 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:32 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Obama: Hagel filibuster 'unfortunate'

Asked about the Senate vote during an online "fireside hangout" late Thursday afternoon, President Obama said that he expects and continues to hope that Hagel will be confirmed. But he slammed Senate Republicans for their "unprecedented filibuster" of a Defense nominee.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:50 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, White House

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Stephen Colbert will do another fundraiser for sister

Colbert will head to Charleston after his Feb. 22 fundraiser in New York.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:38 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 02/14/2013

WATCH: President Obama's Google+ Hangout

The White House solicited questions for the Hangout after Tuesday night's State of the Union.

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:58 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Senate GOP filibuster blocks Hagel nomination

Senate Democrats are forcing a vote this afternoon to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of defense, bringing to a head a showdown over the nomination of the former Republican senator despite strong GOP objections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, Congress

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Senate Democrats unveil sequester plan with little hope of passage

The measure proposes $110 billion in alternate savings, achieved primarily by ending direct payments to farmers, deepening defense cuts after 2015 and raising taxes on millionaires.

By Lori Montgomery  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn loses his running mate

The already embattled governor endures another indignity.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:12 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Frank Lautenberg will not run for reelection

The 89-year-old N.J. senator faced a primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

By Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake  |  03:09 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Obama to spend Presidents' Day weekend in West Palm Beach

Obama is planning to celebrate Presidents' Day with some rest and relaxation in the Sunshine State.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Canadian parliament 'debates' zombie invasion

A representative asked Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he was working with the U.S. to prepare for the eventual apocalypse.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:12 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Boehner blows reporter a kiss

Happy Valentine's Day from House Speaker John Boeher (R-Ohio).

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:16 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2013

FreedomWorks produced Clinton sexual parody video

According to a liberal magazine, staffers produced a parody video that a staffer in a panda suit simulating a sex act on a staffer wearing a Hillary Clinton mask.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/14/2013

John Boehner: Senate must act first

House speaker said he doesn't plan to move on any of President Obama's recent policy proposals until and unless the Democratic-controlled Senate acts first.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Reid: Republicans blocking Hagel's nomination

"In less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense," Reid said.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Boehner on negotiating with Democrats: 'My rear end got burnt'

Frankly, every time I've gotten into one of these high-profile negotiations, you know, it's my rear end that got burnt, the Republican leader said.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:43 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Rep. Amash: GOP attempts to blame sequester on Obama 'disingenuous'

Republican congressman thinks the party's sequester strategy is weak.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Reid files motion to break potential filibuster on Hagel

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) filed a motion Wednesday afternoon to begin the confirmation debate of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, setting up a vote by at least Friday morning that would require 60 votes to cut off a potential filibuster by conservative Republicans.

By Paul Kane  |  04:45 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Senate Republicans launch Balanced Budget Amendment effort

Senate Republicans are launching a major new push to encourage the adoption of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  04:28 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Marco Rubio has always loved water

Rubio took a big swig from a water bottle in his last major primetime speech.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:36 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Fox News signs Scott Brown

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown will debut on Fox News Wednesday night, with an appearance on "Hannity."

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 02/13/2013

McCain might support Hagel filibuster

Several Republicans told the magazine that the threshold for Hagel's confirmation would be 60 votes. But they said they were not filibustering the nomination, just placing holds on it. Hagel almost certainly has enough votes for confirmation.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:34 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, State of the Union

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Shuster apologizes for calling Obama a liar

It was hardly a "You Lie!" moment, but by Wednesday Shuster regretted his words.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Liveblogging the Jack Lew hearing

Neil Irwin is liveblogging the hearing over at Wonkblog; follow along.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Marco Rubio: 'I don't think a minimum wage law works'

"I don't think the minimum wage law works," Rubio told Charlie Rose.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama and Mark Kirk share exploding fist bump

President Obama is known for his fist bumps, but the exploding fist bump adds a new level.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:31 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Why Obama kept his palms down

A body language expert weighs in on the State of the Union.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/13/2013

State of the Union 'Say What': video, transcript and social reaction

In

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013

No new proposal on immigration

President says immigration reform is something that leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree on.

