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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Minimum Wage: Paying for It

For all the reluctance of Republican leaders to talk about raising the federal minimum wage, Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, suggests a compromise is possible. It may cost the senator’s party, however. In the inimitable ways of...

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Washington Redskins fan 'Chief Zee' before a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins.

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Washington Redskins fan 'Chief Zee' before a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins.

Redskins Running With Native American Support

Some Native Americans are standing up for their heritage. The Washington Redskins released a statement today showing support from the Native American community regarding the controversial team name. According to the release, the Redskins organization received over 7,000 letters and...

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

‘Republicans Are Like Cicadas:’ Cole

“I guess Republicans are like cicadas.” – Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, on the apparent need of his party to rise every 17 years and shut down the federal government. Cole, the only member of his state’s delegation who...

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cole Sees Makings of a Budget Deal

Representative Tom Cole, one of the chief Republican negotiators of a congressional budget deal, said today that he supports raising revenue as part of talks with Senate Democrats. Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, said that curtailing tax breaks such as the...

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President Barack Obama made a public appeal to House Republicans to avert a government shutdown in an appearance in the press briefing room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2013.

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President Barack Obama made a public appeal to House Republicans to avert a government shutdown in an appearance in the press briefing room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2013.

Countdown to Shutdown: 3 Days

Updated at 11:40 am, 12, 2:11 and 5:50 pm EDT This is what a stalemate looks like. This is how shutdowns happen. House Speaker John Boehner, after convening his party’s conference today, announced that the Republican-run House will proceed with...

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Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sandy Aid Opposition: 91 Republicans

Updated at 9:45 pm EST The House, finally, has approved billions in aid for the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The first aid package of $17 billion passed today on a vote of 327-91. All 91 of the opponents were Republicans,...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013, to a Democratic caucus meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013, to a Democratic caucus meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.

House Cliff Vote: 3-1 and Counting — Most Democrats Ready to Go

Updated at 12:50 pm EST It could be a long afternoon. About 150 Democrats will support the Senate-passed fiscal cliff bill, assuming “we’ll have enough Republicans to pass this thing,” Rep. Norm Dicks, a Washington Democrat says. Rep. Debbie Wasserman...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, walks out of a House Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Jan. 1, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, walks out of a House Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Jan. 1, 2013.

Boehner’s View from Bottom of Cliff

Updated at 10:50 and 11:10 am EST In the end, it’s on John Boehner. The speaker of the Republican-run House couldn’t convince his own party to accept his own alternative to the year-end tax increases which now have technically taken...

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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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