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113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list

The good news for Congress as it heads into the final workdays of the year is that, for the first time in five years, there are no edge-of-the-cliff December crises threatening to bring the country to its knees. The bad news is that whatever gets done in December will still be part of a year with record-low congressional accomplishment. From the confirmation of a new Federal Reserve chairman to the expiration of dairy pricing rules, House and Senate leaders head into the final month of 2013 with ... more→

As senators work on Iran sanctions bill, White House lobbies lawmakers not to act

As much as any other foreign policy issue during President Obama’s five years in office, the question of Iran sanctions now finds him at odds with a hefty portion of his own party’s lawmakers, as well as most Republicans. A bipartisan juggernaut of senior senators is spending the remaining week of the Thanksgiving recess forging agreement on a new sanctions bill that the senators hope to pass before breaking again for Christmas.... more→

White House Memo: A Sleeper Scandal Awakens for Obama, Post-Election

But a year ago, when the current Internal Revenue Service scandal that has swirled around Mr. Obama first emerged, Washington — and, apparently, the White House — shrugged. It was March 2012 and Tea Party groups around the country had been complaining for months of what they called an I.R.S. conspiracy to delay and disrupt their efforts to obtain tax-free status. A few Republicans in Congress expressed concern, sent letters to I.R.S. officials and scheduled a hearing. Reporters wrote a handful of articles about the ... more→

Pelosi to Stay as Democratic Leader

Nancy Pelosi will continue to serve as the House Democratic Leader, she announced in a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats Wednesday morning. Ten years ago today, Nancy Pelosi was elected as the first woman to lead a political party in Congress. According to a senior aide, when Pelosi first broke the news to her caucus, she said, "I will happily place my name for nomination for leader." But with all the newly elected members standing behind her, there is no doubt that Pelosi has the ... more→

Romney: Ryan and I “left everything on the field”

Saying goodbye to a nearly six-year run for the White House, Mitt Romney early Wednesday morning conceded the presidential race to President Obama, thanking a room full of disappointed supporters near his Boston, Mass., headquarters for their devotion to his failed bid. He and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., "left everything on the field," Romney said, adding "we have given our all to this campaign." "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different ... more→