Stories by John Stanton:
July 7, 2012
Until youve heard firsthand what Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) calls the sound of Hometown D.C., you can never really know Washington, D.C., and feel the true city hidden beneath the machinery of government. To do that, you have to walk through the doors of a go-go.
July 6, 2012
As protesters swarmed outside the Supreme Court in the wake of last months health care ruling, House Rules Chairman David Dreier reflected on the historic elections that had just wrapped up in Egypt, arguing their turbulent history mirrors Americas own.
June 28, 2012
House Republicans wasted no time scheduling yet another vote to repeal President Barack Obamas health care reform law after the Supreme Courts decision today to uphold its constitutionality.
June 27, 2012
Years of hyperpartisan warfare culminate Thursday in two of the most contentious events in Congressional history: the Supreme Courts judgment on the Affordable Care Act and a House vote on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
June 25, 2012
Top negotiators on a final transportation reauthorization package are up against a tight deadline, with legislative language needing to be posted three legislative days before a House vote and authorization for current projects set to expire this weekend.
June 21, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he remains hopeful a deal can be reached on highway legislation by Friday and avoid the need for another short-term extension.
June 19, 2012
If JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon came to the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday expecting the kind of kid-glove treatment he pleasantly suffered at the hands of the Senate Banking Committee last week, ranking member Barney Frank quickly disabused him of that notion.
June 18, 2012
Back in the heady days of the 2010 election, tea-party-backed GOP candidates loved to rail against their incumbent foes use of Congressional mailing privileges as a symbol of the fiscal dysfunction of Congress and the need for sweeping reforms.
June 17, 2012
Are Republicans unwitting conspirators in the efforts of alien mastermind Lord John Whorfin to do the unthinkable and steal the coveted oscillation overthruster?
June 15, 2012
Senate GOP leaders might be trying to enforce a partisan blockade of President Barack Obamas circuit court nominees, but the message apparently hasnt fully sunk in yet.
June 14, 2012
The most powerful elected Republican in the country Speaker John Boehner is jumping headfirst into the presidential campaign surrogate game, unloading on President Barack Obama in a Web video this morning aimed at framing the presidents campaign swing through Cleveland.
June 13, 2012
With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obamas nominees to the nations top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November.
June 12, 2012
Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley today ripped into Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), accusing him of violating the chambers comity when he conducted a voice vote on the confirmation of Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals without first checking with Republicans.
June 11, 2012
Democrats on Monday narrowly beat back a GOP filibuster of President Barack Obamas nomination of Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, despite a last-minute campaign by conservative activists to torpedo the appointment.
June 8, 2012
Republicans wasted no time today pouncing on President Barack Obamas pronouncement that the private sector is doing fine, ridiculing him as being out of touch with reality.
June 6, 2012
Sen. James Inhofe has worn a lot of hats in his decades-long political career firebrand conservative, global-warming skeptic and defender of earmarks, to name just a few.
June 6, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Republicans to cancel next weeks recess to continue work on transportation and student loan legislation.
June 5, 2012
With gas prices not soaring as expected, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has shifted his upcoming legislative push on energy issues, recasting a package of domestic energy production measures as a jobs bill.
June 4, 2012
The prospects of passing a long-term extension to federal highway and transit programs before the end of the month are evaporating, and House and Senate negotiators face a make-or-break week if they want to get a bill done.
May 31, 2012
Thousands of Washingtonians gathered in the heart of the city to sing, dance and say farewell to D.C.’s favorite son, Chuck “The Godfather of Go-Go” Brown.
May 31, 2012
House and Senate Republican leaders floated a new round of proposals to break a deadlock with President Barack Obama over extending a student loan program, even as Democrats stepped up their attacks on them.
May 31, 2012
An influential group of House conservatives is throwing its weight behind Speaker John Boehners demand that any new increase in the nations debt ceiling be tied to a new round of spending cuts.
May 31, 2012
House conservatives today are expected to push a set of instructions to the chambers highway conferees that they must only spend as much on highway and transit programs as can be pulled from the Highway Trust Fund.
May 29, 2012
Tens of thousands of locals flocked to the historic Howard Theatre on Tuesday to pay respects to the “Godfather of go-go” Chuck Brown, a Washington, D.C., figure who helped define the city for more than 40 years. Brown died May 16 after a prolonged bout of pneumonia at the age of 75. His passing sent shock waves throughout the city, spurring impromptu celebrations of his life and music.
May 28, 2012
Sen. Jeff Sessions may have spent much of the past week slamming the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for holding its annual taxpayer-funded conference in Hawaii, but the conservative lawmaker has also taken trips to exotic locales on the taxpayers dime.