Post Politics: January, 2014

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Crossroads raised $6 million in 2013, outstripped by Democratic super PACs

By Matea Gold  |  07:28 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Special election to fill Radel’s seat slated for June, with April primary

Most of the attention will be on the GOP primary in the heavily conservative district.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:21 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Ex-Port Authority official says ‘evidence exists’ that Christie knew about bridge closures

A letter from David Wildstein disputes the New Jersey governor’s claims.

By Jaime Fuller  |  06:10 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Crist hires former Obama hand Omar Khan to manage campaign for governor

The Democrat signs up a new strategist to manage his campaign against Gov. Rick Scott (R).

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:59 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Democrats slam Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal over storm response

The DGA goes after the Georgia governor, who faces reelection this year.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Obama friends begin push for presidential library

The process will begin this year.

By Scott Wilson  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Ex-Christie campaign manager to plead the Fifth, lawyer says

Bill Stepien was one of two Christie aides disciplined by the governor after his bridge fiasco.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:54 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Chamber of Commerce launching ad buy in Florida special election

The buy comes a day after a trio of GOP groups announced $1.2 million in support for the GOP nominee.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/31/2014

McConnell edges Grimes in year-end fundraising

McConnell maintains a massive advantage in cash on hand, with $10.9 million to Alison Lundergan Grimes’s $3.5 million.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Democrats go after McMorris Rodgers

They target a claim made in McMorris Rodgers’s speech, which was widely praised.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014

House Republicans might propose canceling ‘Obamacare bailouts’ to raise debt limit

No final decision has been made, but there is growing support for the plan among conservatives.

By Robert Costa and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Obamacare

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Obama hails new private-sector commitment to hiring long-term unemployed

The White House continues post State of the Union push with move to help people out of work for long periods.

By David Nakamura  |  12:26 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Obama, unemployment insurance

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Club for Growth hires firm blacklisted by national GOP

The group, Jamestown Associates, was blacklisted for backing primary challengers against GOP incumbents.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/31/2014

State Department IG won’t release Keystone XL report on a contractor Friday

The State Department IG won’t release a report Friday on whether Keystone XL’s main contractor had a conflict of interest.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  KEYSTONE XL

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Obama suggests he’s open to immigration deal without path to citizenship

“I’m not sure how wide the divide ends up being,” Obama says of a deal that includes legalization but not citizenship.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

300 companies pledge to help long-term unemployed

Obama to meet with business leaders who pledged to consider hiring people unemployed for more than six months.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Whom did Obama meet with backstage in Nashville?

Obama met with the family of a slain student, former vice president Al Gore and actress Ashley Judd in Nashville.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:46 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Sandra Fluke considering a run for Congress

Fluke told KPCC that she is “strongly” considering a bid for the seat of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who announced his retirement earlier Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:43 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014

McCain: House GOP immigration ‘principles’ wouldn’t have happened ‘if Boehner hadn’t gotten control’

Senator suggests House Republicans’ discussion of immigration couldn’t have happened just a few months ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Immigration reform advocates praise House GOP ‘principles’

The principles suggested an openness to legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants currently in this country.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:37 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Senate approves delay in higher flood insurance premiums

The bipartisan proposal sailed through the Senate, but faces a more uncertain future in the House.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Jack Lew: White House ‘not paying ransom’ on debt ceiling

“There is no reason to hold anything hostage to getting a debt ceiling raise,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said after the meeting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:21 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Obama, Bill Clinton to meet with Senate Democrats next week

The two presidents will address the senators separately, the aides said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:02 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Obama takes a shot at a key part of his base -- art history majors

People with training in manufacturing can probably earn more “than they might than [with] an art history degree,” the president said.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Republican groups make seven-figure push in Florida special election

The race is seen as a potential harbinger of the November midterms.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/30/2014

White House ‘very disappointed’ over expulsion of U.S. journalist from China

Obama administration ramps up pressure on China to lift restrictions on foreign reporters

By David Nakamura  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, china, new york times

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Michelle Obama tells West Coast donors, ‘Write the biggest check you can possibly write.’

The first lady kicks off a series of fundraisers in California.

By Jaime Fuller  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Business groups form multi-million dollar campaign to fight Obama’s climate plan

Partnership for a Better Energy Future consists of 78 organizations, including trade associations from the oil refining and coal industries.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CLIMATE

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014

House GOP has alternative for Obama’s executive orders: Pass our bills instead

The four areas identified are: job training, natural gas, workplace rules and research.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, White House

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Ex-GOP speaker Hastert calls for path to legalization

“Why alienate a large voting bloc of American people?” he said.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:33 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Obama visits GOP stronghold in Wisconsin to promote job-training programs

Obama will visit a GE plant in a GOP stronghold to highlight the need for good job-training programs

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s State of the Union attracts 33.3 million viewers, fewest since 2000

TV viewership for the big speech has been on the decline in recent years.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SOTU

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama makes pitch for new retirement plan outside Pittsburgh

President Obama visited U.S. Steel in West Mifflin, Pa., to lay out his economic vision for the coming year.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:24 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014

White House must respond to ‘Deport Bieber’ petition

The petition, titled “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card,” has more than 107,000 signatures so far. A petition needs 100,000 to earn a response.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Grimm: ‘When you’re wrong, you’re wrong’

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you have to admit it and it shouldn’t have happened.”

