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  • Sen. Rubio at CPAC 2014 (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

    Iraq War Three?

    Florida lawmakers are weighing how to provide assistance to Iraqi officials who need help combating a powerful Islamist militia. Unlike many Democrats, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) voted to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He says he was misled by the Bush Administration leading up to that war. But now, as unrest increases and the [...]

  • Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the voter I.D. law is unnecessary

    VA Voter I.D. Law Reminds Some of Jim Crow Days

    A controversial voter I.D. law that just passed the Virginia state Senate is turning heads in the nation’s capital, because it reminds Democrats of the Jim Crow days.

  • In Des Moines, Iowa precinct captains count the caucus votes ahead of Mitt Romney's 8 vote victory. Photo by Matt Laslo

    Will retail campaigning win the day in Iowa?

    Millions of dollars was spent on the Iowa caucuses, but voters report that some of the candidates spent their money and time more wisely than the others. And in the end voters recall that a handshake and a minute of a candidate’s time still has the luster it always has.

  • Campaigns are tracking your movements and interests on the Internet, which has consumer groups up in arms. Image courtesy of C and E

    Like It or Not, You’re Being Tracked

    Political campaigns have tapped into the growing field of behavioral marketing on the Internet. That means politicians are now tracking you online and, in a sense, coming into your home to deliver hand crafted ads on your computer. Consumer groups say that’s terrifying, yet they still haven’t made any legislative headway.

  • Sen. Murray and the other committee members listen to a witness at their first public hearing.  Photo by Matt Laslo

    Super Committee Getting Lobbied from Every Angle

    The nation’s financial future rests in the hands of 12 lawmakers and they’re being lobbied by diverse groups who want to make an imprint on their final product. Pundits and many lawmakers are betting they fail. In spite of the difficult task ahead, co-chair Patty Murray is remaining optimistic.

Image: Olivier Jeannin/Flickr

In Congress, Road to Funding Highways Jammed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal pot of money preserving local roads and bridges may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart on a solution. Not only local infrastructure but the overall economy is sure to feel the impact. While increasingly fuel-efficient cars and trucks are easier on the wallet and the [...]

Rep. Rigell with Virginia National Guard members upon their returning from Afghanistan, 2011 (Courtesy: Virginia National Guard/Flickr)

Lawmakers Scold White House Over Bergdahl Swap

The Obama administration is under fire on Capitol Hill for a prisoner exchange it conducted with a Taliban-aligned group in Afghanistan. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is sponsoring a resolution to condemn the swap of suspected Taliban fighters for Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal – held in Iraq for nearly five years. More than 20 [...]

Sen. Rubio at CPAC 2014 (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

Iraq War Three?

Florida lawmakers are weighing how to provide assistance to Iraqi officials who need help combating a powerful Islamist militia. Unlike many Democrats, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) voted to authorize the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He says he was misled by the Bush Administration leading up to that war. But now, as unrest increases and the [...]

Photo of Senator Bennet courtesy of Jeffrey Beall

Bennet to Try to Cut Student Loan Red Tape

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is introducing legislation he hopes will simplify applying for student loans. If you hold up an application for federal student aid, it stretches to the ground. Bennet says filling it out is a waste of time for students and their families. That is why he is introducing a bill to reduce [...]

Amb. Keith Harper in Geneva, Switzerland (Via Wikipedia Commons)

In First, American Indian Becomes Ambassador

The Senate confirmed a Maryland resident as the first ever member of a federally recognized Native American tribe to serve as an ambassador. In a party-line vote Maryland attorney Keith Harper was confirmed as a representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council. It marks the first time a Native American, and member of the [...]

South Florida at projection of 4-foot sea-level rise - Image: NOAA

Rubio Scoffs at New Environmental Regulations

The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation, especially South Florida, if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. Some of the state’s Republican lawmakers still are not buying it. Things won’t be pretty if the latest White House climate assessment is right. You can expect intensified storms and [...]

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