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The election of 2012 is a critical juncture in the history of this nation. We now have to decide if we love our country enough to do the responsible thing -- rein in out-of-control spending, cut the debt and reform crumbling entitlement programs. This will not be easy, but it's right and what's necessary for the preservation of our republic. Rep. Paul Ryan is the right choice for such a time.

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Farmers search for hay during droughtupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:31:00

The drought is causing cattlemen and ranchers from around the U.S. to ask for hay from Minnesota farmers.

3 bipartisan bills that could get the economy moving updated: Mon Jul 09 2012 11:45:00

Welcome back to work, Congress. Hope you enjoyed your fourth full week off this year. Now find a way to work together to help get America back to work.

Obama signs bipartisan transportation, student loan billupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 18:48:00

President Barack Obama signed on Friday a transportation funding and student loan bill which passed Congress last week in a rare election-year compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

Congress OKs highway funds-student loan billupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 21:12:00

Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant transportation funding bill as part of a package that includes a measure holding down interest rates on federal student loans.

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that President Obama signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

Affordable Care Act: What's on the line?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 10:42:00

The health care reform law is in jeopardy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Will Cain and Christine Romans explain what's on the line.

Timeline of the health care lawupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 01:38:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , the health-care reform law that President Obama had signed in March 2010. Here's a look at key moments in the law's history:

CNNMoney: S&P: U.S. credit at risk without debt dealupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 18:35:00

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's said Friday the United States could be in for another credit downgrade by 2014 if Congress doesn't tackle the national debt with a serious plan.

Violence Against Women Act in limboupdated: Fri May 18 2012 08:48:00

After a high profile political battle this week over legislation to help victims of domestic abuse, its fate appears to be in limbo. And this policy-dispute-turned-election-year-brawl seems to be far from over.

Mourdock: Never compromise on principlesupdated: Wed May 09 2012 13:43:00

Richard Mourdock explains why he "doesn't think there's going to be a lot of successful compromise" in the Senate.

Lugar loss could make Indiana Senate race more competitiveupdated: Wed May 09 2012 13:43:00

With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indiana's primary as "too extreme."

Will parties keep hope live for immigrant children?updated: Fri May 04 2012 08:34:00

In Washington, a lot of the meetings that take place between lawmakers amount to nothing. But recently, there was a get-together that was really something.     

What's wrong with American politicsupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 08:33:00

As this election season unfolds, we are watching an age-old dream in politics go horribly smash. It isn't good for politics, and it sure isn't good for the country.

Biden brags about Obama's 'big stick'updated: Sat Apr 28 2012 08:33:00

Vice President Joe Biden touts President Obama's foreign policy prowess at an event at New York University.

CNNMoney: Congress ready to tackle postal reformupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 14:16:00

Congress is expected to finally start debating ways to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service.

Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projectsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 18:15:00

With just four days left before the federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country, House Republicans abruptly postponed a vote on a two-month extension Tuesday, throwing into question how a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the transportation bill will get resolved.

CNNMoney: Congress ready to tackle postal reformupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:10:00

Congress is looking this week at ways to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service.

Dole, Baker toasted for embracing bipartisan politics updated: Thu Mar 22 2012 06:07:00

When expectations of a bipartisan Congress seem like a bygone tradition, two men who embodied leadership often beyond party politics were honored in Washington for their combined century of service.

Bipartisan politics honoredupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 06:07:00

Former senators Bob Dole and Howard Baker were honored for their bipartisan politics and combined century of service.

Mikulski sets record on Capitol Hillupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 11:16:00

Sen. Barbara Mikulski becomes the longest serving female in Congress Saturday, a landmark milestone. Dana Bash reports.

Sen. Snowe explains why leaving Congressupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 17:05:00

CNN's Dana Bash reports on GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe's departure from Congress amid frustration with partisan politics.

Snowe retirement a blow to Senate's 'sensible center'updated: Sun Mar 04 2012 17:05:00

When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine rocked the political world with her announcement that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate, she was forthright in expressing her frustration with "an atmosphere of polarization" in politics.