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Trey Radel ethics investigation ends

The committee no longer has jurisdiction over the now-former lawmaker.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Trump says he’ll run for N.Y. governor -- if GOP primary is clear

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) is eyeing the race currently, and Trump said he won’t run if Astorino does.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:10 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Farm bill passes House, heads to Senate for final approval

The measure now moves on to the Senate, where it is expected to easily pass later this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Democrats, House Republicans

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The State of the Union speech was _____.

Lawmakers filled in the blank with everything from “inspirational” to “belligerent.“

By Jeff Simon  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Bridenstine won’t run for Senate in Oklahoma

His decision is a blow to conservative groups.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:29 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) threatens reporter: ‘I’ll break you in half’

A media outlet says Grimm told the reporter “I will break you in half” and threatened to throw him over a balcony.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:53 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The 2014 State of the Union, in 3 minutes

Catch all the biggest moments from his remarks here.

By Natalie Jennings  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama to tout economic security proposals Wednesday in Md., Pa.

President Obama will tout proposals aimed at boosting Americans’ economic security Wednesday in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

By Juliet Eilperin and Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Drama of the State of the Union, with a reality-TV side show

For the first time in the history of State of the Union addresses, a reality television star nearly upstaged the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:10 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, Senate, State of the Union

Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Rating Obama’s State of the Union

Leading political analysts rate Obama’s performance in real time, via Twitter

By David Beard  |  10:50 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Wendy Davis fights back over questions on biographical details

Facing mounting questions over details about her biography, Texas gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) responds.

By Desikan Thirunarayanapuram  |  10:36 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

GOP congressman calls Obama a ‘Socialist dictator’

Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) is a freshman.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Live updates: State of the Union

By Aaron Blake  |  06:00 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Campaign cash used to pay for some State of the Union guests

In some cases, lawmakers are using money raised for political purposes to pay for their invited guest to travel to Washington. And it’s legal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Barack Obama State of the Union 2014, campaign finance, Congress, Democrats, GOP, House, House Republicans, Obama, Obama SOTU 2014, Obama speech, Republicans, Senate, Senate Democrats, SOTU 2014, State of the Union 2014, state of the union address, White House

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014

McCain: Censure by state GOP makes me more likely to run

“If there’s such a thing as motivation to more seriously consider it, it’s what just happened,” McCain told the AP.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Reid: State of the Union ‘isn’t going to be very long’

Senate leader admits he’s dozed off during previous presidential addresses to Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Harry Reid: Vulnerable Dems should and will campaign with Obama

“Anytime the President of the United States appears supporting a candidate, it helps,” Reid told CNN’s Dana Bash.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, White House

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014

A new line of attack on Keystone XL: It helps the Chinese

Climate activist Tom Steyer is trying a new line of attack on the Keystone XL pipeline: Blame China.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  KEYSTONE XL

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/28/2014

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson to attend State of the Union

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) invites a friend to the president’s big speech.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/28/2014

For gun-control groups, last year’s State of the Union wasn’t enough

Gabby Giffords says it’s “too dangerous to wait” for Congress to act on gun-violence prevention.

By Jaime Fuller  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014

When the State of the Union was controversial

A flashback to the Post’s coverage of the ‘13 State of the Union address -- 1913, that is.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Who’s your representative bringing to the State of the Union? (Video)

Lawmakers use their plus-one invitations to pack the House with those who support their legislative agendas.

By Casey Capachi  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Family of American held in North Korea to attend State of the Union speech

Kennthe Bae’s mother and sister will be there as the guests of two congressmen.

By David Nakamura and Anne Gearan  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Boehner knocks Obama’s minimum wage executive order

The House Speaker dismissed as insignificant President Obama’s plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Michelle Kwan’s husband Clay Pell running for governor of Rhode Island

The Democratic field expands in the race to succeed retiring Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D).

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 01/28/2014

When is the State of the Union Address?

Everything you need to know in advance of the big speech.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:47 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Half of Americans say budget deal accomplished nothing

They think the deal made “no real progress” on long-term fiscal problems.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:04 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Sarah Palin: John McCain is my friend

The former vice presidential candidate knocks Arizona Republicans for labeling McCain not conservative enough.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2008, Congress

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Romney knocks CNN’s Crowley over debate flap

Candy Crowley, in a debate, verified one of President Obama’s claims about the administration’s Benghazi talking points.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:18 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Negotiators unveil new farm bill; vote expected this week

Bipartisan, budget-busting agreement will slash billions in spending and prop up 16 million farming jobs.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  09:07 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014

President Obama’s cousin wants to be the next Ted Cruz

The tea party Senate contender chats with Post Politics.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Boehner invites several activists to attend State of the Union

He’s bringing Catholic school children and activists for children with cancer and military families.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, State of the Union

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 01/27/2014

White House goes #insideSOTU on Instagram

White House press secretary Jay Carney turned the tables -- er, camera -- on the media Monday.

