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McConnell: No Tax Increases In Debt Limit Vote

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Thursday that not one Republican in his conference will vote for a debt limit increase that includes any form of tax increase. Following a meeting at the White House this morning with President Obama and other Senate Republicans, McConnell made clear what his party wants in exchange […]

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Oil Bosses Defend Tax Breaks

The heads of five of the largest oil and gas companies in the world told lawmakers on Thursday that it would be unwise to take away key tax breaks. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, the chief executives of Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron and Conoco-Phillips argued in unison that ending so-called “tax incentives” would […]

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Lindsey Graham: GITMO Is The Humane Choice

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) argued Wednesday that keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open is a humane choice, given the alternatives. Graham said that closing the facility would lead to U.S. forces being coerced into “killing people instead of capturing them, because there’s no jail.” The Senator added that the other alternative would be extradition, […]

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Senators Make Bipartisan Plea For Expanded Sanctions Against Syria

Senators from both sides of the aisle will attempt to pass a resolution urging President Barack Obama to take further action in response to the brutal crackdown in Syria, including the expansion of targeted sanctions.   Last week, the White House announced that the U.S. will be implementing sanctions against three officials within the Syrian […]

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DREAM Act Comes Full Circle, Headed Back To Senate Floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he will bring the DREAM Act back to the Senate floor, but is not yet sure when that will happen.  “Instead of kicking out of our country people who are educated, we should let them work,” Reid said. Reid, along with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and […]

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Border-State Republicans Blast Obama’s Immigration Push

Republican lawmakers from southwestern states are blasting the high-profile immigration speech President Barack Obama gave Tuesday, primarily his rosy depiction of security along the U.S.-Mexico border. “While we have more resources, the border is more dangerous. Between 70 and 90 percent of Texas’ 1,200-mile border with Mexico is still not under operational control,” Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas.) said […]

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Senate GOP Budget Is Ryan-Lite

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and a group of his conservative colleagues introduced today a 2012 spending plan that aims to balance the nation’s budget by 2020. In many ways, the plan is similar to one crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which cuts $4 trillion out of the deficit through a series of […]

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Senate Dems Want Subsidies Ended For Big Oil

A trio of Senate Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday aimed at terminating federal subsidies to four of the five biggest oil companies in the U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters that the bill would save taxpayers $21 billion over the next ten years, and that all savings would […]

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Boehner Heads To Big Apple To Talk Debt Limit

House Speaker John Boehner will travel to New York Monday to address his strategy on raising the debt ceiling, something his audience at the Economic Club of New York is monitoring pretty closely. Boehner will likely reemphasize the efforts Republicans have put forth to create an ideal environment for private sector growth. The Ohio GOP’er […]

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House Votes To Increase Domestic Drilling

In an effort to battle escalating gas prices, the House passed legislation Thursday that would require that U.S. shores be made available for oil and gas drilling leases.  With 33 Democrats voting for the bill and just three Republicans crossing party lines in opposition, the bill sailed through the House in a 266-149 vote. House […]

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – September 19, 2014

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Catalonia mulls its own independence referendum, John Kerry chairs a meeting of the UN Security Council and Sierra Leone begins a three day Ebola lockdown.

Kerry: “We Have The Authority, Without Any Question” To Fight ISIS Without Congress

Secretary of State John Kerry also told Congress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been “playing Footsie” with ISIS terrorists.

Pentagon Has Plan To Battle Islamic State In Syria

Hagel told members that a plan to take on ISIS is ready, but Obama has yet to sign off on it.

Hillary Clinton Touts Women’s Issues In D.C. Visit

“We have to make these issues are part of every political debate,” Clinton said.

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – September 18, 2014

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Ukraine’s president addresses the U.S. Congress, a BBC film crew is attacked in Russia, and the U.N. Security Council meets on Ebola.

Obama To Poroshenko: U.S. Will Provide More Support

The meeting between the two Presidents followed an address by Poroshenko to Congress requesting lethal aid.