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What to Expect From President Obama's Final State of the Union Address
When he gives his final State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will be addressing members of Congress. But they won’t be his target audience. In fact, he probably wouldn’t care if they didn't show up at all. Experts predict that rather than trying to cajole a Republican-controlled
Senate Debate: Markey, Gomez Attack Over Guns, Benghazi
The first Massachusetts Senate debate for the seat once held by Secretary of State John Kerry took a contentious tone early on and seldom let up as the candidates sparred over gun control, the attack on the embassy in Libya and more. Gabriel Gomez, the Republican businessman...
The Era of Partisanship Isn't Over
Drafters of the Senate's immigration bill say should it pass, it won't just fix the country's immigration system; it could spark a new era of bipartisanship that will allow lawmakers to address other divisive issues like a "grand bargain" on deficit reduction and future gun legislation. "There is a
How the GOP Could Break an Unwritten Rule and Pass Immigration Reform
Practice Known as the "Hastert Rule" Could Determine Fate of Immigration Reform.
Why Congress Is Dysfunctional
Lawmakers seem To Spend More Time Sparring Than Actually Focusing on Policy.
Obama's Southern Discomfort (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: WHITE VOTER PROBLEMS. The results of yesterday’s primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, as well as fresh polling numbers from Florida today, highlight a key challenge President Obama faces this election cycle: He not only has
Fundraising Frenzy: GOP Candidates Up the Ante in N.H. and S.C.
As the fight for the GOP nomination moves to New Hampshire this week, the six remaining Republican candidates are picking up their phones, loading up their planes and filling up their email outboxes to convince supporters to hit the “donate” button and help refill their war...
The Fiscal Fiasco of 2011: A Downgrade, a Shutdown and 8 Stop-Gap Funding Bills
Whether it was family planning programs, disaster relief or the debt ceiling, the funding battles that plagued fiscal year 2011 were some of the most contentious in recent memory. Seven times during the past 12 months the federal government came within 72 hours of shutting...
Ideology Aside, House and Senate Physically Out of Sync
There are 25 work days between today and financial apocalypse. That's when the U.S. government exhausts emergency borrowing authority and the nation's debt ceiling must be raised . But between now and then are only 12 days when both chambers of Congress will be in session. The Republican-controlled
Global Crises Overshadow Obama's 2011 Agenda
Nuclear meltdown in Japan, military operation in Libya, a looming budget showdown have overwhelmed Obama's agenda.