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Veterans Affairs Secretary Fires Head of Phoenix System Sharon Helman

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.

Boehner Re-Appoints Gowdy to Head Benghazi Panel

House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Monday he will re-appoint Rep. Trey Gowdy as chairman of the Select Committee on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya in the 114th Congress.

Ted Cruz Floats Joe Lieberman for Defense Secretary

Sen. Ted Cruz has an idea for a new Defense secretary that the incoming Senate Armed Services chairman would love.

John Dingell, Ed Roybal Honored at White House

Two congressional trailblazers were among the 19 people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Monday, the highest honor awarded to a civilian.

Democrats Praise Obama for Immigration Action, but Wanted More

While Republicans in Congress arent holding back on their criticism of President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration, some Democrats are trying to navigate a more difficult position: Supporting the presidents action while also arguing he could have gone further.

Obama Wants Middle Class Aid Before Corporate Tax Breaks (Updated)

Updated 5:10 p.m. | Corporate tax lobbyists hoping for a holiday treat from Congress may get a lump of coal from President Barack Obama.

Democrats Announce Finalists for 2016 Convention (Updated)

Updated 3:15 p.m. | The Democratic National Committee announced Monday that Philadelphia, New York and Columbus are the three finalists to host its 2016 national convention.

Republicans Push for More Iran Sanctions as Talks are Extended

Mondays seven-month extension of talks about the Iranian nuclear program make it very likely the Senate will vote on strengthening sanctions against Iran in the first part of 2015.

Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate.

Word of the Week: Bold

Bold: A politicians most common description of their own or their partys proposals. It manages to be a punchy, optimistic-sounding break with conventional thinking and deliberately vague all at once.

What Did — and Didn't — Surprise Me This Cycle

Every election cycle is filled with twists and turns, upsets and surprises. And every cycle is filled with goofy arguments, warnings about things that never happen and unsurprising outcomes that surprise only the politically uneducated.

Paul Ryan Woos Ex-Boehner Aide Back to Capitol Hill

Rep. Paul D. Ryan must have made Brendan Buck a pretty strong case to leave his still-new K Street gig to come back to Capitol Hill.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Nov. 17 (Video)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, members spent the week discussing dirty oil, political ads and dumb-ass liberals.

Chuck Hagel Out at DOD; Jack Reed, Michele Flournoy, Ashton Carter on Short List (Updated) (Video)

Updated 12:23 p.m. | President Barack Obama is getting a new Defense secretary.

Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC

Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.

Capitol Quip's Thanksgiving Pardon

Its a short week, so Capitol Quips captioning contest is taking a break and wishing a happy Thanksgiving to all with RJ Matsons take on the annual presidential turkey pardoning ritual.

Elephants Stampede Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last weeks Capitol Quip contest. Heres the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujn was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.

Politically Connected Ambassador Nominees to Get Floor Votes

When the Senate returns from Thanksgiving, the first pressing business will be confirming a pair of President Barack Obamas nominees who might not stand a chance in a Republican-led Senate.

Who Still Has a BlackBerry?

Thanks to the White House press corps, we might have found the most high-profile person who still has a BlackBerry: Barack Obama.




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