Post Politics: February, 2014

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Obama holds ‘happy hour with the Democratic Party’

Obama defended Democrats’ values, and cracked jokes, at a party fundraiser Friday.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:53 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/28/2014

‘There will be costs’ -- Text of Obama’s statement on Ukraine

Obama gave a brief statement on Ukraine

By David Beard  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Obama warns Russia on Ukraine

“There will be costs to any military intervention in Ukraine,” Obama said

By Scott Wilson  |  05:25 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Ukraine

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Stephen Colbert weighs in on proposed IRS regulation

He wrote in his IRS comment that the suggested new rules “raise serious constitutional and legal issues.”

By Matea Gold  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Democrat Childers running for Senate in Mississippi

The former congressman adds a new twist to an already heated race.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:27 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Pro-Cochran super PAC hits McDaniel over Katrina comment

The air war is heating up in Mississippi.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:12 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 02/28/2014

The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump

Hillary Clinton once warned against the effects of an individual mandate.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:07 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Thousands of pages of secret Clinton White House memos released

The cache being released by the National Archives on Friday afternoon includes confidential correspondence between Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton and their advisers and senior aides.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:22 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Warren: Minimum wage hike needed to ‘stop income inequality in America’

The Massachusetts senator also suggests the minimum wage could be triple what it currently is.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014

EPA considers blocking massive gold mine proposed for Alaska

EPA’s decision to study Pebble Mine plan is a major win for environmentalists, native tribes and commercial fishing companies

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK, found not guilty of driving while impaired

She says she is “happy that justice was done,“

By Jaime Fuller  |  11:42 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/28/2014

2.1 million gun sales stopped by background checks in 20 years, Brady report finds

Following the Brady Campaign report, House Democrats vow to continue push for universal background checks.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  background checks, Brady Campaign, gun control, Nancy Pelosi

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Another tea party group features Cruz in fundraising letter

The letter used in the fundraising e-mail was released publicly by Cruz on Thursday. It’s not clear whether he granted the group permission to use it.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014

More members respond to inquiries about shutdown pay

More lawmakers respond and reach out after The Post first published data Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Government Shutdown, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Democrat on committee investigating Christie calls for him to resign

Republicans cry foul and say the assemblywoman should retract her call.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Robert Reich: Elizabeth Warren could run for president in 2016

If income inequality isn’t addressed, “I think that there will be a lot of people -- Elizabeth Warren, others, maybe even me -- who will toss our hats in the ring,” Reich says.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Despite venue switch, Romney and Christie net $1 million for RGA at Boston fundraiser

Mitt Romney and Chris Christie raise seven figures for RGA from Boston donors.

By Wesley Lowery  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Mitt Romney

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 02/27/2014

RGA to hit the airwaves in South Carolina next week

National Republicans are coming to the aid of Gov. Nikki Haley (R).

By Sean Sullivan  |  07:48 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 02/27/2014

IRS plan to curb politically active nonprofits draws thousands of comments

By Matea Gold  |  05:59 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 02/27/2014

33,000 pages of Clinton White House records to be released

The Clinton Library in Little Rock will release the documents starting Friday with a batch of 4,000 to 5,000 pages

By Philip Rucker  |  05:35 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Christie aide joked about creating a second traffic jam

Massachusetts congressman says it’s “embarrassing” to have the embattled New Jersey governor in his state.

By Wesley Lowery  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Alex Sink raises $1.3 million more for Florida special election

The Democrat has been winning the fundraising battle by a sizeable margin.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:57 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/27/2014

How black senators are outnumbered, in 1 chart

Only nine African Americans have made it to the U.S. Senate -- a fact PostTV puts into context with a startling graphic.

By Theresa Poulson  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 02/27/2014

DNC launches voter expansion push with a hand from Bill Clinton

Democrats are pushing back against laws they see as overly restrictive.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:49 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Rangel primary challenger signs up for a rematch

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D), who lost 44-42 percent two years ago, announced his campaign Thursday.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:48 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Ed Pastor retiring from Congress

Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee represents a safely Democratic district.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress

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

Pelosi, Boehner agree: Midterm politics will lead to a do-nothing Congress

Pelosi says the GOP wants to head home for the year, Boehner counters that Obama is refusing to work with Republicans

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:28 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Obama

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Kentucky seeks delay in recognizing gay marriage

Gov. Steve Beshear (D) and Attorney General Jack Conway (D) have asked a judge to delay the order by 90 days, while they review the law.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Republicans pick eight finalists for 2016 convention

Making the list: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Bob Corker: Obama’s GOP outreach ‘was optics,’ Senate in ‘death spiral’

Senator who’s long sought to cut deals with Democrats now says he won’t waste his time talking to the president.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, President Obama, Senate Republicans

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Cruz: Passing amnesty plan would be ‘self destructive,’ cost GOP the Senate

In wide-ranging interview, Republican senator from Texas said GOP leadership must stick to conservative principles.

