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ECONOMY:: CBO says US likely to fall off ‘fiscal cliff’ if Bush-era tax cuts allowed to expire | FoxNews

By at May 22, 2012 | 5:47 pm

ECONOMY:: CBO says US likely to fall off ‘fiscal cliff’ if Bush-era tax cuts allowed to expire | FoxNews

Published May 22, 2012 Associated Press -- FoxNews WASHINGTON –  A new government study released Tuesday says that allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire and a scheduled round of automatic spending cuts to take effect would probably throw the economy into a recession. The Congressional Budget Office report says that the economy would shrink by 1.3 percent in the ... Go To Article

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GOP FRESHMEN press for contempt vote on Holder – WashEx

By at May 21, 2012 | 12:05 am

GOP FRESHMEN press for contempt vote on Holder – WashEx

By Susan Ferrechio Chief Congressional Correspondent, May 20, 2012 -- House conservatives, fearing that Republican leaders may try to avoid an election-year confrontation with the Obama administration, are insisting that House Speaker John Boehner press ahead with contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious gun-running ... Go To Article

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TOP REPUBLICAN WOMAN in Congress becomes a force | Reuters

By at May 20, 2012 | 8:15 am

TOP REPUBLICAN WOMAN in Congress becomes a force | Reuters

By Thomas Ferraro,WASHINGTON | Fri May 18, 2012 - (Reuters) - In the last three weeks, she has sparred on national television with Democrats over Republican policies toward women, been called a "lying mouthpiece" by a liberal blog, and chided former House speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the world of conservative politics, Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers ... Go To Article

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BARONE:: Obama pursues higher tax rates, growth be damned | WashEx

By at May 20, 2012 | 12:25 am

BARONE:: Obama pursues higher tax rates, growth be damned | WashEx

BY Michael Barone, May 20, 2012, Washington Examiner In the run-up to this weekend's G-8 summit at Camp David, journalists have unfavorably compared European "austerity" with Barack Obama's economic policies.   European spending cuts, the argument goes, have hurt people and are arousing political opposition, while Obama's proposals to indefinitely keep ... Go To Article

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CONGRESS:: House OKs East Coast missile shield site in $643B defense bill – The Hill

By at May 18, 2012 | 10:15 am

CONGRESS:: House OKs East Coast missile shield site in $643B defense bill – The Hill

By Pete Kasperowicz and Jeremy Herb The House on Friday approved a sweeping defense authorization bill for 2013 that calls for the construction of an East Coast missile defense system in the United States by the end of 2015. The bill obligates $100 million next year to plan for the site, but the project would cost billions of dollars in later years that has yet to ... Go To Article

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CONGRESS:: Obama to go over to-do list with congressional leaders – CNN

By at May 16, 2012 | 9:23 am

CONGRESS:: Obama to go over to-do list with congressional leaders – CNN

By Ashley Killough, CNN Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will urge congressional leaders Wednesday to agree to his economic agenda, one day after House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand over what could be another bitter showdown between the White House and Congress later this year. The president will focus on his "to-do list" for Capitol Hill, a ... Go To Article

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REPUBLICANS Pledge New Standoff on Debt Limit – NYTimes

By at May 16, 2012 | 12:04 am

REPUBLICANS Pledge New Standoff on Debt Limit – NYTimes

By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday set the stage for a bruising election-year showdown on fiscal policy, vowing to hold up another increase in the federal debt ceiling unless it was offset by larger spending cuts. His combative comments came on the same day the Republicans’ presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, hit President Obama ... Go To Article

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CONGRESS:: It Takes a Caucus? Lawmakers Band Together to Fix Congress – WashWire – WSJ

By at May 15, 2012 | 10:41 am

CONGRESS:: It Takes a Caucus? Lawmakers Band Together to Fix Congress – WashWire – WSJ

By Siobhan Hughes Congress has been trying to solve the country’s debt problems, housing woes and unemployment challenges. But some lawmakers have identified a new crisis: Congress itself. On Tuesday, a group of four House members – two Republicans and two Democrats – announced the formation of the “Fix Congress Now Caucus.” It was not immediately clear ... Go To Article

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CONGRESS:: New generation challenges some blacks in Congress – AP

By at May 15, 2012 | 12:06 am

CONGRESS:: New generation challenges some blacks in Congress – AP

By NOMAAN MERCHANT DALLAS (AP) -- For two decades, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has been an outspoken voice for Democrats in her signature bright blazer and multicolored scarf. Now the first black woman to represent North Texas in Congress faces serious opposition in the May 29 primary election, and the effort to unseat her is just one of several challenges against ... Go To Article

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PETER FERRARA:: Rep. Paul Ryan Schools Georgetown On How to Help the Poor – Forbes

By at May 12, 2012 | 12:25 am

PETER FERRARA:: Rep. Paul Ryan Schools Georgetown On How to Help the Poor – Forbes

On April 26, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan delivered the 2012 Whittington Lecture at Georgetown University focused on his 2013 budget and its implications for poverty programs and the poor. That budget has now passed the House of Representatives. Ryan addressed the Catholic institution “as a Catholic holding public office” trying to conform his work to ... Go To Article

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