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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:1050
Posts / Week:5.8
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Ron Paul, exit stage right

The big move-out is underway: Lawmakers who lost reelection or are retiring from office are packing up their Capitol Hill office suites this week to make way for new members. One of those stepping down is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who's not only packing up his office, but also selling his D.C.-area condo and moving back to the Lone Star State. Read full article >>

Susan Rice meets with more GOP critics

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a fresh round of face-to-face meetings with her Republican critics, and once again failed to find the public support she would need to secure her confirmation to serve as the next secretary of state. Read full article >>

Bowles, key debt voice, remains pessimistic about a deal

Erskine Bowles, the former Democratic White House chief of staff who has returned to Washington this week to act as something of an informal envoy between Republicans and the White House in negotiations over a deficit reduction deal,...Show More Summary

What is the Gang of Eight' (and who's in it)?

Lawmakers eager to tackle a serious policy issue -- and to perhaps boost their profile -- often find that it's best to join a gang. In the current debate over how to avoid a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases, a bipartisan...Show More Summary

AIDS activists arrested after stripping in House speaker's office

Three female AIDS activists protesting budget cuts threatened by the fiscal cliff were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they stripped in the outer office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to authorities. Read full article >>

Filibuster fight reignites partisanship in Senate

The love has been lost. Ending a post-election detente from heated rhetoric, Senate leaders shredded each other Tuesday in increasingly bitter terms over a Democratic proposal to dramatically overhaul the chamber's long-standing rules for filibusters. Read full article >>

GOP introduces Dream Act alternative

Republicans have introduced legislation to allow young people brought to the United States by their parents illegally to receive legal residency if they seek higher education or enlist in the military. Read full article >>

Susan Rice, CIA director meet with GOP critics on Libya

Possible promotions for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell remain in jeopardy after the two officials met Tuesday with three of their Republican critics regarding how the Obama administration responded to the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. Read full article >>

What is the Simpson-Bowles Commission? (and why does it still matter?)

After most bipartisan commissions make recommendations on a pressing issue of the day, presidents and lawmakers have a tendency to ignore them. But this time could be different. The recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal...Show More Summary

Susan Rice to meet Tuesday with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will meet Tuesday with three key Republican senators to answer questions about the Sept. 11 attack at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) will attend the meeting, which was requested by Rice's office, according to Senate aides. Read full article >>

House Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Michael Grimm

The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it has formally opened an investigation into Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), but will defer to the ongoing Justice Department probe of the Staten Island Republican's fund-raising activities. Read full article >>

What is the AMT?

In our latest installment of the Edsplainer series, we tackle the Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT, a term that will be bandied about in the coming weeks as the White House and Congress work to avert the "fiscal cliff." Read full article >>

Republicans willing to drop the Norquist Pledge' and hear out Susan Rice

Two high-profile Republicans Sunday joined a growing chorus of GOP officials willing to part ways with at least part of the anti-tax pledge pushed in recent years by activist Grover Norquist, more evidence that lawmakers appear willing to part ways with party orthodoxy in order to strike a deal averting the "fiscal cliff." Read full article >>

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns: Read his resignation letter

Ending months of speculation, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) formally resigned his seat Wednesday as he continues to face a federal investigation into campaign spending improprieties. Jackson submitted his formal resignation letter Wednesday to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). The full text appears below: Read full article >>

Warren Rudman's legacy laid groundwork for fiscal cliff' negotiations

The death of former senator Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.) is especially poignant at this moment in American politics, both because of the fiscal challenges facing the country and because Congress is now all but devoid of moderate lawmakers like him. Read full article >>

Lawmakers react to Libya, Gaza, fiscal cliff' and Susan Rice

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press Lawmakers appearing on political talk shows Sunday focused primarily on foreign affairs, including the growing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the continued fallout from the U.S. Show More Summary

Lawmakers on Petraeus hearing: We're learning a lot'

Lawmakers who attended private, closed-door hearings of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Friday said former CIA Director David Petraeus did not discuss and was not asked about his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Read full article >>

Ami Bera defeats Dan Lungren in close California race

Democrat Ami Bera has ousted Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.) to represent a Sacramento-area congressional seat, according to the Associated Press. Bera's lead has grown to more than 5,700 votes as officials continued counting 70,000 provisional and absentee ballots this week. Read full article >>

Sen. Daniel Inouye visits hospital after a fall

The Senate's most-senior member and third in line to the presidency was treated Thursday morning at a Maryland hospital after a fall. Sen. Daniel Inouye is at the Bethesda Naval Hospital after taking a fall Thursday morning in his Rockville, Md. apartment, The Post's Emily Heil reports. Read full article >>

House Republicans reelect John Boehner, elevate Cathy McMorris Rodgers

House Republicans chose Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgersas House committee chairman Wednesday, settling a contest for the GOP's fourth-ranking leader that had taken on outsized importance as a test for conservatives pushing for greater roles in House leadership. Read full article >>

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