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CNN Fact Check: Lower unemployment in GOP-led states?updated: Wed Aug 29 2012 16:15:00

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday night tried to sell the American public on the virtues of having the GOP in charge of states.

The tough truths about Chris Christie's New Jerseyupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 13:49:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built his keynote address to the Republican National Convention on the theme of telling tough truths to the nation. "We have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved," announced Christie, showing off the gruff, no-nonsense style that catapulted him into the governor's mansion.

Gov. Christie speaks at the RNCupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 13:49:00

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers the keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Court rips Texas redistricting plan as discriminatoryupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 18:14:00

Federal judges struck down Texas lawmakers' plans for new congressional and state legislative districts Tuesday, finding the maps were designed to discriminate against minorities.

At convention, GOP leaders reflect U.S. diversityupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 14:53:00

When the Republican National Convention kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida, the nation will notice one thing before anything else: This is not your father's or grandfather's Republican Party. Rather, it's a party with leaders as diverse as the country it intends to represent.

O'Donnell: RNC debate idea not stolenupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 22:56:00

Christine O'Donnell says that she did not steal the idea for the Tea Party versus Occupy Wall Street debate.

FBI promises to respond to Congress on Holder travelupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 18:11:00

The FBI said Friday it will respond to questions from Congress on the use of FBI aircraft amid allegations that Attorney General Eric Holder is among officials who "may have used FBI planes for his own travel when aircraft were needed for FBI operations."

Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicansupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 15:23:00

If there is any silver lining for Republicans from the Todd Akin imbroglio, no one seems to have found it yet.

McKinnon: The Akin effect on GOP plankupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 15:23:00

Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon on possible damage Rep. Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments could do to GOP.

Romney still faces conservative doubts as convention approachesupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 11:56:00

Like a lion trained on its prey, conservatives are tracking certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney for any gaffe, policy shift or other signal that shows he is really the moderate they fear instead of the right-wing ideologue they want.

Congress closes loophole in stock trading law after CNN reportupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 19:57:00

House Republicans have been forced to close a potential loophole on their much-touted insider trading law -- a loophole CNN uncovered and reported about last month.

Congress closes loophole after CNN reportupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 19:57:00

Congress voted to fix its insider trading legislation after CNN's Dana Bash found a discrepancy in the STOCK Act.

House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:11:00

A congressional deal announced this week by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election decides the makeup of a new House and Senate.

Leaders of Congress reach deal to fund government, avoid shutdown showdownupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 15:13:00

Congressional leaders announced a deal Tuesday on a six-month bill to fund the federal government, thereby removing the possibility of a government shutdown -- and the political spectacle that would go with it -- before the election.

Senate Republicans filibuster Obama judicial nomineeupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 20:59:00

In keeping with their vow to prevent any more of President Barack Obama's appeals court nominees from being confirmed until after the election, Senate Republicans successfully upheld Monday their filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach's nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Denver.

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.

CNN exclusive: Congressional insider trading ban might not apply to familiesupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 22:06:00

It was a rare show of bipartisanship -- President Barack Obama, flanked by Democrats and Republicans in April, signing into law a bill that would ban insider trading on Capitol Hill. The measure, known as the STOCK Act, had passed the House and Senate at warp speed.

Congressional insider trading loopholeupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 22:06:00

CNN's Dana Bash explains how the Senate and House are interpreting a law differently, hindering transparency on trades.

Romney tries to dislodge Obama from attackupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 13:58:00

New ads from the presidential campaigns encapsulate where the race stands, with President Barack Obama's camp continuing its assault on his challenger over his business record and refusal to share tax records and Mitt Romney trying to make allegations of cronyism knock the incumbent off the assault.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for mood disorder, statement saysupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 21:05:00

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder," according to a statement released by the congressman's office, which attributed the quote to an unidentified doctor.

GOP: Tax increases are economic poisonupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 12:58:00

The Bush-era tax cut extension is going to expire, causing renewed policy arguments between President Obama and the GOP.

