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Bruised GOP eyes another debt ceiling standoff

An unlikely group of lawmakers is telling House leaders that a long, partisan fight over the debt ceiling might not be worth it this time: conservative Republicans. “Let’s avoid the theater and just move on with it,” Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said Tuesday. &l …

Senate readies another volley on unemployment aid

Senate Democrats will try again this week to extend unemployment insurance aid for the long-term jobless -- over a month since the benefits expired for 1.3 million Americans. Negotiators have been trying to work out a compromise to restart the jobless insurance since the e …

McConnell hints he wants no part of immigration push this year

Even though immigration reform already passed the Senate overwhelmingly, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in a contentious fight for reelection, contended today that it’s unlikely to get through Congress because of an “irresolvable conflict” betwe …

Obama: Make WiFi in schools like it is in coffee shops

President Barack Obama wants the internet to be as available in schools as it is in most coffee shops. "In a country where we expect free WiFi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," he said at an event Tuesday in Maryland where he outlined steps to be t …

Animated Boehner: 'There's nothing complex about the Keystone Pipeline!'

House Speaker John Boehner became animated Tuesday over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, castigating the Obama administration for not having approved the project yet.

Budget deficits shrinking but set to grow after 2015

The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that higher tax revenues and restrained spending will produce smaller budget deficits in the next few years, but after 2015 deficits will start rising again. That will happen because federal spending will grow more quickly than the ec …

Four health-care takeaways from the Congressional Budget Office report

The top conclusion from a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is that the federal deficit will fall to just $514 billion in 2014 -- down from $1.4 trillion five years ago. But what has attracted the most attention in the report are its projections on Presid …

First Thoughts: Obama administration divided over Syria?

Obama administration divided over Syria?... Where was Obama’s cabinet after the State of the Union?... President heads to nearby Maryland tout broadband/wireless initiative at 11:30 am ET… Is OFA diverting resources away from the DNC?... Wrapping all of the Christie- …

Obama agenda: Touting ConnectED

“President Obama is set Tuesday to announce more than $750 million in charitable commitments from technology and telecom companies for a new effort to bring high-speed Internet to the classroom,” The Hill writes. Exhausting all options by March… The Washington …

Congress: Farm bill passage expected

“Congress is on the verge of dramatically overhauling federal farm and nutrition policies affecting a broad range of issues, from how food is packaged and sold to how the government helps poor people pay for their groceries,” the Washington Post reports. “After …

Off to the races: Immigration, Keystone divide party bases

“Republicans may need immigration reform to avoid extinction in the long run, but there's a growing fear within the party that bringing it up now -- as House GOP leaders have laid the groundwork to do by releasing a pro-reform blueprint -- would depress conservative voter t …

Programming notes

Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: Chuck will interview the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) regarding the latest news coming out of Syria. Plus, Chuck will speak with the Director of the White House Policy …

Christie acknowledges federal subpoena

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Monday acknowledged that his office had been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey in relation to the bridge scandal that has rocked his administration.

GOP defends tricky campaign contribution websites

Republicans are defending a series of websites they established that appear to support Democratic candidates for Congress, but instead direct contributions to the GOP.The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said its websites were not confusing, and accused Democra …

OFA airs new TV ad urging Congress to raise minimum wage

President Obama's Organizing for Action says it's airing a new six-figure TV ad pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

First Thoughts: Forget 2016, Christie's top goal now is saving his governorship

Forget 2016, Christie’s top goal now is saving his governorship… When the response (attacking Wildstein) is worse than the revelation you’re responding to… Guess who’s coming to CPAC… DNC spikes the football against Christie in new web video …

Obama agenda: Doubt (whether Healthcare.Gov is truly fixed)

“Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors,” The Washington Post reports. “Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed …

Congress: Along came Harry...

Politico: “President Barack Obama is counting on Senate Democrats to help approve his legislative agenda during his final years in office. And though they are his staunchest allies on most economic issues, many Democratic senators are breaking with him on key issues in very …

Off to the races: Moneyball (for 2014 fundraising)

Beth Reinhard: “The gap in Clinton's public record between her first presidential campaign and the moment if and when she launches a second one offers both opportunity and risk. Opportunity for a baggage-laden veteran to reintroduce herself to voters and reposition herself …

Programming notes

Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: We’ll have the latest on the Administration’s effort to get their agenda enacted following the President’s State of the Union address as well as the latest news regarding Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) …

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