Post Politics: November, 2013

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/27/2013

Google gave money to conservative firebrand Heritage Action

Group is an addition to the list of dozens of independent groups that received grants from Google since September 2012.

By Matea Gold  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  google, heritage action, heritage foundation, soft money

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/27/2013

On Asia trip, Biden to press China on maritime provocations

Biden will confront the Chinese during week-long Asia trip.

By David Nakamura  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  asia, Biden

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Post Politics takes a break

Post Politics is taking a little time off for Turkey Day.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Obama administration proposes new rule curtailing political activities by nonprofit groups

The new guidance would amend current regulations governing which groups qualify as “social welfare” organizations.

By Matea Gold  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Obenshain will request recount in tight Virginia AG race

State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) has been declared the winner by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Mary Cheney joins fight against Indiana gay marriage ban

The move comes as her sister Liz’s position on gay marriage and the family’s internal feuding over it hang over Liz’s 2014 Senate campaign.

By Juliet Eilperin and Aaron Blake  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014; Liz Cheney

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 11/26/2013

N.J. legislature puts Dream Act on Christie’s desk

Christie has said he supports the general concept of the bill but would not sign it without specific changes -- changes the legislature declined.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:11 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie, Immigration

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Trey Radel: ‘I feel great,’ but people are harassing me

The freshman Republican congressman is staying at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Naples, Fla.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:37 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Trey Radel

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Supreme Court will review Obamacare’s birth control mandate

The justices accepted two cases that produced opposite results in lower courts.

By Robert Barnes  |  02:14 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Once-skeptical Huntsman not closing door on repeat presidential bid

In recent months, Huntsman has said he’s “not insane” and that he wants to return to private life after giving “the best years of our lives to politics.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Ethics committee again defers to Justice Department in Rep. Grimm probe

The Justice Department is apparently still looking into Rep. Micheal Grimm (R-N.Y.).

By Aaron Blake  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Justice Department

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Obama fundraiser gripes about lack of valet parking at White House

Haim Saban offered to pay for the valet service himself.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economics

In the first lengthy writing of his papacy, Francis says such economic theories naively rely on the goodness of those in charge.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Pope Francis

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Poll: Republicans lead generic ballot, 49-47

The GOP leads 49-47. Last month, it was behind 50-42.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:43 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 11/26/2013

GOP Rep. Jack Kingston: We shouldn’t just let Obamacare fail

Kingston is running in a crowded GOP primary for the open Georgia Senate seat.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:17 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Obamacare

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Obama: HealthCare.gov working ‘pretty well now’

White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said earlier Monday that the White House was “on track” for meeting the Nov. 30 goal

By Aaron Blake  |  08:54 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Trey Radel faces local GOP pressure to resign

Florida Republican officials, unlike GOP leaders in Washington, ask Radel to step down and focus on rehabilitation.

By Paul Kane  |  11:02 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Al Gore goes vegan, with little fanfare

Al Gore has gone vegan.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  07:39 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Obama on executive orders to bypass Congress: ‘There is no short-cut to democracy’

President Obama pushed back Monday against supporters who want him to sign more executive orders to overcome opposition to his policies from Republicans in Congress.

By Philip Rucker  |  05:44 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Crist: Party change is an asset

By Jackie Kucinich  |  04:19 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013

What lawmakers are talking about over the Thanksgiving recess

Every time lawmakers head home, party leaders give them suggested talking points and ways to earn local news coverage. Here are the Thanksgiving Week tips from both parties.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Obama: Batkid ‘cleaned up the streets. I love Batkid.’

The 5-year-old hero couldn’t make it to Obama’s appearance.

By Philip Rucker and Aaron Blake  |  03:15 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Batkid, White House

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Obama blasts ‘tough talk and bluster’ of Iran deal critics

“Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security,” the president said.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:12 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Heritage opposes Yellen, makes it a ‘key vote’

Yellen is expected to be confirmed and got the support of three GOP senators in the Senate Banking Committee last week.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:40 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Harry Reid: Senate will look at stronger Iran sanctions in December

Senate leader says his chamber will continue reviewing the possibility of new sanctions against the Iranian government.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:05 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, iran, Senate

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Liz Cheney’s daughters highlight family roots in new ad

The Senate contender is up with a new ad.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:20 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Election Board: Herring wins Virginia attorney general race

A recount seems likely.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:19 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Schweitzer clearly angling for presidential run

