Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies
August 18th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
2 days ago

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who left GOP in memorable political drama, dies

(CNN) – Jim Jeffords, who shifted the balance of power in the Senate when he left the Republican Party in 2001, died on Monday.

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August 14th, 2014
10:29 AM ET
6 days ago

Ice Bucket Challenge: Politicians get soaked

(CNN) - Ice water is starting to drench the political scene.

A number of political figures have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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August 11th, 2014
04:40 PM ET
1 week ago

Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration

Washington (CNN) – Republicans already are steaming about President Barack Obama's expected executive action to potentially allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in the country.

But another debate on immigration will refocus on internal GOP splits and raise questions about whether the party is taking any of its own advice about being more open to Hispanics.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
August 10th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
1 week ago

Cuccinelli: Harry Reid the lead blocker

Washington (CNN) – Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservative Fund president, blames the stalemate in Congress on the Democratic “obstructionist Senate.”

He says the House, at the very least, is voting more than the Senate, and he says the government should get out of the way.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Ken Cuccinelli
CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low
August 8th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 weeks ago

CNN Poll: Trust in government at all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Four decades after President Richard Nixon resigned, a slight majority of Americans still consider Watergate a very serious matter, a new national survey shows. But how serious depends on when you were born.

The CNN/ORC International poll's release comes one day before the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. With the Watergate scandal escalating, the second-term Republican president had lost much of his political backing, and he faced almost certain impeachment and the prospects of being removed from office by a Democratic-dominated House and Senate.

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Incumbent GOP Senator defeats tea party backed candidate in Tennessee Senate race
August 8th, 2014
01:17 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Incumbent GOP Senator defeats tea party backed candidate in Tennessee Senate race

(CNN) – Longtime GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander easily won the Tennessee Republican primary Thursday, defeating tea party backed candidate state Rep. Joe Carr.

With nearly all precincts accounted for, Alexander held off Carr with just under 50% of the vote while Carr received just over 40%, according to the Associated Press.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
Tea party's last chance in 2014 primaries comes down to Tennessee Senate race
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
August 7th, 2014
08:37 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Tea party's last chance in 2014 primaries comes down to Tennessee Senate race

(CNN) – The Republican primary in Tennessee on Thursday is the tea party's last chance - albeit a distant one - to beat an establishment incumbent this election year.

Longtime GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his seat against state Rep. Joe Carr.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
August 6th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Benghazi probe presses ahead despite new report

(CNN) -- The GOP-led House Select Committee on the Benghazi terror attack shows no sign of backing down despite a report from another congressional panel that, according to a top Democrat, found no intelligence failures around the deadly 2012 assault.

"There is more work to be done and more to be investigated," a spokeswoman for House Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN on Wednesday.

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Congress defined: 'Useless,' 'worthless,' a 'joke'
This word cloud represents the most frequently used words from more than 5,000 submissions on Facebook and Twitter to our #CongressInOneWord challenge.
August 5th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Congress defined: 'Useless,' 'worthless,' a 'joke'

(CNN) – It can be tough to agree on a single word to describe something that affects every single American.

But when it comes to Congress, the task suddenly doesn't seem so insurmountable.

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Filed under: Congress • Politics • Polls • Social Media
Poll: Majority of Americans feel their representative is part of the problem
August 5th, 2014
09:14 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Poll: Majority of Americans feel their representative is part of the problem

Washington (CNN) - Note to Congress: Your constituents are turning on you.

For the first time, a majority of Americans said they disapproved of their representative and thought they were part of the problem in Washington, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll out Tuesday. The poll found that 51% of Americans disapprove of the way their own member of Congress is handling his or her job, while 41% approve.

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