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Pope Hopes To Address Joint Session Of Congress

Pope Francis is planning to address a joint session of Congress. Archbishop Bernardito Auza told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) on Sunday that the pope is projected to arrive in Washington on Sept. 22 as part of a three-city U.S. tour that includes New York and Philadelphia.Francis will visit the White House on Sept. 23 […]

There is a big push to declassify 28 pages of the congressional 9/11 report, believed to include Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11. On Wednesday, the former co-chairman of the panel that produced the heavily-redacted 2002 report will hold a Capitol Hill press conference calling for its complete release. Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham will join […]

The just-concluded session of Congress wasn’t history’s least productive one, but it was close. Pew says it was only because of a spurt of late activity that helped skirt the bottom of the barrel. Our calculation finds that the 113th just barely avoided the dubious title of “least productive Congress in modern history.” But that’s […]

Vivek Murthy is the new Surgeon General of the United States, even though the National Rifle Association did all it could to stop the nomination. Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated physician, and has identified obesity and chronic disease as areas of focus for his tenure. He will be the first Indian American to hold the position. […]

Thankfully, she didn’t listen. In her book released this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren recounted a dinner she had with President Obama’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, in April 2009, when Warren was the outspoken chairman of a congressionally appointed panel probing the government’s response to the financial crisis. Larry leaned back in his chair and […]

by Karolyn Roberts Well if there’s one thing we learned about the Congressional process in the last two years, it’s how to meet deadlines. If you’re triskaidekaphobic, the 113th Congress probably validated your fear. Sequestration, debt ceiling, government shutdown–any of these terms ring a horrifying bell? Probably because in each of these news-worthy procrastinations, Congress […]

If you stayed home on during the midterm elections, then this is what you gifted the rest of us with. Republicans don’t believe that House Speaker John Boehner is aggressive enough, so they’re jumping off the crazy cliff in hopes that he will follow their lead. Via the Washington Post: Late Tuesday, Rep. Paul C. […]

The Congressional Black Caucus is urging the Obama administration to not recognize a Virginia Indian tribe because of hits history of banning intermarriage with blacks. In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care — and allow […]

The GOP Immigration Lie

Even before President Obama finished his speech announcing his executive order on immigration, Republicans were already planning on ways to thwart the most significant step toward reform in decades. In a statement released by John Boehner, the Speaker of the House said, “By ignoring the will of the American people, President Obama has cemented his […]

Ahead of votes, congresspersons are meditating. Well, mostly Democratic congresspersons. Rep. Tim Ryan began organizing two weekly meditation sessions at the start of the 113th Congress almost two years ago. One session is open to staff and one to members of Congress, which Ohio Democrat Ryan calls the “Quiet Time Caucus.” These are held from […]

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