Schweitzer told MSNBC that it’s on his “bucket list” to visit all of Iowa’s counties.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Schweitzer, Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Poll: 4 in 10 say Obama an effective leader

That’s down from 52 percent just five months ago.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls, White House

Posted at 12:58 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Obama: I’m ‘not a particularly ideological person’

The House of Representatives is “not focused on getting the job done for the American people,” the president said.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:58 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/24/2013

Congress members react to the Iran nuclear deal

Congressional reaction is mixed.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 11/24/2013

Kerry on Iran: ‘We do not recognize a right to enrich’

Iran says the deal is tantamount to a recognition of that right.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:39 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2013

House intel chair Mike Rogers: Iran deal might lead to more violence

“You have now given them a permission slip to continue enrichment,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) says.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 11/24/2013

Palin calls Bashir’s comments ‘evil,’ doubles down on slavery-debt comparison

She called comments made by MSNBC host Martin Bashir “evil” and “vile.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:51 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sarah Palin

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 11/24/2013

Cardin: Iran deal must not be permanent

Cardin expressed skepticism that Iran would live up to the interim deal.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:40 AM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 11/23/2013

John Cornyn: Iran deal designed to ‘distract attention’ from health-care

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:50 PM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, iran, Senate Republicans

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Franken open to individual mandate delay

“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told Minnesota Public Radio.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 11/22/2013

George W. Bush’s artwork for sale

The president’s painting is being sold as an ornament by the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:17 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George W. Bush

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Obama to host state dinner for French President Hollande

Hollande and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, will join the Obamas at a White House state dinner in February.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Creigh Deeds: ‘Some wounds won’t heal’

The former Virginia gubernatorial candidate tweets after being released from the hospital.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:54 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2009, Creigh Deeds

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Scott Walker knocks divided government

The Wisconsin governor weighs in on the perils of divided government.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:16 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Obamacare 2015 open enrollment to be delayed one month, to after 2014 election

While the 2015 enrollment period had been set to begin Oct. 15, 2014 and end Dec. 7, it will now begin Nov. 15, 2014, and end Jan. 15, 2015.

By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin  |  09:56 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Boehner initially unable to sign up for D.C. health-care exchange

Speaker documents his troubles signing up for D.C.-based insurance exchange, as required by law.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:52 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Grassley: GOP will likely expand nuclear option to Supreme Court nominees

Grassley said Republicans will probably make the change when they regain power.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Rand Paul proposes fried Twinkie summit with Christie

Paul previously proposed the two settle their differences over a beer. Christie declined.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:57 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Christie takes reins of Republican Governors Association

The new position will give Christie an opportunity the hobnob with high-dollar donors, and to travel around the country laying groundwork for a possible presidential bid

By Vincent Bzdek  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Boehner: Immigration reform ‘absolutely not’ dead in House

House Speaker John Boehner pledges to continue work on reforming the nation’s immigration laws.

By David Nakamura  |  12:56 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 11/21/2013

FEC deadlocks, for now, on whether political committees can accept bitcoin

Chair Ellen Weintraub stressed that the lack of action did not mean the panel would not approve bitcoin donations at some point.

By Matea Gold  |  11:38 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bitcoin

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Tim Scott declines to endorse Lindsey Graham

“I’m certainly going to work really hard for Tim Scott’s reelection,” Scott says when asked whether he’ll back Graham against primary challengers.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:31 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Marco Rubio to vote against Janet Yellen as Fed chair

Florida senator one of at least five Republicans expected to vote against Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Republicans

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

Radel says he will take a leave of absence

An emotional Radel, 37, got choked up as he talked about dealing with the death of his mother, who died at his wedding reception.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:11 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Lobbying legend Gerald Cassidy stepping down from his firm

Cassidy, 73, will become chairman emeritus of Cassidy & Associates effective Jan. 1.

By Holly Yeager  |  10:05 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed

New York freshman is the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.

By Ed O'Keefe and Clarence Williams  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Illinois governor makes his state 16th to legalize gay marriage

Hawaii last week became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:51 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Senate fails again to proceed with defense bill

If the Senate fails to move forward with the bill this week, it could be the first year without a measure setting military policy.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Poll: 62 percent believe broader plot killed Kennedy

Most Americans are conspiracy theorists when it comes to John F. Kennedy.