By Wesley Lowery  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, immigration reform, midterms, Ted Cruz

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 02/27/2014

As Romney fundraises with Chris Christie, some Boston donors still wary of NJ gov

Some still angry about 2012 and others concerned by scandals, Romney donors unsure if they’ll cut checks for Christie in 2016

By Wesley Lowery  |  08:35 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Reid: Koch brothers are ‘un-American’

The Senate majority leader keeps up his assault on the conservative duo.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:08 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Clinton commends Arizona governor for veto

“Inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about,” Clinton says in Miami.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:53 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Arizona governor vetoes controversial bill allowing denial of service to gays

Jan Brewer heeds the calls of her fellow Republicans to scrap the bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:50 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Cochran is targeted by American Conservative Union, slides in ratings

The veteran GOP senator, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache

By Robert Costa  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Rep. Cory Gardner to run for Senate in Colorado

Gardner, who is considered the state’s top GOP rising star, previously said he would seek reelection in November.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Democrats begin push to force vote on minimum wage

They hope that collecting signatures for a rarely used procedural tactic will put pressure on Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress; House Democrats

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014

‘Ha, ha, ha,’ says Boehner to retirement rumor

Speaker says purchase of Florida condo in no way indicates plans for him to retire.

By Robert Costa  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Texas

The judge is keeping the ban in place for now, recognizing the case is likely to be appealed.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Kerry to Russia: ‘This is not Rocky IV’

Kerry says the situation in Ukraine isn’t a continuation of the Cold War.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:22 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ukraine

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter

McConnell has an “outstanding conservative record,” says the Kentucky senator, a tea party favorite.

By Robert Costa  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Harry Reid: All Obamacare horror stories are ‘untrue’

Reid referred to ads being run by conservative groups featuring the stories of people affected by Obamacare.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:32 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Boehner on tax reform: ‘Blah, blah, blah blah’

The speaker says a tax reform proposal released this week is a good start -- but he doesn’t want to get into details.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans, Senate Republicans, tax reform

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Poll: Lindsey Graham trouncing crowded primary field

Tea party supporters are Graham’s weakness, but no challenger has consolidated their support.

By Scott Clement  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Poll: 82 percent of Democrats want Hillary Clinton to run

More Republicans say Chris Christie shouldn’t run for president than say he should.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Obama to tout new transportation proposal in St. Paul

Obama travels to St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday to promote his transportation agenda

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Biden: ‘I may be a white boy, but I can jump’

The vice president on Tuesday took some time out from a Black History Month event to talk up his basketball skills.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:03 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 08:29 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama urges supporters to correct misinformation from conservative news

The president suggested such misinformation is responsible for his health-care law’s poor marks.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:29 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Tim Scott: Hardest part of being black in GOP? Always being asked, ‘what’s wrong with you?’

The South Carolina senator says it’s “patently false” that the GOP wants to “cut everything.”

By Wesley Lowery  |  05:45 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, GOP, minority votes

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Romney urges Brewer to veto bill allowing denial of service to gays

Arizona Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain have also called for a veto.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:20 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Atheists group blocked from CPAC

The group is banned after conservative Christians cry fowl. CPAC says it misrepresented itself

By Scott Clement  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Rand Paul: GOP shouldn’t ‘tweak’ Russia over Ukraine

“Some on our side are so stuck in the Cold War era that they want to tweak Russia all the time and I don’t think that is a good idea,” the senator says.

By Robert Costa  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Jeff Nugent says brother Ted Nugent ‘crossed a line’ with ‘sub-human’ comment

“I still love him, but this time he’s clearly crossed a line,” Jeff Nugent said in an interview.

By Steve Hendrix  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeff Nugent, sub-human mongrel, Ted Nugent

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014

U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushes House GOP on immigration reform

The big business organization pushes for overhaul of border control laws.

By David Nakamura  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Debbie Dingell to run for House seat being vacated by John Dingell

The wife of retiring Rep. John Dingell will begin as a heavy favorite.

By Paul Kane and Sean Sullivan  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/25/2014

GOP attorneys general: We will continue to defend gay marriage bans

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend the gay marriage bans if they discriminate.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/25/2014

On ‘The View,’ Biden declares Hillary won’t affect his 2016 decision

Vice President Biden says Hillary Clinton won’t affect his decision on 2016.

By David Nakamura  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Biden

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama launches two new Midwestern manufacturing hubs Tuesday

President Obama launched two new Midwestern manufacturing hubs Tuesday.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:26 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Executive Authority

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Brewer on bill allowing denial of service to gays: ‘I will do the right thing’

Several big-name Arizona Republicans have urged Brewer to veto the bill, which gay rights groups say is legalized discrimination.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Centrist Dem ‘Blue Dogs’ endorse trio of House candidates

The group of House Democrats that has seen its ranks shrink dramatically enters the 2014 fray.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama, Boehner meet at the White House Tuesday

The rare meeting is to discuss policy matters, including immigration reform and the minimum wage.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:32 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama quotes ‘Caddyshack’ in remembering Harold Ramis

Obama says he hopes to director received “total consciousness.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Cheney says Obama would rather have food stamps than a strong military

The former vice president discusses the proposed Pentagon cuts on Fox’s “Hannity.“

By Jaime Fuller  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 02/25/2014

LGBT group to back two gay Republicans for Congress

The two endorsees would be the first openly gay Republicans elected to the House.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:01 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Nugent says Obama administration is like Nazis

The conservative rocker said three days ago that he would adjust his tone.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Will Debbie Dingell run? John Dingell says you’ll have to ask her.

