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Laura Litvan

Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2013.

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Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2013.

Club for Growth Jumps on Frog Jump Congressman Backing Ex-Im Bank

The Club for Growth today is striking back at Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher, a Tennesseean who is parting ways with the Tea Party-aligned group in its drive to shutter the U.S. Export-Import Bank. A congressman who campaigned in 2010 on...

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

Dingell Targets High Court, Rookie Lawmakers for Gridlock Blame

Six months before his historic 58-plus-year run in Congress ends, Representative John Dingell is reflecting on what’s wrong with the nation’s gridlocked Capital, taking special aim at the U.S. Supreme Court and wet-behind-the-ears freshman lawmakers who want to hold sway “before they even know where the...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Vote Slipping Away: Hoeven

Keystone supporters in the Senate say they’re seeing their chance slipping away to get colleagues on record on the long-stalled oil-pipeline project. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised supporters, including Republican Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Democratic Sen....

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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

Barra’s Testimony Found Wanting — Return Trip to Hill Promised

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra’s performance before two congressional panels is getting widely panned by lawmakers today, with many saying the top boss was too evasive in answering questions about faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths....

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

War of 1812 Invoked in Keystone Promotion of U.S.-Canadian Ties

Congressional backers of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are pulling out the stops today, making the case that the pipeline could help the U.S. and its allies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sending a slew of  American veterans...

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(L-R) Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack N. Gerard, and Canada's Ambassador to the US Gary Doer during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4, 2014, regarding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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(L-R) Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack N. Gerard, and Canada's Ambassador to the US Gary Doer during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4, 2014, regarding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Landrieu Embracing Gas Exports: Eight of 23 Bids Boost Louisiana

Newly installed Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu, who is one of this year’s most vulnerable incumbent Democrats, is wasting no time in embracing an emerging debate on exporting natural gas. The Louisiana lawmaker today is holding...

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Representative William "Bill" Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, left, speaks at the America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure forum in Washington, D.C.

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Representative William "Bill" Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, left, speaks at the America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure forum in Washington, D.C.

Shuster Slams Rival on Subsidies

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is notching up the pressure on Art Halvorson, his Tea Party-backed Pennsylvania Republican primary challenger who has attacked the lawmaker as a big spender for pushing through big highway and water-project bills....

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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, right, leaves as Senator John McCain, left, R-AZ, answers a question following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 2, 2013.

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Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, right, leaves as Senator John McCain, left, R-AZ, answers a question following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 2, 2013.

Graham’s Party Threat Minimal: Poll

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is close to side-stepping a runoff in his re-election bid, and none of his opponents in his contested Republican primary are catching on with voters, according to a poll out today. Graham has the...

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2013.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2013.

Shuster’s Cash Haul Swamps Rivals — Tea Partier Digging into Pockets

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster’s Republican primary challenge is starting to look like a tempest in a Tea Party pot. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will report to the Federal Election Commission later today that he raised...

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

Alexander Aide Sidelined in Porn Probe

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is facing a Tea Party-backed challenger in his 2014 Republican primary, announced today that his chief of staff, long-time Capitol Hill aide Ryan Loskarn, has been placed on leave as law enforcement agents probe...

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