By David Nakamura  |  05:15 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  instagram, Obama, SOTU

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Clinton says Benghazi is her biggest regret

But Clinton emphasizes that a secretary of state has imperfect information.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014

New Jersey lawmakers combine Christie investigations

The 12-member panel will include four Republicans.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Hillary Clinton: Last time I drove was 1996

“I remember it very well,” Clinton jokes. “Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) resigns from Congress

The congressman is stepping down months after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Obama to embark on four-city tour after State of the Union

Obama will travel to four cities this week after his State of the Union speech to highlight his economic message, including Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Poll: Republicans seen as more extreme, Democrats as more bipartisan

Fifty-four percent of Americans say the GOP is more extreme, while 35 percent say the same as Democrats.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:35 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Boston bombing survivors and Jason Collins will sit in first lady’s box at State of the Union

The White House announces guests for Obama’s speech before Congress.

By Jaime Fuller  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SOTU

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014

Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days

Release of a final bill will cap years of difficult talks between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Senate Democrats

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Rand Paul: Clintons should be judged for Bill’s ‘predatory behavior’ with Lewinsky

“It’s not Hillary’s fault, but it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton and history,” Paul says.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Rand Paul: Women are winning the ‘war on women’

Paul cites enrollment in law school and medical school, where women are a majority.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Ted Cruz: Democrats caused the shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week that the GOP was to blame.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/26/2014

White House: Move to act without Congress is ‘not confrontational’

“I don’t think it’s confrontational,” Pfeiffer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Gov. Walker to GOP: Avoid ‘taking the bait’ on social issues

Republicans would be better served by focusing on their economic messages, the Wisconsin governor told PostTV.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/24/2014

RNC chairman calls for official to step down over anti-Muslim, anti-gay posts

After controversial Facebook posts, Republicans want the Michigan RNC representative off the stage.

By Jaime Fuller  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/24/2014

A new low: Just 46 percent say their member of Congress deserves reelection

And 17 percent say most members deserve another term -- another new low.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, former Lamar Alexander aide, dead in suicide

Jesse Ryan Loskarn was charged last month with possessing and distributing child pornography.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/24/2014

RNC moves to shrink 2016 primary calendar

The first contests will be held in February and the nominating convention in June or July.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Priebus: GOP needs to be party of fairness, not equalizing outcomes

The Republican National Committee chairman says President Obama lied to pass his agenda.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Boehner appearing on Leno: GOP is to blame for shutdown

Speaker tells Leno he’s not willing to give up simple pleasures to be president of the United States.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:47 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Rand Paul to deliver alternate response to State of the Union

Paul gave the tea party address last year.

By Robert Costa  |  08:25 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Holder chides Gates for timing of memoir

Attorney general says former defense secretary should not have released book while Obama is still in office.

By Ernesto Londo o  |  07:11 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, Obama, Robert Gates

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Obama lauds mayors for getting things done, not waiting on Washington

“Every day, mayors are proving that they don’t have to wait for the gridlock to clear in Washington to make things happen,” president says to group at White House.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  06:34 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Republicans to tighten rules on primary calendar

The hope is to unite behind a stronger nominee headed into the 2016 presidential election.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Snowden discusses spying, Obama, and Missouri grandmothers in online chat

The leaker talks to the Internet about the White House’s new NSA policies.

By Jaime Fuller  |  05:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Schumer: Time for ‘robust defense of government’

The N.Y. senator lays out a five-point set of issues that Democrats need to focus on in the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.

By Paul Kane  |  05:05 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Michelle Obama announces collaboration at D.C. Subway shop (Video)

The first lady headlined an event to announce Subway’s collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America.

By Natalie Jennings  |  04:52 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Expanded Priorities USA board’s strong ties to labor, corporate interests

Priorities USA Action announced a new board Thursday with strong ties to both labor and corporate interests.

By Matea Gold  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 01/23/2014

GOP taps highest-ranking woman for State of the Union response

McMorris Rodgers serves as House Republican Conference chairwoman -- a member of House GOP leadership.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:28 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Chris Jennings to leave post as WH health-care adviser

Well-known expert returned to White House in July to help with the fall launch of the federal health insurance marketplace.

By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein  |  03:14 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/23/2014

U.S. Attorney subpoenas Christie’s reelection campaign

The governor’s reelection campaign comes under scrutiny.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bridge-gate

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Rick Perry urges move toward marijuana decriminalization

The Texas governor weighs in on drug policy.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Bill O’Reilly to interview Obama on Super Bowl Sunday

The interview will air on Fox’s pre-game show Feb. 2.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Huckabee: Dems think women can’t control their libido

The former Arkansas governor says Republicans “have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”

By Aaron Blake  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Gov. Scott Walker hails man who turns out to be sex offender

The Wisconsin governor used him as an example of some who climbed out of the ranks of the unemployed.

By Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/23/2014

NAACP leader unapologetic after calling black GOP senator a puppet

“What people should have righteous indignation over is the pain and the misery that is being caused by extremist politics,” the Rev. William Barber said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Warner leads Gillespie, McDonnell remains popular, new Va. poll says

Few Virginians know enough about Gillespie to have developed an opinion yet.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/23/2014

69 percent support extending unemployment insurance

More than two-thirds of Americans want the benefits to last at least one year -- longer than the current 26 weeks.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Half of Americans fear terrorist attack in Sochi

The Quinnipiac poll shows 12 percent think it’s “very likely,” while 38 percent think it’s “somewhat likely.“

By Aaron Blake  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2014

GOP congressman’s book: ‘The wife is to voluntarily submit’ to her husband

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) emphasizes, though, that submission is not about women being inferior.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Nearly 2/3 of Americans unhappy with U.S. system of government

It doesn’t necessarily mean, for example, that democracy is falling out of style. But it does suggest that things continue to get worse in Washington.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014

New McConnell ad highlights support for sick plant workers

The Republican leader is up with a striking new ad.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014

McCain: Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter

“I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president, in my opinion,” McCain says.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:08 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/22/2014

T.W. Shannon to explore Oklahoma Senate run

The Fix last year named the 35-year-old Shannon one of 10 rising stars in American politics.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:04 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snowden: I’m not a spy -- for Russia or anybody else

House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers’s (R-Mich.) insinuated Sunday that Snowden earned his asylum in Russia by sharing information.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:04 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Former Utah Rep. to lead search for GOP convention site

Enid Greene Mickelsen served one term in the mid-1990s.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case

The two were charged in connection with their relationship with a dietary supplement executive.

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol Leonnig and Sari Horwitz  |  03:28 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014

NAACP leader likens black GOP senator to ventriloquist’s dummy

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” the Rev. William Barber said of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

By Aaron Blake  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Voters see Christie as less presidential amid scandal

The percentage of people who say Christie would make a good president is down 14 points in two months.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Michelle Obama dunks on LeBron James (Video)

The Miami Heat were at the White House to help the first lady with her “Let’s Move” campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Sen. Vitter will run for Louisiana governor

Vitter is just a few years removed from being tied to a Washington prostitution scandal.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Americans unmoved by Obama’s NSA speech

About three-fourths of those who paid attention say Obama’s ideas won’t increase privacy protections.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Sen. Mike Lee to deliver tea party response to Obama

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have delivered the tea party response in recent years.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Obama to visit Pope Francis in March

The president will also attend a pair of summit meetings in Europe.

By Scott Wilson  |  08:35 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Christie’s inaugural address will strike inclusive, compassionate tone

In the wake of political scandal, N.J. Gov. Christie’s inaugural address will focus on bipartisanship and compassion.

By Robert Costa  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Crist hires two former Obama aides for gubernatorial bid

The duo includes Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Crist

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Rep. Lankford to run for Coburn’s Senate seat

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt both announced Sunday that they wouldn’t run.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Mayor meets with federal prosecutors to discuss Christie allegations

A meeting between the mayor of Hoboken, N.J., and federal prosecutors is a sign that the investigation against Gov. Chris Christie is expanding.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  12:02 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Feinstein: ‘We don’t know’ whether Russia helped Snowden

The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said a connection is possible but not certain.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/19/2014

Giuliani calls investigation of Christie a ‘partisan witch hunt’

The former New York mayor defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on “Meet the Press.”

By Josh Hicks  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/19/2014

Rep. Mike McCaul: Snowden was ‘cultivated by a foreign power’

The House Homeland Security Committee chairman says he believes Edward Snowden acted with a foreign power in the NSA leaks.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/19/2014

Hayden: Obama should ‘keep doing what he’s doing’ on NSA

The former spy chief said Obama is largely upholding the surveillance structure established under President George W. Bush.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/19/2014

Hayden on Iran: ‘I like the threat of additional sanctions’

Hayden said the threat of new sanctions from Congress could be a “powerful negotiating tool” for the White House.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Q&A with Mitt Romney: 2012 campaign, Obamacare rollout, Christie scandal and Utah same-sex marriage

Romney talks about the 2012 campaign, the Obamacare rollout, the Christie scandal and Utah same-sex marriage

By Philip Rucker  |  11:37 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Romney strongly defends Christie’s handling of N.J. bridge scandal

By Philip Rucker  |  01:39 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Podesta questions why environmentalists would challenge Obama’s energy strategy

White House adviser John D. Podesta rebuked U.S. environmental leaders Friday for challenging Obama on climate.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  07:41 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/17/2014

DCCC set to hit airwaves in Florida special election

The DCCC is preparing to go on the air in this battleground race.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/17/2014

OFA raises more than $26 million in first year

By Matea Gold  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Wendy Davis hires chief Obama pollster

The Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate recently announced raising $12 million in the fourth quarter.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Kerry will deliberate on Keystone XL after environmental impact analysis is done

It’s been nearly 11 months since the State Department issued a draft of the environmental impact statement on the entire pipeline route.

By Steven Mufson  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  KEYSTONE XL

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Okla. governor sets Coburn special election for Election Day

Oklahoma’s Senate race will be the 36th held in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Tech firms say Obama’s proposals fall short of expectations

Technology and telecom firms said the reforms President Obama laid out in his speech were a good first step but fell short of their hopes to significantly change the government’s vast surveillance program.

By Cecilia Kang  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Michelle Obama shows off her AARP card

The first lady turned 50 on Friday.

By Krissah Thompson  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Rand Paul: Obama’s concept of ‘majority rule’ is what led to Jim Crow

“That’s what gave us the internment of the Japanese,” Paul says.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014

What the NSA reforms don’t do

The reforms only target one NSA surveillance program

By Vincent Bzdek  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/17/2014

How many congressional staffers have enrolled for health-care? That’s confidential.

