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Pallone Brings Health Policy Chops to Energy Panel Post

By choosing Frank Pallone Jr. to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 114th Congress, House Democrats tapped a lawmaker with a track record for helping some of the poorest Americans gain access to medical care.

Obama Will Announce Immigration Action in Primetime (Video)

In a video posted to Facebook, President Barack Obama said he will announce his immigration executive actions Thursday night and speak again in Las Vegas on Friday at Del Sol High School.

Laying the Foundation for a Congressional Twitter Feed

Which came first: the rock-star hog castrator or the egg?

End of the Road for Michael Boggs Nomination?

Time is running out for Michael P. Boggs, whose nomination by President Barack Obama to the district court bench in Georgia roiled Democrats and raised new questions about the longstanding Senate practice of giving senators a veto over court picks in their home states.

'Emperor Obama' Warned Against Immigration Executive 'Amnesty'

With the White House appearing near to announcing a broad executive amnesty in the coming days, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, warned of blowback.

Pallone Defeats Eshoo for Energy and Commerce Slot (Updated)

Updated 4:57 p.m. | In a triumph for the seniority system and a blow to Nancy Pelosiís clout, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey beat Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California in a hard-fought race for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Next Congress Has a Schedule: McCarthy Releases 2015 House Calendar

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the legislative calendar for 2015, and Republicans arenít deviating from the familiar formula of giving members plenty of time in their districts.

Negotiations Over CIA Torture Report Nearing End

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein expects her panelís long-delayed report on the CIAís use of torture to be released before Republicans take over the chamber, signaling to reporters thereís one sticking point left.

Messy Fight for Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Slot (Updated)

Updated 9:28 a.m. | Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota thought there would be a vote after Thanksgiving on the Veteransí Affairs Committee ranking member race. As it turns out, his face-off against Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida will happen on Wednesday.

Election Trivia for Political Wonks, Part 2

Maybe the lovers of congressional curiosities still havenít mined the 2014 election results for all the political and institutional trivia pushed toward the surface.

Luján Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has ruffled plenty of feathers lately, reclaimed some goodwill with her caucus Monday, bypassing more established members to name Ben Ray LujŠn the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

NSA Overhaul Dies in Senate Vote (Updated)

Updated 8:19 p.m. | An effort backed by the Obama administration to overhaul the NSAís controversial surveillance activities died in the Senate Tuesday.

New DCCC Chairman Eyes Current Executive Director

Incoming Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray LujŠn said Tuesday he hopes the current Executive Director, Kelly Ward, will stay on for the 2016 cycle.

Ozone Rules Could Set Off Fight Between Environmental, Economic Interests

The Environmental Protection Agency is days away from proposing an updated air quality standard that Republicans are sure to target as they try to win concessions from President Barack Obama on his environmental agenda ó and industry lobbyists think they have the upper hand.

Keystone XL Pipeline Stalls in Senate Vote (Video) (Updated)

Updated 7:42 p.m. | A Senate bill aimed at approving the Keystone XL pipeline stalled Tuesday, dealing a blow to Sen. Mary L. Landrieuís tough re-election bid.

Eshoo Wins Backing of Steering and Policy Committee Over Pallone

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California has won the recommendation of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to be the next ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee ó but sheís not out of the water yet.

Chaffetz Wins Four-Way Showdown for Oversight Gavel

There were hardly any surprises among the Republican Steering Committeeís picks for chairmen in the 114th Congress, but the one major question decided on Tuesday was who would lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And the answer is Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Pols Rally to Help Veterans Shift Into Tech Mode

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is lending a hand to a newly formed support network aimed at moving returning veterans onto the front lines of data crunching.

Loretta Lynch Nomination Will Wait as Reid Seeks Broader Deal (Video)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping Republicans will play ball on confirming a number of President Barack Obamaís nominations before they take over the majority in the next Congress, but that list wonít include the next attorney general.

New RSC Chairman Flores: 'I'm No Shill for Leadership'

In a hotly contested battle over the direction of the Republican Study Committee, Texas Republican Bill Flores beat out his more conservative rivals, South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney and Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, to become the new RSC chairman.




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