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Is Larry Summers Worth the Hill Hassle for Obama?

Sept. 5, 2013

President Barack Obama is set to fight a number of uphill battles in the months ahead, from congressional authorization of force in Syria to funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. Now, some Democrats are asking, does he really want to battle over his pick to lead the Federal Reserve, too?

Senators Scold Obama on Keystone Pipeline

Aug. 29, 2013

A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday that President Barack Obama and the State Department should not again delay a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

White House Call on Syria Will Be Limited to a Few in Congress

Aug. 29, 2013

The administration will hold a 6 p.m. call Thursday to brief Congressional leadership and relevant committee leaders on Syria, multiple sources confirmed.

Reid, McConnell Mum on Syria as Rand Paul Calls for Debate (Updated)

Aug. 28, 2013

Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have not yet weighed in on whether they believe Congress should have to debate and authorize military action in Syria before President Barack Obama can move forward with it.

Enzi, Vitter Would Force Congress, Obama to Pay for Health Care

Aug. 27, 2013

Republicans David Vitter of Louisiana and Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming introduced legislation Tuesday that would make members, political appointees, the president and the vice president pay out of pocket for the full cost of their health care through exchanges set up by Obamacare.

Syria Elevates Corker's Foreign Policy Role

Aug. 27, 2013

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is using his perch as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to carve out a niche for himself as a go-to congressional voice on the crisis in Syria.

Obama Mulling Options on Syria

Aug. 27, 2013

President Barack Obama is still reviewing options “not limited to the use of force” to respond to “a clear violation of international norms” in Syria, but he is not currently contemplating regime change, his top spokesman said Tuesday.

Obama 'Perilously Close' to Impeachment, Coburn Says

Aug. 22, 2013

President Barack Obama is “perilously close” to impeachment, Sen. Tom Coburn told a town hall crowd this week.

Corker Asks Obama for NSA Briefings

Aug. 21, 2013

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanding a briefing from administration officials on the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

Reid: MLB Should Let Pete Rose Into the Hall of Fame

Aug. 19, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks that Major League Baseball should lift its lifetime ban on Pete Rose and induct him into the Hall of Fame.

Graham: Use 'Lethal Force' on American al-Qaida Operative Adam Gadahn

Aug. 19, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Monday that Adam Gadahn — an American-born al-Qaida operative — should be treated as an enemy combatant and should killed or captured by U.S. forces, if necessary.

Domino's Sends Proof of Halibut Receipt to Begich

Aug. 16, 2013

How do you like them halibut? I guess OK, says Domino’s CEO J. Patrick Doyle, to Sen. Mark Begich, who called out the pizza magnate after an ad went after the famous Alaskan fish.

7 Must-Follow Lawmakers on Twitter

Aug. 16, 2013

The most interesting politicians on Twitter are the ones who show the most personality, which certainly creates heartburn for their press staffers but sometimes delivers amusing glimpses into their lives.

NSA's Domestic Surveillance to Get Extra Scrutiny: Leahy

Aug. 16, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing to investigate domestic surveillance, Chairman Patrick J. Leahy announced Friday after a leaked audit revealed that the National Security Agency violated privacy rules protecting American citizens’ private communications nearly 2,800 times in a one-year period.

A Day at the State Fair With Joe Manchin

Aug. 15, 2013

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — “We try not to talk about it too much. We try to have fun here,” a shopkeeper told Joe Manchin III when he asked her what she thinks of Washington.

Begich to Mediocre Pizza CEO: Stop Hatin' on Halibut

Aug. 15, 2013

Yo Domino’s. If you’re going to insult a fish while trying to put together a clever ad campaign, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, would prefer you not pick on halibut.

McConnell: 'Shutting Down the Government Will Not Stop Obamacare'

Aug. 13, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd at a health care forum in Kentucky on Tuesday that while he does not like the president’s health care law, shutting down the government over funding it “will not stop” it from existing.

Boxer Urges Filner to Resign Immediately

Aug. 9, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., released an open letter to embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner on Friday, calling for his immediate resignation because of accusations of sexual impropriety that the senator said “have shaken me to my core.”

Cruz Faces Off With Durbin on 'Stand Your Ground' Inquiry

Aug. 9, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz pushed back today against Sen. Richard J. Durbin’s inquiry on “Stand Your Ground” laws, saying his letters to 300 corporations asking for their positions on the policy in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death was an “inappropriate government intrusion.”

After Trayvon Martin Verdict, Durbin Pushes 300 Companies on 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Aug. 6, 2013

In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial “stand your ground” laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position of such policies in states across the country.

Leaders Fan Out for August Push

Aug. 6, 2013

For as little as Congress did in the days leading up to recess, lawmakers certainly are planning a packed time at home, hustling from issue summits to town halls, photo ops and state fairs.

Durbin Inserts NSA Transparency Language Into Spending Bill

Aug. 2, 2013

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., is using his new perch as chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to increase transparency of the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs, including the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.

Senators Attend Bipartisan BBQ Before Recess Stampede

Aug. 1, 2013

At least it wasn’t one of their colleagues on a spit.

GOP Kills THUD Bill, Despite Push by Collins

Aug. 1, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., succeeded in mustering the votes to kill a spending bill Thursday, drawing sharp rebukes from Democrats.

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