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  • WASHINGTON— With Republicans muscling a balanced-budget plan through the Senate, Congress is positioned for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law. The Senate was beginning a spring recess after approving the measure, leaving Congress' two GOP- run chambers to negotiate a...

  • Senate OKs budget plan; battles with White House loom Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:39 AM ET

    The Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the tax-collecting agency as he runs for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He joins potential contenders and the Republican National Committee itself in the decidedly longshot push to dismantle the unquestionably unpopular IRS. "Imagine abolishing the IRS," Cruz told college students during his campaign...

  • The Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the tax-collecting agency as he runs for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He joins potential contenders and the Republican National Committee itself in the decidedly longshot push to dismantle the unquestionably unpopular IRS. "Imagine abolishing the IRS," Cruz told college students during his campaign...

  • How Rand Paul plans to keep his new audience Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:34 AM ET
    Rand Paul speaks onstage during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival, March 15, 2015 in Austin.

    Rand Paul brings his brand of libertarian conservatism to audiences that are more inclined to vote Democratic. The New York Times reports.

  • Gov. Jindal: Too conservative or not enough? Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 6:04 AM ET
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sits with CNBC's John Harwood to talk about ambition, Islamic extremism and the timidity of fellow GOPers.

  • Wanted: Fresh political faces—NBC/WSJ Poll Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attends a Long Island Association luncheon in Woodbury, N.Y.

    Voters think some candidates represent the past rather than the future, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

  • Silicon Valley, DC at odds on security clearances Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 12:54 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 13, 2015.

    D.C. insiders say foot-dragging by some Silicon Valley firms is making it harder to protect American companies from cyberattacks in real time.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday launched its effort to pursue reforms at the Federal Reserve, with the central bank's regional structure among the topics that came into the panel's cross-hairs. This month, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the Fed should revamp its rules to address perceptions of conflicts of...

  • March 3- Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. Carson, a former neurosurgeon at Maryland- based Johns Hopkins University, has no prior political experience.

  • Just 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to have detailed oversight of the Fed, the poll shows. Fed Chair Janet Yellen came under pressure from conservatives in Congress this week, with some accusing her of bias towards Democrats. "There ought to be some review but I don't know that a full public disclosure of every comment attributed to...

  • A warning for Republicans attacking Yellen: Kudlow Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen adjusts her glasses as she testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress" on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 24, 2015.

    Republicans attacking Janet Yellen should be careful what they wish for, says Larry Kudlow.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Tough questions aimed at Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen from a rising force in the Democratic Party on Tuesday showed how the U.S. central bank is facing increasing pressure from both sides of the political aisle. "I urge you... to assess whether the leadership of the Fed's staff is on the same page as the Federal Reserve Board," Senator...

  • Yellen faces grilling on rate policy, transparency Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:35 AM ET
    Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve.

    The Fed chair is expected to face pointed questions this week from U.S. lawmakers aimed at revealing details about the Fed's timing on rate hikes.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to face pointed questions this week from U.S. lawmakers aimed at revealing details about the Fed's timing on interest rate hikes, as well as fresh scrutiny about transparency at the central bank. Yellen will likely give away little in her prepared testimony for the Senate Banking Committee on...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The Senate Banking committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on reforms aimed at the Federal Reserve, a Senate aide said on Monday, as lawmakers push for more transparency at the U.S. central bank. The Senate aide said the timing could change at the last minute, but for now, it was set for March 3. The Republican takeover of the Senate this year...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • Fear & loathing of Rand Paul's 'bash the Fed' stance Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:01 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul

    The "audit the Fed" issue raised by Rand Paul is likely to come up for other 2016 presidential hopefuls, Politico's Ben White says.