White House, Republicans talk compromiseupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.

Obama: American auto industry is backupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:37:00

The president says that the auto bailouts worked, in an address to the United Auto Workers union in Washington.

CNNMoney: Business tax breaks booted from payroll dealupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 12:54:00

The last legislative freight train has left the station, and a set of expired business tax breaks that regularly get extended was left on the platform.

2010: Salute to Times Square heroesupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 17:48:00

CNN's special salute to two New York City vendors who alerted police and helped avert the Times Square bombing.

Vendor who alerted police to Times Square car bomb to run for Congressupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 17:48:00

One of the street vendors who alerted police to a smoking vehicle in Times Square that was later found to be carrying explosives says he's planning to run for Congress.

CNNMoney: SOPA and PIPA postponed indefinitely after protestsupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 19:54:00

When the entire Internet gets angry, Congress takes notice. Both the House and the Senate on Friday backed away from a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills, tossing them into limbo and throwing doubt on their future viability.

Obama, Boehner in payroll tax standoffupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:22:00

The payroll tax impasse becomes a showdown between President Obama and Speaker Boehner. CNN's Dana Bash has the latest.

Obama to talk about payroll tax impasseupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:22:00

President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement Thursday on the partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

A game changer on Medicare's future?updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:05:00

The Paul Ryan-Ron Wyden Medicare reform plan is a political game-changer. Amidst heated gridlock in Washington, Rep. Paul Ryan, a conservative budget hawk, and Sen. Ron Wyden, a respected liberal senator, have reached consensus on vital entitlement reform. Medicare is on the track to insolvency; this could be the bipartisan solution.

House leader rejects Senate payroll tax planupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 17:33:00

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed a temporary extension of a payroll tax cut, saying the two-month plan passed by the Senate "is just kicking the can down the road."

CNNMoney: Unions object to parts of postal rescue planupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 16:29:00

Union groups don't like big parts of a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate to save the U.S. Postal Service that would cut services and workers.

CNNMoney: Debt committee: Why $1.2 trillion isn't enoughupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 09:12:00

It's a big number and nothing to sneeze at -- $1.2 trillion. Unfortunately, when it comes to reining in U.S. debt, it's not enough.

Boehner: 'Common ground must be found'updated: Wed Oct 12 2011 14:22:00

Members of the GOP leadership discuss the Senate's rejection of the jobs bill and the need for parties to work together.

Jobs bill fight continues after Senate defeatupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 14:22:00

Partisan bickering over President Barack Obama's failed $447 billion jobs plan intensified Wednesday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of political gamesmanship and Democrats charging Republicans with costly obstructionism.

Is America becoming a house divided against itself?updated: Wed Sep 28 2011 09:28:00

When trouble strikes in our personal lives and we are searching for a source, it usually makes sense to take a look in a familiar place -- the mirror. And so it should be in our troubled politics today.

Senate reaches agreement on FEMA fundsupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 12:22:00

The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement to end a dispute over disaster relief spending. Kate Bolduan reports.

Pressure mounts on Congress to boost FEMA disaster relief fundingupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 17:13:00

Frustrated legislators from both parties called Tuesday for quick congressional action to get more money to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help people reeling from recent disasters.

Our safety and America's courageupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 10:03:00

Ten years after the 9/11 tragedy, the world is a much different place.

Obama knocks politics, calls for growth on three-day Midwest bus tourupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 20:01:00

President Barack Obama slammed partisan politics and called on lawmakers to prioritize economic growth Monday, the first day of his three-day Midwestern tour.

Reid taps Sen. Murray to co-chair debt committeeupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 20:49:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Tuesday that he would appoint Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to the congressional "super committee," charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.

Obama's options - if there is no dealupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 16:19:00

If there's no deal on raising the debt limit by August 2, does the President have any options? Mary Snow reports.

Listen up, Washington; we've been thereupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 16:19:00

CNN has invited prominent former leaders and policymakers to offer their advice on the debt crisis standoff in Washington. Here are their thoughts.

