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House GOP Faces Stark Highway Bill Options

March 6, 2012

House GOP leaders are facing a critical moment in their efforts to move surface transportation legislation today and will bluntly warn their Members that they need to coalesce around one of their various proposals or risk being boxed in by the Senate.

Amid Controversy, Grimm Nets Boehner Boost

March 5, 2012

Embattled Rep. Michael Grimm got some welcome news Monday in the form of an endorsement from New York firefighters and a vote of confidence from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), even as he faces a potential FBI probe into allegations that he tried to strong-arm an influential Israeli rabbi into giving him campaign cash.

Report: FBI May Probe Rep. Michael Grimm

March 3, 2012

The FBI has begun collecting information about whether Rep. Michael Grimm attempted to extort campaign contributions from an influential rabbi during the 2010 campaign and could be on the verge of opening a formal investigation.

Top Cantor Aide Suddenly Resigns, Joins Super PAC

March 3, 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Deputy Chief of Staff Brad Dayspring may have abruptly stepped down Friday evening, but the often combative operative won't be going far.

Weiner Says He Contacted FBI About Grimm

March 2, 2012

In the fall of 2010, then-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) informed the FBI that now-Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) was allegedly attempting to extort campaign contributions from a politically well-connected orthodox rabbi, Weiner said today.

White House, GOP Court Bipartisanship

Feb. 29, 2012

President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders Wednesday took tentative steps toward reviving some semblance of bipartisanship before election-year considerations fully take hold in Washington, D.C.

Obama Will Meet With Congressional Leaders on Jobs, Economy

Feb. 28, 2012

President Barack Obama will meet with Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to discuss the potential for bipartisan agreement on legislation aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy, the White House announced this evening.

Who’s Afraid of John Boehner?

Feb. 28, 2012

With internally divisive fights over religion and the budget looming, Speaker John Boehner's leadership is showing increasing signs of wear and tear, according to GOP lawmakers who warn that his often laissez-faire approach has encouraged dissension and open defiance among the rank and file.

WH Says Keystone Pipeline Still Possible

Feb. 27, 2012

The White House today stepped up its counteroffensive against GOP attacks on President Barack Obama’s energy record, announcing that a Canadian oil firm was resubmitting its Keystone XL pipeline plan for a federal permit.

Birth Control Rule May Take Center Stage This Week

Feb. 26, 2012

Like two boxers returning to the center of the ring, Senate Democrats and Republicans return from a weeklong recess this week to debate and vote on a GOP proposal that would allow companies and insurance providers to opt out of mandated birth control coverage for religious reasons.

John Boehner May Scale Back Highway, Energy Bill

Feb. 23, 2012

Facing increasing opposition from within his own party, Speaker John Boehner may scrap his ambitious five-year highway and energy package in favor of a shorter and more palatable measure.

Obama Blisters GOP on Energy, Gas Prices

Feb. 23, 2012

With Republicans ramping up efforts to use rising gas prices as a political bludgeon, President Barack Obama on Thursday fully engaged his GOP critics, accusing them of making “phony election-year promises” to struggling voters.

Republicans Pan Obama Tax Plan

Feb. 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the corporate tax code was met with near universal derision from Republicans, who dismissed the framework as nothing more than an election-year ploy.

White House Unveils Plan to Reform Corporate Taxes

Feb. 22, 2012

The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled its plan for reforming corporate taxes designed to reduce the overall tax burden on companies while eliminating politically unpopular loopholes like the corporate jet tax break.

Welcome or Not, Back to Culture War

Feb. 17, 2012

Casual observers of American politics could be excused if, surveying the landscape, they assume we're back in 1996.

John Boehner Struggles to Secure Support for Transportation Bill

Feb. 15, 2012

Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday struggled to salvage his plan to remake the nation’s transportation policies, temporarily pulling the measure from the House Rules Committee as he worked to shore up eroding GOP support.

Bishops Urge Senate to Adopt Roy Blunt’s Birth Control Bill

Feb. 15, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Senate today to adopt legislation sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt that would essentially block the Obama administration’s new contraception rule.

Lacking Support, Boehner Plans Long Debate on Highway Bill

Feb. 15, 2012

With the prospects of a grand bargain on transportation and energy legislation dashed and his bill broken into pieces, Speaker John Boehner told his colleagues today that the House debate on highway spending would extend beyond next week’s recess as leaders struggle to shore up support.

Speaker Refashions Transit Bill

Feb. 14, 2012

Once again, it appears Speaker John Boehner might have overestimated his Conference’s willingness to support one of his legislative packages and finds himself forced to scrap plans for a grand transportation and energy bill.

Boehner Scrambles to Save Highway Bill

Feb. 14, 2012

Speaker John Boehner is scrapping plans to pursue his signature transportation and energy package as one large measure and will instead break it into three smaller pieces, a move GOP aides said is aimed at overcoming internal Republican opposition.

Obama Presses Congress on Payroll Tax Cut

Feb. 14, 2012

President Barack Obama today pushed Congress to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance as soon as possible, chiding lawmakers to avoid “ideological sideshows.”

Senate Democrats Muted on Obama Budget

Feb. 13, 2012

While President Barack Obama was rallying the faithful around a politically minded budget laden with base-nourishing tax and spending proposals, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was keeping a low profile.

Gingrich Goes for Wonk Over Red Meat at CPAC

Feb. 10, 2012

While the other presidential contenders may have tailored their Conservative Political Action Conference speeches to the crowd, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich chose to stick to his standard campaign speech today, ticking off a series of policy positions to largely polite applause.

House GOP Vows to Block Revised Birth Control Rule

Feb. 10, 2012

House Republicans today rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise contraception rule and vowed to move forward with legislation aimed at blocking it.

Obama’s Modification to Contraception Rule Mollifies Some, Not All

Feb. 10, 2012

President Barack Obama today announced his administration would no longer require religiously affiliated hospitals and institutions to provide employees with insurance plans that include contraception services and took a hard shot at critics that have turned the rule into a political controversy.

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