By Peyton M. Craighill  |  03:48 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) will seek reelection

The top-targeted Arizona Democrat earlier this week appeared to waver about whether he would seek reelection in 2014

By Aaron Blake  |  03:14 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Radel didn’t inform Boehner of arrest until Tuesday

Radel didn’t vote Wednesday and only began informing colleagues of his troubles in recent days

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/20/2013

HealthCare.gov Web site crashes as Sebelius visits sign-up site

Sebelius responded, according to the local CBS station: “Uh oh.“

By Aaron Blake  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Sanders: I would make sure independent presidential campaign wouldn’t be ‘spoiler’

Sanders says he’s not sure whether he would run as an independent/third-party candidate or in the Democratic primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:58 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Radel could have faced much stiffer penalties in other states

Radel got probation, but in other states, such offenders faces years in prison.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:28 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trey Radel

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 11/20/2013

George W. Bush presents Jay Leno with portrait

Leno told Bush he looked more relaxed. Bush’s response: “Duh.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:13 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Rep. Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession, sentenced to probation

Radel faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and/or a 1,000 fine.

By Keith L. Alexander and Aaron Blake  |  10:01 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Obama writes handwritten tribute to Gettysburg Address

By David Beard  |  07:34 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) charged with cocaine possession

Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to documents from D.C. Superior Court.

By Aaron Blake, Keith L. Alexander and Ed O'Keefe  |  05:20 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Nonprofit arm of pro-Obama group raised more than $8 million in undisclosed donations in 2012

By Matea Gold  |  05:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Obama says Republicans are ‘invested in failure’ of health-care rollout

Obama sought to assure a gathering of business executives that fixes to the HealthCare.gov Web site are underway.

By Philip Rucker  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Man claims ‘Joe Biden defense’ after firing shotgun into the air

“I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air,” the man said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, White House

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Carney says Obama was told about HealthCare.gov review in April

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Reid becomes 50th backer for Gillibrand’s military sexual assault bill

Reid’s support comes hours after his Nevada colleague, Sen. Dean Heller (R), became the bill’s 49th public supporter.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:36 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Senior senators signal concern with current Iran talks

Letter of concern comes as President Obama sought to stop senators from considering new sanctions on Iran.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran, Obama, Senate

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Rand Paul: Shutdown was ‘dumb idea,’ but I’d vote the same way again

Paul suggested he would again resist a so-called “clean” debt-ceiling increase while hoping that it wouldn’t lead to a shutdown.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, shutdown

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Katherine Harris’s husband dead in apparent suicide

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said Harris “wanted the community, her family and friends to know that her husband is no longer suffering.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Christie: 2016 speculation unfairly hurts Obama

Christie also said he won’t resign from his current office unless he runs for president and wins.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Ex-Virginia governor candidate Creigh Deeds seriously injured in assault, son dead

The police say a second individual at the home was killed. They did not identify the person.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2009

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013

How two vulnerable House Republicans are preparing for 2014

Two moderate Republicans from the Philadelphia suburbs are girding for tough reelections next year.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Republicans

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Mary Cheney: My sister is treating us as ‘second class citizens’

Mary Cheney: My sister is treating us as ‘second class citizens’

By Aaron Blake  |  11:47 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Gay Marriage

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Obama’s message to OFA supporters on Obamacare

The president seeks the help of supporters in spreading word about the importance of signing up Americans for the health-care law.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  09:11 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Senate Republicans block another Obama court pick

It’s the latest chapter in a years-long dispute about appellate court nominees that is sure to revive talk about changing the rules of the Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:19 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, judicial nominations, Senate

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Lobbyists’ lobby approves a new name — one that doesn’t mention lobbying

American League of Lobbyists approves a new name that doesn’t mention “lobbyists.”

By Holly Yeager  |  05:39 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Fla. state legislator challenges Bill Young aide in GOP primary

State Rep. Kathleen Peters will face off against the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s staffer David Jolly in the Jan. 14 primary.

