Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday
May 20th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
2 months ago

Controversial Obama nominee expected to clear Senate hurdle Wednesday

(CNN) – The judicial nomination of a former Justice Department official, who has drawn the ire of senators on the right and left for legal memos he wrote justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect overseas with drones, is expected to clear a major hurdle on Wednesday.

Senators are likely to break a filibuster of Harvard Law professor David Barron to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which is based in Boston.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • Senate
May 18th, 2014
10:37 AM ET
2 months ago

Dianne Feinstein on Benghazi panel: ‘It’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob’

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein had some biting words Sunday about the newly formed House select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 terror attack against a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“I think it's ridiculous,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it's a hunting mission for a lynch mob.”

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Filed under: Congress • Dianne Feinstein • Libya • TV-State of the Union
ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat
May 16th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
2 months ago

ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threat

(CNN) – The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.

A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
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Filed under: Congress • Rand Paul
Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest
May 16th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest

(CNN) - It is a rare, strange day when Senate Republicans vote to block billions in tax cuts. But that's what happened Thursday when they chose to freeze a massive tax credit package in order to protest how Democrats are running the chamber.

By a vote of 53-40, the EXPIRE Act, which would extend $85 billion in tax credits, failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'
May 15th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
2 months ago

House Dems: Focus on 'all the single ladies'

(CNN) – House Democrats are taking a cue from Beyonce and targeting "all the single ladies" in the hopes they can take over Republican held seats this November.

Party officials recognize that Democrats' chances of retaking control of the House are remote at best, but by zeroing-in on unmarried women, who helped propel President Barack Obama to his second term, they believe they can shrink the GOP majority.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House
May 15th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

As VA wait-list scandal grows, Senate and veterans will finally hear from Shinseki

(CNN) - A mounting crisis of deadly waiting times and allegations of cover-up at VA hospitals face Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki as he speaks to members of the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

With his job on the line and a growing number of critics calling for his resignation, Shinseki will go before the Veterans Affairs' Committee. The retired decorated Army general will be asked to explain just how the VA's wait-list scandal became such a mess.

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Filed under: Congress • Veterans Affairs
Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee
May 14th, 2014
07:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid struck a significant blow to one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations Wednesday, as the senator’s office confirmed that Reid personally opposes Michael Boggs’ nomination to the federal bench.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told CNN that the Democratic leader feels he cannot vote for Boggs’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, given Boggs’ past views on abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
Big spending group goes up again in 2014 ad wars
May 14th, 2014
10:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Big spending group goes up again in 2014 ad wars

Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity is once again putting its money where its mouth is.

The conservative non-profit political advocacy group backed by the deep pockets of billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch announced Wednesday that it's going to run new television commercials in a key Senate race in Colorado and an important House battle in New Hampshire.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Americans for Prosperity • Colorado • Congress • Cory Gardner • David and Charles Koch • New Hampshire
May 9th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
2 months ago

Tax-writing congressman violated tax law

Washington (CNN) – In Washington, Republican Rep. Todd Young helps write the nation’s tax laws, but back home in Indiana he violated state tax law, claiming a property tax deduction for a house he didn’t live in.

In 2012, Young, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, claimed a house in Bloomington was his primary residence and deducted more than $200,000 from his property taxes - saving himself almost $5,000. Turns out, Young was renting the property, not living in it, according to documents obtained by CNN.

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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Taxes
Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum
May 7th, 2014
08:48 AM ET
3 months ago

Women building: GOP-led House to vote on women's museum

Washington (CNN) – The election-year attention on women lands directly on the House floor Wednesday, after Republican leaders decided to allow a vote on a National Women's History Museum, changing their approach to the issue.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat of New York, has pushed the idea of a national women's museum for over 17 years. Her bill to trigger the first step, a museum commission, has passed the House and Senate before, but during separate sessions of Congress. In each case a Democratic majority in one chamber approved the museum commission but Republicans in the other blocked it.
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Filed under: Carolyn Maloney • Congress • House • Marsha Blackburn
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