By Tara Bahrampour  |  11:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Marco Rubio takes a water break

Marco Rubio takes a water break

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:35 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rand Paul's tea party response: Obama ‘offers you free stuff'

"The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor," Paul said, adding that "the ranks of the poor have swelled" during Obama's tenure.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:35 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's State of the Union: The reaction

The early reactions to Obama's speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rubio: New face, same GOP principles

Even if the messenger was new, the message Rubio offered was back-to-basics

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:14 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 PM ET, 02/12/2013

After State of the Union, Obama calls supporters

Obama urges supporters to tweet '#jobsnow'

By Felicia Sonmez  |  10:48 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Conservatives praise Obama's fatherhood comments

Ralph Reed tweeted support for Obama's comments on promoting marriage and families.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:39 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Manufacturing jobs

Fact Checker: Manufacturing jobs

By homepage  |  10:39 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

'They deserve a vote'

Several guests sitting near Michelle Obama on Tuesday night got an extra taste of the spotlight when President Obama called them out in his speech,

By Emily Heil  |  10:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Woman escorted out of speech

When taken out in the hall, the woman, who did not give her name before being escorted away, was seen crying.

By Emily Heil and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Issue by issue summary

An issue by issue look at Obama's speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Gabrielle Giffords' moment

Giffords and husband applaud remark on gun control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Early reactors

Some members of Congress want to catch media attention before the crowd is out.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:16 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

On gun control: 'This time is different'

Obama doesn't explicitly endorse assault weapons ban

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama: Overwhelming majorities support background checks

Here's what polls find NRA members think about universal background checks

By Scott Clement  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Polls, State of the Union

Posted at 10:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013

'We buy less foreign oil'

Obama is right: Oil imports have dropped dramatically in the last two years

By Steve Mufson  |  10:12 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of Union

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Pay parity for women

Making the wage gap seem wider than it is.

By Glenn Kessler  |  10:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 10:07 PM ET, 02/12/2013

On sequester: 'Enough already'

Obama calls on Congressional Republicans to work with him to replace the sequester with a more sensible deficit-reduction plan

By Lori Montgomery  |  10:07 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Duckworth stands for mention of wounded warriors

I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, President Obama said in his address.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Little hope of avoiding defense cuts

Obama reiterated his opposition to a proposal by some Republicans to spare defense cuts, but not other bit-ticket items, such as health care and social services.

By Ernesto Londono  |  10:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama promises climate action

President is silent on the contentious Keystone XL pipeline project.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Crackdown on college costs?

Obama promises to require colleges to show their tuition costs if they want federal grants

By Lyndsey Layton  |  09:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama ribbon-cutting joke flops

While touting investments in infrastructure during his State of the Union, President Obama ribbed members of Congress: "I know you want those job-creating projects, I've seen you all at ribbon-cuttings."

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Peter Roskam, Paul Ryan's wingman

Those wondering what Paul Ryan thought of President Obama's State of the Union would do well to ask the lawmaker who has been serving as the Wisconsin Republican's wingman.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Extreme weather, climate change linked

Obama links recent extreme weather to climate change

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:50 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama stresses energy efficiency

Obama gave energy efficiency plenty of air time on Tuesday night.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:50 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama proposes universal pre-school

Those programs cost taxpayers about $5.5 billion, an average of about $5,000 per child in 2011.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  09:49 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama asking Romney lawyer to take on long voting lines

It's no surprise that President Obama is addressing voting reform in the State of the Union. But the president is making news by announcing that he is asking a lawyer for Mitt Romney to co-chair a commission on the issue.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:46 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Medicare reform

Claim on Medicare savings that earned the president a Geppetto Checkmark.

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Jobs number unclear

Obama is cherry-picking a jobs number

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama: Limited cost-cutting for Medicare

Obama also mentioned asking more from our wealthiest seniors

By N.C. Aizenman  |  09:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Medicare statement misleading

Medicare savings mentioned by Obama wouldn't come until 2022

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Factchecker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A guide to Michelle Obama's guests

We broke down the list of First Lady's Michelle Obama's guests earlier today, but what do they look like?

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:28 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Reducing deficit

Fact Checker: Reducing deficit

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A burst of bipartisanship?

