(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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."
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.
(CNN) – In a surprisingly strong vote, the Senate on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama’s controversial choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
The bipartisan rejection came after the widow of a slain Philadelphia officer pleaded with senators to vote “no.”