By Jackie Kucinich and Aaron Blake  |  05:10 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 11/18/2013

White House confirms 1 in 5 Americans won’t be able to enroll via HealthCare.gov

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Monday 1 in 5 Americans won’t be able to sign up for insurance via HealthCare.gov.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:06 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Cheney parents defend Liz Cheney in gay marriage feud with sister

In a just-released statement, the parents appear to sympathize with Liz Cheney and appear to disagree with comments made by Mary Cheney’s wife.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:52 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Gay Marriage

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Obama, senators to meet about Iran

The president will meet with top Senate leaders and senators responsible for the national security and banking committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:41 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Romney backs Idaho congressman facing tea party challenge

Idaho has a large Mormon population -- Simpson and Romney are both Mormon -- and Romney easily won its GOP caucuses

By Aaron Blake  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Mitt Romney

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders open to presidential run

Sanders said he would entertain the idea of running if there’s no viable option speaking to the issues he cares about.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Democratic governors: Obamacare works for us

Governors of Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut point to lack of political bickering at the state level.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:35 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/18/2013

DSCC outraises NRSC in October

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm outpaced its GOP counterpart in October.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 11/17/2013

Cheney family feud over gay marriage escalates

The Senate contender weighs in on gay marriage, and her sister criticizes her views.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:32 PM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 11/17/2013

Scott Walker: 2016 ticket should feature governors, not members of Congress

Walker lays out his 2016 vision.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:02 PM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/17/2013

Pelosi downplays Obamacare defections; Clyburn says Dems ‘insulating’ themselves

Pelosi sought Sunday to downplay the impact of Democrats who broke ranks to vote for a Republican bill to alter Obamacare.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:56 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/17/2013

Gillibrand: I’m on the Hillary Clinton 2016 ‘bandwagon’

The New York senator says she is fully behind Hillary Clinton.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 11/17/2013

Ben Nelson: Insurance commissioners still concerned about Obamacare fix

Nelson weighs in on the Obamacare fix.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:43 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 11/17/2013

McAllister wins Louisiana special election

An underdog wins the special election.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:37 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Obama, Pelosi, Leahy cheer on Batkid

A 5-year old dressed as Batman has some of the most powerful people in America tweeting about him.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:07 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Ethics panel says Rep. Owens accepted ‘improper’ travel expenses, closes two cases

The committee says Owens shouldn’t have accepted privately sponsored foreign travel planned in part by a lobbying firm tied to the Taiwanese government.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:37 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, ethics

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Senior CMS official warned in mid-July HealthCare.gov could ‘crash,’ documents show

“I just need to feel more confident they are not going to crash the plane at take-off, regardless of price,” Henry Chao wrote.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013

House approves ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

Proposal dramatically undercuts the new health-care law and comes as GOP attempts to divide Democrats on health-care.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 11/15/2013

President Obama has ‘absolute confidence’ in Secret Service, White House says

President Obama has full confidence in the leadership of the Secret Service despite latest sex scandal.

By David Nakamura  |  01:37 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  secret service

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Kerry makes much of Hillary Clinton at Georgetown symposium

At symposium concerning the future of women in Afghanistan, Secretary of State John Kerry lavishes praise on his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By Anne Gearan  |  12:43 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Ex-Rep. Travis Childers (D) considering run for Mississippi Senate seat

Childers would likely need some help in the form of a flawed GOP nominee.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Mississippi

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Obama to meet with insurance CEOs Friday

Obama to meet with insurance CEOs Friday to discuss his proposal to let Americans keep their individual insurance plans.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:49 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Top Democrat: Obama’s red line strategy on Syria ‘not well thought out’

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) made the remarks during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:42 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 11/15/2013

NRCC chair Walden: Obamacare is a ‘category 5 political hurricane’

The head of the House GOP’s campaign arm lays out his views about 2014.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:32 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Palin apologizes for comments about Pope Francis

Palin had suggested the pope was taking liberal positions.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:56 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Sarah Palin

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Cruz: Despite shutdown, Defund Obamacare ‘absolutely’ worth it

Cruz made made the comment while being interviewed by Fox News’s Chris Wallace at the Aspen Ideas Forum at The Newseum in Washington.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:42 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Ted Cruz

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Liz Cheney emphasizes Wyoming roots in first TV ad

The Republican underscores her roots in her first TV ad.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Despite Obama’s plan, Landrieu will keep working on legislative fix

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says she’s pushing forward with her bill, despite President Obama’s announcement.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:50 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama: ‘There will still be problems’ after Nov. 30 with health-care site

When asked Thursday whether HealthCare.gov would be fully fixed by the end of the month, the president was careful not to promise that would happen by Nov. 30

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:52 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Boehner, Pelosi say legislative fix needed for Obamacare

Both suggest the administration can’t do it all by itself.

By Aaron Blake and Paul Kane  |  12:27 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama announces health-care fix to allow Americans to keep plans

The president talked Thursday about health-care.