Several lawmakers from opposite parties are sitting together

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Foreign oil

Fact Checker: Foreign oil

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama begins his State of the Union address

We'll update with them with the transcript of his remarks as delivered once they are complete.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Fact Checker: Six million new jobs

Fact Checker: Six million new jobs

By Glenn Kessler  |  09:18 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fact checker, State of the Union

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Kerry gets warm welcome

New secretary of state greeted with hugs and kisses

By Emily Heil  |  09:11 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama arrives at Capitol, Carney 'heading to the bar'

White House spokesman Jay Carney: "We're heading to the bar."

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:03 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Paul Ryan is in the House

Paul Ryan is in the House

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:58 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Gabby Giffords in the House

Invited guests are squeezed in together high up in the Chamber

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Biden wearing green ribbon to honor shooting victims

Green ribbons in honor of Newtown victims

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Aurora survivor attending State of the Union

Stephen Barton lives near Sandy Hook and is attending as Sen. Blumenthal's guest.

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:51 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Steven Chu is the State of the Union 'designated survivor'

Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend the State of the Union, the White House announced Friday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:25 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Bo meets Bobak

The popular first dog meets the popular scientist

By Natalie Jennings  |  08:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Dozens of gun violence victims attending State of the Union

Congressional Democrats have invited at least 35 people with connections to gun violence

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rubio to focus State of the Union response on Medicare, Social Security

"Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors," Rubio will say.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Advance excerpts of Obama's State of the Union address

In his State of the Union tonight, President Obama will, as he has before, defend the role of government in making lives better. At the same time, he will emphasize that he does not plan to increase the deficit and that he is not for "bigger government" but "smarter government."

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:13 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Ted Nugent promises to be respectful during State of the Union

Rock musician Ted Nugent, who once said he would end up "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected, told reporters that he will be respectful during tonight's State of the Union.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Rand Paul to call for GOP to embrace immigrants

In his tea party response to President Obama's State of the Union tonight, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will call on Republicans to embrace immigrants.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Anonymous threatens to hack State of the Union address

In a statement threatening to block web streams of Obama's speech, the hacker collective said it rejects "irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:59 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013

McConnell 'not interested' in last ditch talks to avert sequester

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he has not heard from Vice President Biden and that he has little interest in trying to recreate the hectic last-minute deals that the two have crafted since December 2010.

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Fiscal Cliff

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senate Democrats to huddle with Obama on immigration

The four Democrats involved in a bipartisan Senate effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system will huddle with President Obama on Wednesday to brief him on the group's progress.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senate votes to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, 78 to 22

The 78 to 22 vote will put pressure on the GOP-held House to likewise act to renew the 19-year old program, which Congress has twice reauthorized but lapsed in 2011 amid partisan disputes over key provisions.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senate Armed Services Committee approves Hagel 14 to 11

The Senate Armed Services Committee is voting now on former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense. Democrats have a 14 to 12 member edge on the committee, so Hagel is expected to clear this hurdle and move on to a full Senate vote.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, Congress

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Who's sitting in Michelle Obama's State of the Union box

First Lady Michelle Obama's guest list makes clear that the president will emphasize gun violence with tonight's speech.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, White House

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Nancy Pelosi invites Martin O'Malley and Tony Bennett to State of the Union

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has invited Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and singer Tony Bennett to sit in her guests seats for Tuesday night's State of the Union Address.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Christie opponent Barbara Buono in minor car accident

New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) was in a minor car accident Monday night and suffered minor cuts on her face.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Cheney: Obama 'wanted to take us down a peg'

A wide-ranging interview covered drones and his relationship with former President Bush.

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union: Where, when, and what to watch

Watch the State of the Union live.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Speechwriter Cody Keenan takes lead on State of the Union

With top speechwriter Jon Favreau leaving the White House, deputy director of speechwriting Cody Keenan is transitioning into the lead role. His first big task -- President Obama's State of the Union tonight.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:14 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, White House

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/12/2013

John Boehner invites school children, CEOs and a batboy to the State of the Union

The Speaker's guests include two D.C.-area schoolchildren, women business executives and a batboy for the Cincinnati Reds.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Gabriel Gomez launches Massachusetts Senate bid

The Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL announces his campaign.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:11 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/12/2013

The face of voting delays at the State of the Union

The face of voting delays at the State of the Union

By Emily Heil  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh says he will sue Chicago Sun-Times

