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Conyers' House seat to remain vacant for nearly a year
Michigan's Republican governor says Democrat John Conyers' congressional seat will remain unfilled for about a year until the regularly scheduled election
Chris Christie In A Jam
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES A TEST IN TRENTON: After newly discovered emails appeared to connect a top aide of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the controversial closure of several lanes on the world’s busiest bridge as political payback against a local mayor, Christie has ...
Congressional Exodus Grows As Two House Dems Call It Quits
Two veteran Democratic members of Congress have decided to retire at the end of the term, making it tougher for Democratic plans to recapture a House majority this fall. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term Democrat from New York, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, a nine-term Democrat...
Filibuster Reform's Biggest Winners
The landmark Senate vote to effectively eliminate the filibuster of presidential nominees opens the door to a wave of likely confirmations for President Obama. Gone are the days when 60 votes are needed to move ahead on a nominee. Now, a simple majority of 51...
Senate Republicans Block Another Obama Nominee to D.C. Circuit Court
Senate Republicans blocked another one of President Obama’s nominees for the D.C. Circuit Court Tuesday, prompting speculation about whether Democrats will try to change the Senate’s filibuster rules. The Senate voted 56-41 in a procedural vote on the nomination of Nina Pillard to be a...
The Obamacare 'Six'
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES AND THEN THERE WERE SIX: Capping off a trying week for the Obama administration, which has been forced to answer for the glitch-plagued roll-out of the new federal insurance marketplace, new documents reveal more striking news: Just six people ...
Senate GOP Blocks Two Obama Nominees
Senate Republicans have blocked the confirmation of two of President Obama’s nominees, setting the stage to reopen a bitter fight over the role of Senate filibusters and a president’s prerogative on executive and judicial nominations. The nomination of Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of...
Weekly Addresses: Obama Wants Mortgage Reforms, Sen. Tim Scott Blasts White House Energy Policies
President Obama called for greater access to low mortgage rates, while Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., blasted the president’s energy policies, in the weekly White House and Republican radio/YouTube addresses on Saturday. Obama touted improvements in the housing market and called on Congress to make it...
Baby Lightens Mood at Tense House Hearing
While most of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder consisted of a feisty back-and-forth between the representatives and the witness, a child’s cries brought a moment of lighthearted amusement. Congressman Mel Watt held his grandson on his lap while questioning
Fussy Toddler Interrupts Eric Holder's Testimony
Democratic congressman Mel Watt (N.C.) holds his grandson while questioning U.S. attorney general.