By Amy Goldstein and Sean Sullivan  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Cornyn to kick off reelection bid Friday with assist from Rick Perry

The Texas senator will kick off campaign Friday.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama to try to turn attention to economy in Cleveland

Obama will be visiting ArcelorMittal, a company that makes steel for cars, to celebrate the rebound of the auto industry since the lows of the recession

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Conservative group launches early ad for Sen. Cochran’s primary foe

The ad benefits Chris McDaniel and comes as Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is set to announce his reelection plans.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:25 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Obamacare opposition on the rise

A Gallup poll shows disapproval rising from 47 percent a couple weeks ago to 55 percent today -- a new high.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:47 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Jim Messina in talks to join Priorities USA as it prepares to back Clinton 2016 bid

If Messina signs with the super PAC, it would give him a trifecta of prominent roles within the Democratic Party.

By Matea Gold  |  08:01 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 11/13/2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ star cuts ad in Louisiana special election

Willie Robertson declined to run for the seat himself.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:43 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 11/13/2013

De Blasio strategist signs on to Charlie Crist campaign

Fresh from Bill de Blasio’s successful New York mayoral race, Bill Hyers has signed on to manage Crist’s Florida gubernatorial campaign.

By Manuel Roig-Franzia  |  04:56 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Sebelius says ‘the marketplace is working’ for health-care enrollment

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the fact that 106,185 Americans have selected plans online shows the health care law is working.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Rand Paul: Christie won because he got federal Sandy aid

Paul rehashes his criticism of the superstorm Sandy aid bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie, Rand Paul

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Boehner closes door on House-Senate immigration panel

Boehner’s comments cast serious doubt on the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in this Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Democrats’ shutdown bump fades in battle for House

Democrats and Republicans are now tied.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Rep. Connolly blasts GOP lawmakers over Obamacare

The Virginia Democrat accused committee members selectively leaking documents that raised false security concerns about HealthCare.gov.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  12:21 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Poll: Christie 43, Clinton 42

No other Republican comes close to Clinton.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:19 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Six Senate Democrats back Landrieu bill to let people keep insurance

Four of the six face reelection in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:56 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Chief Technology Officer Todd Park lists improvements to HealthCare.gov

Response times have improved, and pages are loading quicker, he said.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  11:25 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Awkward: Obama to honor Bill Clinton next week

Obama will give Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the latter offered some not-so-helpful recommendations for the health-care law.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Obamacare

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Biden taps new chief of staff, deputy

Vice president appoints a new chief of staff and promotes his communications director.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Sen. Inhofe’s son killed in plane crash

Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa.

By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin  |  06:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 11/12/2013

In Virginia’s attorney general race, a tie goes to the Republican

The General Assembly, which is comprised of 87 Republicans and 53 Democrats, would break the tie.

By Jeff Simon  |  05:02 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, Virginia

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Obamacare disapproval hits new high as Obama hits new low

Obama appears to have suffered from his now-disproved promise that Americans who liked their insurance could keep it.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Congress’s approval rating hits new low: 9 percent

Congress is now in the single digits.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:26 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polls

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler weighs independent bid in South Dakota

If he did run, it could throw what is otherwise a likely GOP pickup into doubt.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:17 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, South Dakota

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Bill Clinton identifies 3 big problems with the Obamacare rollout

But the former president said in a magazine interview Tuesday, “only two of which the administration can fix.“

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

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

Rand Paul suggests Benghazi disqualifies Clinton in 2016

“To me, that should preclude you from ever holding high office,” Paul says in a speech at the Citadel.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:11 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 11/12/2013

What is Congress doing this week about Obamacare?

Concerns with the troubled implementation of the Affordable Care Act continue to dominate the attention of many lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:39 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Supreme Court lets stand Oklahoma court ruling blocking ultrasound requirement

The Supreme Court decided Tuesday not to review a ruling by Oklahoma’s highest court blocking the requirement that women undergo a narrated ultrasound exam before having an abortion.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:54 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Democrat Barrow endorses House GOP’s ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’

The House will vote this week on the new bill, which would allow any plan that existed before January 2013 to be kept. Eighty-eight House Republicans have co-sponsored the bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:38 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Cochran to announce reelection plans late this month

The Mississippi senator has found himself targeted by state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) and tea party groups.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:03 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Obama to nominate Timothy Massad for CFTC chairman

Massad will head the commission that oversees a vast swath of markets that influence the price of oil and other commodities as well as interest rates on many financial products.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 11/11/2013