Walsh has sought to reduce his child support payments since losing his reelection race in 2012, but he says the paper went too far in reporting this.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013

The State of the Union in 140 characters (#SOTweetU)

Times may change, but the key components of the State of the Union tend to stay the same

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Natalie Jennings  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shorthand

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Gutierrez invites illegal immigrant to attend State of the Union

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez will use his invite to highlight another topic expected to get a mention in Obama's speech -- immigration.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Rep. Tom Price will decide on Georgia Senate race in May

The congressman says he has raised $300,000 in the last two weeks.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:48 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Ted Nugent to attend State of the Union

Nugent, a rock star and gun rights advocate, will be the guest of a Texas congressman.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, State of the Union

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Clinton Romesha

Clinton L. Romesha became the fourth living recipient to be awarded the nation's highest military honor

By William Branigin  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Armed Services to vote on Hagel on Tuesday

Levin is proceeding despite GOP calls for more financial information from Hagel.

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer reaches plea deal

Greer's plea deal comes on the eve of his trial, which was set to begin Monday and in which he threatened to cause the state GOP major problems.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:38 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Rice, Barbour join bipartisan push on immigration

A new bipartisan group is forming to pressure Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Obama to discuss gun violence in Chicago

Obama to discuss gun violence in Chicago

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Is Marco Rubio the GOP's answer?

The Florida Senator is everywhere these days.

By Karen Tumulty and Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  08:29 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/09/2013

Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election

Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Republicans try to pin cuts on White House with #Obamaquester

An excerpt from Bob Woodward's "The Price of Politics" is being burnished by the GOP.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 02/08/2013

George W. Bush not the first presidential painter

He joins a small group of presidential painters, although he's the first to turn to art only after his presidency.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:59 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Rand Paul to deliver 'tea party response' to State of the Union

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will deliver a "tea party response" to President Obama's State of the Union address, on behalf of the organization Tea Party Express.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:58 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Joe Courtney gets in spat with Tony Kushner over 'Lincoln'

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) has pronounced himself "pleased" that "Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner has acknowledged an ahistorical moment in the acclaimed film.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on guns, immigration and health care

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on how to talk about guns, immigration and health care

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Nancy Pelosi bringing Newtown resident to State of the Union

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will bring a survivor of the Sandy Hook shootings and her mother to the State of the Union, she told reporters Friday.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:26 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Doctor: I got angry call from Christie about weight comments

The doctor said she has been a backer of his but is re-thinking her support.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:13 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Reports: Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed plea deal

Jackson hinted at a deal in his resignation letter.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Martin O'Malley takes swipe at NRA

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential presidential contender in 2016, is taking on the National Rifle Association.

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:03 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Stephen Colbert talks and sings with House Democrats

At their retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, House Democrats are hearing inspirational speeches from President Obama, former president Bill Clinton ... and comedian Stephen Colbert.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Bush family e-mails hacked

A criminal investigation into the hack is underway.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:32 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Clinton more popular than Obama, Biden

Yet another poll confirms that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is one of the most -- if not the most -- popular politicians in Washington right now.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:13 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Shorthand

What you might have missed.

By Rachel Weiner  |  07:22 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Winslow '100 percent' running for Senate in Massachusetts

Winslow will run for Senate in Massachusetts.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Richard Burr cracks waterboarding joke

Three hours into John Brennan's confirmation hearing, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) cracked a joke about harsh interrogation techniques.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:40 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Michigan House GOP says it won't mandate transvaginal ultrasounds

Sponsors say they may amend their bill to clarify that it wouldn't mandate the invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan, Rubio spar over detention centers

"Why shouldn't the U.S. intelligence community have facilities for detaining and questioning terrorist suspects in such cases?" Rubio asked.

By Natalie Jennings  |  05:16 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan disputes backlash to drone strikes

John Brennan disputed in his confirmation hearing that drone strikes have created a widespread backlash that only creates new terrorists.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan on harsh interrogation techniques: 'I do not know what the truth is'

He was firm in saying that "waterboarding never should have been used, and never will be if I have anything to do with it."

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan denies Risch's leak accusations

He told the committee that he was "witness, not a target" in a Justice Department investigation.

By Joby Warrick  |  04:35 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan: U.S. 'very judicious' in use of drones

"The American people would be quite pleased to know that we have been very careful and very judicious," he said.

