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Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say

Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall. Democrats in at least one tight Senate r…

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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and others, urging approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference on Cap…

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Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

FILE - This March 26, 2014 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts a…

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Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

FILE — In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. SteveIsrael, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, forcing the parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campa…

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Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

FILE — This March 26, 2014 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts a…

April 13, 2014 2:34 pmLoading…
US faces reluctant partners in sanctioning Russia

US faces reluctant partners in sanctioning Russia

In this April 8, 2014, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. As it warns Russia to step back from Ukraine or suffer another financial hit, the U.S. is simultaneously trying to coax along a reluctant Europe, w…

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Voters disappointed but forgiving of congressman

Voters disappointed but forgiving of congressman

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide. Several …

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La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressma…

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La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressma…

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US budget deficit falls in March to $37 billion

US budget deficit falls in March to $37 billion

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department reports on the federal budget deficit for March Thursday April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Rosie Cortinas, Diana DeGette

Rosie Cortinas, Diana DeGette

Familiares de víctimas de accidentes ocasionados por defectos de seguridad en autos pequeños de General Motors muestran fotos de sus seres queridos en los prados del Capitolio, el martes 1 de abril de 2014, en Washington. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite, archivo)

April 10, 2014 10:12 am
House panel to hold contempt vote on IRS official

House panel to hold contempt vote on IRS official

FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Cap…

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House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts

House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts

FILE - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., goes before the House Rules Committee for final work on his budget to fund the government in fiscal year 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, in this April 7, 2014 file photo. The plan being considered Thursday April 10, 2014 is a nonb…

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Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate

Gender pay gap bill faces tough road in Senate

In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. Democrats from the Capitol to the White House are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. But while the bill is partly designed to energize the party’s core voters, it…

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Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

Russia oil talks pose new hurdle to Iran nuke pact

Secretary of State John Kerry, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, said the U.S. could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-food contract.

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Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Secretary of State Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a former chairman of t…

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Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Secretary of State John Kerry smiles as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a fo…

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Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., left, expresses his dismay at Obama administration policy with Russia and Iran saying they are testing America's resolve, as he questions Secretary of State Joh…

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Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., heaps criticism on the Obama administration's policies with Russia, Iran and other international hot spots as he questions Secretary of State Kerry during the committee's hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Apr…

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Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races

Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, forcing the parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in camp…

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Bob Corker, John McCain

Bob Corker, John McCain

A la izquierda el sen. Bob Corker, republicano por Tennessee, y el sen. John McCain, republicano por Arizona, durante la votación por reinstalar el seguro de desempleo de largo plazo para personas que llevan mucho tiempo sin trabajo, el pasado lunes 7 de april.

April 08, 2014 10:01 am
Bob Corker, John McCain

Bob Corker, John McCain

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., join other lawmakers during the vote on restoring jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, legislation that expired late last year, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 7, 2014. With their 17-day spring break beckoni…

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It’s Cherry blossom time in D.C.

It’s Cherry blossom time in D.C.

J. Scott Applewhite / The Associated pressThe cherry trees on Capitol Hill in Washington are starting to blossom amid a spring rain and after a cold, lingering winter. The National Park Service says the buds are “puffy white,” which usually signifies that the peak bloom is four to six days a…

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Jan Schakowsky, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen, Doris Matsui

Jan Schakowsky, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen, Doris Matsui

From left, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., walk to a news conference to criticize the GOP budget bill being put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., at the Capito…

April 07, 2014 4:45 pm
Barack Obama with Easter Bunny

Barack Obama with Easter Bunny

President Obama opened the Easter Egg Roll festivities at the White House in Washington, on April 9, 2012.

