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The Short List to Replace House Speaker John Boehner
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's surprise decision to drop out of the race for House Speaker has a launched a new scramble to fill the job. House Speaker John Boehner, who announced his resignation from the speakership last month, says he will remain in the position until a new speaker is
Senate's Making A List And Checking It Twice
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In a rare Saturday session, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending measure that would fund most of the government for nine months, capping off a week of high-stakes drama over the funding bill and...
Rep . Joe Barton : College Football Playoff Will ‘Fail Every Year’; Congress May Examine Next Year
A leading congressional critic of college football’s old Bowl Championship Series believes the new playoff system is an improvement -- but far from perfect after two big-name schools from his home state were left on the outside looking in. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said the inaugural four-team
Should Members of Congress Make More Than Their $174K?
Most Americans would probably look at someone making $174,000 a year and imagine how a more lucrative income could change their own lives. Bigger home, nicer car, perhaps another child, private education, some international travel. Endless possibility. But even that much money, which goes to...
House Passes $1 Trillion Spending Bill
The House voted in bipartisan fashion today to approve a massive spending package to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, passing the measure by a vote of 359-67 and likely taking the prospect of another government shutdown off the table until...
Why You Should Give Your Kid an iPad for Christmas (It Isn't What You Think)
There isn't a holiday season that goes by that most parents aren't treated to the seasonal joy of caroling neighbors and cajoling children. There's always something your kids want that you don't want to give them, whether because it's too expensive, too mature or too hard to find. But this year,
Obamacare Website Contractors Shirk Blame for Foul-Up
The contractors who helped build the new health care website are not to blame for the problems that countless users have encountered at HealthCare.gov, company representatives told the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. Cheryl Campbell, who testified on behalf of CGI Federal, the key...
Another Shutdown Showdown
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES HOUSE GOES ALL-IN TO DEFUND OBAMACARE: With Washington hurtling toward the brink of another fiscal crisis, House Speaker John Boehner set up a major showdown with the Democratic-led Senate when he announced yesterday that the House of Representatives
Georgia Senate Candidate Laments 'Making $172,000' in Congress
In a closed meeting today, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also running for Senate, lamented that he is “stuck here making $172,000 a year” in Congress. The comment, which was confirmed to ABC News and first reported by National Review, came at a closed-door...
Google Glass Explainer Too Little for Privacy-Sensitive Congress Members
Members of Congress today expressed disappointment with Google's response to their petition for the technology company to address and explain its Google Glass privacy policies. "I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google," Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said in a statement released