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4:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:15 pm

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

6 Reasons Size Matters To The New GOP Majorities In Congress

The 114th Congress opens Tuesday, swearing in the most House Republicans since 1947. But how much does the numbers game really matter now?
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:12 pm

The 114th Congress opens Tuesday with 246 Republicans taking the oath of office in the House. That's the most the GOP has sworn in since 1947, when the same number arrived for the 80th Congress intent on challenging Democratic President Harry Truman.

For a time, it had appeared that the new 114th majority would eclipse that of the 80th by one. But then Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and, after a sit-down with Speaker John Boehner a week ago, agreed to resign.

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Business
10:04 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Housing In 2015: Four Reasons For Optimism (And One For Worry)

A builder works on the construction of new homes in Belmar, N.J. Increased hiring and a boost in consumer confidence are expected to lift the housing market this year.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 11:43 am

Six years ago, homebuilders and Realtors were facing brutal business conditions: millions of Americans were losing their jobs and homes.

As 2015 begins, hiring is strong and economic indicators are pointing up. Could this be the year when the housing market finally breaks out of its tepid recovery and takes off?

Economists see several reasons why 2015 might be a banner year for homebuying — and not just in San Francisco and Miami.

They also see One Big Factor that potentially could block a buying binge.

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Remembrances
4:02 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Former GOP Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Politics
4:01 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Politics
7:08 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Newark's New Mayor Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, speaks during a news conference in November. He had met with city Police Chief Anthony Campos and protest organizers after a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:21 pm

Across the Hudson River in Newark, N.J., the murder rate is down, but the new mayor there says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Former Massachusetts Sen. Edward William Brooke speaks in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, in 2009 during a ceremony where he received the Congressional Gold Medal. Brooke died on Saturday at age 95.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 7:37 pm

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET

Former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, died Saturday at age 95, a family spokesman said.

Brooke, a Republican who had been Massachusetts attorney general, was first elected in 1966, defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Endicott Peabody. Brooke served until 1979. He died at his home in Coral Gables, Fla., surrounded by his family.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Author: Mitch McConnell's Focus On Winning Is 'Single-Minded'

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 10:59 am

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Energy
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Commentary
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Remembering Mario Cuomo

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Politics
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Former lawmaker Ben Franklin keeps his eye out for Congress' newest class, due to start work on Capitol Hill next week.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

In politics, conventional wisdom can have a certain power. But, sometimes the obviously true thing isn't so true upon inspection.

The new Republican Congress hits Capitol Hill next week, but the latest round of that wisdom seems to have already been established — from how it's going to work to its relationship with President Obama. Here's a look at 2 1/2 pieces of that wisdom.

1. Republicans are going to have to show they can govern.

At this point, it's been said so many times it's become an established Washington truth.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's The Interview, which sparked condemnation in North Korea, which allegedly hacked the studio.
Ahn Young-joon AP

President Obama today issued an executive order authorizing expanded sanctions against North Korea and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in response to Pyongyang's alleged role in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The White House accused North Korea of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014."

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It's All Politics
12:30 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gives a thumbs-up gesture with both hands during his July 16, 1984, keynote address to the opening session of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 12:55 pm

When he died of heart failure on New Year's Day, Mario Cuomo had been out of office exactly 20 years. But his impact endured, in part because he articulated his political philosophy so powerfully while at his peak and in part because he never fulfilled the destiny many envisioned for him on the national stage.

The New York governor's national moment in the sun came at night, in a San Francisco convention hall. On July 16, 1984, Cuomo gave the keynote address, mesmerizing a crowd of thousands in the Moscone Center and intriguing millions more on TV.

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Remembrances
4:07 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Mario Cuomo, Former 3-Term New York Governor, Dies At 82

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

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Politics
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, shown walking towards the Senate chamber on December 16, pushed through a final batch of judicial nominees this month, before the Republican-dominated Senate takes over in the new year.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

Since he's taken office, President Obama has seen more than 300 federal judges confirmed, putting him ahead of the past two presidents at their six-year marks. A huge chunk of those confirmations happened in 2014 — the year after the Senate Democrats got rid of the filibuster for most judicial nominations.

To assess how that rules change might have helped things along, consider a few numbers.

In 2014, 89 judges were confirmed; that's the highest yearly total in two decades, a it's almost one-third of all of Obama's confirmations since he first took office six years ago.

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