By Joby Warrick  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Republicans threaten to block Brennan over Benghazi

Republicans repeated a threat to block Brennan's confirmation if the CIA failed to turn over additional documents about the U.S. response to the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.

By Joby Warrick  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan: We should acknowledge unintended drone deaths

Sen. Ron Wyden had a pointed question for Brennan on civilian casualties of drone strikes. Wyden asked Brennan how not if the U.S. should publicly acknowledge when a drone strike had inadvertently killed civilians.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Wyden demands more information on CIA killing

The senator said it was not clear that the Justice Department had produced all of the opinions attached to the memos.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/07/2013

House Democrats unveil gun-control proposals

But Democratic leaders demur on whether an assault weapons ban could ever pass Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Biden to talk gun control in Philadelphia

Biden to talk gun control with law enforcement officials in Philadelphia

By Philip Rucker  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Brennan opposed 1990s attempt to capture bin Laden

A bit of news early in John Brennan's testimony.

By Karen DeYoung  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Open-source data contradict Feinstein

According to data from the Web site Long War Journal, U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen killed a combined 31 civilians in 2008, 84 in 2009, 20 in 2010, 30 in 2011 and 39 in 2012.

By Max Fisher  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Code Pink protests bring Brennan hearing to halt

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Thursday's hearing to recess barely a few minutes after it had started.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan, White House

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Obama predicts Pelosi will be speaker again soon

President Obama reminded fellow Democrats that regional differences may require compromise on gun control and immigration.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration, White House

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Feinstein will ask about civilian drone deaths

Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in her opening statement that she planned to ask about civilian casualties from drone strikes--one of strongest criticisms of the program by opponents.

By Karen DeYoung  |  02:49 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brennan

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Michelle Obama to attend slain Chicago teen's funeral

Michelle Obama to attend slain Chicago teen's funeral

By Philip Rucker  |  01:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inauguration, White House

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Labrador fires spokesman over accidental tweet

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has fired his long-time spokesman over a tweet the spokesman accidentally sent from the congressman's twitter account praising a Super Bowl commercial featuring the stars of the CBS show "Broke Girls" provocatively pole dancing, according to the Idaho Statesman.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Steve King: 'Nobody can bully me out of running for Senate'

Steve King hits back against the GOP the establishment.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013

AFL-CIO kicks off campaign for immigration reform

The AFL-CIO plans a nationwide, grass-roots lobbying campaign on immigration reform

By David Nakamura  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Joshua DuBois leaving White House

President Obama announced Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast that Joshua DuBois, head of his Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships would be leaving the post, effective Friday.

By Elizabeth Tenety  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, White House

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013

President Obama busy fundraising for Democrats

Obama is planning to headline at least 14 separate fundraising events this year, split evenly between the committees responsible for electing Democrats to the House and Senate.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley to run for Senate

The congressman was expected to run for Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat and starts as the Democratic frontrunner.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013

President Obama speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast (video)

Obama spoke at the annual event Thursday morning.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Marco Rubio: I'm not the 'savior'

In a big week for Rubio, Time magazine's description went too far for his liking.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 02/06/2013

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By Rachel Weiner  |  06:10 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Rep. Erik Paulsen still not ruling out challenge to Franken

Despite a local report, the congressman's office says he's keeping his options open in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:55 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Facebook co-founder's husband running for Congress

Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes, has filed papers to run for New York's 19th House district.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Paul Broun announces Georgia Senate bid

Paul Broun will run for retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss's seat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Marco Rubio to deliver GOP response to Obama's State of the Union

In a first, the Florida senator will deliver the GOP's response in English and Spanish.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/06/2013

White House points to House inaction on USPS

The White House said previous attempts at a complete overhaul died in the House.

By Natalie Jennings and Philip Rucker  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/06/2013

White House: Reports of replica Oval Office are false

Press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday called reports of a replica "false."

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/06/2013

White House officials meet with defense contractors about Pentagon cuts

Senior Obama administration officials met Wednesday morning with top defense contracting executives at the White House to discuss how deep spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon would impact their industry.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Boehner: Dream Act path to citizenship 'worthy of consideration'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not rule out support for the tenets of the Dream Act, saying a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children is "worthy of consideration."

