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  • Democrats shift from climate 'change' to 'adaptation' to woo Republicans

    What's in a name? If it's climate change, it's a lot. That's why environmental groups and congressional Democrats are increasingly talking about "climate adaptation." Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans cause climate change largely by burning greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. But...

  • White House stresses Sylvia Mathews Burwell's prior unanimous Senate confirmation

    White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to predict how the Senate will handle Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination for Health and Human Services secretary, but noted her unanimous confirmation as Obama's budget chief. Carney told reporters that he “wouldn't want to predict” how...

  • Two potential candidates to succeed Sylvia Matthews Burwell as budget chief

    President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary leaves open Burwell's position as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Of the two deputy directors, Brian Deese and Beth Cobert, Deese may be the more likely candidate.

  • Obama taps Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS, thanks Kathleen Sebelius for historic role

    President Obama announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the new secretary of the Health and Human Services Department on Friday and said goodbye to departing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who he said will "go down in history" for her work in expanding access to health...

  • Lawmakers urge Jack Lew, John Kerry to stop U.S. purchases of Russian helicopters

    Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging them to impose sanctions on a Russian arms exporter that the Pentagon is procuring helicopters from. The effort to rally opposition to Russian company Rosoboronexport, which the...

  • John Cornyn spent nearly $5.5 million beating back Republican primary challenger Steve Stockman

    Few people thought Rep. Steve Stockman would pose a serious challenge to Sen. John Cornyn in a Texas Republican primary race early last month. Stockman, after all, was perhaps best known in Congress for his occasional outlandish statements, such as, "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be...

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Obama's behind-the-scenes budget warrior

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's budget director, was at ground zero of the government shutdown showdown, but you wouldn't know it from the headlines. With Kathleen Sebelius departing, Burwell will be tapped to lead the Health and Human Services Department.

  • America Rising comes into the spotlight

    Last week, Rep. Bruce Braley was still doing damage control. More than a week after a video exploded across the Internet showing him at a private fundraiser, dismissing Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley as a “farmer from Iowa,” Braley, a lawyer by trade, rattled off his rural bona fides to...

  • With Kathleen Sebelius' exit, Obama aims for Obamacare reset that won't come easy

    President Obama accepted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation earlier this week and will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her Friday morning in an attempt to turn the page on the tumultuous beginning of the...

  • John McCain: Obama's pick for Norway ambassador will 'be a joke'

    Sen. John McCain pledged to redouble his fight against several of President Obama's ambassador nominees, vowing to gum up their confirmation process as much as he can now that Senate rules no longer allow opponents to filibuster White House political appointments. The Arizona Republican for...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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