Three-quarters of Americans want to up minimum wage

The poll shows 76 percent support for increasing the minimum wage to $9 per hour -- up from 71 percent in March.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:52 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/11/2013

Tea party groups split in Nebraska Senate race

FreedomWorks just announced it is backing former state treasurer Shane Osborn in the Republican primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Nebraska, tea party

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Ex-Rep. McCotter accuses former aide of ‘sabotage’

McCotter, a longshot 2012 presidential candidate, was forced into retirement last year after his ballot petitions were found to be littered with problems.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Congress

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/11/2013

McCain: People want me to run for president again

“I can assure you, I don’t see it,” said McCain, who will be 80 years old in 2016. “It’s not on my radar.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Palin: National debt is ‘like slavery’

Palin qualified her comment by saying that it “isn’t racist.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Sarah Palin

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Is Chris Christie a conservative? Who cares, Christie says

His conservative bona fides are on trial in the lead-up to 2016.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, Christie, gun control, Guns, Immigration

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Christie on whether he’ll remain N.J. governor for four full years: ‘I don’t know’

“I’m the governor of New Jersey. That’s my job, and that’s what I asked for for four more years, and that’s what I intend to do,” Christie said.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, Christie

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Election week 2013 takeaways from ‘In Play’

A look back at the election week that was with PostTV’s “In Play.“

By Casey Capachi  |  07:11 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Obama on HealthCare.gov: ‘I wanted to go in and fix it myself, but I don’t write code’

Obama also joked that one day that health-care law would start succeeding, and people would no longer call it “Obamacare.“

By Aaron Blake  |  04:10 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Rick Perry returning to South Carolina

Perry was last in South Carolina for Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) campaign launch in August.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:14 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Poll: Obama’s approval hits new low

The newly released poll shows 41 percent view Obama in a positive light -- down from 55 percent after his reelection win, in December.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Democrats say shutdown hurt jobs report; conservatives see vindication

Some Republicans are suggesting the 204,000 jobs created in October shows the shutdown wasn’t that bad.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:05 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government Shutdown, jobs

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013

NRSC head: Scott Brown is serious about Shaheen challenge

“I don’t think Scott Brown is just fooling around,” NRSC head Jerry Moran tells the Boston Globe.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Scott Brown

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Uninsured Americans are ignoring HealthCare.gov -- for now

The poll shows 18 percent say they have logged on or tried to log on in order to review their options.

By Aaron Blake and Scott Clement  |  09:58 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/08/2013

New mental health, substance abuse insurance rule to be finalized, official says

Under the new rule, insurers will be required to treat mental health and substance abuse problems the same way as physical illness.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Obama apologizes to Americans losing health plans

Obama apologizes in an interview with NBC News.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 11/07/2013

White House official: Obama supports Harkin/Miller bid to increase minimum wage

Obama supports the Harkin/Miller effort.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:20 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Have you used the new health insurance exchanges?

What has been your experience with the online insurance exchanges?

By Charity Brown  |  05:25 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham introduces abortion bill

Senator Lindsey Graham called on Senate leaders to allow a vote before the midterm elections on a proposal that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Club for Growth backs Sasse in Nebraska

The Club said Sasse, who is experienced in health care matters, will be particularly adept at helping fight Obamacare.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:32 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/07/2013

National Democrats say they’re not targeting Nevada Gov. Sandoval

Democrats have yet to land a recruit in Nevada, despite its status as a blue-trending swing state.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:27 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) to retire

Coble, 82, represents a safe Republican district based in Greensboro.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Christie supporters launch ‘Ready for Christie’ PAC

The project doesn’t appear to be the work of high-profile Christie supporters.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Dem Bohlinger likens tea party to Taliban as he launches Montana Senate bid

Montana Senate candidate makes a comparison that stokes controversy.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Country Music Awards send up Obamacare (Video)

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood had a little fun at the expense of the White House on Wednesday night.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:42 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Jimmy Carter’s grandson running for Georgia governor

“...this campaign will be about getting Georgia back to where it needs to be. It’s about the future and not my family.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:20 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

AFP launches new $1 million ad buy targeting four lawmakers on health care

A conservative group is launching a $1 million ad buy Thursday targeting four lawmakers on health care

By Juliet Eilperin  |  08:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Ready for Hillary attracts Clinton fans -- and a reality TV star -- at L.A. fundraiser

