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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, listens during a news conference following a vote at the Capitol in this file photo.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, listens during a news conference following a vote at the Capitol in this file photo.

Budgetary Blame Game: Crossfire

The blame game is in overdrive. House Democrats, complaining that Congress is in recess just nine days before $85 billion of automatic spending cuts are set to take place, say they will convene an ad hoc hearing tomorrow to dramatize...

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington.

Boehner’s Guests Express the Excitement He Didn’t for Obama

House Speaker John Boehner may have been notable for his unenthusiastic reaction to most of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but two of the Ohio Republican’s guests were clearly thrilled to be at event — and to...

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Sen. John McCain, left,  Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. John McCain, left, Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

Ribbons Honoring Newtown Victims Have Bipartisan Appeal, Except for Republican Leaders

The green ribbons sported by many of those attending the State of the Union address – most obviouslyVice President Joe Biden, given his on-camera perch behind President Barack Obama – were designed to express solidarity with the victims of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut....

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President Barack Obama is seen on a television screen in a hallway of the Capitol as he delivers his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama is seen on a television screen in a hallway of the Capitol as he delivers his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013.

Boxer Makes Move, Avoids Listening to Obama Next to Menendez

Lots of lawmakers carefully stake out their positions in the House chamber for the president’s annual State of the Union address, but two senators apparently didn’t — and found themselves in a potentially awkward tableau. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez,...

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Musician Ted Nugent plays the national anthem during a rally for Republican John Raese's U.S. Senate campaign in Charleston, West Virginia, in this file photo.

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Musician Ted Nugent plays the national anthem during a rally for Republican John Raese's U.S. Senate campaign in Charleston, West Virginia, in this file photo.

Ted Nugent, Pro-Gun Rocker, to Attend Obama’s Big Speech

At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention last April in St. Louis, rock musician and pro-gun activist Ted Nugent declared: “I will be either dead or in jail by this time next year,” if President Obama won re-election. Obama did, of course. And...

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Constitution Read: 2nd Amendment — and more, from Republican House

Before Sandy aid came the Constitution. Members of the House of Representatives today continued a ritual begun two years ago after Republicans took control of the chamber by reading from the full text of the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers of both parties...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner outside his office at the Capitol on Dec. 7, 2012.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner outside his office at the Capitol on Dec. 7, 2012.

Boehner’s Opening: Tax Carve-Out for Small Business Owners?

Written with Mark Silva House Speaker John Boehner and fellow Republicans have maintained from the start that their opposition to tax increases on people earning more than $250,000 involves the impact this could have on small-business owners. The data show...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media flanked by fellow members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Dec. 5, 2012.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media flanked by fellow members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Dec. 5, 2012.

Pelosi’s Team: `Looks Like America’

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, “beaming with pride” at the “diversity” among her party’s leadership, today introduced the new top Democrats on House committees. Pelosi spoke to reporters after the House Democratic Caucus elected Nita Lowey to be the top...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives for his press conference on fiscal cliff negotiations at  the Capitol on Nov. 30, 2012.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives for his press conference on fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol on Nov. 30, 2012.

Boehner’s Counter-Offer: No Taxes — Calls Obama’s Bid `La-La Land’

House Republicans have responded to President Barack Obama’s fiscal-cliff averting offer. The response lacks the one thing the White House insists will be essential to an agreement: Higher tax rates for the highest-earning Americans. The Republicans, rejecting Obama’s demand for...

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President Barack Obama signs into law an $858 billion bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two more years on Dec. 17, 2010.

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President Barack Obama signs into law an $858 billion bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two more years on Dec. 17, 2010.

Cole: One Republican Ready to Deal

Count Tom Cole among the congressmen ready to cut a deal. The Republican representative from Oklahoma says he has advised fellow Republicans that they should accede to President Barack Obama’s demand that Congress extend the Bush-era tax cuts for American...

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