Obama, Romney fight for middle class votersupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 12:58:00

President Barack Obama, fresh from his renewed pitch to cut taxes for the middle class, takes his message to Iowa Tuesday -- a trip shadowed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as part of a GOP strategy of "bracketing" the president's public appearances in battleground states.

House Ethics Committee launches inquiry of Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley updated: Mon Jul 09 2012 21:58:00

The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it is launching a formal investigation of Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, a seven-term House member who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.

Report: Countrywide bought influenceupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 21:58:00

A congressional report shows Countrywide influenced some members of Congress and their staff through "VIP" loan program.

Obama downplays weak jobs report; Romney blames himupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 13:45:00

President Barack Obama downplayed a weak jobs report Friday as he wrapped up a two-day bus tour to critical states in the November election, while Republicans pounced on the news to declare the president's policies have failed.

Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

GOP plans for 'after Obamacare'updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

The GOP is working to define what they would replace Obamacare with.

Court ruling pumps up tea partiers -- but not their enthusiasm for Romneyupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 19:00:00

Before the ink completely dried on the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the nation's health care law, pundits summed up its political impact: It handed President Barack Obama a huge policy win -- but gave Mitt Romney a political battle cry.

Romney's health care responseupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 19:00:00

GOP candidate Mitt Romney reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's health care ruling. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Holder contempt vote seems inevitableupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:05:00

Eric Holder about to become the first sitting Attorney General cited for contempt of Congress. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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.

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.

Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceedupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 21:49:00

The U.S. House will vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

Will student loan interest rates increase?updated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

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House GOP leaders to discuss deal on student loansupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

House GOP leaders are expected to discuss whether or not to extend a rate cut on student loans at a meeting Wednesday morning.

Senate deal on student loans awaits House GOP approval updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 22:10:00

The top Senate leaders from each party Tuesday indicated they had reached an agreement to extend a rate cut on student loans but were waiting to hear whether House Republicans would accept the deal.

House vote to hold attorney general Holder in contempt possible soonupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 01:44:00

The U.S. House could, for the first time in history, vote this week to cite a sitting U.S. attorney general for contempt of Congress.

Congress ready for high court's health care decisions -- then it gets trickyupdated: Sun Jun 24 2012 18:57:00

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the challenge to the health care law, it will only be a matter of minutes after that ruling is announced before attention shifts back across the street to the Capitol and to what happens next there.

Romney smart to speak to NAACPupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:38:00

It's a safe bet that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not garner many votes from African-Americans in November.

George Washington's copies of Constitution, Bill of Rights sell for $9.8Mupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 21:20:00

George Washington's personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and a draft of the Bill of Rights sold Friday at Christie's for a whopping $9.8 million.

Contempt vote inflames Fast and Furious debateupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:25:00

A possible U.S. House vote next week on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress in connection with the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting evoked bitter political sniping Thursday between Republicans and Democrats.

Watch lawmakers vote on Holderupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 22:25:00

A House committee recommends Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress.

Obama: White House leaks 'offensive'updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 11:32:00

President Obama affirms the leak of classified information was not put out by the White House.

Tea party group aims for 'winning by building, building by winning'updated: Tue Jun 19 2012 07:30:00

As it continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2012 election cycle, a national umbrella organization for the tea party movement readily admits its grassroots organizing strategy is borrowed from the left's political playbook.

Congress: Same hours, half the workupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 00:21:00

The current Congress has worked just as many days as its legislative predecessors. It just has a lot less to show for it.

Biden laments GOP obstructionismupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 00:21:00

Vice President Biden accused House GOP members of obstructionism.

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:

What's behind dissing of the president?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 21:54:00

A reporter from a right-wing media outlet heckled President Obama -- not once, but twice -- on Friday as he was unveiling a new immigration policy. If this shocks you, you haven't been paying attention. This is simply the latest page from the right's playbook to delegitimize Barack Obama's presidency.