By Matea Gold  |  06:01 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans

Campaign is designed to jump-start debate on immigration reform ahead of next year’s elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:02 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, House Republicans, Immigration

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Rand Paul knocks Chris Christie for Hurricane Sandy TV ads

Senator’s remarks come a day after the governor won a commanding reelection victory.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:17 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Congress, Senate

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Biden congratulates the wrong Marty Walsh

Vice President Biden called the wrong Marty Walsh on Tuesday in an attempt to congratulate the new mayor-elect of Boston.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:11 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, White House

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Obama, Biden meet with Senate Democrats on health-care woes

President Obama reassured Senate Democrats that the administration is making improvements to the health care Web site.

By David Nakamura  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/06/2013

At emotional rally, senators renew push to revamp military sexual assault cases

Bipartisan proposal still lacks the votes necessary to pass the Senate in the coming weeks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Sebelius team working on 200 fixes to Obamacare Web site

The HHS Secretary also said that once it is fixed, officials plan to formally “re-invite” people who were turned off by the glitches.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  01:50 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Sarah Palin launches book tour

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is pitching her book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy.“

By Aaron Blake  |  01:02 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/06/2013

After plagiarism allegations, Rand Paul’s Washington Times column nixed

The paper said the decision to drop Paul’s column was a mutual one.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Rand Paul

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013

AFL-CIO launches major ad campaign targeting GOP on immigration

The AFL-CIO is targeting Republicans who live in heavily Latino districts to support comprehensive immigration reform.

By David Nakamura  |  11:35 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Democratic field clears for Alex Sink in Florida special election

Young’s 2012 opponent, Jessica Ehrlich, dropped out of the race on Wednesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Rep. Jon Runyan won’t seek reelection

The former NFLer is in just his second term in the House. His district is likely to be targeted by Democrats in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:21 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Virginia attorney general’s race one of closest in recent history

Just 144 votes out of more than 2 million votes separate Mark Herring and Mark Obenshain.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Byrne wins Alabama runoff, in victory for GOP business wing

The campaign marked the first big electoral test for business-minded Republicans riled by the recent government shutdown.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:56 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:20 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

de Blasio was projected to soundly defeat Republican Joe Lhota, a prot g of former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:20 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Christie wins reelection in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) easily won reelection on Tuesday, claiming a second term by what appeared likely to be a nearly unprecedented margin, according to AP.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:13 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, Chris Christie

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer

Coburn, 65, was treated for prostate cancer in 2011 and previously had colon cancer.

By Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Illinois legislature passes gay marriage bill, paving the way for legalization

Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage bill, which now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he’ll sign it into law.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  05:39 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Poll: Obama’s approval rating dips below 40 percent

The daily tracking poll shows Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, compared to 53 percent who disapprove.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:06 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Democrat Witt announces run for Cotton’s seat in Arkansas

A high-profile Democrat, a former FEMA head, joins the mix.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Christie says VP vetting leaks a ‘complete violation of trust’

“Mitt called me right away, and I could tell he was really embarrassed and outraged about it,” Christie said.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2012, Campaign 2013, Chris Christie

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The (GOP) Empire promises to strike back

The head of the National Republican Senate Committee promised that the party fight back against primary challenges to establishment candidates and incumbents.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  03:14 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Reid setting up votes on two more judicial nominees

Democrats are hoping to fill key vacancies on a federal court considered second in power only to the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:54 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Obamacare enrollment numbers coming next week

During a Senate hearing on Obamacare, a federal official said that the government would release enrollment numbers for October some time next week.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  01:11 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford said, attributing it to one of his “drunken stupors.“

By Aaron Blake  |  01:04 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canada

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 11/05/2013

American Crossroads hits 3 Senate Democrats on support for Obamacare

By Matea Gold  |  01:03 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Pro-McConnell ad ties Grimes to debunked Obamacare claim

“Grimes and Obama: When liberals don’t tell the truth, Kentucky gets burned,” the narrator says.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:49 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Rep. Steve Daines to run for Montana Senate seat

Freshman Rep. Steve Daines (R) will enter the open Montana Senate race on Wednesday, a top national GOP aide said Tuesday.

By Jackie Kucinich and Aaron Blake  |  12:41 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Montana

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/05/2013

As White House tours resume, the Obamas surprise visitors with a personal welcome

As White House tours resumed Tuesday, the Obamas personally welcomed visitors.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 11/05/2013

CMS chief: HealthCare.gov experience will be smooth by November end

“We are now able to process nearly 17,000 registrants per hour, or five per second, with almost no errors,” she said.