Officials say that D.C.’s health-care exchange is working well. But how many congressional staffers enrolled? They can’t say.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  healthcare; 113th Congress

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Five big takeaways from Obama’s NSA speech

Here the major changes in U.S. policy on conducting surveillance both at home and abroad that Obama is proposing.

By Greg Miller  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Pennsylvania judge strikes down state’s voter ID law

The law, which was passed before the 2012 election, had already been delayed.

By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VOTER ID

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Obama to call for NSA phone data to require court order

The president will lay out his plan in a speech this morning.

By David Nakamura  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA

Posted at 11:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Tom Coburn announces plans to retire

Oklahoma senator insists in statement that his poor health is not the main reason for his decision.

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane  |  11:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Senate Republicans

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill

The bill’s passage guarantees that the nation will not endure another government shutdown until at least Oct. 1.

By Lori Montgomery  |  06:23 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Congress, Senate

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Bipartisan group releases plan to fix Voting Rights Act

Four states would have to run voting law changes by the federal government under a new bipartisan bill.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Reid: Gates is attacking people to make money

The Senate majority leader is the first big-name lawmaker to question Gates’s intentions.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Republican drops out of California governor’s race

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is looking stronger.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:10 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Republicans on Obamacare: From repeal to revamp to replace?

The GOP-controlled House is starting to alter the law -- something it previously resisted.

By Theresa Poulson  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Feinstein says GOP abusing Benghazi report to blame Clinton

Feinstein says Republicans are taking the report out of context.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:09 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Biden to Ford executive: ‘Thanks for saving our ass’

Ford didn’t take part in the auto bailout.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014

McConnell’s primary challenger raises $900,000

About half of Bevin’s total appears to have been raised by the Senate Conservatives Fund.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Political odd couples push sentencing reform

Partisans in Congress have found one area where they can agree: Reforming America’s sprawling and costly prison system.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014

McCain responds angrily to report on drones

Citing Post story, senator excoriates appropriators for making significant policy decision in secret.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Time magazine’s provocative Hillary Clinton cover

The cover features a pant-suit-clad leg and high heel with a tiny man hanging onto the heel.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Gillespie launches U.S. Senate bid in Virginia

The launch was be relatively low-key, with no public event. Instead, Gillespie unveiled a video and Web site.

By Ben Pershing and Aaron Blake  |  08:52 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Christie hires legal counsel as investigation looms

Christie’s office is bringing in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:20 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Gates: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria was huge mistake

“I always used to say to the president, if you cock the pistol, you’ve got to be willing to fire it,” Gates says.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:58 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, White House

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Christie falls further behind Clinton in potential ’16 matchup

Christie’s deficit has grown from three to 13 points in the last month.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:21 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014

House approves spending measure, sending it to the Senate

Agreement now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve the deal by Saturday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) to retire

The House Armed Services Committee Chairman’s retirement has been rumored for a long time.

By Aaron Blake and Paul Kane  |  03:49 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Rubio calls for further probe of Clinton and Benghazi

The GOP presidential contender wants more scrutiny of the Democratic frontrunner.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:13 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/15/2014

WaPo-ABC poll: Little rise in support for marijuana legalization

Other polls have shown a spike in support for allowing use of the drug.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Christie to meet with prominent GOP donors at Florida event

Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, will host the private gathering.

By Robert Costa  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Obama announces $140 million partnership to launch N.C. manufacturing institute

President tries to push his economic agenda in ways that don’t involve Congress.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  01:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, jobs, manufacturing, Obama

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Hillary Clinton largely absent from Benghazi report

Clinton’s name is only mentioned once -- and it comes in the section where Republicans got to weigh in.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Lawmakers seeking long-term unemployed to attend State of the Union

The call for invites come as senior White House aides begin briefing congressional Democrats on plans for the speech.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Magic Johnson stumps for Obamacare (Video)

The NBA Hall of Famer encourages young people to get insurance, citing his own HIV diagnosis.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:51 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Jim Moran will retire at the end of the year

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, House

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/15/2014

New Jerseyans giving Christie benefit of the doubt

A new poll shows 66 percent of people don’t think he ordered the traffic jam.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Obama to promote manufacturing agenda in North Carolina visit

The president will announce the first of manufacturing institutes promised last year.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 01/14/2014

David Jolly wins GOP nomination for Florida special election

The former Young aide takes a step closer to succeeding his old boss.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:42 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Wendy Davis raises $12 million for governor bid

Her opponent, Greg Abbott, raise nearly as much: $11.5 million.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:26 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Federal judge rules Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

It’s the latest in a string of recent court decisions that have challenged such state prohibitions.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Senate deadlocks on extending jobless benefits

It could take up the legislation again later this month.

By Paul Kane  |  05:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Walker distances himself from Ryan’s military retirement cuts

Walker says the reductions shouldn’t have been included.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:38 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 01/14/2014

NAACP, Dems hit McCrory for lengthy vacancy in heavily black congressional seat

The North Carolina governor is leaving more than 300 days between a vacancy and a special election -- the most in the last 50 years of Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:47 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Christie adviser: GOP donors remain ‘positive,’ travel will continue

“There has been positive, pro-active feedback,” governor’s chief political strategist says about donors.

By Robert Costa  |  04:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Obama honors Miami Heat at the White House

The president welcomes the NBA champions to the White House for the second year in a row.

