• Obama, Senate Democrats target gender pay gap Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages.

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- A rare burst of good news on President Barack Obama's healthcare program has given Democrats their first glimmer of hope in months on an issue that has helped drag the party down ahead of November's U.S. congressional elections.

  • Is the minimum wage fair? Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Protestors in favor of increasing the minimum wage, March 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

    The federal minimum wage has been below what it should be to keep a family afloat. Should it be raised and how much?

  • The year of the GOP message?     Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Economics professor, and Arthur Laffer, chairman of Laffer Associates, debate midterm elections, a change in economic policies, and the perception of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Fannie, Freddie: Shareholders status left to courts Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    The bill, written by Democrat Tim Johnson and Republican Mike Crapo, would replace the companies with a new industry-financed agency.

    A bill to wind down mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would leave a decision on how to treat their private shareholders to the courts.

  • Fannie, Freddie dive after Senate bankers reach deal Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday announced an agreement on legislation to wind down government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, jump-starting a long-standing debate that could still take years to resolve.

  • WASHINGTON, March 8- Republicans, looking for ways to turn November's congressional elections into a referendum on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, are trying to portray Obamacare as a danger to Medicare.

  • Congressmen get into huge shouting match over IRS Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:55 AM ET
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), center, orders ranking member U.S.Rep. Elijah Cummings' (D-MD) microphone turned off after adjourning a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington.

    Lois Lerner refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing that quickly devolved into political bickering between Democrats and Republicans.

  • New, smaller US military has long road to reality Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:15 PM ET
    USS George Washington

    Proposed military budget cuts proposed by the Pentagon last week may be far from what Congress finally agrees on.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy.

  • House GOP targets welfare and other social programs Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 8:31 AM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan

    Social programs have "created a poverty trap," Rep. Paul Ryan says. The Washington Post reports.

  • Harold Ford Jr., Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, shares his thoughts on why leaders in Congress are not trying to find consensus, and weighs in on the tea party's support of raising the minimum wage.

  • Two Democrats join exodus from U.S. Congress Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 18- New Jersey Representative Rush Holt, a physicist who has advocated strongly for research funding and environmental conservation, has decided not to seek a further term in the U.S. House of Representatives in elections in November, Democratic Party Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Md., Feb 14- President Barack Obama sought on Friday to ease strains with his Democratic allies in the U.S. Congress, who are fearful they could face election consequences from the botched rollout of the president's signature healthcare law known as "Obamacare." All 435 House seats along with 36 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs in the elections.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Md., Feb 14- U.S. President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives face a key question when they meet on Friday, Valentine's Day: how much love do they dare show each other before the November elections. "The president recognizes that there's some tension," said Democratic Representative John Larson of Connecticut.

  • FACTBOX-Members of U.S. Congress who are leaving office Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Forty-two U.S. representatives and senators have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress in advance of mid-term elections in November, including 24 Republicans and 18 Democrats. The latest to announce his departure was Representative Doc Hastings, a 10- term Republican from Washington state.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Congress just wants the U.S. budget wars to be over. The procedural vote, potentially toxic for some of the senators, would have been considered heresy three years ago, when the Republican Party made deficit reduction its top priority and the debt limit its main lever.

  • Democrats push positives on Obamacare, work hours Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | 1:44 PM ET
    Sen. Chuck Schumer

    Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- The U.S. debt limit suddenly looks a lot less threatening as Republicans in the House of Representatives struggle to choose from a diminishing list of minor conditions for an increase needed by the end of this month.

  • Surprise! States not broke. Fights over surpluses Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 7:33 AM ET
    California Gov. Jerry Brown

    Unexpectedly robust revenues from taxes and other sources are filling state coffers, prompting battles over what to do with the newfound money. The NYT reports.

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