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Afghanistan Orientation Ends For New Republicans

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will return to the U.S. today, along with some of his newly-elected Republican colleagues. Freshman Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) — all of whom were considered conservative ‘Tea Party’ candidates during last year’s campaign — accompanied McConnell to areas in […]

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GOP Takes On Health Care Reform

The House will begin consideration Tuesday afternoon of legislation to repeal the health care reform law passed last year. Although the bill, entitled “The Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” could pass through the Republican controlled House, it is unlikely to gain further traction. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has balked at bringing […]

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Pair Of Lawmakers Say They’ll Soldier Ahead With More Voter Events

By Rachel Christiansen In the aftermath of the deadly Arizona shootings, two Democratic lawmakers say they will continue holding open district events with constituents.  Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) both released statements on Friday expressing their condolences for the victims and families of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which claimed the […]

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Dem Senator To Obama: Leave Social Security Alone

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a longtime champion of progressive causes, is urging President Obama to refrain from endorsing his debt commission’s proposals on reforming America’s Social Security program. In a letter to Obama, Sanders called reports that the president is considering the commission’s recommendations to raise the retirement age or alter the formula on which […]

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Kirk Calls For Swift Approval Of South Korean Free Trade Agreement

By Rachel Whitt, Kaeun Yu U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Thursday that the Obama administration will be pushing Congress to adopt a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Kirk, along with South Korean Ambassador Hun Duk-Soo, promoted a quick adoption of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). Kirk said Congress should ratify the agreement, preferably […]

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Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson To Retire

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) will not run for a fourth term in 2012. In a letter to supporters obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Hutchinson says “I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election.” She adds, “That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my […]

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Boehner Officially Jumps Into RNC Race

In a letter to Republican National Committee members on Wednesday, new Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) officially endorsed Mario Cino to be the organization’s next Chairman. Cino, who served as an official in both the Departments of Transportation and Commerce under President George W. Bush, ran the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, and […]

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Giffords Opens Her Eyes For First Time Since Attack

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) opened her eyes Wednesday for the first time since being critically wounded in last Saturday’s attack. The promising occurrence took place shortly after President Obama visited the Representative’s hospital room and in the presence of several members of Congress. “It felt like we were watching a miracle,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a […]

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Reed Urges Congress To Tackle Homelessness

By Rachel Whitt Though Capitol Hill remains mostly paralyzed in the aftermath of the Arizona shooting, some groups in Washington are returning to business as usual. The National Alliance Against Homelessness released its first full-length report on homelessness in America during an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Speaking at […]

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Kerry: Haiti Needs Partnership To Recover From Earthquake

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of a massive earthquake that wreaked havoc upon the island of Haiti, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) praised the international community for helping the nation recover. In an op-ed published in the Miami Herald titled, “What Haitians Can Do For Themselves,” Kerry acknowledged international efforts to help curb famine and […]

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Obama Signs Bill Banning Iranian Diplomat From U.S.

Hamid Abutalebi was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran where Americans were held for more than a year.

Homs, Syria A “Theatre Of Death And Destruction”: UN Envoy

Recent fighting in the city has cut its residents off from urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, the opposition Syrian National Coalition said.

Crimea Will Be Ours Again: Ukraine PM

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine is ready to fight to hold onto the annexed region, but will concentrate on working with the international community.

Review On Keystone Pipeline Delayed, Again

The delayed review of the pipeline now likely takes the issue off the table for the upcoming November elections.

White House: Antisemitic Flyers Disturbing, But Origins Unclear

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday told TRNS he wasn’t sure who was behind antisemitic flyers in eastern Ukraine.

Experts: Despite Little Progress, ‘Pivot To Asia’ Not Yet Dead

Senior Administration Officials

A talk hosted by The Brookings Institution looked at how the Obama administration can still make it’s ‘pivot to Asia’ work despite lost time.