By David Nakamura  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  miami heat, Obama

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Christie’s remarks on bridge scandal (Video)

“I am the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch -- both good and bad.“

By Aaron Blake  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2014

House passes short-term funding extension

The House passed a short-term extension of current government funding levels to give lawmakers a few more days to work through the omnibus spending package.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Christie appeared with appointee tied to bridge scandal during traffic jam

The two appeared together Sept. 11. Christie said at a news conference last week that he hadn’t seen his appointee in a “long time.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) will retire

He is the latest in a string of swing district Democrats to opt against a reelection campaign.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Obama promises to use a ‘pen and a phone’ to push his agenda

Obama promises to use his executive authority and convening power to push his agenda in 2014

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/14/2014

QSSI to stay on as HealthCare.gov’s general contractor

The administration will keep on HealthCare.gov’s general contractor, it announced Tuesday, even as it has jettisoned the firm that built most of the site.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Condoleezza Rice to headline House GOP fundraiser

The March Dinner is one of the NRCC’s biggest fundraising events

By Aaron Blake  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Senate confirms Obama’s final pick to serve on key federal court

The nomination is one that helped spark the Senate rules and a fresh round of partisan acrimony.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:25 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, confirmation fights, Senate

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Votes on unemployment insurance expected Tuesday

The delay is seen as an encouraging development, because it will give senators more time to work broker a potential deal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Florida special election Republicans won’t commit to voting for Boehner

Meet three candidates who won’t commit to being for or against Boehner.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Obama praises Gates, defends administration’s approach to Afghanistan

“What’s important is that we got the policy right, but that this is hard, and it always has been,” the president said.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Aaron Blake  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Robert Gates

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Christie’s dealings with other mayors scrutinized

Some other mayors think Christie might have targeted them too.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:08 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Polls: Scandal has had little impact on Christie

A new poll shows Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey remains very strong, at 59 percent.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Democrat Alex Sink: ‘It’s not like I moved from Miami’

The Democrat defends herself against carpetbagging charges.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:02 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) to retire

Miller has served in Congress since 1975. He comes from a safe Democratic district.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Cruz hires aide who was fired by Republican Study Committee

Tea party groups were upset by Paul Teller’s ouster. Now he’s got a new job.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Gubernatorial hopeful discloses decades-old crash that killed a man

Fung says he has since had the record expunged and that he wasn’t indicted.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Broader investigation of N.J. bridge closures launched

Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly have decided to launch a special investigative committee to look into the bridge closures in Fort Lee, NJ, according to two Democratic aides.

By Robert Costa  |  10:49 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Supreme Court won’t look at reinstating Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed the ban into law in April 2012, and nine other states have similar bans.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Gates clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political

In his book, the former defense secretary appeared to say Obama opposed the Iraq surge because of the 2008 presidential campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/12/2014

Rubio, McCain: Gates should have waited to write his book

The Republican senators weigh in on the memoir that outlines harsh critiques of Obama’s leadership.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, Robert Gates

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/12/2014

O’Malley defends troubled Maryland health exchange

The website “is now functional for most citizens,” he said.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Campaign 2016, health care

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/12/2014

Christie dominates Sunday shows, but lawmakers reserve judgment

Lawmakers resist weighing in on what the emerging scandal means for the potential 2016 presidential contender.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, John McCain, Marco Rubio

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Tom Kean says Christie’s leadership should give pause to voters nationally

The former New Jersey governor and Christie mentor weighs in amid controversy over the George Washington Bridge closure.

By Karen Tumulty  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 01/10/2014

New documents show extensive N.J. coverup

Port Authority officials scrambled to deal with the fallout from a so-called “traffic study” that was planned by a member of Christie’s staff.

By Phillip Rucker and Aaron Blake  |  05:49 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Support for Iran sanctions bill nears filibuster-proof majority

But growing support doesn’t guarantee a vote on the plan.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Obama to speak on NSA reforms Jan. 17, White House says

The president and his aides have been focused behind-the-scenes this week on finishing its review of the spy agency.

By David Nakamura  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, White House

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014

House approves HealthCare.gov security bill

Measure would require swift notification of people potentially affected by a security breach on the site.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House, House Republicans, Obamacare, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/10/2014

The New Yorker sends up Christie’s traffic problem

That was quick.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Federal government will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah

About 1,000 couples got married during the two weeks it was legal in Utah.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014

A new-look Post Politics

We believe this format is cleaner, more pleasing to the eye and more functional, and we hope you agree.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:04 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Notes

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Obama administration to replace top HealthCare.gov contractor

CGI Federal is out. Accenture is in.

By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Omnibus spending bill to be finalized this weekend, top appropriator says

Senior appropriator says an agreement should be finalized this weekend.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, budget, House, Senate

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Robert Gates: White House very suspicious of military

The comments are Gates’s first since the contents of his book were reported earlier this week.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Priorities USA set to join 2016 fray with new leadership

The super PAC appears to be shifting its focus to backing Hillary Clinton in 2016.

By Matea Gold  |  08:30 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Are you experiencing long-term unemployment?

We’re looking for the stories and experiences of the long-term unemployed.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  05:47 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Hoyer opposes pot legalization in Maryland

The House minority whip calls it a “threshold drug” that leads to the use of more harmful substances.

