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Can we fix a hyper-partisan Congress?updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:08:00

Soon after I was elected to Congress, an issue came to the House floor to which I had given considerable thought and believed that my conclusions were sound, reasonable and persuasive.

Turning GOP and Dems into Americansupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:08:00

Fmr. Rep. Mickey Edwards on his book, The Parties Vs. the People: Can We Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans?

Why political conventions still matterupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 11:28:00

It's easy to understand why so many observers don't think that party conventions matter any more.

As two politicians ascend, new sway for Latinos?updated: Fri Aug 03 2012 08:15:00

This week, Latinos experienced their own version of "Super Tuesday."

House passes Republican tax-cut planupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:45:00

The U.S. House on Wednesday took the opposite action on tax cuts as the Senate, rejecting a Democratic proposal championed by President Barack Obama to extend lower tax rates for middle-income Americans, and then passing a Republican plan to maintain the lower rates for everyone for a year.

Rep. Van Hollen on the Bush-era tax cutsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:45:00

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) says, the president's plan "would provide tax relief for 100% of the American people"

Romney aide to media: 'Show respect!'updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 18:55:00

When the press tried to ask Romney questions, his traveling press secretary verbally dressed down reporters.

When did the GOP become the whiners?updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 18:55:00

Mitt Romney press secretary Rich Gorka's outburst in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, during which he told a reporter to "shove it," is of a piece with the Barnumesque spectacle of his candidate's world tour. But to this veteran of many campaign tours, the incident raises a provocative question about modern campaign history: When and how did the Republicans become the championship party of whining?

Despite online ammo bill, many Democrats still won't touch gun policyupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 16:12:00

When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats -- New York.

Why House tax vote is really about drawing battle lines for the fallupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 08:20:00

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote this week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes less than 100 days from now.

For Democrats, gun politics are bad politicsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 18:34:00

The sun was barely up when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the Colorado massacre to scold President Obama and Mitt Romney for ignoring the gun issue.

Bloomberg blasts politics on gunsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 18:34:00

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasts President Obama and Mitt Romney on guns in the wake of the Aurora shooting.

GOP: Donor disclosure act omits unionsupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 18:39:00

Senate Republicans say a proposed bill that would require more disclosure of campaign donors unfairly omits labor unions.

Outside political donors still shrouded in smokeupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 18:39:00

Depending on whom you ask, either Democratic efforts to force big-dollar donors out of the shadows are a smokescreen that hides union clout, or Republicans opposing the efforts are just blowing smoke in an attempt to ensure well-heeled donors stay anonymous.

Wisc. recall failure a fatal blow for unions?updated: Tue Jul 17 2012 21:15:00

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Moore face off over the effects of Gov. Scott Walker's failed recall. Ali Velshi moderates.

In polarized Washington, two worlds apartupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:57:00

Even in an election year, the current dysfunction in Washington reflects a worsening partisan divide that has created what amounts to parallel political universes seemingly unable to comprehend or deal with each other.

House holds Holder in contemptupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 17:00:00

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting -- a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

Can Obama split the GOP?updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 08:31:00

When President Obama had his back to the wall after a month of bad economic news, he tried to change the national conversation by shifting attention toward the issue of immigration. Through a directive issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants, the administration made one of its boldest moves in four years in this area of policy.

Republicans refine immigration message after Obama's scoopupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 16:35:00

Caught off guard by the Obama administration's shift in immigration policy last week, Republicans on Tuesday refined their response in an effort to lessen any political bounce for the president at what had been a tough time in his campaign.

Ten flubs that helped sink candidatesupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 09:46:00

Late last week, the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney released Web videos highlighting the mistakes their rivals have made on the campaign trail.

Barber wins Giffords' House seatupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 13:49:00

Democrat Ron Barber wins a special election in Arizona and will take Gabrielle Giffords' seat in Congress.

Analysis: Arizona win 'an oasis in the desert' for Democratsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 13:49:00

It's been a tough couple of weeks for the Democratic Party, especially the results in last week's Wisconsin governor recall vote. So Tuesday night's victory in the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District couldn't have come at a better time.

U.S. economy heading straight for the cliffupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 18:36:00

You do not have to be an investor in the stock market or real estate or looking for a job to be alarmed when several highly regarded observers warn that the United States economy is about to be driven "off the cliff" by increasing debt, the expiration of tax cuts and the prospect of deep spending cuts.

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 17:57:00

An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers.

