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Akin: Rape remark 'Ill conceived, wrong'updated: Mon Aug 20 2012 20:21:00

Rep. Akin says he cares for victims of rape and apologizes for misspeaking.

Take politics out of tariff rulesupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 09:12:00

If you have lived a happy, normal, American life, you have probably never heard of something so tedious and alien as a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill. I envy you. But strange as it sounds, the obscure MTB is at the heart of a very small -- but very significant -- fight for American freedom.

What politicians could learn from NASCAR tweetupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 09:30:00

I get asked by political candidates all the time "what can I do to learn how to grow my Twitter following?" After last night, I have a new and simple answer. "Watch NASCAR." Or at least, watch and emulate NASCAR's savviest tweeter.

E-mails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama administration updated: Fri Dec 09 2011 11:07:00

A series of e-mail exchanges between officials at the Department of Health and Human Services shows growing alarm at the amount of projected profit from a government contract for a drug company whose controlling shareholder is a longtime Democratic Party activist.

Fearing earmark creep, senators propose new banupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 19:47:00

A year after Congress voluntarily agreed to give up earmarks -- pork barrel spending projects critics say cost too much and may have an outsized influence on some lawmakers -- the special-interest provisions have crept slowly back into legislation, two senators warned on Wednesday.

Report: Unauthorized phone charges cost Americans $2 billion a yearupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 18:33:00

A key Senate chairman says Congress needs to pass legislation to protect customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because the telephone industry has failed to prevent the practice.

Senator wants crackdown on Afghanistan projectsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 16:17:00

A U.S. senator is suggesting a halt to billions of American taxpayer dollars going to projects in Afghanistan unless there is a complete overhaul of how and why the money is spent.

Legislators hint at compromise on short-term spending extensionupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 15:07:00

Leading Republicans and Democrats on Sunday signaled a desire for compromise on a short-term spending resolution to keep the government running while more substantive talks on budget cuts take place.

Senators question Afghanistan's ability to fund force build-upupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 12:10:00

Some U.S. senators are questioning whether the ambitious plans to increase the size of Afghanistan's security forces are coming at a cost that Afghanistan can never afford to underwrite.

'Getting it right' in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 12:10:00

Defense Secy. Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen talk about the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in July.

American overseeing reconstruction of Afghanistan steps asideupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 13:31:00

With the U.S. bill for Afghanistan reconstruction at $56 billion and counting, the watchdog for that spending took himself out of the game Monday, amidst intense pressure and congressional criticism.

Obama signs short-term spending bill into lawupdated: Sat Dec 18 2010 15:12:00

President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a short-term spending bill that will fund the government through Tuesday night.

Senate Democrats give up bid to pass $1.1 trillion spending billupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

In a dramatic twist played out on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid conceded Thursday night he lacked the votes to bring up a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year.

$1.1 trillion spending bill killedupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 06:03:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yanked a pork-laden spending bill Thursday, citing the sudden loss of GOP support.

Pentagon: Little risk to repealing DADTupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 15:00:00

A Pentagon study finds that the majority of those surveyed do not object to gays serving openly in the military.

Effort to ban earmarks stalls in Senateupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 11:50:00

The Senate voted Tuesday against taking up a measure that would have imposed a two-year ban on legislative earmarks, a practice that critics have called an example of wasteful spending.

Afghan watchdog under fireupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 05:26:00

The man overseeing how billions of dollars are spent in Afghanistan is the wrong man for the job, a U.S. senator charged Thursday.

Biden on Afghanistan: 'Making progress'updated: Fri Nov 19 2010 05:26:00

Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN's Larry King that significant progress has been made against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Earmarks get ax from GOP senatorsupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 06:20:00

The GOP caucus in the Senate agreed Tuesday night to ban earmarks, a policy House Republicans already have in place and are expected to keep in the new Congress.

Who's funding attack ads? It's a secretupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:57:00

What do they have to be ashamed of?

David Axelrod hits anonymous donor adsupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 09:57:00

CNN's Candy Crowley grills White House adviser David Axelrod on the administration's stance on GOP spending groups.

Sound of Sunday for October 17updated: Sun Oct 17 2010 14:48:00

CNN's Candy Crowley and her team watch the other Sunday morning shows so you don't have to.

Up to 6,600 Arlington graves in doubtupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 14:08:00

Thousands of graves at Arlington may be unmarked or improperly marked, Sen. Claire McCaskill says.

Senator says 6,600 Arlington graves may have been mismanagedupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 14:08:00

Mike McLaughlin knew he buried his father, a veteran of World War I, World War II and the Korean War, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Republicans won't budge on secret holds on Obama nomineesupdated: Fri May 07 2010 14:09:00

Frustrated Democrats went to the Senate floor Friday to seek Republican approval for a long list of administration nominees currently blocked by controversial secret holds placed by GOP senators.

CNNMoney: Avoid deceptive debt-settlement companiesupdated: Mon May 03 2010 11:10:00

The Better Business Bureau is out with a new warning: beware of some debt settlement companies.

Guns up for grabs?updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 20:58:00

Congress questions the practices of the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Key senators rip Blackwater actions in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 20:58:00

Several key U.S. senators on Wednesday tore into private contractors working in Afghanistan for the company formerly known as Blackwater, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.

Last U.S. veteran of World War I testifies for memorialupdated: Sat Dec 05 2009 08:15:00

At 108 years old, Cpl. Frank Buckles said Thursday he hopes he lives to see the day when there's a memorial on the National Mall honoring all Americans who fought in World War I.