By Jackie Kucinich  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Boehner criticizes Obama for ignoring resurgent al-Qaeda

Boehner rarely publicly discusses foreign policy but raised the concerns during his weekly press conference with reporters.

By Ed O'Keefe and Vincent Bzdek  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Boxer, Whitehouse announce new push on climate

The pair said they had formed a new “Climate Action Task Force” with other Democratic senators.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/09/2014

The 11 best quotes from Christie’s press conference

“I am who I am, but I am not a bully” -- a roundup of Gov. Chris Christie’s best quotes from his press conference

By Vincent Bzdek  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Rand Paul wants to repeal Iraq war resolution

Paul aims to prevent American troops from being deployed to Iraq again without Congress re-authorizing it.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Iraq, Rand Paul

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Giffords completes sky-dive on anniversary of Tucson shootings

The jump occurred three years after the tragic event.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gabrielle Giffords

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Dennis Rodman apologizes: ‘I had been drinking’

The former NBA star apologizes for his remark about Kenneth Bae.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/09/2014

New Jersey Democrat calls for federal probe of Christie

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Fundraising roundup: Top GOP House recruit DeMaio raises $370K

The Republican put up another healthy total.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Eric Cantor and Bill de Blasio exchange fire over school choice

In remarks on education policy, the GOP lawmaker threatened NYC’s mayor with congressional hearings.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  05:17 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Kean to Christie: Admit any mistakes quickly

“My advice to him: get it all out now,” former N.J. governor Tom Kean Sr. said.

By Robert Costa  |  05:07 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Pro-Vitter super PAC raises $1.5 million

The money could be used for a 2015 gubernatorial campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2015, Louisiana

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Christie statement on bridge controversy

The governor makes his first comments about his staff’s role in alleged political retribution.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Rubio: War on Poverty has been lost

Republican presidential aspirant proposes alternatives to federal programs to help lower-income Americans

By Jackie Kucinich  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  War on Poverty

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014

American Eagle Outfitters pledges $1 million for public land effort

The money will be used to help train and hire young people and veterans to care for national parks.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Donohue: Chamber will oppose some tea party candidates

Fresh off a win in Alabama, the Chamber of Commerce head says he’s not opposed to the tea party -- only those who want to “burn down the town.“

By Holly Yeager  |  01:25 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014

House Dems Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) to retire

McIntyre’s decision is a boon to Republicans, who have a close eye on picking up his seat.

By Sean Sullivan and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Not even Justice Kagan is immune from jury duty

The Supreme Court justice showed up for jury duty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court.

By Bob Barnes  |  12:28 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Boehner says GOP will soon outline immigration position

It’s not yet clear what will be contained in the document, but conservatives say they aren’t concerned.

By Robert Costa  |  12:18 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Giffords to skydive to mark third anniversary of Tucson shooting

The former congresswoman’s jump will air on NBC’s “Today Show” on Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gabrielle Giffords

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Former top Obama aide endorses Keystone XL pipeline

Obama’s former national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon said he “probably” would support the pipeline.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

An emotional Trey Radel: ‘I have a lot of work to do’

The returning lawmaker addresses his colleagues. Several say most members received him sympathetically and that he was applauded after he finished.

By Robert Costa  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trey Radel

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014

House GOP would consider extending unemployment benefits, Boehner says

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans in the House would consider extending unemployment benefits if they’re paid for.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Boehner comments on Gates’s book

House Speaker John A. Boehner demurred when asked to comment on former defense secretary Robert Gates’s new book.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/08/2014

E-mails suggest top Christie aide used lane closures for retribution

A top Christie aide wrote to a Port Authority official: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Gates takes offense at Obama’s memoirs comment, then writes tell-all memoir

Former Secretary Robert M. Gates takes offense at Obama warning his advisers about what to put in their memoirs, then writes tell-all memoir

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Senate Majority PAC launches ad hitting Scott Brown

A Democratic super PAC takes a preemptive swipe at the possible New Hampshire Senate candidate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:08 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 01/08/2014

White House picks first five economic ‘Promise Zones’

The official said the first five “Promise Zones” will be San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:47 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Ready for Hillary raised more than $4 million in 2013

Group says 98 percent of the 33,631 contributions were for $100 or less.

By Matea Gold  |  09:00 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/07/2014

White House responds to Gates’s criticism of Biden

The White House responded to former defense secretary Robert Gates’s comments on President Obama’s leadership and criticism of Vice President Biden.

By David Nakamura  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Gates bashes Biden in memoir

“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates wrote of Biden, according to the New York Times.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:10 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, White House

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/07/2014

House GOP leaders coach rank-and-file on discussing unemployment

By Robert Costa  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014

First lady to do West Coast fundraising swing later this month

Michelle Obama will headline a couple of Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco and LA at the end of the month.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Obama

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Gates: Obama and Clinton admitted opposition to Iraq surge was due to ’08 campaign

“To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying,” Gates writes in his new memoir.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:12 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, Iraq, White House

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) gets first primary challenger

The congressman, who has vowed to remain in office, will face former state representative Paige Kreegel.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/07/2014

GOP Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia Democrats need illegal immigrants to vote

The GOP Senate candidate says Democrats are making immigrants dependent on government so they’ll vote Democratic.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Immigration

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 01/07/2014

White House: No response to Dennis Rodman ‘outburst’ on North Korea

The White House is not happy with the former Chicago Bull’s trip to Pyongyang.