Senate rejects dueling student loan relief billsupdated: Thu May 24 2012 17:26:00

The Senate, in the latest round of political maneuvering on a popular campaign issue, Thursday rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals to prevent student loan rates from doubling to 6.8% in July.

House passes bill undoing defense cutsupdated: Thu May 10 2012 14:17:00

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would replace looming Pentagon spending cuts opposed by the GOP with a series of domestic program reductions opposed by congressional Democrats.

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."

Senate GOP vows to block White House student loan billupdated: Mon May 07 2012 19:58:00

Senate Republicans will block Democrats from taking up a White House-backed bill to cap rates on some student loans unless Democrats allow a vote on a GOP alternative, the second-ranking Senate Republican said Monday.

Obama, Democrats not serious about passing budgetupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:59:00

The U.S. government is the largest financial entity in the world. Nothing else comes close.

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.

Lessons learned from Rush and Hilaryupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 15:04:00

Last week, the "Republican War on Women" morphed into the "Democrat War on Mommies." The shots that started both wars were fired by two commentators, Rush Limbaugh and Hilary Rosen. Whose words were worse?

Why the left fears Ann Romneyupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 05:49:00

President Bill Clinton once famously said, "The most difficult job in the world is not being president. It's being a parent." As mothers, we both know this well, but we wonder if President Clinton's fellow Democrats share his respect for parents, particularly those who choose to stay home with their children?

GOP version of Dream Act holds promiseupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 07:36:00

You may have heard that a group of Republicans in Congress -- including GOP rock star and possible vice presidential pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida -- are getting ready to introduce their version of the DREAM Act.You also may have heard that Democratic lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups despise the Republican alternative and derisively label it "DREAM Act Lite."

Epic failure by Washington sets us adriftupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 09:43:00

There are plenty of ways to game the upcoming Supreme Court decision on health care reform, and they've all been said: President Obama loses in court, he wins with his base. Or it's a severe blow, potentially fatal. Or Republicans benefit if they win, because they were "right" all along. Or the GOP loses, because it has to figure out what to offer for health care instead.

House passes GOP budget updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 17:41:00

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan -- a measure that has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but creates a clear contrast between the two parties on a number of critical tax and spending issues ahead of the general election.

Health care message wars heat up on anniversary of lawupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 11:30:00

Two years after President Barack Obama signed health care reform legislation -- and with the U.S. Supreme Court about to consider a challenge from several states trying to overturn it -- supporters and opponents of the controversial law are gearing up for a message war like it's 2009.

Accusations fly in Senate over Violence Against Women Act updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 20:40:00

In a series of floor speeches Thursday, a group of mostly Democratic women senators made a high-profile and at times emotional appeal to Republicans to support an expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In doing so, they suggested Republicans were blocking the bill because it would extend its protections to illegal immigrants as well as gays and lesbians.

Primaries are good for the GOPupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:20:00

The primary process is good for the Republican Party?and our country.

Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romneyupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:20:00

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romney at campaign stops in Alabama and Mississippi. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

What James Carville doesn't get about Republicansupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 12:22:00

Anytime James Carville, Paul Begala and David Axelrod hold hands and jump for joy, it's worth pondering how to turn their joy into tears.

Jargon-busting U.S. election buzzwordsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 17:08:00

Know your caucuses from your primaries? Your superdelegates from your Super PACs? As Republican presidential hopefuls battle to win the right to take on Barack Obama in November, we've defined the array of words and acronyms that will define this year's election.

Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendmentupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 15:55:00

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.

For Republicans, social issues are losersupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 12:12:00

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is running as the "authentic conservative" in the Republican primaries. As his campaign has gained steam moving into the Michigan and Arizona contests, the entire tenor of the Republican debate has changed dramatically.

Many wild cards could swing the 2012 presidential raceupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 14:01:00

The outcome of the election of 2012 is becoming even tougher to predict, since there are many political landmines facing both parties.

Congress passes payroll tax cut dealupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 15:11:00

The Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan deal Friday extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while also avoiding a Medicare fee cut for doctors for the rest of the year.

Boehner defends payroll tax dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:52:00

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended Wednesday the decision to move forward with a roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, arguing that it was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaignupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:24:00

Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women -- one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

Carville: GOP, your real problem is Mittupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 05:26:00

Memo to the Republican Establishment, Part II.

Granderson: No aid money in strip clubsupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 18:20:00

CNN contributor LZ Granderson urges Democrats to avoid partisan bickering and not fight a sensible bill.

