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Fiscal cliff talks set for Thursday

1:35 am Nov. 29, 2012

After several days of post-Thanksgiving rhetorical shadow boxing, there will finally be some closed door talks on the fiscal cliff between the White House and leaders in Congress. Sort of. Instead of the Big Four of Boehner, Pelosi, Reid and McConnell meeting with President Obama at the White House, the …

Congress demands answers from VA on conferences

8:41 pm Nov. 28, 2012

It was a classic scene in a House committee room on Wednesday, as officials from the Veterans Affairs Department were run up and down the flagpole by lawmakers in both parties in a dispute over conference spending by the VA. The battle started earlier this year in the wake of …

Washington’s Fiscal Cliff Dance

9:10 pm Nov. 27, 2012

If you thought this week would be filled with closed door negotiating sessions involving leaders in Congress and President Obama over the fiscal cliff, that’s not the recipe for success being utilized in Washington, D.C. Instead, both parties are jacking up their public relations efforts, and trying their best to …

Republicans taps new House panel chairs

8:33 pm Nov. 27, 2012

House Republicans on Tuesday announced their lineup of committee chairs for the 113th Congress, which begins in January, as a number of major changes took place thanks to GOP rules that limit service in the party’s top slot on committees to six years. Only one person was given an exemption …

Sifting through fiscal cliff numbers

10:31 pm Nov. 26, 2012

As we wait to see if Congress and the President will go over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year on taxes and spending, it’s important to remember that the options involved are very well known to both parties in Washington, D.C. It was just a year ago …

Congressional fiscal cliff rumblings

10:25 pm Nov. 26, 2012

As Chaplain Barry Black opened the first post-Thanksgiving session of the Senate with a prayer on Monday afternoon, there was still some hope in the hallways of the Capitol that the recent holiday might have tempered the political attacks that have marked the debate over the fiscal cliff. After all, …

New legal challenge to Obama health law

10:34 am Nov. 26, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed course, and is allowing a challenge against the Obama health law by a religious school to go forward before a federal appeals court, signaling that the legal challenges against those reforms are by no means over. This case involves Liberty University, a religious school …

Five weeks to the fiscal cliff

1:59 am Nov. 26, 2012

Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving – but now, back to reality in Washington, D.C., as the Congress returns to work this week from a holiday break seemingly no closer to a deal on taxes and spending – with the end of the year deadline for an agreement just five weeks …

Democrats win final undecided House races

7:07 am Nov. 19, 2012

Highlighted by a win over Tea Party favorite Allen West in Florida, Democrats over the weekend put the final ribbons on the last five undecided U.S. House races, ensuring a pick up of eight seats from the 2012 elections, as they narrowed the Republican majority in the Congress. While West …

Six weeks to go on the fiscal cliff

11:12 pm Nov. 18, 2012

There are only six weeks left until the end of the year, until the Bush tax rates and the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 expire. The clock is ticking. But you probably won’t see any real action this Thanksgiving week from either the Congress or the White House. …