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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.

Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticksupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:03:00

In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.

Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selectionupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 17:17:00

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection of the 12-member bipartisan panel created under last week's debt ceiling agreement.

'Super committee' completeupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 17:17:00

Rep. Nancy Pelosi's picks for the 'super committee' complete the 12-member debt panel

The debt ceiling battle: Where things standupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 03:32:00

After weeks of bipartisan negotiations, President Barack Obama said congressional leaders agreed to a plan that would lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and avoid an unprecedented default on the nation's debt -- if, that is, members of Congress vote to approve the agreement.

Debt resolution a done deal?updated: Mon Aug 01 2011 03:32:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to Ali Velshi about what Sunday's deal means.

Senate Democrats block Boehner debt ceiling plan after House approvalupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 14:08:00

House Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling and slash government spending narrowly passed his chamber on Friday and then was blocked by Senate Democrats, setting up a weekend of negotiations to seek a deal that would avoid a potential federal default next week.

Boehner to Dems: Put something on tableupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 14:08:00

House Speaker John Boehner says he has stuck his neck out to get a debt deal and wants Democrats to work as well.

Congress curbs enthusiasm for 'Gang of Six' planupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 04:50:00

The burst of enthusiasm for the "Gang of Six" debt reduction plan as a way out of the debt ceiling crisis has appeared to fade as Democratic and Republican lawmakers studied and found fault with the details of the proposal.

Key dates in the Anthony Weiner scandalupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 21:04:00

Anthony Weiner's woes began last month, when a lewd photo appeared on the New York Democrat's Twitter account. At the time, the seven-term congressman was considered one of the leading liberal voices in the House. Now, he's out of a job.

Source: Weiner debating resignationupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:25:00

Embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner is said to be "on the fence" about resigning his House seat. Mary Snow reports.

Weiner takes leave of absence; Obama suggests he should resignupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 13:25:00

Rep. Anthony Weiner took a two-week leave of absence from the U.S. House on Monday to consider calls by Democratic leaders -- and a strong hint from President Barack Obama -- that he should resign over a "sexting" scandal and his subsequent lies about it.

'Blue Dog' Democrats may block health care billupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 22:13:00

A leader of the conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats told CNN Wednesday he and other group members may vote to block House Democrats' health care bill from passing a key committee if they don't get some of the changes they want.

'Blue Dog' Democrats: Current health bill not acceptableupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 19:26:00

House Democrats' push on health care legislation hit a snag Thursday when a group of fiscally conservative Democrats, known as "Blue Dogs," put on the brakes, pressing the Democratic leadership for significant changes to the draft bill.

Senate Dems propose comprehensive health reform billupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 12:53:00

The national debate on health care entered a new arena Tuesday, with Senate Democrats proposing a comprehensive bill that will launch a heated congressional battle to determine if America adopts universal coverage.

Push to reform health careupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 12:53:00

As the push for reform of the health care system intensifies, opponents are starting to push back. Dana Bash reports.

House Democrats dropping photo provision from war funding billupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 10:18:00

House Democratic leaders plan to drop a provision -- backed by President Obama -- from the $100 billion war funding bill that would bar the release of detainee photos, according to House Democratic congressional aides.

Health-care debate heats up as Senate, House grapple with plansupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 23:05:00

As the debate on health-care reform heats up on Capitol Hill, it's clear lawmakers don't see eye-to-eye on the issue -- with each other or President Obama.

Specter has 'full support'updated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:05:00

President Obama welcomes Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party and says he looks forward to working with him.

Specter says party switch driven partly by desire to keep seatupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:05:00

Arlen Specter, the longtime Republican senator who switched parties Tuesday, admitted Wednesday the move was driven partly by a desire to keep his seat.

Sen. Specter to switchupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:07:00

Sen. Arlen Specter intends to switch parties, which would add to the Democratic majority in the Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democratupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:07:00

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party on Tuesday, saying he has found himself increasingly "at odds with the Republican philosophy."