Boehner: Tried to work with Obamaupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 22:21:00

House Speaker John Boehner says he made a sincere effort to reach a bipartisan deal with the president.

Transcript of Boehner's speech: Washington's spending binge is overupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 22:21:00

The following is the prepared transcript of House Speaker John Boehner's speech Monday night on debt reduction talks:

U.S. debt ceiling debate must be settled now, Geithner saysupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 10:25:00

Congress must reach a deal now to raise the federal debt ceiling through 2012 because "you don't want politics messing around with America's faith and credit," Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told CNN on Sunday.

CNNMoney: Gang of six rolls out debt proposalupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 15:27:00

President Obama gave a boost Tuesday to a bipartisan Senate plan to slash the nation's debt by about $3.7 trillion over the next ten years.

Liberals warn Obama against cutting entitlement benefitsupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 05:48:00

Sensing a shift away from their priorities, progressive Democrats and advocacy groups warned Thursday they could turn on President Barack Obama if a deficit-reduction deal reduces benefits in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

CNN tours NATO airstrike siteupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 20:13:00

The Libyan government took a CNN crew to the site of a NATO air strike west of Tripoli. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Kerry, McCain push measure backing Libya campaignupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 20:13:00

Two influential U.S. senators introduced a resolution Tuesday expressing support for limited American involvement in the NATO-led military campaign in Libya -- part of an effort to counter rising pressure in the House of Representatives to withdraw backing for the mission.

CNNMoney: Nobel winner drops Fed nomination fightupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 12:33:00

Nobel prize winner Peter Diamond has withdrawn his nomination to the Federal Reserve, citing opposition by Senate Republicans.

House rejects debt ceiling increase, 318-97updated: Tue May 31 2011 19:57:00

In a symbolic vote to send a message to budget negotiators, the House on Tuesday defeated a measure to raise the national debt ceiling without any accompanying deficit or spending reduction provisions.

Filibustered appeals court nominee asks to be withdrawnupdated: Wed May 25 2011 21:50:00

Goodwin Liu, a California law professor nominated by President Barack Obama for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asked Thursday for his name to be withdrawn after Senate Republicans had invoked a rarely used filibuster to block a final floor vote.

Reid: Senate not to vote on Libya resolution this monthupdated: Tue May 24 2011 16:15:00

The exact timing of a Senate vote on a resolution to back U.S. military action in Libya is not decided, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday, adding the vote would not come this month.

Senators introduce first bipartisan resolution on Libya missionupdated: Tue May 24 2011 06:13:00

Veteran U.S. Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and John McCain, R-Arizona, formally introduced a bipartisan resolution Monday expressing Congress' support for U.S. military action in Libya, laying the groundwork for what could be the first congressional action on the mission since it began more than two months ago.

Obama's war powers time running outupdated: Sat May 21 2011 09:48:00

The deadline for President Obama to authorize action in Libya is coming to a close. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Obama judicial nominee faces crucial Senate voteupdated: Wed May 18 2011 19:25:00

Liberal demagogue or mainstream intellectual? The Senate faces a Thursday showdown to force a floor vote on what could be President Barack Obama's most controversial judicial nominee.

Controversial judicial nominee clears key Senate confirmation hurdleupdated: Wed May 04 2011 15:32:00

Senate Republicans have failed to block a floor vote for a controversial judicial nominee labeled as anti-business.

Fortune: How to build the political will for budget cutsupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 09:38:00

Our nation faces the most predictable economic crisis in its history. Spending is rising rapidly, and revenues are failing to keep pace. As a result, the federal government is forced to borrow huge sums each year to make up the difference. If not addressed, burgeoning deficits will eventually lead to a fiscal crisis, at which point the world's financial markets will force decisions upon us.

CNNMoney: Turning up the heat for broad debt fixupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 15:16:00

As lawmakers and the White House squabbled over the 2011 budget, dozens of prominent economists, former government officials and business leaders pressed them on Thursday to get serious about forging a long-term fix for the country's unsustainable debt.