Obama interrupted at 'Dream Act' speechupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 21:54:00

A reporter interrupted President Obama as he explained his plans to stop deporting many children of illegal immigrants.

Sen. Paul says no to domestic dronesupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:16:00

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is supporting a bill to ban the use of domestic drones to monitor citizens in the U.S.

Don't let drones invade our privacyupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:16:00

When assuming office, every government official must take an oath to abide by and uphold our Constitution. Since 2010, I have made that my mission in Congress. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is not upholding nor abiding by the Constitution -- in fact, this administration is going to great lengths to continually violate it.

George Washington's personal Constitution goes to auctionupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:35:00

A priceless piece of American presidential history will go on sale next week in New York.

By the numbers: Wisconsin recallupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 15:59:00

In a political battle where fiscal conservatives faced off against the labor movement, Wisconsin held a closely watched gubernatorial recall election this week.

Walker: 'Time to move Wisconsin forward'updated: Fri Jun 08 2012 15:59:00

Republican Scott Walker talks to supporters after overcoming a recall vote and keeping his job as governor of Wisconsin.

Congressional leaders call for halt to 'cascade of leaks'updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 19:52:00

Congressional leaders agreed Thursday on the need for a full investigation of what one called a recent "cascade" of leaked classified information but differed on exactly how the inquiry should be conducted.

Romney's 'CEO-style' of governingupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:28:00

Mitt Romney is remembered as a CEO governor by many of his former colleagues. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Begala: Wisconsin can't predict electionupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:59:00

CNN's John King talks to a panel about what the Wisconsin recall election means for national races this fall.

Walker's victory could bring more efforts to weaken public unionsupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:59:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's survival in a recall election sparked by steps to weaken public unions could embolden fellow Republicans in other states to seek similar measures.

GOP shouldn't get cocky over voteupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 12:15:00

In 2004, when President George W. Bush was re-elected by 3.5 million votes, he had a message to deliver about the mandate he had won. "I earned capital in this campaign, political capital," he said, "and now I intend to spend it."

Recall vote is judgment day for Wisconsin governor updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 12:29:00

Wisconsin voters inundated by advertising and door-to-door canvassing began delivering their judgment Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for pushing austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions.

Walker's fate in Wisconsin comes down to ground gameupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 12:26:00

In the canon of political cliches, "it all comes down to turnout" is among the most tired.

Wisconsin's deep political anger isn't going awayupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 11:41:00

Sure, there are things at stake in Tuesday's recall election for governor of Wisconsin. You need to know only a smidgeon about the politics of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to be aware of that. You need to have paid only passing attention to the political battle that has engulfed Wisconsin for 16 months to know that.

Recalling a governor is rare -- trying to, not so muchupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:58:00

Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.

N.Y. governor proposes decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 21:01:00

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state legislators to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana that are in public view.

What's at stake in Wisconsin?updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 15:17:00

Embattled Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an anti-union darling of the tea party and other fiscal conservatives, faces off Tuesday against Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a high-stakes recall election that politicos say could foreshadow the contentious November general contest.

Politics gone wild in Wisconsinupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 15:17:00

Candy Crowley reports on Wisconsin's high-profile recall election and what it could mean for the presidential candidates.

Barrett downplays lack of natl. supportupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 14:39:00

Wisconsin governor candidate Tom Barrett (D) on whether the recall election will have national implications in the Fall.

House rejects abortion ban based on sex of fetusupdated: Thu May 31 2012 14:40:00

Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.

Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nominationupdated: Wed May 30 2012 05:34:00

Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the front-runner and has had to himself for weeks.

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.

Senate passes Iran sanctions billupdated: Tue May 22 2012 05:24:00

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to tighten sanctions on Iran on Monday, three days after a dispute over whether to include the threat of American force stalled the legislation.

Gridlock in Congress? Blame the GOPupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:55:00

Congress is reaching a point where it will no longer be able to function at all. Over the past two years, some members of the Republican Party have ramped up the partisan wars on Capitol Hill. They are threatening to bring the legislative process to a standstill.

