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Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook
wtaq.com
Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain - fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them. [...]
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EPA watchdog faults own hiring and payroll practices
www.washingtonpost.com
Congress requested the reviews after a former EPA senior policy adviser stole $900,000 from the government by pretending to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. [...]
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Recapping Congress’ First Month
www.usnews.com
A slew of bills introduced into the month-old Congress have served to establish the battle lines between Republicans and Democrats. [...]
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Obama uses his tax proposal to taunt the GOP
www.aei.org
Let’s imagine you were a Democratic president who just lost control of Congress to the Republicans, and you wanted to make it really, really clear that you are not serious about governing. What would you do? Simple: [...]
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New Republicans Take Aim at Familiar Target: Establishment GOP
blogs.rollcall.com
In a clear indication of the divisions facing Republicans in the new Congress, four House GOP freshmen made the pilgrimage to the Massachusetts Avenue headquarters of The Heritage Foundation Monday and offered sharp criticism of a party they don’t seem quite comfortable belonging to. [...]
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What should the new Congress do about Obamacare?
www.aei.org
The new Republican Congress may not be able to repeal and replace Obamacare entirely, but it could make substantial progress by targeting key structural components. [...]
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GOP Congress’ first priority: yanking health insurance from 1.5 million Americans
www.motherjones.com
One of the first things House Republicans plan to do after Congress reconvenes Tuesday is vote on a bill that would gut Obamacare—and could deprive up to 1.5 million Americans of their employer-sponsored health insurance. And Obama might have to sign it. [...]
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5 Federal Agencies in the GOP’s Crosshairs
www.thefiscaltimes.com
Five federal agencies are bracing for a tough year as Republicans take full control of Congress in January, when lawmakers return to Washington. The Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency may all see extra scrutiny from Congress, especially when it comes to contentious issues like Obamacare. [...]
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Confusion Surrounds Conflict of Interest Cases in Congress
blogs.rollcall.com
Gingrey's lawyer argued conflict of interest rules are too ambiguous. Congressional investigators closed the 113th Congress with two reports touching on one of the murkiest subjects in the ethics manual: financial conflicts of interest. [...]
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Congressional Ethics Finds Fault With Few
blogs.rollcall.com
Are members who work on congressional ethics asleep at the switch? [...]
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Least Productive Congress? Not This One…Barely
www.usnews.com
It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close. [...]
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‘Do-Nothing Congress’ Rewrites Legacy With Far-Reaching ‘Cromnibus’
blogs.rollcall.com
'Do-Nothing Congress' rewrites legacy with 1,603-page 'cromnibus.' [...]
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Congress expected to reboot Internet tax issues in 2015
www.reuters.com
The U.S. Congress is expected this week to put off until 2015 any decisive action on a tangle of Internet tax issues, including online access taxes and online state sales taxes. [...]
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Gauging Whether Predictions of Change in Congress Match Reality
blogs.wsj.com
Three mileposts could tell whether things are starting to work better in Congress. [...]
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Congress on verge of releasing massive spending bill before leaving for the year
www.washingtonpost.com
Lawmakers are reviewing the final details of the massive bill with the goal of posting the text by midnight so that the Republican-controlled House can vote as early as Wednesday morning. [...]
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