CNNMoney: National debt: 60-plus senators urge Obama to leadupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 12:24:00

A bipartisan group of more than 60 senators -- evenly divided between the parties -- urged President Obama in a letter on Friday to take the lead in helping them come up with a comprehensive debt-reduction plan.

'Gang of Six' may solve U.S. debt messupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 07:55:00

Washington has been preoccupied with the prospect of a federal government shutdown. Protesters from the Tea Party to the pro-union Wisconsin activists disproportionately dominate our debates. We cover the political car crash but not the constructive conversation.

CNNMoney: National debt: 'Time for gridlock is over'updated: Wed Mar 09 2011 10:54:00

As lawmakers continued to butt heads over how much spending should be cut over the next seven months, a few senators on Tuesday were trying to keep the focus where they think it belongs -- the next several decades.

CNNMoney: Pressure builds for debt reductionupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 18:28:00

The push to come up with a plan to reduce national debt got a bipartisan bear hug in the Senate on Tuesday.

Obama gets second chance from independentsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 13:23:00

If there's one thing I came away with from this week's State of the Union address, it's that President Barack Obama knew what he was doing. Whether he did it well, I'll get to in a moment. But as he entered the House chamber Tuesday night, pressing the flesh with our nation's most powerful and elite, the president understood his challenge. Above all else, he had to continue to rebuild his tattered image among America's independent voters who had supported him in 2008 but moved strongly away during November's midterm elections.

State of the Union: A graphical recapupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 13:23:00

See a sampling of highlights from this year's State of the Union speech presented in animated text and graphics.

Fortune: Business leaders' mixed reaction to Obamaupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 13:30:00

President Obama struck an optimistic tone on the economy during last night's State of the Union speech, but much of it still focused on efforts to boost employment and help businesses expand and compete. There were no shots at corporate greed as he's made in the past -- instead there was a call for lower corporate taxes. In recent weeks and months, the President has made strides in mending the White House's tarnished relationship with the corporate sector, which has sounded alarms about policies that stifle growth.

Retiring senators: Time is ripe for bipartisanshipupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 11:50:00

Three longtime senators who have decided not to seek re-election in 2012 said Sunday that they believe the country is ready for serious bipartisan cooperation on major issues -- especially tackling the massive national debt.

Fortune: Bipartisan debt control? Yes, it's possible.updated: Thu Jan 20 2011 12:23:00

Kent Conrad's announcement this week that he would step down in 2012 rather than seek re-election didn't draw much attention outside the Beltway. But it should -- because it could have a big impact on the nation's finances.

Gibbs: The GOP's responsibilityupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 08:19:00

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talks about the role Republicans need to play in 2011.

Obama administration, Congress brace for new political realityupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 08:19:00

A new political reality hits Washington next week, with the first split Congress since 2002 raising questions about whether the bipartisan cooperation of the recently concluded lame-duck session can continue.

CNNMoney: Bill Clinton: Tax deal the best we can reachupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 19:17:00

Former President Bill Clinton took to the White House podium Friday and delivered a ringing endorsement of the tax compromise struck earlier this week by President Obama and Republican lawmakers.

GOP tax cut ultimatum: Principled or 'temper tantrum?'updated: Thu Dec 02 2010 12:17:00

Senate Republicans' threat to hold up legislation for everything not related to tax cuts or the budget is either standing up for principles or a "congressional temper tantrum," depending on your point of view.

Even cynics can hope for bipartisanshipupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 06:20:00

As the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. A Washington corollary: Even cynics have reason to be cynical.

The Sweep: What's on Obama's wish list?updated: Thu Dec 02 2010 05:24:00

You don't need to peek at Santa's long list to know what the White House is asking for this holiday season -- a large, nicely wrapped box of bipartisanship.

Obama's Thanksgiving message cites need for bipartisan cooperationupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 15:21:00

President Obama wished the nation a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday and also used his weekly address to renew his call for bipartisan cooperation on addressing major issues facing the nation.

First family's feast for the needyupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 15:21:00

The Obama's kick off their Thanksgiving holiday by handing out food baskets at Washington food pantry Martha's Table.

