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Obama Speech Excerpt: We're Going to (Air) War Against ISIS

President Barack Obama will call for a new war to “destroy” ISIS in his speech tonight — one that will include air strikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.

Cruz to House GOP: Punt Spending Debate Into 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is launching an effort to push the House into a continuing resolution that funds the government into the next Congress.

Delay Opens Door for More Continuing Resolution Complications

The decision by House leadership on Wednesday afternoon to postpone action on the GOP’s proposed continuing resolution gives critics another week to dissect the stopgap spending bill.

Campaign Money Debate Won't Help Hill's Reputation

It’s nothing more than another Senate floor sideshow this week, a stage-managed debate in slow motion where the ultimate outcome is such a decisive and foreordained defeat that almost no one is paying attention.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution (Video)

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Obama Calls House Appropriations Chairman, Asks for ISIS Authority in CR (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Wednesday that President Barack Obama — not known for reaching out to Republicans personally — called him Tuesday to ask that authority to take action against ISIS be added to the GOP’s proposed continuing resolution.

Overheard: Jeb Hensarling Swallows Hard

“Not the first time that I’ve swallowed hard in my congressional career.”

In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change

Two House lawmakers are about to find out whether Congress can solve a problem precipitated, in part, by concerns over climate change — without devolving into a fight over climate change.

Arlingtonians Come Off the Sidelines to Pile On Kirsten Gillbrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears to have made enemies out of former neighbors after bemoaning the time she spent in Arlington, Va., in her road map to female empowerment, “Off the Sidelines.”

Is Special GOP Conference Meeting an Early Sign of CR Discontent?

House Republicans have announced a special conference meeting for Thursday, reportedly to address members’ questions about the White House’s strategy for taking on the Islamic State, the terror group in control of parts of Iraq and Syria.

Iowa Poll: Democrat Leads in Top House Contest

A new poll found former state Sen. Staci Appel, a Democrat, with a 6-point lead over GOP nominee David Young in a top-target House contest in Iowa.

Obama Lobbying for Authority to Equip Syrian Rebels (Updated) (Video)

Updated 2:54 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is backing President Barack Obama’s renewed push for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to take on the Islamic State, as the president himself is lobbying lawmakers to act before heading home.

On Equal Pay Bill, Republicans Face Certain Criticism

Republicans should prepare to be criticized regardless of how they vote Wednesday afternoon when the Senate reconsiders legislation known as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

DSCC Blasts Ernst on Social Security Comments in New Ad

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going up with a new ad in Iowa attacking Republican Joni Ernst for talking about privatizing social security and tying her to the Koch Brothers.

How to Lose a Primary in 10 Days

By the time Massachusetts Rep. John F. Tierney knew he had a real primary race on his hands, it was too late.

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Containing Ebola May Hinge on Volunteers, Not Money

Congress appears ready to commit tens of millions of dollars to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but containing the deadly virus will hinge more on finding enough private sector volunteers and government scientists to disinfect corpses, monitor individuals likely to come into contact with infected patients and test the blood of tens of thousands of people suspected to having the disease in four affected nations.

House Bill Fully Funds Obama's Ebola Request

House Republicans plan to fully fund President Barack Obama’s $88 million request for countering the Ebola outbreak in a rare win for the administration.

How 'Establishment' Republicans Got the House Candidates They Wanted

Earlier this year, House Republicans had 12 potential problems that stood in the way of extending their majority.

15 Senators Among 50 Richest Members of Congress

Senators comprised 30 percent of Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress list this year.

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