March 29, 2015

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Federal Budget Bunny | Capitol Quip

Those who have spent enough time on Capitol Hill know not everyone can see the Budget Bunny, but that doesn’t mean he’s not real. Like a zero that is not worth anything on its own, the Budget Bunny is there but not there, filling in the gaps in numbers . . . which brings us — and the fiscal 2016 budget — to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

A Winning Quip at Schockton Abbey

Congratulations to this week’s winner and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Small-Dollar Installment Loans Belie One Size Fits All Regulatory Scheme | Commentary

By Howard Beales and Anand Goel

Democrats Start With Narrow Advantage in Nevada

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s planned retirement ensures Nevada will host a top-tier Senate race in 2016.

Democrats Maneuver for Illinois House Seat

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has not officially announced her 2016 intentions, but the behind-the-scenes jockeying to replace the two-term congresswoman in her suburban Chicago House district should she run for Senate has already begun in earnest.

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C-SPAN Mixes Up Hawaiian Pols

Updated: 5:50 p.m. | Blame it on the pre-recess jitters. Or perhaps vote-a-rama fatigue.

Warm Fuzzies After Boehner-Pelosi SGR Deal Not Likely to Last (Video)

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

Vitter Amendment Rears Its Head in Wee Hours of Vote-a-Rama (Updated)

Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.

Senate Budget Passes as Vote-A-Rama Wraps (Updated)

Updated 4:20 a.m. | The Senate approved the GOP’s budget blueprint on a 52-46 vote following an epic vote-a-rama that featured dozens of test votes on everything from carbon taxes to Social Security benefits for same-sex marriages.

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Farewell From The Container

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Reid Plans Senate Exit: Not Running for Re-Election (Video)

Longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election, he said Friday.

Reid, Durbin Endorse Schumer as Next Leader (Updated) (Video)

Updated 4:36 p.m. | Some senators and aides may have barely awoken after a late-night budget vote-a-rama by the time not only had the chamber’s minority leader announced his retirement, but the gears were turning toward a succession plan.

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