CNNMoney: Congress passes $3.5 trillion budget outlineupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 04:02:00

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.

Senate follows House, passes Obama budget planupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 02:17:00

The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.

U.S. House passes $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 20:41:00

The House of Representatives passed a $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010 Thursday night, capping off weeks of acrimonious partisan debate and a long day of voting marked by the defeat of several alternative plans.

New role for president: Fundraiser in chiefupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 10:23:00

President Obama takes his first stab Wednesday night at the role of fundraiser in chief.

Preston on Politics: Democrats target Democratsupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 13:37:00

Call it a shot fired across the bow, or simply a stern warning to congressional Democrats: Power corrupts, and we are watching your every move. And if we think you are no longer representing the interests of your constituents, we will try to defeat you next year.

Political infightingupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 13:37:00

DailyKos, MoveOn and other Democratic activists vow to target Democrats who represent corporate America's interests.

Secretary of Senate rejects Burris, aide saysupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 21:02:00

Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson has rejected Roland Burris' appointment to the Senate, an aide to the secretary told CNN.

'Appointment is legal'updated: Mon Jan 05 2009 21:02:00

Roland Burris says he is the junior senator from Illinois and will fight to take his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Burris to meet with Dem leaders, source saysupdated: Sat Jan 03 2009 22:52:00

Senate Democratic leaders have scheduled a meeting with Roland Burris, who was chosen by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, a Democratic source said Saturday.

Commentary: Thank you, Gov. Blagojevichupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 08:21:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is growing on me. You see, I like chutzpah and I don't mind chaos.

Roland Burris: What's next?updated: Thu Jan 01 2009 22:04:00

Senate Democrats are scrambling to block Roland Burris from the Senate, but can they? Brianna Keilar looks at the law.

Sources: Burris won't be allowed on Senate floor Tuesdayupdated: Thu Jan 01 2009 22:04:00

The man tapped by Illinois' embattled governor to fill an open U.S. Senate seat will be turned away if he arrives for Tuesday's inauguration of new members, according to two Democratic aides.

Poll: Country's mood grimupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 16:16:00

CNN's Bill Schneider reports on the latest poll figures that show the country's feeling down, down, down.

Americans OK with Democrats in charge, poll suggestsupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 16:16:00

Sen. John McCain railed against Democratic control of Washington during his closing argument of his presidential campaign.

Time.com: In the Democratic Senate, Could Moderates Rule? updated: Wed Nov 05 2008 02:40:00

The United States Senate is where sweeping change goes to die, but what happens when one party skips away from Election Day holding at least 56 seats?

'Sweeteners' could make bailout package sour for House Demsupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 23:08:00

Congressional leaders Wednesday added "sweeteners" to a $700 billion financial bailout plan to attract enough House members, particularly Republicans, to pass the plan, which failed in the House just two days ago.

GOP has 'real ticket for change'updated: Wed Sep 17 2008 15:37:00

Sen. Joseph Lieberman says the McCain - Palin ticket is the 'real ticket for change.'

Lieberman provokes Democrats againupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 15:37:00

Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman is once again annoying Senate Democrats, just two weeks after he angered them with his speech at the Republican National Convention.

Lieberman could lose chairmanship, Democrats warnupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 21:46:00

Sen. Joe Lieberman's speech before the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night could cost him the chairmanship of a key Senate committee, a top Senate Democratic aide told CNN.

Obama wants 'full vote' for Michigan, Florida delegatesupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 11:30:00

Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that delegates from Florida and Michigan should get a "full vote" at the Democratic convention this month.

Campaigns take to the airwavesupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:38:00

Preston on Politics talks to CNN TV advertising consultant Evan Tracey about the candidates' TV campaign strategies.

Will Obama's name help a Republican senator?updated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:38:00

Sen. Barack Obama's name is likely to help several Democratic candidates down ballot, but what about a Republican?

