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Senate Democrats to unveil first budget in four years

President Barack Obama’s Democrats will unveil their first budget in four years this week in the US Senate, while House Republicans will put forward their own blueprint. But the two are unlikely to be reconciled. Congress, aiming to ultimately craft a broad plan that can help reduce the swollen national…

Pentagon lands extra $50 billion out of debt deal

Out of a bill that was supposed to cut government spending and waste wherever it is found, lawmakers managed to cobble together an additional $50 billion for the U.S. Defense Department’s budget, using an accounting trick to disguise the move. Instead of cutting $400 billion from the Pentagon’s budget over…

U.S. ‘almost out of time’ on debt deal: Obama

President Barack Obama on Friday warned the United States was “almost out of time” to agree a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, insisting that a compromise was within reach. “This is not a situation where the two parties are miles apart,” Obama said in a White House statement,…

Senate Dems to Boehner: Ditch the tea party or shut down the government

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Tuesday posed an ultimatum to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on the budget: Bring your tea party “extremists” in line or prepare for a government shutdown come April 8. On a conference call with reporters, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Thomas Carper (D-DE) and…

Wisc. governor: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’

As protests escalate in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker isn’t showing any signs of backing down from his plan to slash union benefits and eliminate collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin’s 14 Democratic state senators have gone into hiding to prevent Republicans from holding a vote on Walker’s proposal. In an interview with…

Democratic Senator Kent Conrad to retire

Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, will announce his retirement today, according to two major media outlets. The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza first reported the news Tuesday morning based on knowledge from “two informed Democratic sources,” and Conrad soon confirmed it in an e-mail to the Associated Press.…

House Republicans: Bible doesn’t mean we need to care about foreigners

Shakespeare once wrote that “the devil can cite scripture for his purpose,” but it appears that some hardcore anti-immigration members of Congress can do the same. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention testified in favor of comprehensive immigration reform…

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