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  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money. The latest example of free money in Washington is a retread proposal called "pension smoothing" that raises money but doesn't increase anyone's taxes. To some people's way of thinking, that's a win-win situation.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • Obama torn by faith groups vs gay work rules Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Obama is being pressed by religious groups demanding exclusion from an executive order to bar discrimination against gays by federal contractors. The NYT reports.

  • Big business pushes Congress on crumbling roads Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:43 AM ET
    Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

    As the Highway Trust Fund approaches exhaustion, business leaders are pushing for new roads and funds. The NYT reports.

  • Kerrey: Hillary likely Dem choice     Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, (D-Neb.) shares his thoughts on the likely Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.

  • Schools pay Hillary $200K to speak as costs rise Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 11:08 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses students and faculty members at Georgetown University December 14, 2009 in Washington, DC. Clinton spoke about linking human rights to democracy and economic development, and taking an approach of 'principled pragmatism'.

    At least eight universities have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton to speak on their campuses in the past year.

  • Obama looks to use executive action, duck Congress Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 2:08 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet on July 1, 2014 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

    Obama told his Cabinet to look for areas where he might be able to govern by executive action given gridlock in Congress that is hampering his agenda.

  • Hillary, will she or won't she run?     Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 AM ET

    CNBC Contributor Ben White, shares this take on the likelihood Hillary Clinton will enter the 2016 race for the While House.

  • Stewart Mills, (R-Minn.) congressional candidate, discusses his bid for Minnesota's 8th district. Obamacare is hurting a lot of people in our part of Minnesota, says Mills.

  • Political outlook for 2H     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood looks ahead at what's likely to drive the political agenda for the second half of the year.

  • Dems try end run on Boehner on unemployment Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 7:52 AM ET
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy

    Boehner has said repeatedly he won't support a bill that doesn't include tax incentives and other measures to create jobs, so Democrats are trying Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

  • Senator survives tea party challenge in Mississippi Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:41 AM ET
    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran speaks to supporters during his 'Victory Party' after holding on to his seat after a narrow victory over Chris McDaniel.

    Veteran U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election.

  • GOP's Sen. Cochran defeats tea party challenger     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    The Democrats' chances of retaking the Senate got a little bit worse last night, reports CNBC's John Harwood, with a look at the high-profile runoff election between Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi and rival Chris McDaniel.

  • What a primary runoff could say about GOP's future Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 6:58 AM ET
    Sen. Thad Cochran

    The Mississippi Senate runoff between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel has turned into a proxy war for feuding Republican factions.

  • Life of tea party depends on primary turnout     Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    The Mississippi runoff election between Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel holds big implications for the future of the GOP, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Prisons offer captive market for gadget makers Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    Slammer-ready typewriters, tablets and flatscreen TVs come with security screws and clear plastic for easy inspection. NBC reports.

  • Fiscal battles loom for House Republican leaders Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 4:07 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol building.

    With new leaders in place, Congress faces more big fights over funding for highway construction and government agencies in the coming months.

  • New setbacks hurt Obama's standing: NBC-WSJ poll Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    A new NBC-WSJ poll shows that just 41 percent of Americans now approve of Obama's handling of his job, reversing an uptick this spring.

  • Hillary has experience to be prez: NBC-WSJ poll Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 6:30 PM ET
    Hillary Clinton

    A new NBC-WSJ poll shows that voters think Hillary Clinton has the knowledge and experience to handle the presidency.

  • Iraq is the 'last nail in Obama's coffin': Pro     Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:17 PM ET

    Don Luskin, Chief Investment Officer at Trend Macrolytics, says the crisis in Iraq will have a spill over effect in U.S. politics and result in a "Republican takeover."