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Daily Archives: November 21, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with David Barron after his nomination hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with David Barron after his nomination hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cruz’s Picture-Perfect Nominee: Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz’s description of the ideal 2016 Republican presidential candidate sounds a lot like himself. The first-termer from Texas broke with fellow Republicans calling for the next nominee for the White House to come from outside Washington, arguing that...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘Gridlock Has Not Served the Cause of Justice’

The Senate’s “nuclear” move to clear a political roadblock of the president’s judicial nominees today was necessary in a Congress stalemated by “obstruction,” he said today. “It’s no secret that the American people probably have never been more frustrated with...

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, arrives to the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, arrives to the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell: ‘If You Like Rules, Keep Them’

Imagine joking about a “nuclear option.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did today, managing to crack up his colleagues on the Senate floor. The Kentucky Republican drew laughter from the right side of the chamber with his take on Democratic...

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

Manchin to Yellen Then: ‘Be Bold’ — Manchin to Yellen Today: ‘No’

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia had a lot of nice things to say about Janet Yellen before voting against her today. The only Democrat to oppose her confirmation as Federal Reserve chair had this to say 15 days ago after a...

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EU foreign policy chief's spokesperson Michael Mann briefs media outside a hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Nov. 21, 2013.

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EU foreign policy chief's spokesperson Michael Mann briefs media outside a hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Nov. 21, 2013.

Kerry, Party of 50? Geneva Shuffle

As Iranian foreign ministry officials wrestle with delegates from six world powers — Britain, China, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany — to find an agreement to slow down Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, about 50 journalists...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott during a meeting at PortMiami on Nov. 12, 2013 in Miami.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott during a meeting at PortMiami on Nov. 12, 2013 in Miami.

Florida’s Scott Endangered: 37% Say Republican Deserves Second Term

Rick Scott of Florida remains one of the nation’s most endangered governors heading into a re-election campaign next year, according to a survey released today by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Scott, 60, trails his predecessor and potential Democratic opponent...

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers remarks at a Terry McAuliffe campaign event in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 3, 2013.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers remarks at a Terry McAuliffe campaign event in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 3, 2013.

Obama Helps House Democrats Top Republicans In October Money

The campaign arm of the House’s Democrats raised more money than its Republican counterpart in October, aided by two fundraisers featuring President Barack Obama after a 16-day partial government shutdown. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $7 million last month,...

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A jogger runs past the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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A jogger runs past the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17.1 Trillion

That’s the approximate current federal debt subject to limit. At the moment, there’s no statutory limit on new federal debt because a measure President Barack Obama signed into law Oct. 17 suspended the $16.7 trillion limit through Feb. 7. The...

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