The 30 who ruled on Florida, Michigan delegates updated: Sat May 31 2008 20:36:00

A 30-member Democratic Party panel decided Saturday how to award Florida and Michigan delegates to presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.

What happens now?updated: Wed May 21 2008 03:52:00

Analysts weigh in on what the results of the Kentucky and Oregon Democratic primaries mean in the presidential race.

Obama focuses on McCain while Clinton keeps fightingupdated: Mon May 19 2008 22:50:00

As Barack Obama targeted John McCain in his attacks Monday, Hillary Clinton told her supporters the race for the Democratic nomination is "nowhere near over."

Obama responds to McCainupdated: Mon May 19 2008 22:50:00

Sen. Barack Obama responds to criticism from Sen. John McCain on his proposal to hold talks with Iran.

Sources: Clinton supporter pressures Pelosiupdated: Thu May 08 2008 12:49:00

Hillary Clinton supporter Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut off contributions to congressional Democrats unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi embraced his plan to finance revotes in Florida and Michigan, three officials familiar with their conversation said.

MoveOn takes on Clinton's moneyed supportersupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 09:39:00

MoveOn.org, a grassroots powerhouse that supports Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, launched a fundraising drive Thursday to counter Sen. Hillary Clinton's wealthy supporters.

Source: Obama not embracing Michigan revoteupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 07:21:00

A top Michigan Democrat expressed frustration Wednesday with Sen. Barack Obama for not embracing a plan to conduct a revote of the state's Democratic primary.

Plan: Michigan revote would be in Juneupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 19:35:00

A proposal is taking shape for Michigan Democrats to hold a new presidential primary, a Democratic source close to the negotiations says.

Will mail-in ballot fly in Fla.?updated: Thu Mar 13 2008 18:12:00

Democrats debate whether mail-in ballots will solve the primary delegate impasse. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Florida's Democratic lawmakers reject do-over primary planupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 18:12:00

Florida Democrats want a do-over, but the state's Democratic congressional delegation on Thursday rejected a plan for recouping the 210 delegates the state lost when it moved its primary ahead of the approved time frame.

Obama takes Wyoming caucusupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 21:33:00

After losing Democratic contests in the delegate-rich states of Ohio and Texas this week, presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama won the Wyoming Democratic caucus Saturday.

A new Florida primary?updated: Fri Mar 07 2008 16:30:00

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist talks with Wolf Blitzer about the potential for having a second primary in Florida.

Florida, Michigan revotes come down to moneyupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 16:30:00

Democrats agree that new voting is needed to determine convention delegates for Florida and Michigan, but they can't figure out how to pay for it.

Time.com: In Tennessee, Thompson Still Countsupdated: Sat Feb 02 2008 18:00:00

The former Senator remains on the ballot and could win delegates in his home state

South welcomes first Democratic contestupdated: Sat Jan 26 2008 17:25:00

The Democratic presidential hopefuls face their first contest in the South on Saturday.

Democrats feudupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 01:53:00

CNN contributor Roland Martin talks to Melissa Long about the feud between Democratic candidates Clinton and Obama.

Blacks, youngest voters choose 'uncommitted' over Clintonupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 01:53:00

While Sen. Hillary Clinton won a majority of Michigan Democratic primary votes Tuesday, blacks and the youngest voters favored the "uncommitted" choice.

CNNMoney: Senate passes fix for alternative taxupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 21:05:00

The Senate voted Thursday to block a looming tax increase averaging $2,000 for millions of taxpayers after Senate Republicans succeeded in thwarting a Democratic plan to also raise taxes on investors.

Source: Colbert to file for S.C. Democratic primaryupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 12:33:00

Funnyman Stephen Colbert's presidential campaign is apparently no joke.

Iowa caucus move could scramble primariesupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 19:11:00

The Iowa Republican Party will hold its caucus January 3 to beat other states' rush to move up their primaries in the presidential nomination process.

Primary chaosupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 19:11:00

Can't wait for the primaries? Don't worry. As CNN's Tom Foreman reports, states keep moving their dates up.

