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With Schumer endorsement, Democrats hope to avoid leadership fight

Retiring Sen. Harry Reid's quick endorsement of New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer as the next Democratic leader in the chamber could be an early signal he hopes to avoid what could be a contentious battle for a rare opening in party leadership.<p>While Reid's endorsement – and that of the current No. 2 …

California's Darrell Issa loses power along with House oversight committee post

For four years, Rep. Darrell Issa presided over one of the highest-profile oversight committees in Congress, becoming a fixture in the national news as he took the Obama administration to task for everything from bank bailouts to corruption in Afghanistan.<p>Only three months ago, the California …

Does labor have the oomph to stop Obama's trade agenda?

The AFL-CIO’s bold announcement last week that it would withhold contributions to congressional Democrats in advance of votes on fast-track trade promotion authority thrilled labor supporters and annoyed many Democrats.<p>But it remains to be seen whether the move will impede the Obama …

The Government Loan Program With a 116 Percent Default Rate

No, that’s not a typo. The anatomy of an only-in-Washington credit snafu.<p>If you’re curious just what kind of risks the US government is taking with its $3.3 trillion in loan programs — a portfolio considerably larger and significantly stranger than any private bank’s — the best place to start is …

Log Cabin Republicans battle with CPAC organizers

Log Cabin Republicans claim they have been shunned by the Conservative Political Action Conference — again.<p>“Make no mistake: LCR is actively being prohibited from sponsoring CPAC,” the group’s national Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in a statement Thursday.<p>The organizers of the annual …

Boehner blames Senate Dems for blocking DHS funding

Speaker John Boehner says the House has done its job in passing a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and it’s Senate Democrats’ fault if the department runs out of money at the end of the month. And, he makes clear, he’s prepared to let that happen.<p>If funding runs out, the Ohio …

Republicans target Social Security disability

They say new limits will force Congress to fix the ailing program. Liberals see a ploy to weaken all of Social Security.<p>Like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, House Republicans kick-started a bigger fire than many imagined with an opening day rules change that revived Social Security as a hot issue for this …

How ‘Selma’ Diminishes Dr. King

MLK was a political genius. Why does the film obscure that?<p>One evening toward the end of his tragically short life, Martin Luther King Jr. unleashed what must have been years of deeply stifled frustration and sorrow. Drinking alone, he thrashed about his empty hotel room in tears, upsetting …

McCain's big purge

The Arizona senator’s team has been ridding the state’s GOP apparatus of his tea party foes.<p>Nearly a year ago, tea party agitators in Arizona managed to get John McCain censured by his own state party. Now, he’s getting his revenge.<p>As the longtime Republican senator lays the groundwork for a likely …

The Best Political Books We Read in 2014

Why single payer died in Vermont

Vermont was supposed to be the beacon for a single-payer health care system in America. But now its plans are in ruins, and its onetime champion Gov. Peter Shumlin may have set back the cause.<p>Advocates of a “Medicare for all” approach were largely sidelined during the national Obamacare debate. The …

Robert Reich: Democrats enable the super rich

The former secretary of labor explains why the party is to blame for one our most destructive tax loopholes<p>In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social …

8 things that cost more if you’re a man or a woman

Gender pricing is so much more commonplace in the United State than most consumers realize<p>Gender pricing, the act of charging men and women differently for the same products or services, is commonplace in the United States.<p>A handful of states, cities, and counties have laws on the books limiting or …

Landrieu ad riles New Orleans Fox affiliate

The New Orleans Fox affiliate complained Wednesday about Sen. Mary Landrieu misleadingly using a clip of its anchor in a new commercial.<p>The Louisiana Democrat, who is very likely to lose in Saturday’s runoff, has told the station through her campaign manager that she will not modify or take down …

The new GOP divide

2016 Republicans disagree on surveillance, gay marriage and Common Core.<p>Two years ago, Bobby Jindal was pushing a state law to adapt national curriculum standards to local schools; today, not only is the Louisiana governor suing the federal government to stop Common Core — or “ObamaCore,” as many …

Who wants to be Secretary of Defense?

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> – One of the big guessing games around Washington, D.C., this holiday weekend is who is in, and who is out for the job of Secretary of Defense.<p>Since learning the White House pushed out Sec. Chuck Hagel last week, a growing list of possible replacements has emerged, with some …

How Will the Pope Play in 2016?

Francis’ softer brand of Catholicism kept his bishops out of the midterms — and they’re likely to tone down their message next time too.<p>As Barack Obama’s foes lined up against him during the mid-term elections, one warring party was conspicuously absent from the battlefield: America’s Catholic …

Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a student who waited until the night before a deadline, lawmakers resuming work Monday will try to cram two years of leftover …

Pick Your Prism

How foreign policy makers view pivotal years says a great deal about how they act in 2014.<p>This year has been filled with multiple, competing foreign policy crises, but 2014 has also been a year of dueling historical analogies.<p>The trend began in January, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to step down

President Barack Obama announced Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position as soon as the Senate confirms a successor.<p>Hagel, who has served as Defense secretary since February 2013, was forced out by President Barack Obama, CNN confirmed from several sources.<p>During …

Why Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul offer glimmers of hope — but not for 2016

Warren and Paul may point toward a better political future. But a doomed anti-Hillary crusade won’t save democracy<p>It looks like Sen. Rand Paul just had his first audition for the role of screwball, off-kilter, Philip K. Dick alternate-universe refuge for disgruntled leftists in the 2016 …

Six Ways Not to Think About Obama's Immigration Order

We can't call it a constitutional crisis; but we shouldn't consider it business as usual, either.<p>Senator Tom Coburn warns that President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new “deferred action” program for undocumented aliens may spark “instances of anarchy.” Senator Ted Cruz compares Obama to the …

House Intel Committee dismisses some Benghazi myths

The House Intelligence Committee dismissed on Friday a number of the most persistent myths about the 2012 terrorist attacks at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.<p>The committee, chaired by Republican Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan, found the U.S. government didn’t fail to send assistance to the …

Defense Secretary Could Consider Recommendation For More Ground Troops In Iraq

"There will be no American combat troops in Iraq or Syria," Hagel said.<p>Hagel's comment is the latest in a series of shifting statements from officials in President Barack Obama's administration about what role US troops will play in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as …

McConnell declares coal 'war' on Obama

Sen. Mitch McConnell is vowing to wage “war” with President Barack Obama over coal.<p>“What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage,” McConnell said in an interview Friday with the Louisville Courier-Journal.<p>He added, “So [Obama] had a war on coal and, honestly, I’m going to …

The GOP's numbers problem

Pollsters predicted a Romney win, then missed again in the midterms.<p>It was great news for the Republicans but yet another black mark for Republican pollsters. Mike Shields, the Republican National Committee’s chief of staff, sat with his data and modeling team at the committee’s Capitol Hill …

Fox News reevaluating Huckabee amid report of possible 2016 bid

Fox News is reevaluating Mike Huckabee's status with the network following a new report that he is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid.<p>"We are taking a serious look at Governor Huckabee’s recent activity in the political arena and are evaluating his current status. We plan on meeting with him when he …