By Ariana Cha  |  11:21 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Amid plagiarism flap, Rand Paul camp cites staff error

A top Paul aide acknowledged Tuesday that Paul’s staff in some cases failed to clearly attribute and quote content pulled from other sources.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Rand Paul

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Liberal senators push to expand Social Security

The senators want to increase benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries and increase the amount that the wealthiest Americans pay into the program.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:51 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Social Security

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/05/2013

58 percent want to unseat their own member of Congress

Just 26 percent of people say their own member of Congress deserves reelection, while 58 percent say it’s time to give someone new a chance.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Obama on health care: ‘I’ve got one more campaign in me to make sure this law works.’

President Obama defends his promises on health care in address to supporters.

By David Nakamura  |  07:29 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Senate votes to proceed with gay rights bill

The Senate vote, which virtually assures passage in the chamber, demonstrates lawmakers’ fast-moving attitudes in the past decade on gay rights.

By Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe  |  06:38 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 11/04/2013

In first floor speech since stroke, Kirk backs ENDA

In a brief two-minute statement, Kirk made the case for a law he previously supported as a House member.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:53 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Carney gets animated as reporter pressures him on Obamacare (Video)

Carney began the exchange by mocking Karl’s animated first question and closes it by saying, “I give up.“

By Aaron Blake  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, White House

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 11/04/2013

National tea party groups absent from Alabama race

The national tea party is not flowing in Dean Young’s direction.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:24 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/04/2013

56 percent of Americans oppose spying on allied leaders

The Pew Research Center poll shows 56 percent say it’s unacceptable, while 36 percent say it’s acceptable.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Christie leads by 20-plus points in final polls

No New Jersey governor has won an election by more than 20 points since Republican Tom Kean in 1985.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:44 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 11/04/2013

New memos show limits of paper applications under new health-care law

The paper applications consumers have been using to enroll under Obamacare has given them a false illusion of progress, memos show.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:24 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Ex-Rep. Charlie Bass won’t challenge Shaheen

Previously, former congressmen Jeb Bradley and Frank Guinta also declined to run, as did the man Shaheen beat in 2008, former senator John Sununu.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Heller becomes 60th vote in favor of ENDA

Heller said backing the proposal “is the right thing to do” and that his decision came after consultations with a wide range of Nevadans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ENDA

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announces he’s gay

Michaud, who is running for governor in 2014, said he decided to come out publicly after his opponents launched a “whisper campaign.“

By Aaron Blake  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Gay Rights

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/03/2013

Lindsey Graham renews vows to block nominees

The South Carolina senator said he will continue his block until Congress is allowed to hear from American survivors of the Benghazi attack.

By Holly Yeager  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Chuck Schumer endorses Hillary Clinton for president: ‘If you run, you’ll win’

The announcement, made Saturday night in Iowa, comes remarkably early in the 2016 presidential cycle.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:47 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton; Campaign 2016, Senate Democrats

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Alabama runoff: Young won’t back Boehner for speaker, Byrne noncommittal

Two candidates with different views of Boehner -- but only one says he won’t back the speaker.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Book details search for GOP ‘white knight’ to step in amid Romney-Santorum fight

Party elders grew so alarmed by Mitt Romney’s inability to defeat Rick Santorum in Republican primaries that they secretly hatched a plan to draft a savior candidate, according to a new book.

By Philip Rucker  |  09:03 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013

NRSC takes on Senate Conservatives Fund

The conservative group has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Republican Party

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/01/2013

White House press secretary issues full-throated defense of Biden

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday augmented previous comments concerning reports that the Obama 2012 campaign had considered replacing Vice President Biden with Hillary Clinton, saying that it was never considered.

By Philip Rucker  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Christie leads among N.J. independents, 80-18 percent

A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows Christie leading Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono 59-40 percent overall.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:56 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2013, Chris Christie

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Dem Sen. Baucus compares Obamacare to ‘Humpty Dumpty’

Baucus also said he’s open to delaying the penalties for those who don’t obtain insurance by the current March 31 deadline.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Top Hillary supporters launch ‘Correct the Record’ effort

While the “Correct the Record” effort is geared toward all Democratic candidates, Clinton’s record is clearly the most at-stake these days.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton

 

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