Obama budget sets stage for spending fight

President Barack Obama (AP).

The president’s plan, which came under immediate fire from Republicans, is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction, partisanship and poor relations between Capitol Hill and the White House.

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CRS Report of the Week: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

The Loop’s weekly public service of CRS reports brings you a nonpartisan analysis of the Obamacare employer mandate.

DEA version of ‘stop and frisk’ barely monitored for racial bias

DEA version of ‘stop and frisk’ barely monitored for racial bias

The Justice Department is examining state and local police for possible racial profiling, but an inspector general’s report turned the same spotlight on one of DOJ’s own Drug Enforcement Administration.

Murder trial begins in 35-year-old NY missing child case

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Obama’s illusionary TPP job claims

Obama’s illusionary TPP job claims

The Obama administration claims 650,000 jobs will be created from an Asian trade deal. The correct answer is zero.

John Kerry fined $50 for not shoveling his sidewalk in Boston

John Kerry fined $50 for not shoveling his sidewalk in Boston

The ticket was issued Thursday, and yellow tape was put up warning of snow and ice falling from the home.

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Conservative chairman open to federal worker views

Conservative chairman open to federal worker views

Rep. Meadows takes over panel with willingness to consider other perspectives.

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Romney slams Clinton on Russia, jobs

Romney slams Clinton on Russia, jobs

During a speech at Mississippi State University, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked former secretary of state Hillary Clinton saying she "cluelessly press the reset button for Russia."

Lindsey Graham jumps into 2016 race for president

Lindsey Graham jumps into 2016 race for president

The Republican senator from South Carolina announces the formation of an exploratory committee.

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Lawmakers: How about a vacation in Cuba?

Lawmakers: How about a vacation in Cuba?

A bipartisan group of legislators introduces a bill that would lift the long-standing travel restrictions.

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Romney keeps the punch lines coming

Romney keeps the punch lines coming

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joked about his time as a presidential candidate during a speech at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

Senate passes Keystone pipeline bill despite Obama’s promise to veto

Senate passes Keystone pipeline bill despite Obama’s promise to veto

The measure still lacks enough votes to override a veto on the controversial project.

New signals of a possible Rubio presidential bid

New signals of a possible Rubio presidential bid

The Republican senator from Florida made a fundraising stop in California, missing debate on a Keystone bill.

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Secret Service’s No. 2 seen as barrier to reform

Two weeks after the Secret Service forced out four top officials, lawmakers ask whether the agency should have ousted one more — its deputy director.

It could be a very long time before Democrats are in the House majority again

It could be a very long time before Democrats are in the House majority again

Circle 2022 on your calendar. If you have that sort of calendar.

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7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

A Super Bowl-themed reading list.

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The most generous counties in presidential politics, 1980 to 2012

A slew of maps and numbers for your geeky enjoyment.

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In which we try to solve a Senate ‘whodunit’

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Lynch: Not Eric Holder and definitely not John Mitchell, either

Lynch: Not Eric Holder and definitely not John Mitchell, either

No matter what the scandal, Watergate will always be with us -- even at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing.

Will Mike Pence tip the GOP scales on Medicaid expansion?

Will Mike Pence tip the GOP scales on Medicaid expansion?

Nearly half of states still haven’t participated.

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Volunteers, including high-level Obama officials, canvassed every block of the city.

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McCain to protester: 'Get out of here you low-life scum'

McCain to protester: 'Get out of here you low-life scum'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) addresses an anti-war protester at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Jan. 29.

Bipartisan senators want you to be able to vacation in Cuba

Bipartisan senators want you to be able to vacation in Cuba

Members of Congress introduce bill Thursday to lift travel embargo to Cuba.

Romney’s people insist he’s not ‘rebranding.’ Sorry, but he most definitely is.

Romney’s people insist he’s not ‘rebranding.’ Sorry, but he most definitely is.

It’s the very definition of “rebranding.“

Watch President Obama ‘sing’ ‘Uptown Funk’

Watch President Obama ‘sing’ ‘Uptown Funk’

Uptown Funk gon’ give it to you

Jeb Bush’s wrong claims on oil imports

Jeb Bush’s wrong claims on oil imports

The former Florida governor gets his facts wrong about which nations export oil to the United States

If you Instagram the president, it is very likely someone will catch you in the act

If you Instagram the president, it is very likely someone will catch you in the act

The many photos of people taking photos of Obama

The impact of Charlie Hebdo: Americans now back Muhammad cartoons

The impact of Charlie Hebdo: Americans now back Muhammad cartoons

Nine years ago, Americans said the cartoons were “irresponsible.“

Grassley and Leahy challenge Big Brother, question surveillance programs

Grassley and Leahy challenge Big Brother, question surveillance programs

In a series of bipartisan letters, the senators have raised concerns about the Justice Department’s use of new surveillance technologies to monitor the American public.

A bipartisan fail over claims about ‘escort’ ads during the Super Bowl

A bipartisan fail over claims about ‘escort’ ads during the Super Bowl

Four Pinocchios for lawmakers who cite an alarming 300 percent increase in escort ads to portray record levels of sex trafficking taking place during the Super Bowl.

Signaling a hunger to step back into ring, Romney attacks Hillary Clinton

Signaling a hunger to step back into ring, Romney attacks Hillary Clinton

During a speech, Romney made clear that a potential 2016 bid would focus on foreign affairs and poverty.

Can Democrats ever retake the House?

Can Democrats ever retake the House?

With their ranks severely depleted and with no control over the chamber’s agenda, they are now the most tangible symbols of the party’s recent electoral defeats. And the wreckage has made discussions about the future difficult and divisive.

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Loretta Lynch insists she’s not Eric Holder

Loretta Lynch insists she’s not Eric Holder

The nominee for attorney general appears to satisfy at least some GOP senators about her true identity.

Conservatives to Palin: We’re over you

Conservatives to Palin: We’re over you

Sarah Palin’s recent rambling speech has many influential voices on the right realizing that the romance has gone cold.

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Hagel: 'I am most proud of having once been a soldier'

Hagel: 'I am most proud of having once been a soldier'

President Obama praised outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base-Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., saying Hagel's greatest impact has been his own "example."

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8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Twitter, pinatas and well-written documents.

Loretta Lynch assures GOP she is not Eric Holder, again and again

Loretta Lynch assures GOP she is not Eric Holder, again and again

A rundown of top Holder-bashing moments at attorney general confirmation hearing.