April 07, 2014 11:08 am
2016 campaign checklist: Ryan

2016 campaign checklist: Ryan

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, posit…

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2016 campaign checklist: Paul

2016 campaign checklist: Paul

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positioning and auditio…

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2016 campaign checklist: Rubio

2016 campaign checklist: Rubio

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positioning and audit…

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2016 campaign checklist: Cruz

2016 campaign checklist: Cruz

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positi…

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Election-year GOP split over home-state projects

Election-year GOP split over home-state projects

FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, center, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the federal budget…

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Election-year GOP split over home-state projects

Election-year GOP split over home-state projects

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the fede…

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10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways 1110

10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways 1110

FILE - This March 27, 2014, file photo shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism …

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'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

As he walks to a closed-door security briefing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., comments on the creation of a secret “Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, Thursday, April 3, 2014, on Capito…

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Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

Foto del 27 de marzo del 2014 de la presidenta de la Comisión de Inteligencia del Senado, la demócrata Dianne Feinstein, en el Capitolio de Washington. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

April 03, 2014 2:45 pm
Mom was right: Eat lots of veggies; they're even better for you than fruit

Mom was right: Eat lots of veggies; they're even better for you than fruit

A new study says people who eat seven servings of vegetables a day may cut their risk of dying from a variety of diseases by 42 percent. Fruits are good, too, but less so than veggies.

April 02, 2014 5:28 pmLoading…
John Boehner, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Eric Cantor, Bradley Byrne

John Boehner, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Eric Cantor, Bradley Byrne

El líder de la Cámara de Representantes John Boehner y sus compañeros de partido Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bradley Byrne, y el líder de la mayoría Eric Cantor al concluir una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio el martes 25 de marzo de 2014. (Foto de AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

March 31, 2014 2:23 pm
Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2011, file photo Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., center, speaks during a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Carper, chairman of a subcommittee that oversees federal financial management, commented on the $77 million computer system to stop Medicare fraud before it ca…

March 26, 2014 3:35 pm
Reid slams GOP over Crimea; Senate bill advances

Reid slams GOP over Crimea; Senate bill advances

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. 

March 24, 2014 5:03 pm
Congress raises pressure on CIA in torture dispute

Congress raises pressure on CIA in torture dispute

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

March 20, 2014 5:51 pmLoading…
Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

La secretaria de Salud y Servicios Humanos, Kathleen Sebelius, en una foto de archivo del 30 de octubre del 2013 durante un testimonio en el Capitolio en Washington. La Casa Blanca necesita una especie de milagro para lograr su objetivo de poder reunir la cifra prevista de 6 millones de pers…

March 17, 2014 4:54 pm
Talkathon in Senate

Talkathon in Senate

J. Scott Applewhite / The Associated PressThe sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol after 15 hours of speeches by Democratic senators warning of devastation from climate change. Working in shifts, more than two dozen speakers addressed a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery. It was the 35th …

March 11, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

La senadora demócrata Dianne Feinstein, presidenta de la comisión de inteligencia del Senado de Estados Unidos, habla con reporteros el martes 11 de marzo de 2014, en el Capitolio, en Washington. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

March 11, 2014 10:42 am
Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey

Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing focusing on the Defense Department�s budget request for fiscal year 2015. The proposed $496 billion…

March 05, 2014 2:32 pm
Adam Kamp

Adam Kamp

Copias del presupuesto federal del presidente Barack Obama para el año fiscal del 2015, en la Comisión Presupuestaria del Senado en el Capitolio de Washington el martes, 4 de marzo del 2014. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

March 05, 2014 11:43 am
Top Senate Dem: Koch brothers are un-American

Top Senate Dem: Koch brothers are un-American

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo0, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is working to put two major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a “fast track” to passage. But many congressional Democrats are working to …

February 26, 2014 5:59 pm
Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

MitchMcConnell

February 20, 2014 3:27 pm
Washington Monument anniversary

Washington Monument anniversary

Scaffolding rises to the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2013, so craftsmen can make repairs to the 555-foot marble obelisk that was damaged in the August 2011 earthquake. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 19, 2014 4:45 pm
Washington Monument anniversary

Washington Monument anniversary

A lightning bolt hits the ground behind the Washington Monument as a severe thunderstorm passes through Washington, D.C., late Wednesday, June 29, 1984. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 19, 2014 4:45 pm
Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson, senador demócrata por la Florida, ingresa a la cámara alta en el Capitolio en Washington, el 12 de febrero de 2014, para una votación sobre una medida que ampliaría el tope de endeudamiento del Departamento del Tesoro. La medida fue aprobada. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 12, 2014 5:19 pm
John Boehner

John Boehner

Foto del 6 de febrero del 2014 del presiente de la Cámara de Representantes, el republicano John Boehner, en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio de Washington. (Foto AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 12, 2014 10:53 am

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