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:53 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Geithner gets think tank gig at Council on Foreign Relations

Former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a distinguished fellow, the think tank has announced.

By Allen McDuffee  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Poll: Majority of voters back gay Boy Scouts

There is a significant gender gap in the results.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Sen. Max Baucus draws first GOP challenger

Former state senator Corey Stapleton finished second in the Republican governor's primary in 2012.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013

American Crossroads targets Ashley Judd

The Web video is only a $10,000 buy, but it gives a sense of how Republicans would attack Judd should she get in the race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Hagel vote delayed after Republicans demand more information

Foreign Policy reports that Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) won't agree to a Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary until they get more information from the former Nebraska senator.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:23 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, White House

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Obama to nominate Sally Jewell for Interior

The choice of Jewell, who began her career as an engineer for Mobil Oil and worked as a commercial banker before heading a nearly $2 billion outdoors equipment company, represents an unconventional choice.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  08:52 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama marks 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

In video message to NARAL dinner, Obama marks 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/05/2013

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By Rachel Weiner  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Schumer to GOP: Follow Cantor

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's attempt to rebrand the Republican party has earned some praise from a top Democrat.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013

House GOP looking for middle ground on immigration

A number of Republicans who sit on the Judiciary Committee questioned whether there might be a middle ground between deportation of those here illegally and extending citizenship.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama to honor slain Sandy Hook teachers with medals

Six Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and administrators who were killed protecting their students during December's massacre in Newtown, Conn. will be honored at the White House.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Cantor draws a road map for Republicans

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushes Republican to refocus on kitchen table issues.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  02:32 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cantor, Congress

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama declines to alter deportation policies in meeting with immigration advocates

Immigration advocates asked President Obama on Tuesday to reconsider his administration's deportation policies that have resulted in a record number of undocumented migrants being removed from the United States, but the president declined to make adjustments as he ramps up his public push for overhauling immigration laws, the advocates said.

By David Nakamura  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama to visit Israel for first time as president

President Obama will travel to Israel next month, according to Israeli media reports that say he is scheduled to arrive March 20.

By Scott Wilson  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2013

CBO: 2013 deficit will be less than $1 trillion for first time in five years

The gap will be the smallest it has been in 5 years.

By Lori Montgomery  |  01:25 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Boehner silent on pathway to citizenship, Cantor embraces tenets of Dream Act

House Republican leaders Tuesday ducked a central component of the emerging bipartisan Senate plan to bring about a comprehensive reform to the nation's immigration system.

By Paul Kane  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Senate retreats for a few days

Senators are decamping for a few days of reflection and planning-ahead for the year to come.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama chief speechwriter leaving White House

Departure update on Jon Favreau, President Obama's chief speechwriter, who's been reported to be leaving his post for some time.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, White House

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Jeb Bush to speak at CPAC

Bush's speaking role may amp up speculation about his 2016 plans.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Dan Winslow exploring Senate run in Massachusetts

State Rep. Dan Winslow (R) is exploring a bid in the special election for the open Massachusetts Senate seat, making him the first Republican candidate to enter the race.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama calls for short-term fix to avoid sequester

President's proposal would represent a stopgap measure.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fiscal Cliff, White House

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013

New Rove group says it isn't anti-tea party

"This issue of candidate quality is not an ideological one," says Steven Law.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Chris Christie might get conservative challenger

Atlantic City lawyer, talk show host and conservative activist Seth Grossman is reportedly contemplating a primary campaign.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:38 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Kerry Healey won't run in Massachusetts

The former lieutenant governor becomes the latest big-name Republican to say no to the race.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Menendez blames busy schedule and 'smears'

New Jersey senator says his failure to disclose flights provided by a Florida doctor who is under investigation was an oversight caused by his hectic schedule.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Obama to meet with labor, business leaders on immigration

Obama to meet with labor, business leaders on immigration

By homepage  |  07:48 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Napolitano could run for president in 2016

So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn't run in 2016?