Lame duck Congress convenesupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 17:20:00

The so-called "lame duck" session of the Democratic Congress convened Monday, with members preparing to make decisions on a host of contentious issues that could have major political ramifications for both President Barack Obama and the incoming Republican House majority.

Message to Obama: Americans want jobsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 12:24:00

The midterm election was clearly a repudiation. The question is, a repudiation of what?

CNNMoney: Bye-bye, tax breaks?updated: Tue Oct 26 2010 14:05:00

Who says there's no bipartisanship? Democrats and Republicans running for Congress are finding every way possible to assure voters they will keep Americans' taxes low forever.

Agencies team up to make grants more effectiveupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 14:14:00

Two federal departments have teamed up to coordinate the awarding of development grants, in an effort to to use taxpayer money more effectively for projects that connect housing with jobs and the means to get to them.

David Axelrod talks elections, tax cutsupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 20:51:00

White House Adviser David Axelrod talks to CNN's Candy Crowley about the prospect of tax cuts and next month's elections.

Can Democrats and Republicans work together after the election?updated: Sun Oct 17 2010 20:51:00

Bipartisanship is in the eye of the beholder, it seems, as Democrats and Republicans ponder how cooperation between them can improve after the upcoming congressional elections.

Axelrod hopes GOP gains will bring cooperationupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 10:16:00

White House senior adviser David Axelrod is looking for a silver lining in expected Democratic losses in November's congressional elections.

Obama faces tough questions from studentsupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 18:41:00

President Barack Obama heard young people speaking their minds Thursday at a respectful but challenging town hall-style event where he was asked tough questions by students who support and oppose him.

Quick shots: What happened to bipartisanship?updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 14:03:00

Editor's note: There are 22 days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news. Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist, joined CNN as a political contributor in April 2009. She has worked for Presidents Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush and served as counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Ruben Navarrette is a nationally syndicated columnist, an NPR commentator and a contributor.

Obama seeks bipartisan support for infrastructure upgradeupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:39:00

President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to approve a $50 billion plan to begin upgrading the nation's crumbling infrastructure, saying such an investment is vital to creating much-needed construction jobs and keeping the nation competitive in the global economy.

President Obama pushes roads planupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:39:00

President Obama announces his plan to address America's crumbling infrastructure and create jobs.

Key Senate committee passes nuclear arms treatyupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 15:53:00

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the new nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States Thursday.

Fortune: A bitterly divided Congress, fanned by the White Houseupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 05:21:00

"This committee doesn't function well on a partisan basis, and in the 22 months that I've been chairman of it we've never acted that way." That was Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd speaking in December of 2008, when American voters had the audacity to believe a new President's promise to rise above the short-sightedness of partisan Washington and unite most Americans around solving big problems.

Obama faithful growing impatient?updated: Mon Jul 12 2010 11:54:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look at polls showing President Obama is losing support among liberals and independents.

Axelrod responds to criticism from the WH's left flankupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 11:54:00

With less than four months until this year's midterm Election Day, the Obama administration is defending its record in response to criticism from liberals and progressives who are increasingly saying the president has not been aggressive enough in pursuing their preferred agenda.

Republicans stop feared New York State government shutdownupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 20:51:00

Three Republican New York state senators crossed party lines Monday and voted "yes" for a week long budget extension, stopping the threat of a government shut down in the state.

Obama calls on Congress to work on immigration reformupdated: Thu May 06 2010 11:44:00

President Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to work on comprehensive immigration reform this year, saying it would be the best way to fix the nation's broken immigration system.

CNNMoney: Senate OKs 'too big to fail' bank amendmentupdated: Wed May 05 2010 17:37:00

The Senate overwhelmingly passed its first major change to the Wall Street reform package Wednesday, approving a bipartisan deal to unwind big financial firms that are considered too big to fail.

Sources: Votes lacking for immigration push in Congressupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 10:37:00

The push for immigration reform may be on the front burner for congressional Democrats, but sources say that ultimately, they believe the issue is unlikely to have enough votes to pass.

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