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I Lost My Seat in Congress, and All I Got Was This Broken Website

November 15, 2013 Vulnerable House Democrats back in 2009 knew that they were risking their political careers by casting votes for the Affordable Care Act. And more than 60 of them--including some who didn't even vote for the bill--lost their seats the following year. So there's an extra psychological twinge for those forced...

Obamacare Enrollment Data Subpoenaed

November 6, 2013 House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., has subpoenaed the administration for data on Obamacare enrollment, making good on an earlier threat. The subpoena to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency managing the rollout of the insurance exchanges, demands all the data it has on...

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Budget Conference: A Committee of Two?

October 31, 2013 It's supposed to be a committee of 29 separate voices from the House and Senate. But the early signals from the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan House and Senate budget conference are that it may operate more like a committee of two: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. Ryan...

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Chimps Endure Congressional Monkey Business

October 30, 2013 If Congress doesn’t act soon, humans won’t be the only primates frustrated with the political process -- chimpanzees will take a hit, too. Specifically, research chimps owned by the National Institutes of Health. The federal government has decided it won’t use the animals for research anymore and has plans to...

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Finally Over, Shutdown Showdown Tees Up New Battles

October 17, 2013 The debt-ceiling stalemate and 16-day government shutdown cost the economy billions, put tens of thousands out of work, made some little-known congressmen famous and tested the balance of power in Congress. Yet as lawmakers ended the standoff with a hard-fought agreement, many pointed to a landscape left largely unchanged, with...

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Congress Closes In on a Deal to End Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

October 15, 2013 With a wary eye toward potential turbulence from House Republicans, Senate leaders are seeking to finalize a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown in a way that could receive strong bipartisan support in the Senate. "Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day. We hope it...

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Staff Furloughs Have Lawmakers Providing Face-to-Face Service

October 11, 2013 The government shutdown has had all sorts of weird, ripple effects: panda cameras shuttered; potential craft beer shortages; T-Rex fossil delivery delays. But one of the more ironic outcomes of the federal closures is the increased, direct access to your member of Congress. You know, the very people responsible for...

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Lawmakers Give Capitol Police Benefit of the Doubt in Shooting

October 10, 2013 A week after police shot and killed a woman who was racing toward the Capitol after trying to breach a White House barricade, lawmakers have been largely silent on the incident pending the results of an investigation. “I’m concerned when any person is shot, armed or unarmed, if it could...

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Tension Turns to Chaos After Shooting Near Capitol

October 4, 2013 Tension over the budget impasse abruptly turned to chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday, as a woman was shot and killed by police after a fierce car chase, with her 1-year-old child as a passenger. But many questions were unanswered late Thursday, hours after the U.S. House gave Capitol Police and...

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What If They Shut Down Congress and Nobody Noticed?

October 3, 2013 While people often complain about a Do-Nothing Congress, massive staff reductions inside the Capitol could make that truer than ever before. The day-to-day business of congressional offices and committees—from constituent service to hearings and investigations—is largely on hold, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats stalemate over a budget agreement. Many...

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