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McCutcheon Restores Power to Congressional Campaigns | Commentary

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions to federal candidates, parties and political committees over a two-year election cycle in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Certainly, this is an important holding, but this is not Citizens United II. In fact, in as much as Citizens United increased spending opportunities with outside groups, itís just the opposite. This decision will have a major impact in national political giving by restoring congressional campaigns themselves ó as well as the national parties that support them ó to renewed importance by which donors of all political persuasions (and particularly wealthy donors) provide support to a slate of preferred candidates. That shift will, in turn, result in a larger portion of political giving by way of transparent, fully disclosed contributions to federal campaign committees and the Members of Congress they support.

WGDB: Paul, Gillibrand Represent the Senate on Time's '100 Most Influential'

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WGDB: Boozman Family Hopeful As Senator Begins Recovery

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WGDB: Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field -- Doesn't Mention the Lights

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An Honesty Gap in the Pay Gap Debate | Commentary

President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress have begun rallying this month to a long-suffering legislative solution to gender pay inequities, cocksure that Republican opposition to the measure will weaken the ascendant rabble-rousers ahead of the November midterms.

Protect the Civic Legacy of Serve America Act | Commentary

Few of us knew five years ago, when President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, that the civic data collection prompted by the Act would bolster intense interest in states and communities about our countryís civic health and how to improve it.

218: House Conservatives Agitate for Change in Leadership -- but Can They Take Boehner's Gavel?

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218: Brain Drain: Self-Imposed Term Limits Shuffle Committees, House GOP Leadership

Kline is among the Republicans who could be forced to hand over a gavel given self-imposed term limits, though he may receive a waiver. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Rules for Chemicals Needed to Protect Health | Commentary

Congress has utterly failed to effectively regulate the chemical industry, and thus shares responsibility for widespread toxic chemical contamination of people and the environment. In our daily lives we are exposed to hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of chemicals from a wide range of sources, including personal care and cleaning products, food packaging, plastics, childrenís toys, furniture, air, water, our workplaces and our neighborhoods. While most Americans believe chemicals are tested for safety, the unfortunate reality is federal law does not require the chemical industry to prove chemicals safe before they can be used in products we come in contact with every day.

Another 'Too Big to Fail' Merger From Comcast's Playbook | Commentary

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first hearing to examine the merger of the nationís top two cable operators, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But the merger no longer has the air of inevitability it once did. What happened?

Republicans Need to Look Past November | Commentary

The headlines look good for Republicans. Political prognosticator Nate Silver has recently predicted that Republicans have a 60 percent chance of taking back the Senate this November. Election guru and CQ Roll Call columnist Stuart Rothenberg has projected gains of four to eight seats.

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Boston Bound: Capitol Hill Staffers Lace Up for Marathon

Kerry Allen knows what itís like to go to work on only a few hours of sleep. The legislative assistant for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is up every morning before sunrise to log miles as part of her training plan for the upcoming Boston Marathon. Even on days when she does double-digit-mile runs, Allen is at her desk in the Hart Senate Office Building by 9 a.m.

Link Pro-Jobs Policies to a Responsible Extension of Unemployment Benefits | Commentary

Too many Americans are still struggling to find work in dismal job markets across this country. The unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 6.7 percent and the number of Americans participating in the labor force has now dropped to levels not seen since the Carter Administration.

Unemployment Extension Deal May Hinge on Job Training Compromise

A potential agreement on a long-stalled House GOP proposal to streamline federal job training programs is emerging as a possible linchpin for a deal on a five-month extension of expired unemployment benefits.

GOP Wants More, or Less, From Obama on Trade

Congressional Republicans who support the administrationís free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.

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On Trade, Obama Faces a Tough Political Dance

In pursuing its lofty international trade agenda, the Obama administration has been courting labor unions, long the strongest supporters of the president but also perhaps the strongest skeptics of expanded free trade.

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GOP Considers Advancing Unemployment Extension With Jobs, Tax Provisions

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

Congress: For the Sake of Your Staff, Find a Way to Unplug | Commentary

Spring is here! Blossoms are forming on trees, winter coats are being stored in closets and for congressional staff that means ... more hard work. The changing of the seasons means little to Congress. Appropriations season is upon us, thousands of constituents are parachuting into Washington with group fly-ins and the boss rarely leaves town.

Enough Is Enough: It's Time for a $10.10 Minimum Wage | Commentary

In an era of intense partisanship and frequent political gridlock, achieving social change sometimes requires finding a middle ground position that marks meaningful progress in advancing an important end.

How Strategic Planning Is Paying Off and Strengthening North Texas | Commentary

While the country as a whole has been paralyzed from years of slow economic growth, Fort Worth and Dallas havenít let that blur their visions for their own futures.

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