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Debt Commission Co-Chair: All Spending Must Be On The Table

The de-facto spokesman for bipartisan debt reduction, Erskine Bowles, said the current 2011 spending bill debate is taking the spotlight away from the real problem of debt reduction. In the past few weeks, Bowles, co-chair of the President Obama’s debt commission, has testified before Congress warning of the looming and immediate problem of the national […]

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Dems Draw Up Bill To Dump DOMA

by Rachel Christiansen Congressional Democrats have re-introduced legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that declares the federal government recognize marriage as a union between a man and woman. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) formally introduced the Respect for Marriage Act  Wednesday, which restores the rights of […]

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Energy Secretary “Confident” In U.S. Nuclear Regulations

By Rachel Whitt Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the American people should have “full confidence” in safety measures regulating nuclear reactors on US soil, even as concerns continue to rise about the stability of nuclear reactors in Japan. Chu testified Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee . He said that the events in […]

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Warren Braves GOP Storm, Defends Consumer Agency

House Republicans bombarded White House adviser Elizabeth Warren Wednesday with their concerns in the lack of oversight and structure of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chair of the House Financial Services subcommittee holding the hearing, said that she and her colleagues had serious concerns over the “creation of […]

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Boehner Hasn’t Forgotten There Are Two Parties In Budget Debate

By Mario Trujillo After 54 Republicans broke rank with GOP leadership yesterday by voting against a three-week government funding extension, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said working out a longer term spending bill won’t be easy. The funding measure, which passed 271-158 thanks to the support of 85 Democrats, cuts spending by $6 billion and […]

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Rep. Rogers Urges Senate To Get In The Game

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) asks the Senate to step up in the drafting of a budget proposal Wednesday morning, as a government shutdown looms. (0:58) Listen

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House Appropriations Chairman Urges Senate To “Get In The Game”

At an event hosted by the National Journal Wednesday, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) discussed the looming government shutdown and FY2011 and 2012 budgets.

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Bill Would Lift Drilling Moratorium, Increase Domestic Oil Production

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) announced Wednesday that he will introduce a bill to increase domestic energy production. At a hearing examining the effects of the current moratorium the Obama administration implemented following the BP oil spill, Hastings said his bill would reverse the current moratorium and increase drilling in the Gulf of […]

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GOP Takes On NPR Funding

The House Rules Committee is expected to hold a vote Wednesday on a proposal to strip NPR of public funding. The move comes shortly after Conservative prankster James O’Keefe released a video featuring an NPR executive allegedly blasting members of the tea party as racist and xenophobic. Initial calls to end public funding came last […]

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Gas Prices Will Cost Every Family $700 More This Year, Says Lawmaker

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) discusses the rising price of gasoline and blasts President Obama policies as being ineffective. (0:48) Listen

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Black Lung Victims Facing Backlog

The administration is requesting an 11.5 percent increase in funding for the issue.

Healthcare Advocacy Groups Downplay Obamacare Ruling

Ron Pollack, the Executive Director of Families USA, said he doubted the subsidies issue would make it to the Supreme Court.

Dems Push For Halting Tax Inversions Immediately

Senate Democrats said the U.S. should not wait until comprehensive tax reform is passed to act.

ANALYSIS: The Impact of the MH17 Crash on Pro-Russian Separatists

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UN Bureau Chief Luke Vargas assesses the road ahead in Eastern Ukraine after the Security Council demands international access to the crash site.

Court Invalidates Obamacare Subsidies In 36 States

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And hours later the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld those subsidies.

Obama Visits Netherlands Embassy, Offers Condolences

193 Dutch citizens, including an infant, were killed on Malaysian Flight 17, more citizens killed than any other country.