Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
1 month ago

Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering' Iraq airstrikes

Washington (CNN) – The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday the United States "should be considering" airstrikes in Iraq to counter the insurgency from militant groups sweeping the country.

Speaking to reporters about Iraq, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, blamed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the deteriorating conditions in the region now.

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Filed under: Congress • Iraq • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
June 16th, 2014
09:12 PM ET
1 month ago

IRS faces volley of new scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency’s chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.

This came after the IRS announced that up to two years of e-mails from former agency manager Lois Lerner were destroyed when her hard drive crashed in 2011. Lerner ran the IRS division that oversaw tax-exempt status and is a key figure in the investigation into why the agency targeted tea party and other groups. The IRS says it has worked to recover the Lerner e-mails by searching through the accounts of dozens of employees who may have corresponded with her.

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Poll: Congress gets record low approval rating in midterm year
June 16th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
1 month ago

Poll: Congress gets record low approval rating in midterm year

(CNN) – A new Gallup survey indicates that the congressional approval rating has dropped to its lowest point ever–16%–in a midterm election year since such ratings were first measured by the organization in 1974.

That sets the stage for potentially big turnover this fall in Congress. Gallup notes that in midterm years when the congressional job approval is low, there tends to be more shake-up at the voting booths.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Polls
Labrador jumps into race for House majority leader
June 13th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
1 month ago

Labrador jumps into race for House majority leader

(CNN) – Conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho announced Friday he will campaign to become House majority leader, a position soon to be vacated by outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor.

"I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement. "Americans don't believe their leaders in Washington are listening and now is the time to change that."

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor • House • Raul Labrador
Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader
June 11th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
1 month ago

Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader

(CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset, a senior GOP source tells CNN's Dana Bash.

Cantor is expected to step aside as majority leader on July 31. The decision sets up a leadership scramble among Republicans in the House, which is led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote
June 10th, 2014
04:04 PM ET
1 month ago

Oops – House votes twice on veterans bill after sponsor misses first vote

Washington (CNN) - When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over.

"It's on me," Miller told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Veterans Affairs
With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty
June 5th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
2 months ago

With primary over, key Senate race turns nasty

(CNN) - It got ugly pretty quickly in the Senate battle in Iowa, a crucial contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

The campaign of Republican nominee Joni Ernst Thursday charged that the Democratic nominee in the race, Rep. Bruce Braley, is "degrading women by comparing Joni Ernst to a 'chick' in his latest campaign ad."
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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Congress • Iowa • Joni Ernst
Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'
June 5th, 2014
04:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Reid on timeline of notifying Congress: 'What difference does it make?'

Washington (CNN) – The timing of when the Obama administration told Harry Reid about Bowe Bergdahl's release doesn't matter, the Senate Majority Leader argued Thursday.

"Is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?" the Nevada Democrat said at a press conference.
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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
June 3rd, 2014
05:22 PM ET
2 months ago

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
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