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Why a Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world

Keystone XL may be dead for now, but it’s only one of several measures that would put the planet in grave danger<p>Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by …

McCarthy releases congressional schedule

The House Republican legislative retreat will be Jan. 15-16, 2015, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Democrats will head to their own getaway Jan. 29-30, according to the newly released congressional schedule sent to lawmakers by GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.<p>Otherwise, the 114th Congress will be …

Top Republican floats new attack plan for Obama’s immigration action

Add "rescission" to the glossary for the looming immigration fight between congressional Republicans and President Obama.<p>No need to run to the dictionary -- it's a way for Congress to take back money that it's authorized through legislation. It's also the newest gambit being proposed by a top …

The Keystone Pipeline Debate

Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he hosts a meeting with his Ebola response …

GOP lawmaker: Government employees “produce nothing”

<b>Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick (The Topeka Capital-Journal)</b><p>Kansas Republican Ray Merrick shows off his breathtaking ignorance<p>Luke Brinker<p>November 18, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>In the wake of dismal revenue figures indicating that Kansas will need to come up with $279 million in savings by June, the …

Keystone bill dies in the Senate -- for now

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend -- embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.<p>The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to …

Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Want Another Wall Streeter At The Treasury Department

Obama nominated Weiss, who runs investment banking at Lazard, for the position.<p>Warren spearheaded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the financial crisis and served as a special advisor to the Treasury Secretary. She said she doesn't want to see another Wall Street "titan" in government.<p>…

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

First on CNN: Rand Paul to oppose Senate NSA reform bill, aide says

Sen. Rand Paul, a fierce critic of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs, will oppose the NSA reform bill in the Senate in large part because it includes an extension of the Patriot Act, a senior Paul aide said Friday.<p>Known as the USA Freedom Act and proposed by Sen. Patrick …

Pentagon considers having U.S. ground troops fight beside Iraqi forces

ThePentagonis considering sending U.S. troops to fight beside Iraqi soldiers as they take on more complex missions in the battle againstIslamic Statemilitants, according to Gen.Martin Dempsey, the nation's top military officer.<p>American ground troops may have to help Iraqi forces if they move to …

Obama on Keystone: 'My position hasn't changed'

President Barack Obama reiterated Friday that he hasn't changed his mind on the Keystone pipeline, as Congress considers legislation on the project that would run oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.<p>"My position hasn't changed, that this is a process that is supposed to be followed," Obama said …

Health Industry Cashes In One Year After Rocky Obamacare Rollout

Even after the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov web site a year ago, health insurance companies and providers of medical care are reporting more promising profits as third quarter earnings emerge.<p>Although the next enrollment period for uninsured Americans seeking coverage from …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent early Saturday morning, blasting the court's decision to allow Texas to use its new voter ID law in the November elections. She was joined in the dissent by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.<p>"The greatest threat to public …

One Of Two Scenarios Will Play Out If Republicans Win The Senate

Until now, Barack Obama has always had a Democratic Senate to block proposals passed by the House. If that buffer disappears, he will have to sign or veto every bill that a Republican Congress sends him. The result may be political paralysis, accelerating the greying of the president's hair and …

Mitch McConnell

Little progress in talks on ending Gaza war, Israel says

GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said on Tuesday, while Israeli officials said no progress had been made so far and fighting could soon resume.<p>As a 72-hour ceasefire held for a second day, Palestinian …