She’s still deciding, according to the retiring representative.

By Jaime Fuller  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Oprah for president? Nader seeks ‘modestly enlightened’ billionaire to run

The former third-party candidate says the two-party system requires an ultra-wealthy candidate to upend it.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Governors talk bipartisanship, then feud over Obama’s economic policies

The president should approve the Keystone XL pipeline if he was “serious about improving the economy,” said Gov. Jindal.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/24/2014

White House condemns ‘abhorrent’ Uganda law criminalizing homosexuality

White House spokesman decries Uganda law that punishes homosexuality with prison time.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:59 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Rights, Uganda, White House

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Dingell’s departure to be felt across K Street

Many former Dingell staffers have moved on to lobbying careers

By Holly Yeager  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Poll: Christie’s rapid decline continues

A Monmouth University poll shows the governor’s approval rating is now 50 percent -- down from 65 percent two months ago.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Priorities USA urges donors to back congressional super PACs in 2014

Leaders of Priorities USA Action are urging donors to devote their resources to two congressional super PACS.

By Matea Gold  |  12:08 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Flake, Arizona Republicans urge governor to veto bill allowing denial of service to gays

Even a state senator who voted for it now says it goes too far.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:38 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Club for Growth: Ted Cruz was perfect in 2013

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) trail just behind Cruz in the conservatives group’s annual rankings.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Americans: Obama not respected around the world

Just 41 percent say the president commands the respect of other countries.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Longest-serving Rep. John Dingell to retire

A legendary career will come to a close at the end of this Congress.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/23/2014

McAuliffe: I’m the new kid on the block

An old hand at Democratic politics calls himself a “new kid on the block.“

By Karen Tumulty  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Governors Association

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Kansas GOP candidate comes under fire for online commentary on gory images

Senate primary challenger Milton Wolf came under fire for joking comments he made online several years ago.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Milton Wolf

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Democrats see opportunity in Walker’s, Christie’s troubles

‘The notion that these folks were the Republican party reformers is officially dead,’ says Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, head of the Democratic Governors Association.

By Karen Tumulty  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, National Governors Association

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Bush promotes new veterans initiative

The program will study how to reintegrate post-9/11 veterans into the civilian world.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/23/2014

McCaul: Extradite ‘El Chapo’ to the U.S.

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) suggests the U.S. may be better equipped to hold the suspected drug lord, who escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Susan Rice: No regrets about Benghazi comments

Rice said the Obama administration did not intend to mislead the American people

By Josh Hicks  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Gov. Scott Walker says e-mail controversy is ‘old news’

Walker described the controversy as an attempt to deflect attention away from a budget turnaround during his tenure.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Ayotte says Russia reset has failed

The New Hampshire Republican said Syria, Edward Snowden and the situation in Ukraine show that the reset policy has failed.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Ayotte: Obama budget ‘not what we need for America’

President Obama’s 2015 budget is expected to call for more domestic spending while abandoning the idea of entitlement cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Scott Walker calls Wisconsin probe and e-mails ‘old news’

Wisconsin’s governor said the probe should not give pause to Republicans who see him as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governors, House Republicans

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Bringing Pope Francis into politics

Don’t expect to see him showing up at the end of any political commercials telling you he “approved this message,” but politicians are nonetheless claiming Pope Francis’s endorsement in this political year.

By Karen Tumulty  |  01:50 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Romney to fundraise with Christie in Boston

The plan is a signal by Romney to the Republican establishment that he remains an ally of the embattled Garden State governor.

By Robert Costa  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republican Party

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Colorado governor urges other states to ‘be cautious’ about pot legalization

Colorado governor tells other states to think twice about marijuana legalization.

By Dan Balz  |  03:45 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Full list of overlooked minority Medal of Honor recipients

Here is the complete list of the latest Medal of Honor recipients, including 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African American veterans.

By Matt DeLong  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Gay marriages to begin in Chicago after judge’s ruling

The state’s new gay marriage law had been set to take affect in June.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Ted Nugent apologizes to Obama

The rocker’s past comments became an issue while campaigning with Texas GOP governor candidate Greg Abbott.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/21/2014

RNC outraises DNC, as DNC debt increases

The DNC’s debt rises from $15.6 million to $15.9 million.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Cochran’s Obama praise could complicate bid; McDaniel faces Katrina scrutiny

The senator’s remarks have come under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Cochran’s challenger faces questions of his own.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Gov. Snyder to fellow Republicans: ‘Let’s embrace immigration’

“...why don’t we start by taking the dumb off the table?” the Michigan governor says.