House GOP leaders pressure Holder on Fast and Furiousupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:46:00

Top House Republicans attempted to ramp up pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday with a joint letter demanding the Department of Justice comply with a congressional subpoena for materials on the "Operation Fast and Furious" program.

House passes $643 billion defense billupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:36:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion defense bill -- a measure at odds with prior military spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.

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.

Alabama governor wants more discussion on immigration lawupdated: Thu May 17 2012 21:31:00

Alabama's governor on Thursday called in lawmakers for a special session in part to further explore changes to the state's anti-illegal immigration law, considered the country's toughest.

Dems, GOP spar over domestic violence actupdated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

Florida Republican Sandy Adams' personal story could help the GOP in its efforts to woo women voters.

House passes GOP version of Violence Against Women Act renewal updated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.

Obama, congressional leaders talk about debtupdated: Wed May 16 2012 17:20:00

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders met Wednesday to discuss upcoming budget deadlines, one day after House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand over what could be another bitter showdown between the White House and Congress later this year.

GOP picks candidate to face former Sen. Kerrey for Nebraska seatupdated: Wed May 16 2012 02:45:00

Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, official results showed, beating two better-funded candidacies for the opportunity to face off against a former U.S. Senator for the open seat in November.

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.

In GOP, support for same-sex marriage is growingupdated: Wed May 09 2012 10:33:00

Just in case you thought you had time to catch your breath from the culture wars, the issue of marriage for gay couples is back at the ballot box this year. On Tuesday, North Carolinians voted 61% to 39% to ban all forms of relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

Analysis: Lugar's grassroots witheredupdated: Wed May 09 2012 09:35:00

Richard Lugar had it all -- a sterling global reputation, bipartisan respect, a fat campaign bank account and 36 years of Senate experience.

Gov. Christie talks budgets, 'Snooki'updated: Thu May 03 2012 18:01:00

Gov. Chris Christie campaigns for Gov. Scott Walker, cracking jokes and reminding crowds of liberal budget deficits.

GOP's 'faux anger' is all the rageupdated: Wed May 02 2012 18:14:00

You would think that President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan yesterday and speech to the troops would have quieted -- at least for one night -- the latest installment of the GOP's "Faux Anger Chronicles." While most of the president's critics were silent or praised him for the trip, others didn't disappoint in following along with the fad.

Top House Republican cleared of insider trading updated: Tue May 01 2012 18:57:00

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has been cleared of allegations that he used his position to engage in insider trading and improperly profit from the 2008 market meltdown.

Obama, Bill Clinton join forces as Romney-Obama race heats upupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 21:27:00

If case you had any doubts, don't -- Bill Clinton's fully on board President Barack Obama's re-election effort.

Bin Laden death enters U.S. politicsupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 17:01:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the political stir from an Obama campaign ad spotlighting the killing of Osama bin Laden.

GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversaryupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:46:00

Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

Tea Party 2.0: Upgraded for 2012updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 16:35:00

While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.

Obama: 'We had a mountain of debt'updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 14:56:00

President Obama targets the youth vote in calling for lower college costs.

White House: Obama would veto GOP student loan planupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 14:56:00

The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama would veto a Republican measure passed by the House to extend lower interest rates on federal student loans because it takes money from a health care fund that benefits women.

Boehner offers student loan dealupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:44:00

The House will vote Friday to extend current rates on federally funded college loans for one year, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday in what is seen as an attempt to blunt President Barack Obama's momentum on an issue popular with young voters.

CNNMoney: Student loan rate hike: What you need to knowupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 14:35:00

On July 1, the interest rates on student loans subsidized by Uncle Sam will double to 6.8%.

Carney: Politicizing scandal preposterousupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 05:38:00

Jay Carney comments on remarks made by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sarah Palin about the Secret Service scandal.

House passes GOP small business tax cut updated: Thu Apr 19 2012 13:56:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $46 billion small business tax cut bill -- an election year measure that has virtually no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto.

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