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Obama Budget Aim: Roll Back Sequester Spending Cuts

President Barack Obama’s budget will increase spending on domestic and defense programs, he plans to tell House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia Thursday.

GOP Senators Seek to Put Focus Back on VA Scandal

A group of Republican senators hopes to return attention to accountability issues at the Veterans’ Affairs Department that have disappeared from the headlines.

Why Even Democrats Love Talking About Joni Ernst

Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on much of anything these days, but strategists on both sides of the aisle love to talk about Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s victory.

Democrats Court Ex-Congressman for Rematch

Former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., visited Capitol Hill this week to meet with party leaders about a potential rematch in 2016, according to a House Democratic official.

#tbt: 'Go Time' for the Ladies

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Capito Fills Out Team

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has unveiled a raft of senior staff appointments, including Bipartisan Policy Center veteran Ashley Berrang as communications director.

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.

A Democrat's Choice to End Subtlety on Divisive Issue

Yet another measurement of the current congressional polarization, and yet another reminder that nothing happens on the Hill without suspicion of political motive, arrived Wednesday on the op-ed page of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Pelosi Says Netanyahu Address 'Not Appropriate'

PHILADELPHIA — As the controversy builds over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress this spring, Nancy Pelosi weighed in again Wednesday with a more forceful rebuke of what she and the White House have called a breach in protocol.

Cruz Says Fate of 'Dangerous' Lynch Up to McConnell

Sen. Ted Cruz called attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views “dangerous” Wednesday and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should even have the chamber consider her nomination.

Lynch Hearing Gives Senators Chance to Vent

The hot lights of an attorney general nomination hearing gave Republicans a chance to unload on the White House in front of the TV cameras Wednesday on grievances ranging from immigration to marijuana policy.

Vote for Your Favorite Deflategate Capitol Quip!

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Overheard: Boehner 'Not Sure' if He's Golfing This Weekend

“I’m not sure what I might be doing tomorrow.”

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.

Run! To Cherry Blossom Registration in Rayburn Foyer

Cherry Blossom Run organizers are making it easy for congressional staffers and interns to register for the Capitol Hill Competition of April’s fabled foot race.

Infrastructure Bonds Provide Funding Option

Robert Puentes, an infrastructure expert at the Brookings Institution, said federally backed infrastructure bonds could encourage state and local governments to step into the bond market once again.

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Tailing Europe, U.S. Is on the Road to New Investment Bonds

The White House’s idea to promote public- private partnerships with a new kind of investment bond could raise billions of dollars for transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government, but the big infrastructure projects carry big risks for the private sector.

White House Helping Democrats Shape Message to Middle Class

The same day House Democrats are set to go to their annual issues conference in Philadelphia to discuss messaging for the 2016 election cycle, among other things, the caucus’s new messaging group held its inaugural meeting on Capitol Hill.

Govs Rib Each Other Over Snowstorm

The governor of Vermont tweaked the governor of another New England state Wednesday morning for his state’s handling of the snowstorm that hit earlier this week.

GOP Snowmobile Trek Mirrors Meat Week

Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.

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