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Obama, GOP Agree the US Needs New War Powers To Fight ISIS

January 14, 2015 Two weeks into a year already marked by a spate of veto threats, President Obama and congressional leaders met Tuesday with pledges to work together—and plenty of time spent parsing who's obstructing whom. Following a morning huddle at the White House attended by nearly 20 members of Congress, both Republicans ...

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Obama, Hill Leaders Far Apart at White House Meeting

January 14, 2015 Two weeks into a year already marked by a spate of veto threats, President Obama and congressional leaders met Tuesday with pledges to work together—and plenty of time spent parsing who's obstructing whom. Following a morning huddle at the White House attended by nearly 20 members of Congress, both Republicans ...

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The Best Bills That Went Nowhere in Congress

December 26, 2014 For a Congress that struggled to pass even the most basic of bills, the 113th didn't lack for imaginative proposals. Squelched in committee, locked in legislative logjam, and buried in obscurity were bills that would do everything from eliminating federal agencies to micromanaging D.C. traffic enforcement. As the year draws ...

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Tom Coburn: The Senate-Stalling Republican No One Hates

December 15, 2014 If Ted Cruz is the Grinch of the Senate, Tom Coburn is the Scrooge. While the Texas firebrand nearly brought the government to a standstill over President Obama's immigration order, his spending-averse Oklahoma colleague did plenty on his own to make lame-duck life difficult in the upper chamber. Coburn, who ...

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Departing Members of Congress Find Their Work Benefits Slipping Away -- Or Already Gone

December 11, 2014 Rep. Howard Coble hasn't started his Christmas shopping. Like many lame-duck lawmakers, the veteran North Carolina Republican has been consumed with the last-minute legislation before Congress, including government spending, defense authorization, and a host of other bills. And Coble, like 63 of his colleagues, is preparing to exit Congress. Leaving ...

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Senators to Kerry: Tell Us What You Want to Fight ISIS

December 10, 2014 Senators from both parties pressed Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday on the White House's reticence to put forth a proposal for the fight against the Islamic State. And while Kerry defended the administration's refusal to outline the confines of the conflict, he also took issue with the boundaries imposed ...

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Rand Paul and John McCain Go to War Over ISIS Vote

December 5, 2014 A high-profile clash of Republican senators erupted Thursday after Sen. Rand Paul made a surprise, last-minute effort to force a vote on a declaration of war against the Islamic State. The battle pitted Paul, a likely presidential contender who is wary of foreign entanglements, against Sen. John McCain, a past ...

Rand Paul Wants To Tie Declaration of War Against ISIS To Defense Bill

December 4, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul released his promised bill declaring war against the Islamic State on Wednesday, challenging the White House's ability to act under existing authority and separating himself from more hawkish members of his party with strict time and ground troop limitations. The Kentucky Republican will try to attach the ...

Will Sexual Assault Reform Derail the Defense Bill?

December 3, 2014 A new defense authorization bill will hit the House floor this week, senior House and Senate committee staffers said, but its eventual passage will likely hinge on whether the Senate can avoid controversial amendments—including a high-profile effort to change how the military handles sexual-assault cases—that could derail its support. The ...

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Defense Bill Nears Finish Line as Senators Renew Fight for Military Sexual-Assault Reform

December 2, 2014 This story has been updated. A new defense authorization bill will hit the House floor this week, senior House and Senate committee staffers said, but its eventual passage will likely hinge on whether the Senate can avoid controversial amendments—including a high-profile effort to change how the military handles sexual-assault cases—that ...