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Hoyer Pins Potential Shutdown On “Perfectionist Caucus”

By Rachel Christiansen One of the top Democrats in the House predicted on Tuesday that the chances of a government shutdown occuring in two weeks are fairly decent. During a forum held this morning by the National Journal, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that on a scale of 1-to-10, with 10 being the […]

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Schumer Anxious To Expose GOP Split Over Spending

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) continued a Democratic assault on Republicans over their refusal to compromise on spending cuts. Since the Senate returned to session yesterday, Democrats have claimed that House leaders backed out of a deal last week to pass a 2011 budget that includes $20 billion in cuts due to pressure from Tea Party […]

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Republican Energy Plan Would Boost Oil Production

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) unveiled legislation on Tuesday aimed at increasing domestic energy production and combatting new regulations put in place under the current administration. The plan being offered by Hastings, who sits atop the House Natural Resources Committee, would “expand American energy production and reverse Obama Administration policies that are costing jobs and raising […]

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Congress Reacts To President’s Libya Speech

Several lawmakers weighed in on President Obama’s address to the nation last night. Here’s a sampling of what some of them had to say….. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “The United States has a proud history of standing alongside those who stand up for their own freedom. This month, as Moammar Gaddafi’s forces massed […]

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Senate Dems Pledge To Protect Social Security

By Rachel Whitt Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that his party will continue to fight the Republicans’ “ridiculous idea” of privatizing Social Security. “Social Security has not contributed a penny to the deficit and it’s in great shape for the next few decades,” Reid said. At an event entitled “Hands Off Social Security,” […]

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Republican Infighting Holding Up Budget Deal, Says Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gaveled his chamber back into session on Monday, then promptly ripped into Republicans for opposing an offer from Democrats to cut $20 billion in spending. Amidst reports that GOP aides tabled discussions with the White House last week over a plan to fund the government through the end of […]

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Dems Moving Closer To GOP On Spending

UPDATE (12:00 pm): In a scathing statement released Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Tea Party Republicans of standing in the way of a deal being reached between House and Senate leaders. Here’s Reid’s full statement: “I am extremely disappointed that after weeks of productive negotiations with Speaker Boehner, Tea Party Republicans […]

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Report: Bachmann Planning An Exploratory Committee

Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to establish a Presidential exploratory committee within the next three months, according to CNN. Bachmann is widely considered a favorite among Tea Party conservatives. She is the chair of the House Tea Party caucus and recently delivered a response to the President’s last State of the Union address on behalf of […]

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Boehner “Troubled” By Undefined Mission In Libya

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked President Obama on Wednesday to clarify to lawmakers the U.S.’s mission in Libya. In a letter to the President, Boehner expressed puzzlement with the administration’s goal, and accused Obama of failing to publicly articulate the objective of the campaign. “I and many other members of the House of Representatives […]

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One Year Later, House Dem ‘Laughs’ At Health Reform Criticisms

By Rachel Christiansen  Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill may disagree on how “happy” the Affordable Care Act’s first birthday is, but Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) welcomed the opportunity for reflection of its successes and failures. Weiner told an audience during a health care forum at the progressive Center for American Progress that, “today is […]

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Obama May Help Unions Take Over Fast Food Industry

The cost of a hamburger might be doubled under a proposal being considered by federal bureaucrats.

TRNS News Notes- 7/29

VA deal: $17 billion – will it fly?
Israel slams Kerry: WH pushes back
Netanyahu: “Prolonged” Gaza campaign
Border deals: Will they fly?
Russia: More sanctions this week

Belle Boyd Is Arrested, NASA Is Formed And Elizabeth Dole Is 78

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Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Tuesday, July 29

● With liberty for none

● Israel is winning the P.R. war

● Atheists lose Ground Zero monument dispute

● Fist-bumping beats germ-laden handshake

● Border state gun sales reports are upheld

● Social Security depletion date is unchanged

Hagel Phones Ukraine Counterpart, Pledges Support

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey requested additional security assistance from the U.S. during the phone call, but the Pentagon would not specify what type of aid was requested.

Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down By Appeals Court

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“Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life,” Judge Henry Floyd said in the ruling.