By Philip Rucker  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Obama: Dems don’t think midterm elections are ‘sexy’ enough

Some Democrats have grumbled that their party is too focused on the 2016 election, and the president seems to agree.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:44 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Rand Paul denounces Ted Nugent

Paul’s decision to denounce Nugent comes after Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) pointedly declined to do the same and then later shifted course.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:23 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 02/20/2014

McConnell opponent Bevin suggests gay marriage could lead to parents marrying children

The Republican underdog made his comments in a radio interview Thursday.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:22 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/20/2014

DCCC raises nearly $7 million in January, outpacing NRCC

The House Democratic campaign arm pulled in $6.8 million.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Bachmann: ‘Guilt’ helped Obama win presidency

Bachmann added: “People don’t hold guilt for a woman.“

By Aaron Blake  |  02:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Al Gore endorses former aide McGinty for Pennsylvania governor

The former vice president wades into a crowded primary.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014

GOP senator: House could pass Senate immigration bill today

Few House Republicans have signaled support for the Senate bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/20/2014

White House calls for Ukraine’s president to withdraw security forces

At least 50 people were killed Thursday morning after a tentative truce fell apart, according to a human rights official.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:22 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ukraine

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Watch Chris Christie’s town hall live (Video)

You can watch the whole thing here, courtesy of NBC-4 in New York.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Cruz says if GOP acted like him, they wouldn’t get ‘clobbered in the polls’

The Texas senator talks the debt ceiling and midterms with CNN.

By Jaime Fuller  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Former Walker aide called e-mail likening welfare recipients to dogs ‘hilarious’

Newly released documents show the private correspondence of Walker’s top aides when he was a county executive.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:37 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  E-mails

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Convicted ex-Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards to run for Congress

Edwards tells Bloomberg’s Al Hunt that he’s in.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Senators call for sanctions against Ukraine government

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is leading the charge.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:00 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ukraine

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Obama on Ukraine: ‘There will be consequences if people step over the line’

Obama has tough words for the Ukrainian government.

By David Nakamura and Aaron Blake  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Walker asked for daily call between campaign and official aides, e-mails show

Newly released documents could complicate Walker’s future as he runs for another term and eyes a possible White House bid.

By Sean Sullivan and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  02:02 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Scott Walker

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014

Paul Ryan wants Romney to run again

“I’d love it if he did,” Ryan told AP during a visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday, “but I don’t think he would.“

By Aaron Blake  |  12:47 PM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Scott Brown renews contract with Fox News

The Boston Globe reported that an unnamed Fox News representative said Brown was “currently out of contract with the network.”

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/19/2014

No, 71 percent of Obama voters don’t regret voting for him

Unfortunately for conservatives, the unbelievable poll was unbelievable for a reason: It was wrong.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Obama to sign executive order aboard Air Force One

The president is using his executive powers to move forward in areas that do not require congressional approval.

By David Nakamura  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

DSCC outraises NRSC in January

The Senate Democratic campaign arm outpaced its GOP counterpart by about $2 million.

By Sean Sullivan  |  05:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Obama apologizes to art historian for public quip

President Obama personally apologized to an art historian for questioning the value of her degree.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  08:33 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Huckabee headed to Iowa

The potential 2016 hopeful is headed to the state that put him on the map in 2008.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:53 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 02/18/2014

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to hold town hall meeting Thursday

Public forum, his first such event since several of his advisers were implicated in a bridge-closing scandal, is expected to be low-key affair.

By Robert Costa  |  05:34 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bridge-gate, Chris Christie

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 02/18/2014

GOP Sen. Cochran says he doesn’t ‘really know a lot about’ the tea party

Facing a primary challenger, Cochran’s comments probably won’t help his cause.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:59 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.) won’t seek reelection

The former state senator is in her first term in Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:50 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) to retire

Holt is perhaps best-known in Congress for competing against the Jeopardy! robot, Watson.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Sebelius: ‘Absolutely no evidence’ of job losses under Obamacare

“I know that’s a popular myth that continues to be repeated, but it just is not accurate,” Sebelius said.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Billionaire plans $100 million campaign for Democrats

Tom Steyer previously played a big role in the Virginia governor’s race, spending millions on now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) successful campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Gingrich calls for Kerry to resign over climate change speech

Kerry on Sunday labeled climate change “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography, immigration charges

The former congressman was convicted of sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography in the mid-1990s.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014

Obama to tighten fuel efficiency standards for big trucks

President Obama plans to tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks

By Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/17/2014

White House defends $800B stimulus as a key to ending the recession

The administration is pushing back against Republican criticism of the results of the the Recovery Act.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/16/2014

Romney: Lewinsky scandal not an issue for Hillary Clinton

2012 GOP presidential nominee distances himself from Sen. Rand Paul’s recent comments.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/16/2014

Rove goes after Christie critic Strickland for his own staff problem

Former Ohio governor says N.J. Gov. Chris Christie has more explaining to do.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/16/2014

McCain: Cruz had ‘no plan’ on debt ceiling

“There was no plan once we had taken the United States on the brink of this financial crisis that we were approaching,” McCain says.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/16/2014

Kevin Spacey on House of Cards: ‘Our storylines are not that crazy’

“Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and the 1 percent is that you could never get an education bill passed,” actor jokes.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Montana governor says he told Harry Reid to buzz off

The Democratic governor says he told Reid that his Senate appointee was “none of your damn business.”

By Aaron Blake  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Walsh’s military record focus of dueling Montana ads

Walsh hasn’t been in the Senate for even a week, but already a battle to define him over the airwaves is well underway.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Joel McHale to host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

McHale is best known for hosting “The Soup” on E! and for his role on the NBC series “Community,“

By Aaron Blake  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama knocks GOP for fighting unionization of Tenn. VW employees

President wades into a fight with Tennessee Republicans concerned about the state’s business-friendly image.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, Obama

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Kentucky conservatives say McConnell’s debt ceiling vote no game-changer

National conservative groups have blasted McConnell, but Kentucky conservatives aren’t quite as upset.