Senate Democrats look for GOP backing of pullout plansupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 08:15:00

Senate Democratic leaders are revising proposals to end the Iraq war in hopes that a compromise with wavering Republicans can be found, Democratic leadership sources said Friday.

Time.com: Will Dean's War on Florida Backfire?updated: Mon Aug 27 2007 17:00:00

Viewpoint: The DNC chairman's efforts to punish state Dems for an early primary could hurt the party when it counts most

Democratic candidates trying to reach religious votersupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 03:38:00

Tired of being seen by religious voters as too secular or even hostile toward religion, the Democratic Party and its presidential candidates have launched an all-out effort to win their votes.

Democrats seeing the lightupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 03:38:00

Democrats seeing the light

Missed Iraq briefing irks some Senate Democratsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 08:39:00

Senate Democratic leaders are accusing the Bush administration of mishandling invitations to classified Pentagon briefings about the Iraq war, causing many colleagues to miss the event.

House Democrats try again on Iraqupdated: Wed Feb 28 2007 11:39:00

House Democrats on Wednesday continued to work on a compromise plan for the Iraq war that would try to bridge differences within the party after backing away from legislation that would set conditions on war funding.

Senate Democrat: Battleground states 'very winnable'updated: Mon Nov 06 2006 19:32:00

The New York Democrat leading the party's campaign efforts in the Senate said Monday he considers the key battleground states in the midterm election "very winnable."

Fortune: Rahm Emanuel: Rejuvenating the hopes of House Democratsupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 10:44:00

On a wretchedly hot August day outside the Caterpillar tractor plant in Montgomery, Ill., President Bush and the state's congressional delegation gather for the signing of the massive transportatio...

Fortune: Rahm Emanuel, Pitbull politicianupdated: Sun Sep 17 2006 20:19:00

On a wretchedly hot August day outside the Caterpillar tractor plant in Montgomery, Ill., President Bush and the state's congressional delegation gather for the signing of the massive transportation bill. This is 2005, the calm before the Katrina storm, and a rigorous mountain-biking schedule has the President in top shape.

Democratic leadership quickly backs Lamontupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 07:32:00

Democratic leaders Wednesday moved quickly to back Ned Lamont, the winner of the Connecticut primary.

Dobbs: Five-weeks off for 'do-nothing Congress' updated: Tue Aug 01 2006 15:55:00

This Republican-led, do-nothing Congress is on its way home for a five-week vacation. I'm sure while there, they'll be glad to explain to their constituents why they need so much rest in a year in which they will work fewer than 80 days.

Democrats launch 'Six for '06' agendaupdated: Thu Jul 27 2006 18:50:00

The Senate's top Democrat says 1994's "Contract with America," the Republican campaign agenda the year the GOP regained control of Congress -- was an "urban myth."

N.H., Iowa could have company on caucus calendarupdated: Sat Jul 22 2006 17:23:00

Nevada and South Carolina will likely join Iowa and New Hampshire as kickoff states for the Democratic presidential nominating process in 2008 after a panel voted to recommend the measure to the party's national committee Saturday.

Poll: Americans worried about Mideast involvementupdated: Thu Jul 20 2006 16:25:00

What do Americans want the United States to do in the Middle East? A new poll, conducted Wednesday by the Opinion Research Corp. for CNN, has some answers.

Sen. Reid: Iraq devolves into 'civil war'updated: Thu Jul 20 2006 15:58:00

Declaring that he believes the situation in Iraq has devolved into a civil war, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he plans to try to bring the war back up for debate on the Senate floor.

Murtha backs off challengeupdated: Tue Jun 13 2006 17:05:00

Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Tuesday he has dropped his surprise bid to become House majority leader until after midterm elections.

