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GOP Leaders Pull Abortion Ban on Female Members' Revolt

Faced with an intraparty rift over a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders Wednesday night replaced the bill with a measure that would prohibit federally funded abortions and resembles a plan that was approved by the chamber during the 113th Congress.

31 Times Republicans Applauded Obama During the SOTU (Video)

Republicans applauded President Barack Obama some 31 times over the course of the 2015 State of the Union address, and weve helpfully clipped them into a three-minute video.

#SOTU Pumps Up Democrats, Post-'Shellacking II'

Barack Obamas Back. That was the three-word verdict from Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., after Tuesdays State of the Union address.

Reporting Language in Abortion Bill Arouses Concern

Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday branded a 20-week abortion ban, due for a House vote on Thursday, as an attack on women's health and a candidate for a Senate filibuster amid signs that some GOP support for the measure may be weakening.

Harry Reid to Undergo Eye Surgery

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is scheduled to have eye surgery on Monday, a result of his New Years Day exercise accident.

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Wednesday were expected to kick-start the process to nominate fellow Lone Star Stater Rep. Charlie Wilson for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Vote for Your Favorite SOTU Capitol Quip!

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

Grassley Preps 2016 Re-Election

Sen. Charles E. Grassley doesnt plan to be caught flat-footed if he faces a competitive, expensive re-election battle in 2016.

Sessions Poised to Have Immigration Oversight Role

One of the most vocal critics of President Barack Obamas immigration policies appears set to wield the gavel of a key Senate subcommittee.

Senate Aide Scores Picture-Perfect SOTU Keepsake

Alejandro Renteria didnt have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.

Members React With #SOTUin3Words

CQ Roll Call reporters tracked down more than 20 members of the House and Senate to get their reactions to President Barack Obamas State of the Union address Tuesday. The middle class seemed to be a running theme for Democrats, while Republicans said they heard more of the same.

Marco Rubio Names Potential Florida Senate Candidates (Updated)

Updated 12:23 p.m. | If Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., chooses to seek the presidency instead of re-election in 2016, he believes there will be no shortage of quality Republican candidates to take his place on the ballot.

Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Address Congress (Updated)

Updated, 2:26 p.m. | House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 an invitation the White House called a breach of normal protocol.

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Elizabeth Warren

If Hillary Rodham Clinton does not run for president in 2016, Id certainly put my money on Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination. And I think Warren might be able to give Clinton a run for her money if the freshman senator would challenge the former secretary of State.

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

HOHs name game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Todays subject is the Simple Yet Deceptive Caucus, members whose last names take up one mere syllable, but offer multiple ways to mispronounce.

The Real Big Speech? The Pope Might Visit Congress

Hours before he took the podium, whatever President Barack Obama said Tuesday night was getting eclipsed on the Hill by all the excited chatter about the next person likely to speak before a joint meeting of Congress.

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Offer Similar SOTU Criticism

Republican presidential hopefuls panned President Barack Obamas State of the Union address Tuesday, focusing their attacks on economic issues specifically, the tax package the president proposed.

Obama Meets With 105-Year-Old Amelia Boynton Before SOTU

Shortly before delivering the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met briefly with 105 year-old civil rights figure Amelia Boynton in a holding room at the Capitol.

Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union (Updated)

Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care.

Obama's State of the Union Speech Text as Prepared for Delivery

The White House has released the 2015 State of the Union speech text as prepared for delivery, exceeding 6,700 words.




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