By Mark Tapscott | 12/18/13 08:39 AM
Small details tell big stories in the political world and Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent Byron York has a master's eye for detecting them. Take his column today on how Jeh Johnson, President Obama's new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, thumbed his nose at...
By Byron York | 12/18/13 06:33 AM
"Welcome to the post-nuclear Senate," said a GOP aide after the confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security. Johnson's nomination was one of the first to be considered after Majority Leader Harry Reid used the so-called "nuclear option" to override the Senate's rules and end...
By Mark Tapscott | 12/16/13 09:05 AM
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic majority blew up two centuries of Senate practice by repealing the filibuster on most presidential nominees, they killed a key procedural protection for the rights of minorities. Whereas before 60 votes were required to end debate on a...
By Tim Mak | 12/16/13 06:37 AM
The House has already left town for the holiday recess, and so all eyes will turn this week to the Senate, which must pass a budget compromise and other critical legislation before leaving town as well.
By Sean Lengell | 12/13/13 11:47 AM
Sen. Patty Murray’s political career began on a dare. Insulted when a Washington state lawmaker told her she “couldn't make a difference” while pushing for a preschool program targeted by budget cuts, she responded by organizing a coalition of 13,000 parents who fought successfully to...
By Associated Press | 12/13/13 09:49 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll meet with his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell to discuss whether they can speed things up in the Senate and move on a budget agreement and a defense policy bill more quickly.
By Sean Lengell | 12/12/13 06:06 PM
The House on Thursday passed a one-month funding extension for expiring agriculture subsidy programs as lawmakers scramble to draft a five-year farm bill. The House and Senate each passed five-year farm bills this year, though the versions varied significantly. Negotiators have been meeting...
By Mary Clare Jalonick | 12/12/13 09:32 AM
Government dairy subsidies that affect the cost of a gallon of milk are set to expire at the end of the year as farm-state lawmakers said Tuesday that they do not expect to have a new farm bill — or an extension of current law — before Jan 1.
By Joel Gehrke | 12/11/13 02:34 PM
President Obama will find it easier to "work [his] way around Congress" now that some Washington denizens have gotten new jobs. The president opened the week by hiring the Center for American Progress' John Podesta, an old Bill Clinton hand. Podesta has an expansive view of presidential power...
By Ashe Schow | 12/10/13 02:51 PM
Snow? What Snow? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., didn’t let today's "Filiduster" stop him from taking advantage of the Senate rules change he pushed through Nov. 21, as senators voted 56-38 to confirm Patricia Ann Millett to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of...
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