Politics

House GOP: First task sending White House bill repealing ObamaCare, defunding Planned Parenthood

Congressional Republicans are vowing that the first action upon returning to Capitol Hill will be to send a bill to President Obama that repeals his health care law and defunds Planned Parenthood. “We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people,” Missouri GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler said Saturday. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by ...

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Top Carson campaign staffers resign

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s campaign was shaken up Thursday by the resignation of three of his most senior staffers — as the former neurosurgeon sees a drop in poll numbers and is raking in more donations than his GOP rivals. Communications Director Doug Watts told Fox News in a statement that he and campaign manager Barry Bennett had resigned ...

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Va. lawmaker wants to defund Gov. McAuliffe’s armed guards over gun dispute

A Virginia state senator has thrown down the gauntlet with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a brewing battle over gun rights — pushing to defund the governor’s armed bodyguards unless he revokes an order that banned firearms in most state buildings.  “It’s easy for someone who is surrounded by armed state policemen to tell someone else they can’t carry a ...

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Ryan so far proves he can ‘make the sausage,’ but he’ll likely be serving a much different House party in 2016

“I actually make sausage,” chirped House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan. “I can’t make that up.” And the Wisconsin Republican isn’t talking about moving legislation in Congress. Long before Ryan clutched the speaker’s gavel, bow hunting deer consumed his late-fall and early-winter weekends. Ryan aims to bag three or four deer a year. He then crafts jerky and sausage from the ...

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UK condemns Muslim Brotherhood in break from Obama administration

A powerful report by the U.K. government accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of being sympathetic to terrorists and a risk to British national security, striking a contrast with the Obama administration’s more conciliatory approach – and fueling criticism that the U.S. government should wake up to the threat.  “I think the report is a damning indictment of the Muslim Brotherhood, and ...

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Man who flew gyrocopter onto Capitol grounds wants to challenge DNC chairwoman

The Florida man who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol earlier this year has expressed his intention to run for the House seat held for Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Douglas Hughes, a Democrat from Ruskin, Florida, said earlier this month that he intended to run for Congress but only indicated he would challenge ...

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Water wars could return in Northwest as Congress dams deal

While members of Congress enjoy their holiday recess, the clock is ticking on an issue that could bring the return of an ugly water war in the West.  First, the backstory:  The battleground is the 13,000-square-mile Klamath River Basin between southern Oregon and northern California. The listing of salmon and sucker fish under the Endangered Species Act in the 1990s ...

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Water wars could return in Northwest as Congress dams deal

While members of Congress enjoy their holiday recess, the clock is ticking on an issue that could bring the return of an ugly water war in the West.  First, the backstory:  The battleground is the 13,000-square-mile Klamath River Basin between southern Oregon and northern California. The listing of salmon and sucker fish under the Endangered Species Act in the 1990s ...

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