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Senate Will Vote On Ryan’s Budget

By Anna Cameron In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) revealed that he will schedule a vote on the House GOP budget. Though the budget – drafted primarily by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) – is not expected to pass in the Democrat-contolled Senate, Reid noted that […]

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Heller Appointed By Nevada Governor To Fill Ensign’s Seat

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today tapped U.S. Rep Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to replace outgoing Sen. John Ensign (R), who will resign from the Senate next week. With deficit reduction dominating the Republican agenda these days, Sandoval said that Heller’s fiscal outlook made him an easy choice to succeed Ensign. “A fiscal conservative who believes in […]

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Manchin Wants Spending Reforms Tied To Debt Limit Vote

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told constituents on Tuesday that he’ll fight for spending reductions to be included in a vote to raise the federal debt limit. During a speech to kick off his “Commonsense Solutions” week, Manchin said he would back both the “CAP Act,” crafted by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), […]

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U.S. Must Duplicate China’s Clean Energy Initiatives, Says Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and nine of his Senate colleagues returned last night from a week-long visit to China, where the delegation met with several high-ranking Chinese officials. Upon returning, Reid said he was impressed by China’s “aggressive investments in clean energy.” “China isn’t investing so heavily in clean energy just because it’s […]

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Ron Paul Expected To Announce White House Bid

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is expected to announce Tuesday that he will be setting up an exploratory committee during an appearance in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. Paul, well known for his libertarian views, ran a dark horse campaign in 2008, wherein he gathered a small, but enthusiastic support base. The Des Moines […]

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Ensign Says He’ll Resign, But Maintains Innocence

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced late Thursday that he will resign from the Senate. His official resignation is expected to occur on May 3. In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, posted on the Senator’s website, Ensign said that he struggled mightily with the decision to step down. “It is with tremendous sadness that […]

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Window To Reduce Deficit Is Closing, Says “Gang Of Six” Member

By Rachel Christiansen Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) says its now or never if lawmakers want to pass a meaningful deficit reduction plan. Conrad, a member of the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of Senators that are working behind closed doors on a plan that can attract a substantial number of votes, said […]

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Rove: Unified GOP Can Win Debt Limit Battle

It’s clear that Democrats are looking to raise the debt limit in a “clean” fashion, but the GOP has begun to lay out specifics about what they want in return for increasing the debt limit, spending cuts.  Former Bush Adviser and deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove offered his analysis in a Wall Street Journal […]

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Leading Lawmakers Visit Asia

Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are using their time off to visit the other side of the world. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and five others spent the last two days in Afghanistan, meeting with both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the U.S.’s top commander there, General David Petraeus, to discuss the progress being made […]

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BP Gave Boehner $5,000 Last Month

The political action committee for oil giant BP donated $5,000 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last month, according to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition, other leading Republican lawmakers received money from the company, including House Minority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) who received $5,000, House Energy Chair Rep. Fred Upton […]

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Click here for: Thursday, July 31

● Economy soars in “advance” estimate

● Americans benefit from government regulation

● Lawsuit accuses TSA of tax overcharges

● Clinton’s moneytalk tour

● Common blood thinners linked to surgery complications

House Authorizes Lawsuit Against Obama

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The lawsuit, passed in a party-line vote, charges that Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority and sidestepped congressional oversight.

Pentagon Has Sold Weapons To Israel Since Gaza Conflict Began

DoD Press Secretary said On July 20th Israel requested ammunition from the Pentagon, three days later the weapons “were therefore delivered to the Israeli Defense Force.”

Pentagon To Send DoD Advisors To Ukraine, Assessing Additional Support

The team will travel to Ukraine next week, compromising of 3-5 DoD civilians and contractors with expertise “to address their mid- and long-term needs through support for defense institution building, training, education, and other assistance.”

House Passes VA Reform Bill

The Senate is expected to take up the legislation Thursday, shortly before both chambers leave Washington, D.C. for a five-week recess.

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – July 30, 2014

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Another strike against a U.N.-administered school in Gaza leaves U.N. officials fuming.