Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low
June 30th, 2014
11:08 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Confidence in Supreme Court at record low

(CNN) – The same day the Supreme Court issued a high-stakes ruling on a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care law, a new national survey indicates confidence in the high court is at a record low, as Americans' trust in all three branches of government has fallen.

The release of a Gallup poll Monday coincides with the high court's decision that the government can't require that closely held companies pay for some types of contraceptives for its employees.

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Do you know who controls Congress?
June 26th, 2014
05:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Do you know who controls Congress?

Washington (CNN) - Just 40% of Americans know which political party controls the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to a national poll.

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday also indicates that about a third of the public can correctly name which party controls one of the two chambers of Congress, with 28% coming up completely empty.

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In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill
June 25th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
2 months ago

In rare bipartisan achievement, Senate easily passes jobs bill

Washington (CNN) – Talk about something you don’t see very often anymore.

In an unusually strong bipartisan vote, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of federal workforce training programs that are designed to improve job skills and drive down the unemployment rate.

The legislation passed 95-3.

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Filed under: Congress • Jobs
June 25th, 2014
09:08 AM ET
2 months ago

5 things we learned from Tuesday's primaries

Washington (CNN) – The establishment struck back.

Two weeks after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss to a little-known and underfunded tea party challenger rocked the Republican Party, incumbent and mainstream GOP candidates came out on top in several high-profile primary showdowns.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress
June 24th, 2014
08:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Video: Watch Dems, GOP hold hands and sing!

Congressional leaders from both parties hold hands and sing "We Shall Overcome" at a commemoration ceremony.


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June 23rd, 2014
11:44 AM ET
2 months ago

Congress had chances over the years, but action on VA not enough

(CNN) – The day before Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in May, nearly 25 senators signed a letter calling for him to step down amid a widening scandal over delayed medical care for vets.

In the weeks before that, lawmaker after outraged lawmaker rose to denounce systemic problems at the sprawling agency that provides medical and other care to more than 8.5 million veterans. Reports of "cooked books," dying patients on waiting lists, and a warped management culture made headlines.

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Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips
June 20th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Ethics panel disciplines Rep. Don Young over hunting trips

(CNN) – Longtime Rep. Don Young misused campaign funds and accepted improper gifts relating to hunting trips he took with his family and staff over the years, the House Ethics Committee concluded on Friday.

The panel found that the 21-term Alaska Republican broke its rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and improperly accepted gifts for 15 trips between 2001-13.

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Filed under: Alaska • Congress • Don Young • House
Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
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