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Bipartisan budget deal likely to survive Senate vote

A bipartisan US budget deal looks increasingly likely to survive a crucial Tuesday test vote in the Senate, as Congress aims to end a legislatively miserable 2013 on a positive note. Members of both parties acknowledge the vote will be a close one but on Monday it appeared there would…

Democrats incensed after GOP blocks Obama federal court nominee

Democrats call for rule change and say move broke informal agreement between parties Democrats threatened a major constitutional showdown over Senate filibuster rules on Tuesday after Republicans blocked a third successive woman nominated to sit on a federal appeals court. Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, would have been only…

Cruz lashes out at Senate GOP over shutdown failure

In remarks to an Iowa Republican group on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that his government shutdown and debt default plan would have worked at repealing the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — if Senate Republicans had only backed him up. According to Talking Points Memo,…

Cruz rails at Republicans who ended shutdown: Expect to be challenged from the right

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is clinging doggedly to the notion that the shutdown of the federal government would have worked if only his fellow Senate Republicans hadn’t colluded with the Democrats and agreed to end the impasse. In an interview with Robert Costa of the National Review Online, Cruz warned…

Common Cause: Hagel fiasco shows need to repeal Senate’s filibuster rule

The advocacy group Common Cause blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for delaying the confirmation vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. “Senators have every right to oppose Sen. Hagel’s nomination and to fully air their reasons for doing so. But there is no justification — none at all — for…

How Republicans completely misjudged this

After the Blunt amendment went down, I figured that, policy-wise, Republicans were out of options in their desperate bid to separate middle and working class women from simple access to contraception. It was their single best shot, after all, and it frankly wasn’t a very good one. Unfortunately, the war…

Virginia Senate approves controversial ultrasound bill

Two Democrats joined with Republicans in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday to approve a watered-down version of controversial legislation that requires women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion. One Republican, state Sen. John Watkins, voted against it. The “informed consent” bill ignited a firestorm this month because it…

Colbert calls environmental activist ‘a troublemaker’

Comedian Stephen Colbert hosted environmental activist Bill McKibben Tuesday evening to talk about his fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline. McKibben expressed how Senate Republicans are trying to reviving the pipeline bill by placing it as an amendment in the Senate’s transportation bill. With that, McKibben mentioned how his site,…

Bernie Sanders: Republicans doing nothing to create jobs

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Thursday it was “absurd” that Republicans claimed they were trying to create jobs. “They’re doing nothing to create jobs,” he told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. “They’re obstructing every single effort out there.” Senate Republicans and two members of the Democratic caucus killed the Rebuild America Act…

Maddow: Republicans too busy with abortion to create jobs

After Senate Republicans blocked Barack Obama’s jobs bill Tuesday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused GOP lawmakers Wednesday night of prioritizing their campaign to limit abortion access over job creation. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans are concerned about employment, she said Republicans were “laser focused” on abortion. Watch…

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