Real life House of Cards in House of Representatives
March 27th, 2014
04:34 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Real life House of Cards in House of Representatives

Washington (CNN) – What happened in the House Thursday was something out of an episode of the television series "House of Cards," a show about intrigue and sneaky deals in the nation's capital.

Facing defeat on a bill to head off major cuts to physicians who treat Medicare patients, House GOP leaders abruptly pulled it from the floor Thursday morning. They called a recess, sending most members back to their offices to await word on the schedule for the day.

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Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate
March 26th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate

(CNN) - Democrats in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate this year unveiled a 2014 agenda on Wednesday filled with carefully crafted language and messaging aimed at middle class voters they believe will decide many key races.

Dubbing it a "Fair Shot for Everyone," and using the words "fair" or "fairness" in as many sentences as they could, Senate Democratic leaders announced they will focus on issues like raising the minimum wage, making college and child care more affordable, and closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to hire overseas.

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1. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
March 20th, 2014
03:29 PM ET
1 month ago

Congress seeking refunds for parks affected by shutdown

(CNN) - Spring officially starts Thursday. And as the snow melts, waterfalls gush, and plants begin to bloom, the country's national park system once again becomes a playground for millions eager to get back outside after a long, brutal winter.

Hundreds of those park sites were closed for more than two weeks during the federal government shutdown last fall. Five months later, some states are still dealing with unresolved financial costs related to the closures.
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Oprah to campaign for House candidate
March 18th, 2014
03:08 PM ET
1 month ago

Oprah to campaign for House candidate

(CNN) – You may have never heard of Lavern Chatman, a Democrat running for Congress in northern Virginia.

But now that her pal Oprah Winfrey is making a rare political appearance for the candidate, Chatman is making national headlines.
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FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress
March 17th, 2014
12:06 PM ET
1 month ago

FreedomWorks backs incumbent members of Congress

(CNN) - The political action committee for FreedomWorks, a grassroots conservative group known for backing tea party challengers, released a list Monday of incumbent lawmakers it's endorsing in this year's midterm elections.

In the Senate, the group backs third-term Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who doesn't have a Republican challenger.
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Ukraine financial aid package stalled in Congress
March 13th, 2014
05:41 PM ET
1 month ago

Ukraine financial aid package stalled in Congress

(CNN) - A Ukraine financial aid package stalled in Congress on Thursday, caught up in a fight over IMF funding and an unrelated dispute over rules aimed at curbing political activities by nonprofit groups.

Senate Democrats rejected a proposal floated by Republicans to add language to the Ukraine measure that would delay new IRS regulations for how the agency oversees some tax-exempt organizations.

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Senate deal would extend long-term jobless benefits
March 13th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
1 month ago

Senate deal would extend long-term jobless benefits

(CNN) – A group of 10 U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for five months, a development one negotiator called a "bipartisan breakthrough."

Five Republicans have signed on to the $10 billion measure, effectively meaning it should clear the Democratic-led chamber. A vote is not expected until after next week's recess and prospects for passage in the House are uncertain.

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March 13th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
1 month ago

Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee "pretty appalling" and said the agency’s response to the controversy has been "befuddling" so far.

"I have very serious concerns about transparency and oversight and the intelligence community honoring its responsibility to Congress in that regard," Pelosi told reporters.
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Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
March 13th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
1 month ago

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope "to hail from the Americas."
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Democrats try to increase pressure on unemployment benefits
March 12th, 2014
05:29 PM ET
1 month ago

Democrats try to increase pressure on unemployment benefits

Washington (CNN) – Nearly three months after extended unemployment benefits expired, Democrats tried to ratchet up pressure on the issue with dozens of lawmaker signatures and a line of Congressmen marching together into the House Chamber.

“Do the right thing, Mr. Speaker: give us a vote,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters Wednesday, as she and dozens of her party members prepared to file a discharge petition in the House, aimed at forcing a House vote on an unemployment insurance extension.
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