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House Dems Brush Off Supercommittee Failure

By Tim Young The Congressional supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement will have less of an impact than some in Washington believe, according to Congressmen John Larson (D-Conn.) and Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). “I don’t see anyone diverting from the goal of trying to come up with the savings that can be achieved and indeed the […]

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House Passes Bill Lifting Per-Country Visa Quotas

By Andrea Salazar By a 389-15 vote, the House passed legislation Tuesday night removing per-country quotas on employment-based visas for high-skilled immigrants. As it stands now, any given foreign nation has access to no more than 7 percent of the visas the United States issues. Supporters say this bill would help manufacturers by removing that […]

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Lawmakers To Honor Staffer Killed In Tucson Shooting

The House is voting Wednesday on a resolution to name a room in the U.S. Capitol’s visitor center after Gabriel Zimmerman, a Congressional staffer killed in January’s shooting in Tucson. The resolution was brought to the floor by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), a close friend of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.). The room will serving […]

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Graham Hails Levin For Supporting New Detainee Rules

By Tim Young During a press briefing Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) applauded Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, for supporting new policies dictating the way that some detainees are treated. “Carl is doing something very difficult- he is standing up provisions that he helped author, that he believes […]

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Reid Accuses GOP Of Playing Politics With Payroll Relief

By Tim Young Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Republicans Tuesday of playing party politics over Democrats’ plan to extend and expand tax cuts for the middle class. “Republicans know that raising tax on the middle class is the wrong thing to do,” said Reid following the Democratic Policy Committee’s weekly luncheon. “That’s why, in […]

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Hoyer Confident Dems Will Win Back House In 2012

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday that he remains confident Democrats will take back the House in next years election, despite having lost some notable members like Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to retirement.  The recently announced vacancies of 17 House Democratic seats, including Frank and Texas Democrat Charlie Gonzalez who chairs the […]

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Supercommittee Member Blames Failure On 2012 Politics

By Mike Hothi Supercommittee member Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Tuesday blamed the bipartisan panel’s recent failure on “forces pulling the Democrats away from an agreement.” “We have a Presidential campaign that is now premised on the idea that the President is running against a do-nothing Congress,” Toomey said during an appearance at the Heritage Foundation. […]

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Republican Suggests Obama Wanted Super Committee To Fail

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R- Mich.) accused the Obama administration Tuesday of intentionally benefitting from the Super Committee’s failure. “It appears from the outside that they [Obama’s administration] made a calculated political move,” Huizenga told TRNS about the Super Committee’s failure. “They didn’t do much to help that process along and if there was a real […]

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UPDATE: House Votes To Expedite Airport Screening For Troops

By Adrianna McGinley The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on legislation that would expedite airport security screening for members of the Armed Forces. H.R. 1801 would give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) six months to implement a risk-based system for screening members of the military and their families traveling on official orders.  The legislation, introduced […]

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Supercommittee Member Moving Forward With Corporate Tax Reform

By Andrea Salazar Fresh off the Congressional Supercommittee’s failure to strike a deal to reduce government spending by $1.2 trillion over the next decade, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is offering a plan to lower the corporate tax rate. During an appearance Monday at the American Enterprise Institute, Portman said his plan would lower the corporate […]

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LISTEN: The Weekend Ahead – March 28-30, 2015

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Delayed Nigerian elections are scheduled to take place Saturday and Tunisia hosts a major anti-terrorism rally on Sunday.

Pentagon: Operations Resume Without Iran In Tikrit

And the U.S. is supporting Gulf allies in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen… And a nuclear deal with Iran is still on the table for now…

Students Protests Republican 2016 Federal Budget

Students took to the Capitol grounds in protest over the freezing cap Republicans issued on the Pell Grant, an educational grant normally calculated on current economic conditions and income-based needs.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – March 27, 2015

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Saudi Arabia widens its campaign against Yemeni rebels and France will begin work on a Security Council resolution demanding Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Report: Reid Endorses Chuck Schumer As Successor

Schumer is the upper chamber’s third ranking Democrat.

SF Mayor Bans Taxpayer-Funded Trips To Indiana

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“San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination,” Mayor Ed Lee said.