Friday, December 19, 2014

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After drawing opposition from both ends of the political spectrum, the $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared for President Barack Obama's signature stands as a triumph of divided government.
WASHINGTON - In the six weeks since their repudiation in the midterms, Democrats have seen the opening of fissures within their once-disciplined ranks, marking the start of an internal struggle between now and the 2016 election over the ideological identity and tactical direction of the party.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion posted yesterday, ruled that the law firm Cozen O'Connor can write off a $448,468 debt incurred by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in a court battle to stay on the 2007 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season - a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions and special interests alike late Tuesday as Congress ended a tumultuous two-year run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.
CapitolInq: U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), whose parents immigrated from Cuba and who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering critique Tuesday of the Obama administration’s decision to release Cuban spies as the Castro regime freed American Alan Gross from imprisonment.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr., chairman of the SEPTA board and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, made a private trip to China last month to urge wealthy Chinese to immigrate to the United States by investing in a major highway construction project in Bucks County.
WASHINGTON - An unusual thing happened in Congress this month: The Senate and the House each passed legislation likely to create a law, with massive bipartisan support.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After drawing opposition from both ends of the political spectrum, the $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared for President Barack Obama's signature stands as a triumph of divided government.
WASHINGTON - In the six weeks since their repudiation in the midterms, Democrats have seen the opening of fissures within their once-disciplined ranks, marking the start of an internal struggle between now and the 2016 election over the ideological identity and tactical direction of the party.