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  • 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...

  • Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well. Steps are needed "to restore...

  • Unemployment benefits extension clears Senate but faces challenges in House

    The Senate on Monday evening passed legislation to temporarily extend long-term unemployment benefits that expired late last year, though the bill faces a rocky path in the House. The upper chamber approved the measure 59-38, with six Republicans siding with Democrats to support the measure,...

  • Married 'Duck Dynasty' congressman Vance McAllister caught on tape kissing aide, asks for forgiveness

    Rep. Vance McAllister, the freshman House member from Louisiana who won his seat in a special election after receiving the support of "Duck Dynasty" stars Phil and Willie Robertson, "was caught in video surveillance two days before Christmas passionately embracing and kissing one of his...

  • Senate panel to meet again to discuss patent reform measure

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Senate version of a patent reform bill will continue to be discussed at a committee meeting this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee will “mark up” the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, or Senate Bill 1720, at an executive business meeting...

  • The week ahead in economics: finance, regulation and hiring

    Finance and financial regulation will be main features this week in Washington. On Tuesday, officials at some of the biggest regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will testify before the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing,...

  • House Republicans this week tackle budget plan while Senate Dems push paycheck fairness

    The House this week will vote on a ten-year Republican budget plan while the Senate debates a bill that Democrats believe will lead to more equal wages for male and female workers. Neither bill has a shot of ever clearing Congress, but both parties are looking to appeal to their base by...

  • Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

    President Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead.

  • Darrell Issa wants Elijah Cummings to disclose talks with Lois Lerner's attorney

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked the panel's top Democrat to disclose communications between his office and the lawyer for former IRS official Lois Lerner, who faces contempt charges before the committee. In a letter to ranking member Rep....

  • House Dems push back on administration's proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

    Several House Democrats have urged the Obama administration to reconsider proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. While typically it's Republicans who rail against White House health care provisions, more than a half-dozen Democrats took to the House floor Thursday to complain about...

  • White House splits from some Senate Democrats on natural gas exports

    Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region led to calls for the administration to green light more natural gas exports, to lessen Europe's dependence on Russian energy.

  • Rep. Ron Barber: Fired up and ready to go

    Does Rep. Ron Barber have the sheer force of will to win re-election? “I want it as bad as I’ve wanted anything in my life,” said the Arizona Democrat, who was first sworn into office in June 2012.

  • Lawmakers look to stop patent abuse

    Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to stop "patent trolls" from harassing businesses and inventors, with optimism high that legislation will pass this year. With wide bipartisan support, the House has approved a patent reform bill aimed at stopping the so-called trolls -- patent-holding...



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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