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Full Text of President Barack Obama’s 5th State of the Union Speech

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in…

Chief Justice Roberts: Sequestration budget cuts pose real risk to public safety

In his 2013 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts warned that the nation’s courts are being starved of funding due to the sequestration budget. According to Think Progress, Roberts warned that the resulting dysfunction poses a real danger to the public as offenders languish…

Fox News analyst suggests extra-constitutional measures to protect Constitution from Obama

A retired general and Fox News analyst has prescribed a regimen of extra-constitutional measures to protect the Constitution from President Barack Obama. “We need to get off our derrieres, march at the state capitol, march in Washington (and) make citizens arrests,” said conservative activist and retired Major Gen. Paul E.…

Bipartisan budget deal easily passes in Senate vote

The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line…

Congress may throw wrench into Iran nuclear deal

US lawmakers are preparing a possible vote on new sanctions against Iran, a move President Barack Obama and his P5+1 partners fear could sabotage the nuclear deal reached in Geneva. Administration officials have beaten a path to Capitol Hill in recent weeks, warning Congress against short-circuiting the delicate negotiations. Now…

Stock market stalls as federal budget talks hit the wall

U.S. stock markets closed deep in the red Tuesday as politicians in Washington remained deadlocked over a deal to reopen the government and avoid default on its debts. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 133.25 points (0.87 percent) at 15,168.01. The broader S&P 500 fell 12.08 (0.71 percent) to 1,698.06,…

WATCH: Police arrest 8 members of Congress at D.C. immigration reform rally

Eight members of Congress were among the more than 150 people arrested Tuesday during an immigration rally at the U.S. Capitol, according to the Associated Press and the group Center for Community Change. Thousands of protesters gathered at the National Mall to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with…

House Republicans silence Rep. Grayson after he cites poll comparing them to ‘dog poop’

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) found himself on Tuesday being added to the list of things that had been shut down because of Republicans in Congress. During a speech on the House floor to call for a vote on a resolution that said Congress’ “dignity” had been impugned by the government…

Congress keeps its ‘essential’ private gyms open during shutdown

As the Republican-led shutdown of the federal government grinds into its second week, reports surfaced Tuesday that the taxpayer-supported private gyms that are provided for members of Congress have maintained their regular operating hours. Judd Legum at Think Progress reported Tuesday that while kids with cancer, underprivileged schoolchildren and the…

Here are the consequences of first government shutdown in 17 years

The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns — for six days in November 1995 and…

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