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Senate GOP Not Deterred on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

It’s all systems go for the Senate GOP’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood and upend the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Climate Plan Pitch Falls on Deaf Ears in GOP

Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates are expected to put the Obama administration’s portion of a multicountry plan to slash carbon emissions through a political wringer, putting in doubt its funding and fate.

McCarthy Shuts Down Shutdown Talk

Heading into a tense negotiation period, the GOP’s floor leader is taking away one of the party’s most frequently used weapons, the threat of a government shutdown.

Feel the Bernia

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., underwent outpatient surgery Monday at George Washington University hospital to repair a hernia.

A Much Earlier State of the Union for 2016

The 2016 State of the Union will be by far the earliest delivered by President Barack Obama.

McCarthy Won't Speculate on Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.

Dueling D.C. Christmas Trees

Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t have to compete with Miss Piggy.

Lankford Joins League of Waste Watchers

Sen. James Lankford released his first book of “wasteful” federal programs and regulations on Monday, joining a group of Republican senators with similar reports.

Obama Would Sign Short-Term Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

The White House is signaling it would not block a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown should lawmakers need to keep working on a massive spending measure after the Dec. 11 deadline.

Obama Still Channeling George W. Bush

It has been almost 16 months since I wrote about the comparative positions of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush as they approached their second midterm elections. Since then, the two presidents, and two administrations, have continued to resemble each other increasingly.

Obama: U.S. Helped Cause Climate Change 'Problem'

President Barack Obama told other world leaders Monday that the United States played a major role in causing the climate change “problem,” and warned the groups it will be the “last” with a chance to address it.

Democrats Won't Charge Press for 2016 Convention Seats

The Democratic National Convention has opted not to charge print media for a seat in the convention hall in July, more than a month after the GOP decided to do so.

Cynthia Lummis: 'The Only Republican Woman'

When Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis was elected to Congress in 2008, she wanted to be a “reformer” and rein in spending and squelch bills that infringed on states’ rights.

Shooting Won't Affect Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort

There’s no reason to expect last week’s shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility will alter the Senate’s effort to block funding to the organization this week.

Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

Despite Democrats’ surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff – they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.

Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

How Donald Trump Could Swing the Senate | Opinion

Imagine, for a moment, the once unthinkable scenario that Washington Republicans are beginning to contemplate: The GOP convention in Cleveland with Donald Trump as the nominee.

Cruz and Rubio Wield Contrasting Political Weapons | Opinion

“The two people to watch are Cruz and Rubio,” Charles Krauthammer declared on Tuesday’s episode of Fox News’ “Special Report.” Call it wishful thinking or conventional wisdom (or both), but there is an assumption that this clash of titans might eventually occur—and I, for one, am rooting for it.

Dick Cheney to Return to Capitol -- in Stone

Dick Cheney returns to the Capitol next Thursday — and this time, it’s for good.

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.




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