Town halls push on amid fears of more disruptive protestsupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 10:52:00

Senators, like many in the House, continue to face grilling from constituents concerned about proposed health care legislation before Congress.

Durbin, Cornyn on town hallsupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 10:52:00

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, weigh in on town halls temper.

Failing to reform health care 'truly scary,' Obama saysupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 21:58:00

President Obama complained Tuesday about opposition scare tactics against a proposed health care overhaul, but said failing to fix problems in the current system would be the scariest outcome of all.

Obama braces for town hallupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 21:58:00

President Obama will face his critics at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Disruptions drown out debate at health care meetingsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 22:16:00

The battle raging over President Obama's health care plan has spread from across the aisles in Congress to across the country.

Homeless fill in for lobbyistsupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 21:34:00

Standing in lines along the halls of Congress helped Oliver Gomes get off the streets.

CNNMoney: Senate passes $410 billion spending billupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 22:02:00

A massive spending bill that funds the U.S. government for the rest of the budget year passed the Senate on Tuesday despite complaints about nearly $8 billion in what critics called "pork-barrel" projects.

Senate postpones vote on spending billupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 22:51:00

The U.S. Senate postponed a planned vote on a $410 billion spending plan on Thursday, with Democratic leaders saying they would allow Republican changes to the bill to be considered after coming up just short of the support they needed.

CNNMoney: Senate delays vote on spending billupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 22:20:00

The Senate postponed a planned vote on a $410 billion spending plan Thursday, with Democratic leaders saying they would allow Republican changes to the bill to be considered after coming up just short of the support they needed.

Taxpayer money being wastedupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 13:59:00

CNN's Jason Carroll looks at government spending and the history of wasting taxpayer dollars.

CNNMoney: Obama vows to change government contractingupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:20:00

President Obama signed a memorandum Wednesday designed to save the federal government $40 billion a year by overhauling what Obama calls the "broken system of government contracting."

CNNMoney: Stopping stimulus wasteupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 11:26:00

So they've done it. Lawmakers passed a nearly $800 billion stimulus plan - roughly the equivalent of an entire year's of discretionary government spending - in just over a month.

CNNMoney: Trusting Uncle Sam to spend $787Bupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 16:28:00

So they've done it. Lawmakers passed a nearly $800 billion stimulus plan - roughly the equivalent of an entire year's of discretionary government spending - in just over a month.

CNNMoney: Obama to limit bankers' payupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 06:51:00

Executives of companies receiving federal bailout money will have their pay capped at $500,000 under a financial compensation plan that President Obama is expected to announce Wednesday, two senior administration officials said.

New government commission blasts Iraq waste, fraudupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 16:01:00

Citing the need to restore public trust in an inefficient and allegedly corrupt military procurement process, a new government commission Monday officially began hearings to account for billions of taxpayer dollars misspent in Iraq and Afghanistan.

'These people are idiots'updated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:26:00

Sen. Claire McCaskill gives a spirited explanation of the executive compensation bill.

Angry senator wants pay cap on Wall Street 'idiots'updated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:26:00

One day after President Obama ripped Wall Street executives for their "shameful" decision to hand out $18 billion in bonuses in 2008, Congress may finally have had enough.

CNNMoney: Senator: Cap pay at $400K for Wall Street 'idiots'updated: Fri Jan 30 2009 14:37:00

One day after President Barack Obama ripped Wall Street executives for their "shameful" decision to hand out $18 billion in bonuses in 2008, Congress may finally have had enough.

Time.com: Greenspan: McCain's Tax Cuts Too Largeupdated: Sat Sep 13 2008 19:00:00

Alan Greenspan says the country can't afford tax cuts of the magnitude proposed by Republican presidential contender John McCain

Military lawyers objected to harsh interrogation techniquesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 18:15:00

A top legal adviser to the Pentagon squelched objections from legal experts when the military was writing rules that cleared the way for harsh interrogation of prisoners, a former lawyer for the senior U.S. military commander testified Tuesday.

Controversial photos recoveredupdated: Thu Feb 07 2008 21:31:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve has an exclusive update about a controversial government Halloween party.

Controversial Halloween party photos releasedupdated: Thu Feb 07 2008 21:31:00

The federal government has released to CNN more than 100 photographs of a Halloween party that temporarily threatened to derail the nomination of a top Department of Homeland Security official.

Time.com: The Year of the Youth Voteupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 01:00:00

Young people are voting in numbers not seen in decades. Obama is a big beneficiary. Will they make the difference?

Mukasey under fireupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:15:00

President Bush's nominee for attorney general is coming under increasing fire for his stance on waterboarding.

Kennedy opposes attorney general nomineeupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 16:15:00

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts said Thursday he will oppose President Bush's nominee for attorney general.

Dems projected to pick up four Senate seatsupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 17:04:00

Democrats are projected to pick up four GOP-held seats but must win the two remaining undecided races to gain control of the Senate.

GOP, Democrats split hotly contested governorshipsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2004 11:18:00

New governors will take the helm in six states, with voting reflecting a party shift in four of them -- two for Democrats and two for Republicans.

Blunt wins Missouri governorshipupdated: Wed Nov 03 2004 04:12:00

Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt won the governor's race Tuesday in Missouri, narrowly defeating Democrat Claire McCaskill, CNN projected.

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