'Strip club bill' a no-brainerupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 18:20:00

I believe it was the great American philosopher Kenny Rogers, who, while meditating on the nuances of Darwinism, gave the world this piece of advice:

Top officials weren't behind botched gun probe, Democrats sayupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 19:03:00

Democrats say a House committee has found no evidence showing that top Justice Department officials were behind a gun-trafficking investigation that let hundreds of high-powered weapons reach Mexican drug cartels.

Pelosi: Democrats are ahead of scheduleupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 12:29:00

Rep. Nancy Pelosi tells CNN's John King that Democrats are ahead of schedule and they have momentum to control the House.

Democrats prime recruits to try to take back the Houseupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 12:29:00

Just 15 months after taking a thumping in the 2010 midterm elections, House Democrats have seized on the current anti-Washington fervor and are confident they can win the 25 seats they need to regain control of the House.

Perception or reality: Why GOP still can't persuade enough blacks to join the partyupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 10:32:00

At a forum this week focused on recruiting more black Republicans, the message was clear: "We have a sales and marketing problem."

Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this yearupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:58:00

The fight over extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits resumes Tuesday as Congress returns to work after its winter break.

Are Democrats stalling the payroll tax?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:58:00

Rep. Jeb Hensarling tells CNN's Erin Burnett the Democrats are stalling the payroll tax vote.

Gingrich's attacks now could help Obama laterupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 12:19:00

As the South Carolina primary approaches, Mitt Romney has been struggling to respond to the blistering attacks from Newt Gingrich and a super PAC that supports his candidacy.

A closer look at Romney's jobs recordupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 12:19:00

Mitt Romney says he created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital. Anderson Cooper is "Keeping Them Honest."

Democrats stage rally on House floor urging GOP to come back to work updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 14:04:00

House Democratic leaders went to the House floor Friday morning in an effort to embarrass House Republicans for not coming back to work right after the holidays.

Survey says Latino voters sticking with Obama, Democratsupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 05:30:00

Latino voters strongly support President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party, despite dissatisfaction with the administration's deportation policies, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Who's to blame for Washington gridlock? updated: Fri Dec 23 2011 09:24:00

A last minute deal may have ended the standoff between Democrats and Republicans, but it is still hard to know whether to laugh or cry over this latest adventure in political theater.

CNNMoney: Bipartisan silliness on payroll tax cutupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 19:05:00

Who says Republicans and Democrats can't agree on how to pay for extending the Social Security tax break?

Pipeline showdown escalates payroll tax cut fight updated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:09:00

Ensuring a pre-holiday collision course with the Senate, House Republicans Friday ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats and formally unveiled a bill that extends the payroll tax cut and benefits for jobless Americans, but ties those items to a provision that clears a path toward approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

How Democrats could win with a 'fairness' campaignupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 11:03:00

As Democrats struggle to retain control of the Senate and retake control of the House, they are searching for issues to frame their campaigns. This is not easy, since the Democrats are in a difficult position.

Republican leaders shifting stance on payroll tax cutupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:31:00

A top Republican leader agreed Thursday with President Barack Obama and Democrats that extending the payroll tax cut would help the economy, but the parties remained divided over how to pay for the move.

CNNMoney: Enough already about the Bush tax cutsupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 05:36:00

No one ever said tax reform would be easy. But the failure of the super committee points up just how hard it will be in the next year.

What's next after 'super committee' failure?updated: Tue Nov 22 2011 05:15:00

Uncertainty lingered Tuesday about what the continued fallout would be from the failure of the congressional "super committee" to forge a deficit reduction deal.

If super committee fails, what's next?updated: Tue Nov 22 2011 05:15:00

CNN's Lisa Desjardins reports on what's supposed to happen next If the super committee doesn't reach a deal.

'Super committee' fails to reach agreementupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 22:01:00

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders traded blame Monday for the failure of the congressional "super committee" to forge a deficit reduction deal, but they also called for Congress to work out an agreement before painful automatic budget cuts take place in 2013.

CNNMoney: Super committee: What's nextupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 12:21:00

Barring a miracle, the experiment is over.

Clock ticks down on super committeeupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 19:56:00

Members of Congress's so-called super committee huddled in small groups behind closed doors on Capitol Hill on Friday, battling growing pessimism over their seeming inability to meet a now-imminent deadline for a bipartisan deficit reduction deal.

Gerrymandering and race: What's legal?updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 10:19:00

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explains how the Supreme Court views voting districts based on race.

