Two Senate bills that would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for all but the wealthiest earners failed to reach the Senate floor in a rare Saturday morning session, a mostly symbolic exercise that underscores concerns about the weak economy.
President Obama issued the first pardons of his presidency Friday afternoon, granting clemency to nine people, many of whom were convicted of minor drug crimes and did not serve jail time.
Before speaking to troops in Afghanistan, President Obama got a present from Gen. David Petraeus -- a "manly man t-shirt" from the 101st Airborne Division. The reason? So no one ever elbows Obama in the face during a basketball game again.
Scrooge, fat cats and terrorists -- those were just a few of the names hurled at Republicans Friday by a group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) over the issue of extending the Bush-era tax cuts, one day before a planned vote on the cuts and amid increasing pressure to reach a compromise before the end of Congress' lame-duck session.
Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly shut the door on another bid for elected office Friday, saying her current job is "my last public position."
A bipartisan plan that would have brought four competing proposals for extending the Bush-era tax cuts to the Senate floor fell through Thursday night. A last-minute objection by a lone Republican senator scotched the deal, Democrats said, prompting them to accuse the GOP of opposing progress on the issue it has touted as its top priority for the lame-duck session.
The House on Thursday passed a bill that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts only to the middle class, a mostly symbolic measure that nonetheless hands Democrats a victory in their effort to draw a contrast with Republicans on the issue.
President Obama, after attending a meeting with newly-elected governors, refused to comment when reporters shouted...
House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) had some sharp words today for House Democrats, who are bringing to the floor a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for only the middle class even as bipartisan negotiations on the tax cuts are taking place.
Blue Dog Democrats will have representation in their party's whip team when the 112th Congress convenes, a move that serves as an olive branch to conservative Democrats dissatisfied with their party leadership following last month's midterm elections.
When the 112th Congress convenes in January, it will be without the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) took aim at House Democratic leaders Wednesday night for their plan to hold a vote Thursday on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for only the middle class, accusing them of springing a "gotcha" vote on House Republicans that undercuts this week's bipartisan discussions on taxes.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the Senate to ratify a nuclear treaty with Russia in an appearance with President Obama on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the latest one-time Republican Secretary of State to provide his support for what has become a White House priority.
The House will vote Thursday on what level of sanction to administer to beleaguered Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday.
During a moment of extreme candor that was picked up by a hot microphone, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) on Tuesday was heard voicing his displeasure with Democratic plans for the lame-duck session of Congress.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs strongly defended Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday amid criticism of Clinton that has followed the release by WikiLeaks of controversial diplomatic cables sent under her name.
A group of administration officials and members of Congress designated by President Obama and congressional leaders will meet on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to start negotiations to determine how to deal with the tax cuts that are due to expire at year's end.
If House Republicans have their way, Americans soon may be bidding farewell to resolutions supporting the goals and ideals of "National Day of the Cowboy," "National Pollinator Week" and "National Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month."
In a Politico op-ed on Tuesday, former lawmaker and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called on his fellow Republicans to "man up" and come out against a Sarah Palin presidential bid.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a tribute to departing Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct has released their report on Rep. Charlie Rangel's (D-N.Y.) ethics trial.
UPDATE, 4 p.m.: Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's deficit commission, have...
The chairman of House Republicans' transition team on Tuesday expressed frustration at House Democrats' efforts to force a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, calling it "ironic" of Democrats to do so when the White House has convened a bipartisan meeting today aimed at finding common ground on the issue.
| November 30, 2010; 11:48 AM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency | Tags: Chris Van Hollen, Democratic, Government, Greg Walden, Leadership, Republican Party (United States), United States, White House
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The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan that would impose a two-year moratorium on federal earmarking for lawmakers' pet projects, with a handful of Republicans joining with most Democrats to send the measure to defeat.
Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk was sworn into office Monday night, becoming the first of six Republicans to join the Senate after their party's sweeping wins earlier this month.
Boehner to huddle with newly-elected Republican governors
"Although Washington is supposed to be a town of sharp elbows, it's getting a little carried away," President Obama joked about his basketball injury.
Perry Bacon Jr.
| November 29, 2010; 1:21 PM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama | Tags: obama basketball; obama stitches; Reynaldo Decerega; obama injury; obama basketball injury; obama lip
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Do you believe America is inherently special? What does 'American exceptionalism' mean to you?
Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.