By Wesley Lowery  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, debt ceiling, tea party

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 02/14/2014

Rahm on running for president: ‘I am done. Period.’

“I have achieved my lifetime’s ambition,” says Emanuel, who would be the first Jewish president if he ran and won.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Obama says little about House Democrats winning races this year

The little he did say contrasted sharply with what he told them a year ago in the same setting.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Rand Paul: We need ‘a new Republican Party’ -- not small changes

“...it has to be a transformation -- not a little tweaking at the edges,” Paul said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Republican Party

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Biden: ‘There isn’t a Republican Party’

Vice president starts laying out Democratic arguments for the upcoming midterm elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Joe Biden

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 02/14/2014

AP analysis: ‘Bridgegate’ didn’t cause death or injury

A review suggests the lane closures ordered by the Christie administration caused “total gridlock” but little more.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:11 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Cruz, Lee introduce ‘State Marriage Defense Act’

The bill would bring back many provisions invalidated by the overturn of DOMA last year.

By Jaime Fuller  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Hillary Clinton launches global data project on women and girls

The “No Ceilings” project will aggregate data from traditional and less traditional ones sources to document progress since the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:43 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Negative views of Russia at Cold War levels

Just 34 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia -- a number that is comparable to the tail end of the Cold War.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to retire

Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014

Obama commits to six more fundraisers for House Democrats

President’s draw may help Democrats maintain a cash edge over GOP campaign committees.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Poll: Democrats up 7 points in Florida special election

The poll also shows the district isn’t as anti-Obamacare as Republicans might hope.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Rep. Tim Griffin to run for Ark. lieutenant governor

In a surprise, the second-term House member announces another campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:41 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Biden cancels, dozens of House Democrats skipping annual meetings

The absentee rate is notable because President Obama is planning to visit.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Democrats cheer new Obamacare enrollment figures

Leaders say new numbers show that the American public is catching on.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2014, House Democrats, Obamacare

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Openly gay GOP congressional candidate DeMaio includes partner in new ad

The moderate Republican releases a new ad that includes footage of him holding hands with his partner.

By Sean Sullivan  |  06:21 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Senate votes to restore military COLA benefits

Senate adopted the House’s solution of extending automatic cuts to Medicare to accompany the pension increase.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:16 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, military

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Congress approves increase in debt limit after dramatic vote

House-approved bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, debt limit, Eric Cantor, John Boehner

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) to retire

Miller is considered the most vulnerable incumbent in the House.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/12/2014

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin convicted

Nagin was convicted on 20 of 21 counts against him.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Wendy Davis says she could support 20-week abortion ban

Davis’s comments are likely to stir conversation among liberals who held her up as a hero after her filibuster of Texas’s new abortion law.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/12/2014

GOP group launches attack on newly appointed senator

The American Crossroads ad recalls a reprimand Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) received in 2010 from the U.S. Army.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Rand Paul files suit against Obama, NSA Wednesday

The lawsuit, which says the administration ignores the Fourth Amendment, likely will be a boon to Paul’s presidential ambitions.

By Jaime Fuller  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Democratic ads cite ‘disastrous’ Obamacare rollout

The ad praises a House Democrat for taking “the White House to task for the disastrous health-care Web site.“

By Aaron Blake  |  09:56 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Christie: George W. Bush was ‘grossly underappreciated’

Bush nominated Christie as U.S. attorney early in his tenure.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Republican Faulconer elected mayor of San Diego

The San Diego mayor’s office is once again in Republican hands.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Alexander poll shows him up big in GOP primary

An internal poll shows the Tennessee senator with a big lead over state Rep. Joe Carr (R).

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014

What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:21 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, House Democrats, Immigration

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014

On debt limit, Reid credits Boehner for ‘doing the right thing’

Reid praises Republican House leadership for bringing forward “clean” debt bill.

By Wesley Lowery  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Congress, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Democratic congressman: Republicans ‘want people to starve’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the 1 percent cut in food stamps is aimed at hurting people and nothing else.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Washington Gov. Inslee suspends death penalty

The Democratic governor says he is suspending the penalty over concerns that it is being being unfairly applied.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Insurers now outspending Kochs’ group on Obamacare ads

Companies such as Cigna and Kaiser Permanente poured about $40 million into television ads.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Congress, Obamacare

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama: Choosing between France, Britain like choosing between daughters

The president gives a diplomatic answer when asked if France has become Britain’s equal in the eyes of the United States.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama will travel to Normandy for 70th anniversary of D Day

Obama was also there for the 65th anniversary in 2009.

By Aaron Blake and David Nakamura  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Tea party group: Replace Boehner as speaker

In an e-mail to supporters, the Senate Conservatives Fund cites Tuesday’s decision by House GOP leaders to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” debt ceiling increase.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 02/11/2014

House GOP leaders will bring up ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill

GOP leaders told members Tuesday that their latest attempt at seeking a concession will not attract enough support.

By Robert Costa, Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe  |  10:14 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

House Republicans receive lowest approval rating in 44 years by environmental group

House Republicans earned a collective approval rating of just 5 percent in 2013 on 28 bills.