By Karen Tumulty  |  05:49 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 02/04/2013

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By Rachel Weiner  |  05:37 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Tagg Romney won't run for Senate

"The timing is not right for me," says Mitt Romney's eldest son.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Chuck Hagel filibuster unlikely

The senate minority leader did not say how he planned to vote.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says no to Senate, floats Peter Aman

Reed promoted two other Democrats for the job: Rep. John Barrow and former Atlanta COO Peter Aman.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 02/04/2013

White House on Obama's late budget: ‘Substance over deadlines'

The White House on Monday responded to criticism that it has again missed the deadline to submit the president's budget to Congress by arguing that what's in the budget matters more than when it arrives.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:29 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/04/2013

House Democrats, Republicans to unveil gun trafficking bill

It's the first bipartisan proposal put forth in the House to address gun violence.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Ronald Reagan's home will not be leveled for Obama library

A viral story claiming that Obama's presidential library could sit on the site of Reagan's childhood home sparked outrage, but isn't true.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:59 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/04/2013

White House says it released skeet-shooting photo to quell ‘persistent' questions

Rather than bring the skeet-shooting episode to an end, however, the White House's release of the photo seems only to have spurred even greater interest.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Super Bowl ad features Wayne LaPierre calling background checks 'reasonable'

The ad features Wayne LaPierre testifying in 1999, just a few weeks after the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

By Natalie Jennings  |  12:20 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Rep. Amash: McCain's Iran joke 'racist'

A joke made by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been criticized as "racist" by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

By Rachel Weiner  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/04/2013

John Kerry: 'Big heels to fill' at State

Kerry is taking the reins from Hillary Clinton, who succeeded Condoleezza Rice.

By Natalie Jennings  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Bill Weld won't run for Senate, Tagg Romney might

Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld (R) will not run in this year's special election for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the Associated Press reports.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Karl Rove's new 'Conservative Victory Project' earns conservative ire

The news that former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove is launching a super PAC designed to keep less-electable conservative Republicans from winning primaries has stirred up anger on the right.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013

DHS Sec. Napolitano to visit U.S. border in review of immigration controls

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit San Diego on Monday and El Paso, Tex., on Tuesday to review border security operations and meet with state and local officials and other stakeholders.

By David Nakamura  |  09:36 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, immigration, White House

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/04/2013

President Obama taking gun violence plan on the road

President Obama is taking his first trip outside of Washington to promote his far-reaching plan to curb the nation's gun violence on Monday.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/03/2013

President Obama: Boy Scouts should let in gay members

President Obama on Sunday said the Boy Scouts of America should end its ban on gay members and scout leaders.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/02/2013

Biden: President 'sends me to places that he doesn't want to go.'

Biden: President 'sends me to places that he doesn't want to go.'

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/02/2013

White House posts photo of Obama skeet shooting

After he recently claimed to shoot at Camp David “all the time,” a barrage of questions ensued.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, obama, skeet shooting

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Shorthand

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By Rachel Weiner  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 02/01/2013

George W. Bush's dog Barney dies

The Scottish terrier spent eight years with the Bushes in the White House. He was 12.

By Rachel Weiner  |  05:31 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Hillary Clinton bids farewell to State Department

Clinton gave her farewell speech to State Department employees on Friday afternoon.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Hagel did ‘fine job' at confirmation hearing, White House says

Hagel did ‘fine job' at confirmation hearing, White House says

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Scott Brown won't run for Senate

The Republican won't make a comeback bid.

By Chris Cillizza, Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 02/01/2013

White House: Turkey suicide attack ‘clearly an act of terror'

The suicide attack carried out at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was clearly an act of terror, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  12:53 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/01/2013

White House to offer contraceptives opt-out

Faith-based groups would not have to provide birth control

By Sarah Kliff  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Energy Secretary Steven Chu leaving administration

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is leaving the Obama administration after four years.

By Al Kamen  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/01/2013

New York remembers former mayor Ed Koch

He has been called a crank, a slippery egoist and the quintessential New Yorker.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/01/2013

DNC, Obama campaign millions in debt, RNC in the clear, according to reports

The Democratic National Committee is carrying $21 million in debt a contrast to its Republican counterpart, which enters the 2014 election cycle with no obligations, according to disclosure reports.

By Tim Farnam  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Post Politics

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Obama picked Kerry a week before Rice withdrew

He called me, actually a week before Susan got out of the thing, Kerry told the Boston Globe.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Obama camp on Romney's taxes: Let's make a deal

Obama's campaign manager makes Romney an offer.

By Rachel Weiner  |  07:04 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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