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White House Offers RX for Gun Problem: Obamacare (Video)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest offered advice to Republican presidential candidates advocating more focus on mental health to stop gun crimes: Embrace Obamacare.

Reid Again Calls for Scrutiny of Online Fantasy Sports Betting (Video)

Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Congress should look into the world of online fantasy sports betting, following a New York Times report of employees of sites betting with information not generally available to the public.

Senators Form Unlikely Alliance on Veterans' Education

When it comes to veterans issues, a seemingly unlikely partnership is emerging in the Senate between Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown and freshman Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

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Momentum Waning for Bipartisan Energy Action

Republicans in the House and Senate have succeeded in pushing bills to overhaul the nationís energy laws through two committees, setting up potential floor votes in their drive to revamp energy policy for the first time since 2007.

Reid Vows to Uphold Veto as Senate Cuts Off NDAA Debate

Annual defense policy legislation could be headed to the White House as soon as Wednesday after the Senate voted to cut off debate on the measure, even as the chamber's top Democrat pledged his caucus would vote to sustain a promised presidential veto.

Democratic Poll: Ted Strickland Leads Rob Portman in Ohio Senate Race

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, trailed his likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, by 3 points in a poll conducted for a Democratic super PAC and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

David Letterman, Al Franken to Headline Duckworth Fundraiser

Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.

Kirk to Illinois Democrats: I Already Took Care of That

Sen. Mark S. Kirk is in a dispute with Illinois Democrats ó one of whom is running to replace him ó over who has done more to prevent incidents such as the September 2014 fire at an air traffic control facility near Chicago.

Team Hurt Blanks on Planned Parenthood Response

Aides to Virginia Republican Robert Hurt recently pulled out the official stationary and added the bossís autopen-crafted signature to a form letter meant to outline the three-term lawmakerís stance on Planned Parenthood.

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.

Reid: 'I Feel Bad' About the Matt Williams Firing

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was measured Monday in lamenting the tough season for the Washington Nationals that led to the firing of the entire coaching staff.

Early Iowa Presidential Polls a Better Predictor Than National Ones

Last month, national polls by CNN/ORC, Fox News and NBC News/Wall Street Journal got plenty of attention, and they certainly helped readers and viewers understand what is going on in the Republican and Democratic presidential contests.

White House: Guantánamo Closure Remains Obama Priority (Updated) (Video)

Updated 5:51 p.m. | President Barack Obamaís veto threat over the National Defense Authorization Act isnít just about the money.

Pentagon Warning on Consolidating Corporate Power May be Too Late

A Pentagon warning last week about excessive consolidation in the defense industry comes ahead of a multibillion-dollar contract award for a new bomber that, depending on who wins, could make the problem worse, some analysts say.

Boehner Throws Leadership Races a Curveball

In the latest plot twist to House Republicansí leadership drama, Speaker John A. Boehner announced Monday that potential majority leader and majority whip contests would only take place if Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is confirmed as speaker on the floor at the end of October.

Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassanís entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 ó when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.

Trade Deal Announcement Highlights Tobacco Problem (Video) (Updated)

Updated 5:26 p.m. | Before free trade supporters get too exuberant about the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, they might want to listen to the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Draft Biden Organizer Dismissed Over Past Legal Problems

Draft Biden PAC is gaining steam and staff in its unaffiliated effort to encourage Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to get into the presidential race, but it recently dismissed one of the groupís initial organizers after his past legal problems came to light.

TPP Deal Reached; Watch the Press Conference (Live)

A deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact has been reached in Atlanta, Ga., according to officials familiar with the talks. Ministers are scheduled to announce the results of their negotiations at 9 a.m. live. You can watch it here:

Scorched Senate Tactics Limiting Cruz's Options, Top Prize Excepted

The questions about Ted Cruz in the Senate no longer start with whether heís got even a couple of friends left among fellow Republicans. The answer, after a public shaming on the floor last week, sure looks like a ďno.Ē




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