By Lenny Bernstein  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House Republicans

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Newspaper’s erroneous Rubio quote draws backlash in Argentina

An Argentine newspaper incorrectly quoted the Florida GOP senator comparing the country to North Korea, according to AP.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014

RGA raises record-setting $6 million in January with Christie at the helm

The group is bringing in big money, even under the leadership of the embattled governor.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:41 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Lawmakers say Redskins should change name without congressional strong arm

While several local members of Congress say they support a name change, it does not appear that there is currently enough political support for action.

By Wesley Lowery  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Maryland Delegation, NFL, Washington Redskins

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Tea party group backs Broun in Georgia Senate race

In its endorsement, which was shared early with Post Politics, the group says Broun has been the House’s fiercest conservative, bar none.

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Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Police give all-clear at senator’s office

Police were called to office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to investigate reports of a suspicious substance.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Ted Cruz, stoking 2016 talk, plans March trip to Iowa

Senator from Texas will speak at a homeschooling rally in Des Moines.

By Robert Costa  |  04:19 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Rand Paul’s tepid McConnell endorsement: ‘He asked me when there was nobody else in the race’

That’s about as meh as you can get.

By Jaime Fuller  |  04:18 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Dem super PAC launches Social Security ad in Florida special election

The House Majority PAC ad hits Republican nominee David Jolly for lobbying for a firm that pushed to privatize Social Security.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:04 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Russian Olympian apologizes for racist Obama tweet, says account was hacked

Irina Rodnina initially defended her tweet as free speech.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/10/2014

McConnell primary opponent Bevin downplays impact of Rand Paul

The GOP challenger says he doesn’t worry about Paul’s support for McConnell.

By Sean Sullivan  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Cruz: ‘Clean’ debt ceiling hike would be ‘irresponsible’

Cruz also talks about his American Renaissance Energy Act -- a series of steps to expand American energy production and exploration.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:09 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Patty Murray to run for reelection in 2016

The fourth-ranking Senate Democrat plans to seek a fifth term in 2016.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Republicans vow continued opposition to Obama’s civil rights nominee

Senate Republicans vow to continue their opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:08 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Michelle Obama: Gay NFL hopeful an ‘inspiration’

The first lady tweets her support.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Heritage attacks Chamber of Commerce for ‘corporate cronyism’ immigration bill

Heritage CEO Michael Needham needles the GOP establishment-aligned Chamber.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Biden: Despite Gates’s book, I get along with Obama’s Cabinet

Vice President Biden says he is the administration’s point man on dealing with the Cabinet, and it works well -- despite what Robert Gates wrote.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Ted Cruz: GOP needs to ‘think bigger than Keystone’

In speech Monday, senator plans to begin shifting focus to topics other than the health-care law by focusing on energy policy.

By Ed O'Keefe and Juliet Eilperin  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Campaign 2016, Senate, Senate Republicans

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/09/2014

Ambassador McFaul: Russians have leaked my conversations

The U.S. ambassador to Russia said he is a “primary subject of interest” for the Russian government.

By Sean Sullivan  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sunday Shows

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Schumer to GOP: Set immigration law to kick in after Obama leaves office

The Democratic senator has a solution for Republicans who don’t trust the president.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Immigration, Sunday Shows

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/09/2014

McCaul: ‘High degree of probability’ something will ‘detonate’ near Olympics

The House Homeland Security chair voices concerns about an attack.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:28 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, sochi2014, Sunday Shows

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 02/09/2014

Napolitano: Obama didn’t snub Putin by skipping Olympics

The head of the U.S. Olympic delegation defends the president.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:48 AM ET, 02/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, sochi2014, Sunday Shows

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Lew sets debt-ceiling deadline: Feb. 27

That’s the date when the government might lose its borrowing authority, Lew told the House speaker in a letter.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Pat Roberts doesn’t have his own home in Kansas

In an interview with The New York Times, the senator acknowledged staying with supporters when he is in the area.

By Sean Sullivan  |  04:08 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Man arrested trying to climb White House fence

He was carrying two bags.

By Peter Hermann  |  03:54 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Bill Clinton to stump for McConnell opponent Grimes

The former president is headed to Kentucky later this month.

By Sean Sullivan  |  01:22 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Montana governor appoints Lt. Gov. John Walsh to Senate

The Democrat was considered the heavy favorite for the job. He’s also seeking a full term in November.

By Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake  |  12:09 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Pelosi: Sochi ‘a very bad choice’ for Olympics

Pelosi sharply criticized the Olympic Committee in an interview with NowThis News.

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 02/07/2014

All five Democrats running for Mass. governor oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev

The candidates said so at a debate Thursday afternoon. The Justice Department is pursuing the death penalty.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:04 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Biden: ‘No obvious reason’ I shouldn’t run for president

“There may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.“

By Aaron Blake  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Axelrod says Dems should focus on 2014, not 2016

Obama’s former campaign manager says its not time for the presidential election quite yet.

By Jaime Fuller  |  06:28 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Montana governor could appoint Baucus replacement Friday

Bullock’s lieutenant governor, John Walsh, is considered the odds-on favorite for the endorsement.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:05 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Max Baucus confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China

The senator’s departure will set off a round of musical chairs among Democratic committee chairmen.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Senate, Senate Democrats

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/06/2014

White House suggests Russia behind leaked call from State Dept. official

“The video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government; I think it says something about Russia’s role,” Carney said.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Senate hits another dead end on unemployment benefits

Republicans complained that the latest proposal did not have a proper offsetting spending cut to lessen the impact on the federal deficit.