The exquisite dilemma of being Obamaupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 14:18:00

When Oprah Winfrey has declared you "more than a politician," when you've had dinner with Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg and received 300 speaking invitations a week, things are going well for you as a freshman Senator. So you might forgive Barack Obama for being cautious in his first year on Capitol Hill. Why should he risk blemishing an almost perfect public persona that could help him win the presidency one day? But last month Obama finally found his cause: he wanted to lead Democrats in the push for lobbying and ethics reform. The issue seemed perfect for him. It's high profile because of the Jack Abramoff scandal. And it plays to his cultivated image as a politician above party ideology. Unlike gay marriage or abortion, ethics reform is not polarizing; no one is in favor of corrupt legislators.

Democrats' special interest problemupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 10:29:00

For several elections, Democrats have been hurt by the widespread perception that the party consists of a confederation of interest groups to which Democratic leadership is slavishly beholden.

Dean visiting GOP strongholdsupdated: Thu Feb 24 2005 15:10:00

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Thursday began a two-day visit to the GOP stronghold of Kansas, hoping to erase the notion that his party has surrendered so-called "red states" to Republicans.

Poll: Democratic leaders back Deanupdated: Thu Feb 10 2005 12:35:00

As the Democratic National Committee opens its annual meeting, a new poll of DNC members suggests party leaders want to see some serious changes and believe former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will do an excellent job as party chairman.

Intolerant Democrats finally waking upupdated: Mon Jan 31 2005 16:31:00

With more than a whiff of self-congratulations, Democrats love to call themselves the tolerant party.

Roemer lashes out in DNC chairman raceupdated: Sun Jan 16 2005 14:57:00

The campaign for Democratic chairman turned contentious over the weekend when Tim Roemer lashed out at criticism of his views on abortion and accused opponents of negative campaigning.

Howard Dean's returnupdated: Thu Dec 16 2004 16:56:00

Practical Democratic politicians, intent on reversing a decade of decline, feel trapped in a bad dream with Howard Dean as the most prominent prospect to be the party's national chairman.

Kerry accepts presidential nominationupdated: Fri Jul 30 2004 09:54:00

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Upbeat mood spreads in Boston updated: Mon Jul 26 2004 08:54:00

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Democrat's labor problemupdated: Thu Jul 22 2004 17:09:00

Thomas M. Menino usually is a happy warrior who has loved being mayor of Boston for the past 11 years, but he is plainly irritated these days.

Gore gives Democrats $6 millionupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 15:45:00

Former Vice President Al Gore announced Wednesday he's donating about $6 million in leftover campaign funds to aid Sen. John Kerry's White House bid and Democratic congressional candidates.

Kerry's victory lap, continuedupdated: Thu Mar 11 2004 01:59:00

Sen. John Kerry continues his victory lap across Washington on Thursday, meeting with congressional Democrats and Sen. John Edwards, whose March 3 withdrawal from the '04 Democratic primary secured Kerry's place in history.

Kerry's sweeping victoryupdated: Wed Mar 03 2004 08:39:00

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Candidate Kerry faces new challengesupdated: Tue Mar 02 2004 18:23:00

Sen. John Kerry faces three major challenges following anticipated victories on Super Tuesday, his top advisers told CNN.

Nader could be spoiler, some Democrats sayupdated: Sat Feb 21 2004 16:40:00

The two leading Democrats left in the race for the White House were campaigning Saturday in some of the big states ahead on the primary calendar -- while Ralph Nader's scheduled appearance on a Sunday morning news show was giving Democratic strategists a bit of heartburn.

Where do we go from here?updated: Tue Feb 03 2004 04:52:00

Let's suppose John Edwards wins South Carolina today, as polls suggest he well might. Does the native-son-of-a-mill-worker draw any sort of bounce from this? More importantly, what does he do for an encore?

Fortune: THE DEMOCRATS' DESPERATE SEARCH FOR THE BIG IDEA Or even a few medium-size ones that might turn on voters in '88. So far the strupdated: Mon Sep 29 1986 00:01:00

WASHINGTON reverberates these days with the sounds of construction. Some crews are putting the final touches on the restored Willard Hotel. Others are building a pedestrian mall between the White H...

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