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Democrats Praise Obama for Immigration Action, but Wanted More

While Republicans in Congress aren’t holding back on their criticism of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, some Democrats are trying to navigate a more difficult position: Supporting the president’s 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

Monday’s 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 politician’s most common description of their own or their party’s 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

It’s a short week, so Capitol Quip’s captioning contest is taking a break and wishing a happy Thanksgiving to all with RJ Matson’s take on the annual presidential turkey pardoning ritual.

Elephants Stampede Capitol Quip

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

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 Obama’s nominees who might not stand a chance in a Republican-led Senate.

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 Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.

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.

DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle.

Parents of 'Dreamers' Need Act of Congress, White House Says

President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration action leaves millions still at risk of deportation, including one group activists had long hoped the president would protect: the parents of the “Dreamers” he granted relief to two years ago.

House Finally Files Affordable Care Act Lawsuit Against Obama

Four months after the chamber authorized a lawsuit against President Barack Obama — and on the third try with an attorney after the first two lawyers bailed — the GOP-controlled House has formally filed its case, Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday.

Boehner: 'House Will Act' in Response to Obama's Immigration Orders (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner said “the House will, in fact, act” to respond to President Barack Obama’s sweeping immigration executive orders — but the Ohio Republican offered no details on the type, scale and scope of such action Friday morning.

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