By Paul Kane  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  unemployment insurance

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Cardinal McCarrick meets with Boehner on immigration

The retired Cardinal said he would keep the speaker in his prayers as he considers the issue.

By Robert Costa  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Boehner: ‘Difficult’ to move on immigration reform in 2014

“There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws,” the speaker said.

By Wesley Lowery  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Rand Paul: Democrats should disown ‘sexual predator’ Bill Clinton

Paul continues to push his case that Democrats have ignored Clinton’s ‘predatory’ behavior.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:50 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/06/2014

WH names Mike Boots as acting CEQ director

WH has named Mike Boots as acting director of the Council on Environmental Quality.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Republicans argue Obamacare is expanding House playing field

“Republicans have the opportunity to expand the playing field and stay on offense in 2014,” Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, wrote in a memo provided to The Washington Post.

By Paul Kane  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  House, House Republicans

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Obama: Freedom of religion is under attack

Obama reiterates that he will push for the release of Kenneth Bae.

By David Nakamura  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/06/2014

AFP drops another $400,000 in Fla., including first attack on Grayson

Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include Rep. Alan Grayson.

By Matea Gold  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Obamacare, Republicans

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Joe Biden sells you a car (Video)

The United Auto Workers got a little taste of Joe Biden being Joe Biden on Wednesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama not ‘offended’ if vulnerable Dems stay away

“The president said that he is thoroughly committed to helping Democrats in tough races,” a senator said.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

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

Iranian president aims for own version of Obamacare

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants to extend health insurance coverage to 5 million of his country’s uninsured.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:02 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Boehner launches Benghazi Web site

The site — GOP.gov/Benghazi — contains the House and Senate committee reports of their investigations into the Benghazi attacks.

By Wesley Lowery  |  04:57 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Boehner urges allies to consider linking military benefits to debt limit

The speaker is encouraging allies to link the military benefits issue to the debt limit, people familiar with the matter say.

By Robert Costa  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Biden to raise money for Alex Sink in Florida special election

The White House steps into a race seen as a harbinger of the midterms.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:55 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Franken opponent: Dems will hit me like they hit Mitt Romney

Mike McFadden says he thinks Democrats will reprise the attacks they launched against Romney’s business background.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:53 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014

What does the CBO report really say about jobs and Obamacare?

The impact on the labor force has generated lots of political buzz -- and lots of confusion.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Democrats on Obamacare jobs decline: It reduces ‘job lock’

Democrats are using the term to fight back against GOP allegations that Obamacare costs the country jobs.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014

John Kerry on running for president: ‘I have no plans whatsoever’

“I’m out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop,” Kerry tells CNN.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014

Kerry to speak at Gridiron Dinner

Kerry’s appearance means President Obama, who told some jokes at the 2013 dinner, won’t be appearing.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Billie Jean King drops out of U.S. Olympic delegation, White House says

The tennis star cites her mother’s health as reason for missing Sochi Opening Ceremony

By David Nakamura  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, White House

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 02/05/2014

GOP strategy on debt ceiling stalls

House Republicans say that their leading options for dealing the federal debt-limit do not have sufficient support inside the GOP caucus.

By Robert Costa  |  11:48 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Senate candidate depicts opponents as crying babies (Video)

David Perdue’s ad ups the ante in an increasingly contentious primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 07:26 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama praises CVS’s decision to stop selling cigarettes

CVS is the nation’s second-largest chain of drugstores.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:26 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Clay Aiken announces campaign for Congress

In a video posted to his new campaign Web site, Aiken says he will challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.).

By Aaron Blake  |  07:04 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 02/05/2014

White House to unveil ‘climate hubs’ to aid farmers across country

Obama administration will announce the creation of regional hubs to help farmers

By David Nakamura  |  12:01 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  climate change, Obama

Posted at 08:27 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton meet with United Nations chief on women’s equality

The U.N. chief says Clinton will play “a very important role” in next year’s 20th anniversary celebration of the 1995 U.N. conference on women in Beijing.

By Philip Rucker  |  08:27 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz: Obama, Reid ‘dancing’ over GOP’s immigration push

Senator says that new focus on immigration could upset GOP chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Republicans, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Cruz to conservatives: Keep fighting for cuts in debt limit talks

Senator says fights to increase the debt limit are “the most effective lever” to control spending.

By Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa  |  05:36 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/04/2014

McConnell: Differences on immigration are ‘irresolvable’

“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a different place,” McConnell said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Norcross announces for Rep. Rob Andrews’s seat, quickly gains support

State Sen. Donald Norcross, the brother of South Jersey power broker George Norcross, has already lined up big-name backers just hours after Rep. Rob Andrews’s (D-N.J.) retirement.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Americans for Prosperity poised to launch air attack against Arkansas’s Mark Pryor

The new television ad will spotlight Pryor’s support for Obamacare, which the conservative advocacy group has been using to pummel Democrats.

