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Senate Approves Nomination Of John Brennan As CIA Chief

Senate Approves Nomination Of John Brennan As CIA ChiefAfter an epic filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul that lasted into the early morning hours, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm the nomination of John Brennan as the country's next Central Intelligence Agency director.

House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women ActAfter much handwringing from GOP House members, the Democratic minority and some Republicans joined forces to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal ImmigrantsThe U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1.

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Campaign Finance Case On Corporate Donations

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Campaign Finance Case On Corporate DonationsThe Supreme Court says it won't hear a case that would have let candidates solicit money from corporations.

Obama To Congress: With Or Without You

Obama To Congress: With Or Without YouPresident Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy

Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control StrategyGun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

6 Reasons Ashley Judd Is The Target Of An Attack Ad

6 Reasons Ashley Judd Is The Target Of An Attack AdSome observers are wondering why American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-inspired superPAC, would bother to run a political attack ad against Hollywood star Ashley Judd, an outspoken supporter of President Obama who has said she's mulling a 2014 run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay MarriageBy the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. One case poses questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

A lawsuit over congressional district lines in Florida produces emails showing coordination between lawmakers and Republican Party officials, which is prohibited by the state Constitution.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama’s Most Intriguing Choices

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama’s Most Intriguing ChoicesOf all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us