By David Nakamura  |  01:38 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Obama: Nobody wants unemployment checks more than a job

“They just want a shot,” Obama says.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment, White House

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Unemployment insurance extension clears key hurdle in Senate

Despite some drama, the bill wound up clearing a key procedural hurdle by a vote of 60 to 37, with six Republicans voting in support.

By Paul Kane and Aaron Blake  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Unemployment

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Cruz’s father backs Rep. Sessions’s tea party challenger

Activist Katrina Pierson is challenging Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.).

By Aaron Blake  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, tea party, Texas

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Poll: Majority wants marijuana legalized

Support is up 12 points in the last year, according to a CNN poll.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:07 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Enzi says Liz Cheney made ‘brief’ call Monday to announce plans

By Paul Kane  |  07:20 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Yellen confirmed as Fed chair

She is approved 56-26 as members slowly return from home and deal with the bad weather.

By Ylan Q. Mui  |  07:13 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Janet Yellen

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Unemployment insurance extension struggles to find GOP support

Bipartisan proposal would cost $6.5 billion and most Republicans want a plan to pay for the extension.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Schweitzer wants clemency for Edward Snowden

The New York Times last week called for Snowden to receive clemency, but so far, few politicians have been willing to do the same.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:05 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Schweitzer, Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Sperling to continue as top WH economic adviser through February

Gene Sperling to continue as Obama’s top economic adviser through February, rather than leaving later this month

By Juliet Eilperin  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) won’t seek reelection

Gerlach’s decision throws another vulnerable Republican seat into play thanks to a retirement.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Pennsylvania

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Actor Steven Seagal considering run for Arizona governor

Seagal told the local ABC affiliate that he has discussed the possibility with Maricopa County Sheriff and anti-illegal immigration activist Joe Arpaio.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Supreme Court temporarily blocks gay marriage in Utah

The court barred the state from conducting gay marriages until an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:51 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Arkansas Gov. Beebe cuts ad for would-be Dem successor

Beebe has polled as one of the most popular governors in the country, with an approval rating that has topped 70 percent for years.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arkansas, Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Liz Cheney to end Wyoming Senate bid, citing family health issues

The daughter of the former vice president ends her bid for a U.S. Senate seat.

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Schweitzer remains coy on 2016

The former Montana governor teases the idea of a 2016 run.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:14 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Rand Paul: Snowden doesn’t deserve the death penalty or life in prison

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledges that Edward Snowden broke the law, but says harsh punishment would be “inappropriate.”

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edward Snowden

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Harry Reid: Dean Heller ‘not some maverick’ who is ‘spewing socialism’

The Democratic leader seeks to paint Heller in a flattering light to his fellow Republicans.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Peter King: Open to unemployment deal, but Dems must compromise

Democrats and Republicans tussle over unemployment benefits.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Mitt Romney accepts apology of MSNBC’s Harris-Perry

No hard feelings, said the 2012 Republican White House nominee.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney

Posted at 01:44 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Obama returns home to Washington, but first lady stays behind in Hawaii

Obama returns home to Washington, but first lady stays behind in Hawaii

By Philip Rucker  |  01:44 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Lonegan will run for battleground N.J. House seat

The conservative firebrand is moving south to run in retiring Rep. Jon Runyan’s (R-N.J.) swing district.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, New Jersey

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Obama will push unemployment insurance at White House on Tuesday

Obama will make the case that the failure to extend the benefits will hurt the economy as a whole.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unemployment, White House

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014

White House takes two executive actions on gun background checks

A series of mass shootings in recent years have been traced to mentally ill shooters who the system failed to properly treat or identify.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, White House

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Obama Administration seeks to un-block birth control mandate

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor earlier this week temporarily blocked Obamacare’s birth control mandate for religious employers.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Rehberg weighing run for old House seat

Rehberg lost a Senate race in 2012, but his old seat is open in 2014.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Montana

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 01/03/2014

American Idol star considering run for Congress

The Washington Blade says Aiken might challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.).

By Aaron Blake  |  08:58 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Trey Radel coming back to Congress next week

Freshman lawmaker plans return to Congress next week after guilty plea, drug rehab.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Alex Sink has big cash lead in Florida special election

She has eight times as much cash on hand as both top GOP candidates.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Obamas’ Christmas present goes astray

A Christmas present intended for Malia and Sasha’s godmother ended up at the wrong Chicago address Tuesday.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:08 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Hagan’s top GOP opponent launches first ad

State House Speaker Thom Tillis’s (R) first ad criticizes both the Democratic and Republican parties.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:32 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Super PAC raises $1 million for Radel opponent

The money came from two donors and is aimed at helping former state legislator Paige Kreegel, should she run.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Trey Radel

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford files for reelection

The mayor reportedly paid the $200 filing fee in cash.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:45 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rob Ford

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/02/2014

New York Times: Give Snowden clemency

The editorial board says Snowden is a “whistle-blower” who deserves credit for exposing a surveillance program that has gone too far.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edward Snowden, NSA

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Obama’s OFA begins effort to showcase personal health care testimonials

By Philip Rucker  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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