Why your vote for Congress might not matterupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 10:19:00

Outside Independence Hall, ask a graduate student in line to see the Liberty Bell what he thinks of gerrymandering, and you might get this answer:

Supercommittee Deadline Nearsupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 05:41:00

Brooke Baldwin talks to Bob Cusack of "The Hill" about the supercommittee's deadline for a plan to cut $1.2 trillion

Deficit talks shift toward blame gameupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 05:41:00

A week before their deadline, Democrats and Republicans on a special joint deficit committee blamed each other for a failure to compromise on how to reform the tax code and entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

'Critical' day for deficit super committeeupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 15:15:00

Wednesday could prove to be the pivotal day for the congressional deficit reduction super committee as it struggles to reach a deal with only one week to go before its statutory deadline.

CNNMoney: Americans doubt super committee will succeedupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:16:00

Americans are skeptical that a congressional super committee will reach a deficit reduction agreement by next week's deadline, according to a new national survey.

Super committee: 9 days to deadline and no deal imminentupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 18:57:00

They have been meeting for two months, poring over concepts and ideas already hashed out by three other groups over the past year.

In 2011 vote, a post-partisan populismupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 07:51:00

This week's election was more than a victory for public employee unions, immigrant rights advocates and reproductive justice activists. This election marks the victory of a new politics in America, an emerging populism that is neither left nor right, Republican nor Democrat, but is fiercely pro-worker, pro-community, pro-opportunity and pro-American dream.

Ohio union vote could have 2012 effectsupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 09:30:00

Youngstown State University's Paul Sracic explains how a vote on public unions in Ohio could have political consequences.

Mississippi rejects abortion amendment; Ohio repeals anti-union lawupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 09:30:00

Mississippi voters Tuesday rejected a controversial amendment that would have defined life as beginning at conception while Ohio voters repealed a law that limited the collective bargaining rights of public workers, CNN projects.

Obama makes war policy an election strengthupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 16:55:00

John Kerry got Swift-boated. Jimmy Carter had his re-election chances decimated in the Iranian desert. Then there was Michael Dukakis and that tank photo.

CNNMoney: Democrats: Don't discriminate against unemployedupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 18:05:00

A group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to a big job-hunting website this week, asking the company to quit running help-wanted ads from companies that bar the unemployed from applying for jobs.

Both parties rolling the dice in Nevadaupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 01:51:00

Republicans and Democrats are holding conferences in Las Vegas this week and seven of the leading GOP contenders are participating in a CNN debate here Tuesday -- evidence, activists in both parties say, that the state could play a pivotal role not only in the race for the Republican presidential nomination but also in the general election.

Occupy Wall Street should be a moral, not political, movementupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 22:59:00

Whenever there is an uprising among the people of this country in the form of protests and organized dissent, especially with a presidential election 13 months away, the discussion inevitably shifts to what it will mean for one of the nation's two political parties.

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.

For Democrats, second thoughts about Obama?updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 05:41:00

Are Democrats beginning to reconsider their vote in the 2008 Democratic primary?

Jobs creation planupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 05:41:00

The Obama administration and the GOP continue to push different job strategies. CNN's Shelby Lin reports.

Romney on Christie: It'd be fun if he got inupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 09:22:00

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says it would be fun if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumped in the GOP race.

Gridlock hurts Democrats, helps Republicansupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 09:22:00

Washington is stifled by gridlock. As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in his speech at the Ronald Reagan Library, "We drift from conflict to conflict, with little or no resolution."

Herman Cain denies GOP's horrible history with blacksupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 06:01:00

You would think that a black man born and raised in Georgia, who was a teenager during the civil rights movement, would understand the transition of African-Americans from voting overwhelmingly Republican to strongly supporting the Democratic Party.

The first step to saving your lifeupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:50:00

What is the first step toward making a disaster plan that could save your life? FEMA Director Craig Fugate explains.

House defeats Republican spending planupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 05:50:00

In a major blow to the Republican leadership, the U.S. House on Wednesday defeated a temporary spending measure that would have required spending cuts to offset additional money for federal disaster relief efforts.

Has Obama lost the Jewish vote?updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 11:12:00

Jewish voters, a typically reliable bloc for the Democratic Party, are now the focus of Democrats intent on keeping their support and Republicans who see an opportunity to pull them in after New York's recent special congressional election.

GOP should attack Obama's plans, not Obama the manupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 06:29:00

The president's approval numbers have sagged again, to just about the lowest point in his presidency. He's trailed below 50% since the spring of 2010; now he's sunk to 43%.

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