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  • Senate Republicans block paycheck fairness bill at center of Democratic political agenda

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bill that would have required companies to prove that wage discrepancies are not based on gender. The "Paycheck Fairness Act," is a key measure in the Democratic agenda, which lawmakers admit has little chance of passing but believe will...

  • Shocking details of rampant racism, sexism prompt Rep. Sean Duffy to ask if it's time for CFPB's Richard Cordray to resign

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray's agency has been slammed in recent months for refusing to divulge to Congress details of its lavish spending on a new headquarters. The CFPB has also been exposed by the Washington Examiner for running an NSA-like surveillance...

  • Q&A: Paul Ryan guides Republicans back to robust defense spending

    With his final spending proposal as House Budget Committee chairman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is attempting to move the Republican Party back to its Reagan roots as committed to investing in a strong defense even amid challenging budgetary conditions.

  • Seeking political gain, Democrats welcome Republican defeat of Paycheck Fairness bill

    Senate Republicans are poised to defeat a pay equity measure on Wednesday. The “Paycheck Fairness Act” is a key part of a new Democratic agenda that is focused on contrasting the Democratic Party with the GOP ahead of November elections.

  • Dianne Feinstein asks White House to edit torture report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee appealed to President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration's decision to task the CIA with editing a torture report harshly critical of the spy agency's treatment of terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks before it...

  • Oversight panel recommends House hold Lois Lerner in contempt

    A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report on Tuesday recommended the full House find former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for her refusal to answers questions about the agency's conservative-targeting scandal. "Lois Lerner's testimony is...

  • Examiner Editorial: Congress should heed GAO and stop duplicative spending

    The United States has always been a nation brimming from one end to the other with pragmatic people blessed with extra helpings of common sense. That’s one of the keys to understanding why Americans have built the richest country on earth, with the most widely distributed prosperity in human...

  • VIDEO: House Democrats urge GOP to take up unemployment benefits bill

    The Senate on Monday approved a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits for five months with a vote of 59-38. The bill now needs to pass the House of Representatives, which may prove to be a tougher task.   House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., praised the Senate for the...

  • GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm aid and eliminating subsidies for Amtrak and airline flights...

  • Steny Hoyer says he hasn't smoked pot

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer denied he ever smoked marijuana after hinting otherwise during his weekly briefing Tuesday with reporters. The Maryland Democrat, when asked about legislation to decriminalize marijuana that passed the Maryland legislature on Monday, said he supported the...

  • GOP defends policies as female-friendly

    During the weekly House GOP leadership news conference, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and two senior female Republicans criticized congressional Democrats' push for more federal regulations that they argue would guarantee that women receive "equal pay" for doing the same work as men.

  • Rep. Steve Scalise's role in pushing flood bill seen as tryout for whip run

    Rep. Steve Scalise played a crucial role in whipping votes for a flood insurance bill that split congressional conservatives, drawing notice on Capitol Hill at a time when ambitious House Republicans are jockeying for leadership positions in 2015.

  • Two advocacy groups enter the battle over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    The fate of the bailed-out mortgage businesses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely won't be resolved for years, but at least two new advocacy groups are staking out positions in the looming battle over U.S. housing finance. One new 501c(4) organization, the Coalition for Mortgage Security,...

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. "As many Americans...

  • Jack Kingston: Washington entangles local schools with 'competitive' grants funded by parents' tax dollars

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Capitol Hill Tuesday to justify the president's 2015 budget request before my committee. In addition to the usual overspending and generally wasteful nature of the federal involvement in our local schools, the Obama administration's penchant for...



From the Weekly Standard

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    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

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