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Hagel takes GOP flak at Senate hearing

1:18 pm Jan. 31, 2013

President Obama’s choice for Secretary of Defense came under fire at his Senate confirmation hearings over his past views on major foreign policy and defense issues, clashing repeatedly with former Republican colleagues over the Iraq War, Iran and other Mideast issues. Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) defended his past statements …

Congress plows familiar turf on guns

8:53 pm Jan. 30, 2013

As he wrapped up a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on guns and gun violence on Wednesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) made clear he expects his panel to move forward in coming weeks on gun legislation – but what will be in that bill isn’t so clear. “I hope …

Gabby Giffords testifies on gun violence

11:29 am Jan. 30, 2013

Ex-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) made an appeal for action in Congress on gun violence, as she spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the start of Congressional hearings on guns and gun violence. In a slow and measured voice, which made clear the extent of her injuries when she was …

Searching for common ground on immigration reform

8:48 pm Jan. 29, 2013

The immigration reform plans issued this week by President Obama and a bipartisan group of Senators share some of the same goals but have some key differences as well, as both sides prepare for what may be a difficult battle on how best to deal with illegal immigration in the …

President unveils plans on immigration reform

2:46 pm Jan. 29, 2013

President Obama used a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada to call for action in the Congress on immigration reform, saying the “time has come” for comprehensive legislation in the Congress. Here is the rundown of what the President wants in a reform bill, as released by the White House.   …

Senators unveil immigration reform framework

3:49 pm Jan. 28, 2013

With support from the White House, a bipartisan group of eight Senators unveiled a broad immigration reform plan on Capitol Hill today, arguing it provides the chance for a deal between the two parties on this controversial issue. “This bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). …

Obama recess appointees face calls for resignation

9:16 pm Jan. 27, 2013

Republicans in Congress are demanding that two members of the National Labor Relations Board and the head of a new consumer financial watchdog agency resign their posts in the Obama Administration, as Political Washington tries to digest a sweeping appeals court ruling that would drastically limit the power of a …

Appeals court rules Obama appointments invalid

11:55 am Jan. 25, 2013

In a judicial rebuke to President Obama, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has ruled that a series of “recess appointments” made by the President in 2012 violated the Constitution, because they were made when the Senate was technically still in session. “That is the case here, and we …

Sen Saxby Chambliss to retire

11:34 am Jan. 25, 2013

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) announced today that he will not run for re-election in 2014, becoming the second Senator to announce retirement plans for the next mid-term election. Chambliss faced an almost certain challenge from a more conservative Republican candidate, and his decision seems certain to produce a wide-open GOP …

Senate approves weakened filibuster reforms

10:48 pm Jan. 24, 2013

Backing off a threat to use the “nuclear option” to force major reforms in rules governing the filibuster, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a series of more minor rules changes which will limit delaying tactics over the next two years, but not cripple the ability of Senators to …