Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is interviewed at his campaign office in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Key Senate races have a family factor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her […]

08/19/2013

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Congressman Tom Cotton, left, speaks with state Rep. Alan Clark at an early morning gathering of supporters at the Embassy Suites in Hot Springs, Ark., Thursday, August 8, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sentinel-Record, Richard Rasmussen)

Senate control hinges on fate of Southern Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to win Senate control next year. The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader […]

08/08/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tricky obstacles ahead to averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — There hasn’t been a government shutdown in nearly two decades, but senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding trickier-than-usual obstacles in their path as they try to come up with must-do legislation […]

07/26/2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Obama economic tour attracts low expectations

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s hard to find anyone who thinks President Barack Obama’s series of heavily promoted economic speeches will be the flash point that unclogs the system in Washington — including the president. A […]

07/25/2013

President Barack Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn’t spend the majority of premium dollars on medical care as he speaks about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama talks up health care rebates, lower premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said Thursday the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums. […]

07/18/2013

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Obama welcomes Senate deal on nominations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has welcomed a Senate agreement that dislodges long-stalled administration nominees. Obama says his choices for administration posts have, in his words, “waited far too long for a vote.” Obama […]

07/16/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks at the center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Filibuster fight: Senators scrapping over nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats struggled without success Monday night in marathon, closed-door talks to resolve the fate of several of President Barack Obama’s stalled appointees, a dispute that threatened what […]

07/15/2013

Harry Reid

Reid: GOP can avoid rules change if they confirm 7

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans must confirm at least seven presidential appointees they’ve been blocking if they want to avoid a controversial change in Senate rules as early […]

07/15/2013

Mitch McConnell, US Senator of Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader

Party leaders spar over Senate rule changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposed changes to Senate rules would either ease the way for President Barack Obama to assemble his second-term team or permanently threaten the body’s deliberative style, the chamber’s top Democratic and Republican […]

07/14/2013

Harry Reid, US Senator of Nevada and Senate Majority leader

Immigration, student loans top congressional plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returned Monday to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation’s […]

07/08/2013

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Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The sudden delay of a major part of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul is raising questions about other potential problems lurking in the homestretch. The requirement that many employers provide […]

07/03/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

High court to hear Obama recess appointments case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a major constitutional clash between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans that could fundamentally limit a president’s use of recess appointments to fill high-level administration posts. […]

06/24/2013

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