By Matea Gold  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Farm bill passes after three years of talks

The $956.4 billion measure dramatically overhauls the nation’s farm and nutrition policies and will mean notable cuts to food stamp funding.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Farm Bill, House, Senate

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 02/04/2014

John Kerry unleashed on Twitter once again

“It only took a year but @StateDept finally let me have my own @Twitter account.”

By Anne Gearan  |  02:53 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Holder calls LGBT rights one of the ‘civil rights challenges of our time’

Speaking in Sweden, Holder talked about the importance of fighting discrimination on an international level.

By Jaime Fuller  |  01:57 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Immigrant-rights group files petition asking Obama to halt deportations

Immigrant-rights groups are frustrated by the Obama administration’s record on deportations.

By David Nakamura  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Conservatives to Boehner: Avoid ‘theater’

Reps. Raul Labrador and Justin Amash said they do not want the House Speaker to move toward a dramatic standoff on the debt limit.

By Robert Costa  |  01:11 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt limit

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama, Biden to address House Democrats next week

Their appearances will occur during the House Democratic policy retreat next week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:31 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, House Democrats, President Obama, Senate Democrats

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Federal judge says she’ll rule quickly on Va. same-sex marriage ban

Virginia advanced its new legal position that a 2006 referendum approved by voters violates the U.S. Constitution.

By Robert Barnes  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage, same-sex marriage, Virginia

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/04/2014

NAACP leader: Tea party seeks minorities to use as ‘mouthpieces’

The Rev. William Barber recently compared the lone black Republican in Congress to a ventriloquist’s dummy.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Rubio ‘surprised and disappointed’ by sugar tycoon’s position on Cuba

The senator’s criticism of Alfonso Fanjul’s visits to the country, which is under a trade embargo, was softer than the reactions of other Cuban Americans.

By Peter Wallsten  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  castro, cuba, fanjul, Marco Rubio

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair

“Absolutely, of course you are, Bill,” Obama told Bill O’Reilly. “But I like you anyway, though.“

By Aaron Blake  |  10:34 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Jeb Bush touts David Jolly in Florida special election ad

The former Florida governor vouches for the Republican House candidate.

By Sean Sullivan  |  09:22 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 02/04/2014

N.J. Democrat Rob Andrews to resign from Congress

He plans to resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a law firm, says an aide familiar with his plans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:29 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Sandra Fluke files in California for congressional bid

Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement

By Aaron Blake  |  07:50 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Hillary Clinton partners with Univision for early childhood development

The multi-year partnership the influential Spanish-language media company will promote the education, health and well-being of young children.

By Philip Rucker  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 02/03/2014

House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook

Republicans might offer a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or for repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s risk corridors.

By Robert Costa  |  11:20 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Fired Christie aide invokes Fifth Amendment

Bridget Kelly is the former deputy chief of staff who infamously got the ball rolling on the traffic jam plot by writing, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,

By Aaron Blake  |  09:24 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Christie: ‘Unequivocally’ unaware of traffic plot

He says he was unaware of a political motive behind last year’s traffic snarl on the George Washington Bridge until he read about it in a news report.

By Robert Costa  |  08:55 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Lew sets debt ceiling deadline for end of February

Lew says the government can’t extend the deadline as long as it usually can, with limited “extraordinary measures” at its disposal.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Christie’s 2016 numbers keep falling

A CNN poll that showed Christie edging Hillary Clinton last month now shows him down 16 points.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:28 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Congresswoman lashes out at tycoon for opening door to Cuba

Sugar tycoon and longtime anti-Castro exile leader Alfonso Fanjul has quietly traveled to Cuba and is open to doing business there prompted an angry response Monday from a Cuban American member of Congress, who called Fanjul’s actions “pathetic” and “shameful.“

By Peter Wallsten  |  03:59 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Democrats line up for Waxman’s prime committee post

Reps. Pallone and Eshoo both want to be the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March

Obama will make his first visit to Saudi Arabia to try to reassure a U.S. ally

By David Nakamura  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, saudi arabia

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Christie to speak at CPAC, one year after snub

Christie wasn’t invited last year after embracing President Obama over Superstorm Sandy.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/03/2014

OFA launches ad campaign to boost White House wage push

OFA launches ad campaign backing Obama’s minimum wage increase proposal.

By David Nakamura  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minimum wage, Obama

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Christie aide facing subpoena resigns

Christina Genovese Renna is the fourth Christie aide or appointee to leave or be fired since the controversy began.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Paul Ryan: Immigration reform this year ‘clearly in doubt’

Republicans stress a “security first” approach on the Sunday morning talk shows.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration, Obama, Paul Ryan

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Paul Ryan: ‘We have an increasingly lawless presidency’

“Presidents don’t write new laws, Congress does,” Ryan said

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:39 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Paul Ryan

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Gov. Jindal, Paul Ryan: Christie ‘should stay’ as head of GOP governor’s group

Louisiana governor says scandal-plagued New Jersey governor should continue leading the association.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Campaign 2016, Chris Christie

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 02/01/2014

Chris Christie slams David Wildstein in e-mail to supporters

The governor uses an e-mail to friends and allies to attack his accuser, a former appointee, and news reports on the accusations.

By Ed O'Keefe and Karen Tumulty  |  06:27 PM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Chris Christie

 

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