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Rothenberg Analysis: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

Rothenberg Analysis: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

WASHINGTON (MCT) — While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats. But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain. Rothenberg Political Report ratings reflect both where a race stands and, more importantly, […]

Lameness Of Congress’ Post-Election Session Could Hinge On Results

Lameness Of Congress’ Post-Election Session Could Hinge On Results

There’s no “fiscal cliff” or global financial crisis for this year’s post-election lame-duck session, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Lawmakers in both parties said the election results would be crucial in deciding just how close to Christmas Congress will work.

Missouri Lawmaker, Wife Ask Court For Contraception Insurance Exclusion

Missouri Lawmaker, Wife Ask Court For Contraception Insurance Exclusion

A family should have the same right as a small business to opt out of birth control coverage in its healthcare plan, the lawyer for a Missouri legislator argued Monday before a federal appeals court.

Dick Cheney To Lawmakers: Support A Hawkish National Defense

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney, often considered the brain behind President George W. Bush’s war strategy in Iraq, gave a pep talk to House Republicans on Tuesday highlighting the value of a hawkish national defense. As Congress is weighing President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamic State militants, Cheney’s visit lends new […]

Marine Held In Mexico On Weapons Charges Set For Third Hearing

Marine Held In Mexico On Weapons Charges Set For Third Hearing

SAN DIEGO (MCT) — A U.S. Marine held in a Mexican prison on weapons charges since April 1 is slated to attend his third evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Tijuana where his attorney plans to argue that his rights were violated by the arresting officers. The hearing is likely to take all day, and no immediate […]

Obama: ‘Hitting A Woman Is Not Something A Real Man Does’

Obama: ‘Hitting A Woman Is Not Something A Real Man Does’

(MCT) — After news broke Monday that the Baltimore Ravens had terminated the contract of Ray Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancee, Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to President Barack Obama about the case. “The president is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence […]

Senator Apologizes For Invoking Slain U.S. Journalists

Senator Apologizes For Invoking Slain U.S. Journalists

(MCT) — Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Monday apologized for invoking the names of two American journalists who were recently beheaded by Islamic State militants as he argued in a debate over the weekend. “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive,” Udall said Saturday at a town-hall-style debate against Republican Rep. […]

Treasury Secretary Pushes Congress For Action On Corporate Offshore Tax ‘Inversions’

Treasury Secretary Pushes Congress For Action On Corporate Offshore Tax ‘Inversions’

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said it was “imperative” that Congress act to limit so-called tax inversions, in which a U.S. company buys a smaller foreign rival and moves its headquarters there to take advantage of lower taxes.

DEA Expands Drop-Off Sites For Unused Prescription Drugs

DEA Expands Drop-Off Sites For Unused Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In an effort to address the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will now allow hospitals, clinics and pharmacies to collect unused prescription drugs. The DEA’s new regulation will also provide residents at long-term health facilities with the option of turning in unused prescription drugs on-site. “We […]

As Congress Returns To Work, Politics Is High On The Agenda

As Congress Returns To Work, Politics Is High On The Agenda

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Congress returned Monday for a two-week session with a schedule that’s short on substantive action and long on political theater ahead of November’s midterm elections. Rather than go out in a blaze of legislative accomplishment before the Nov. 4 elections, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate appear satisfied with […]

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