Congress

1:05am

Thu March 7, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Looks For A Spring Thaw With Congress To Start Melting Deficit

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:44 am

President Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room on Friday following a meeting with congressional leaders.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama is hoping for a spring thaw in White House-congressional relations.

The president had dinner Wednesday night with a small group of Republican lawmakers. He's also planning rare visits to Capitol Hill next week to discuss his agenda with both Democrats and Republicans.

Aides say Obama is trying to locate what he calls a "caucus of common sense" in Congress to tackle the country's long-term budget challenges.

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3:57pm

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

House Gives OK To $982 Billion Short-Term Spending Bill

The House has approved a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September. The $982 billion continuing resolution introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), who heads the Appropriations Committee, would avoid a potential government shutdown on March 27.

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2:47pm

Wed March 6, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Outreach To GOP: More Optics Than Opportunity?

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:21 pm

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire at the Capitol last month. The senators are among a group invited to dine Wednesday with President Obama.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama recently acknowledged the obvious: He doesn't have the supernatural powers necessary to do a mind meld, Jedi or otherwise, with Republican congressional leaders that would lead to pacts on fiscal policy or anything else for that matter.

But if he doesn't have the power to force meetings of the minds with his Republican opponents, he can at least still get meetings with them.

Popping up on the president's schedule all of a sudden was a Wednesday night dinner at a Washington, D.C., hotel with a group of GOP senators.

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1:45pm

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Rand Paul Launches An Old-Fashioned Filibusterer On Brennan Nomination

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:31 pm

Sen. Rand Paul.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

1:45am

Wed March 6, 2013
It's All Politics

The Boehner Rule? Speaker Bucks House GOP For Some Legislation

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:18 am

House Speaker John Boehner answers reporters' questions after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting with (from left) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Steve Daines on Tuesday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

House Speaker John Boehner held a news conference the day after the November election.

"The American people have spoken," he said. "They've re-elected President Obama. And they've again re-elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives."

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