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Hooray, our economic and energy problems are over! The Senate approved legislation Thursday that would mandate the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a bipartisan vote that will set the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama. On a 62-to-36 vote, Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill that mandates construction of […]

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Republican questioning of Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearing to be Attorney General was so insightful and incisive that she admitted that this is a lawless administration and pledged to indict both Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Just kidding: Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch defended the Obama administration’s actions on a range of […]

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Breaking — Republican politician does the right thing: Indiana has been given the green light to expand its Healthy Indiana Plan, which would offer insurance to an additional 350,000 Indiana residents, who currently lack insurance. The state will begin taking applications today for its so-called HIP 2.0 plan, for which coverage begins Feb. 1, […]

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Witness the glory of democracy, where everyone has a voice: A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the […]

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An important read from Brian Beutler on the King v. Burwell lawsuit: The ACA’s threat to withhold subsidies from states that didn’t set up their own exchanges was so clear and unambiguous (so the lawsuit argues) that as early as 2011, dozens and dozens of Republicans in Congress had no idea this threat existed. […]

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Our descent toward a Stalinist nightmare continues: The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president’s health care law. The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states […]

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It’s looking as if the feds are set to clear Darren Wilson: The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said. That would close the politically charged case […]

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Here’s the Republican Party, with more of that skillful outreach to Latinos: The GOP has…announced it will be offering a Spanish-language rebuttal, which will be delivered tonight by freshman Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a young conservative from a diverse Miami congressional district. But there’s a wrinkle. According to a press release from the House […]

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President Obama is riding... well, “high” might be an exaggeration, but certainly higher: Obama’s overall approval rating now stands at 50 percent, the highest in a Post-ABC poll since the spring of 2013. His standing is nine points higher than in December and seven points higher than in October, just before […]

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The endgame on marriage equality approaches: The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide this term a historic question about whether the Constitution requires same-sex couples be allowed to marry or whether states are free to limit marriage to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman. The court […]

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A new CBS poll has some good news for President Obama when it comes to immigration reform and his executive actions shielding millions from deportations: Most Americans support this overall policy, with 62 percent of Americans saying they favor allowing some illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to stay here temporarily and apply for […]

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The 2016 campaign is just going to be so much fun: Rand Paul is not a fan of the United Nations, and on a campaign-style swing through New Hampshire on Wednesday, the likely Republican presidential hopeful said that he would support dissolving the international governing body entirely. Speaking to a room full of gun […]

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Looks like President Obama isn’t slowing down on climate change: In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials are announcing plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The administration’s goal is to cut methane emissions […]

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Here’s the latest development in our opening relations with Cuba: Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal with the United States, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more than […]

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A Nebraska court has cleared the way for construction of Keystone, removing President Obama’s stated reason for delaying a decision on it. This got Republicans very excited today, because it means the pressure to make the decision will intensify. So here’s your regular reminder: Yes, the public clearly supports the project, so it’s probably […]

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In an interview with Roll Call, GOP Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn offered some frank remarks about the coming Supreme Court decision on the King v. Burwell lawsuit, which argues that Obamacare must be enforced as written, and thus that subsidies to people in three dozen states are invalid. After saying the GOP should […]

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Elise Foley reports: After gunmen attacked a satirical French newspaper on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans won’t back away from a fight over immigration that risks halting funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “I believe that the president’s executive actions with regard to immigration are outside of the Constitution and […]

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With Republicans set to pass legislation expediting the Keystone pipeline, the White House today responded with a big veto threat: “If this bill passes this Congress the president wouldn’t sign it,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest… Earnest said that there is a “well-established process in place” for approving projects such as Keystone… “I think […]

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The White House stokes the sputtering fires of outrage over the news that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise addressed a white supremacist group: “There’s no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “Mr. […]

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When Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback passed enormous tax cuts, he said it would cause an explosion of growth. Instead, the state’s revenue tanked, and all manner of services had to be cut. And as Rachael Bade reports, now other Republicans are taking notice: Ohio Gov. John Kasich will roll out “responsible” tax plans that protect […]

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