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Obama Fires Up House Democrats

Updated 10:55 p.m. | PHILADELPHIA — A fiery President Barack Obama addressed House Democrats Thursday night, making the case that, while there’s more work to do in restoring the economy, Democrats can’t be shy about what they’ve already accomplished.

Key Democrat Criticizes Obama on Trade Negotiations

PHILADELPHIA — As Congress and the White House work on a trade agreement with Pacific countries, a key Democrat in the negotiations is criticizing the Obama administration for a lack of transparency — and more specifically, a lack of access to the actual text.

Tim Scott Lauds Possible Lindsey Graham 2016 Campaign

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

Keystone Confrontation With White House Looms After Senate Passage

A veto showdown moved closer on Thursday after the Senate passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and yank the decision out of President Barack Obama’s hands.

Top GOP Ad-Maker Recovering From Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell, a top Republican ad-maker, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Texas after going into sudden cardiac arrest on Monday.

Democrats Unite Around Middle-Class Message, Israel Says

PHILADELPHIA — House Democrats are united around a new messaging strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to Rep. Steve Israel of New York.

Memo Plants Seeds for GOP's New Immigration Strategy

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent House Republicans a legislative memo Thursday, laying out a February agenda of repealing Obamacare, taking on unfunded mandates, and permanently providing a tax deduction for charitable giving.

Cornyn: Loretta Lynch Likely to Be Confirmed

The No. 2 Senate Republican said Thursday Loretta Lynch will “likely” be confirmed as attorney general, although he hasn’t yet made up his mind about how he will vote.

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse recently assured fellow eco-warriors that the tide on Capitol Hill is turning against those who feel protecting the environment is a non-issue.

Obama Budget Aim: Roll Back Sequester Spending Cuts (Updated)

Updated 12:48 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s budget will increase spending on domestic and defense programs by $74 billion, he plans to tell House Democrats Thursday at their retreat in Philadelphia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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