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  • Biden calls GOP candidates "gift" for Democrats

    January 28, 2016 3:05 PM

    BALTIMORE - Vice President Joe Biden says Democrats may have "been given a gift from the Lord" in the form of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Biden is riffing on the 2016 race as he addresses House Democrats at their annual retreat in Baltimore. Biden says between Cruz and Trump,... more »
  • Trump, GOP leaders realizing they may need each other

    January 22, 2016 5:36 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Donald Trump and some mainstream Republicans are engaged in a long-distance flirtation. Both sides are coming to the realization that they'll need each other if the billionaire businessman becomes the party's presidential nominee. The GOP establishment is no fonder of Trump than when he first... more »
  • Rubio betting on a long-haul strategy to win GOP nomination

    January 20, 2016 11:31 AM

    BETTENDORF, Iowa - Under pressure to emerge as the Republican mainstream's presidential contender, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is increasingly relying on a national strategy as he lowers expectations for February's primary contests. He's betting big that Republican voters across the political spectrum will ultimately coalesce behind his candidacy in the... more »
  • Republicans criticize waiver of food stamp work requirements

    January 14, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans are decrying Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to waive work requirements for thousands of food stamp recipients. Edwards won approval to sidestep a federal requirement that childless adults aged 18 to 49 have to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in... more »
  • Ryan: Obama is 'subverting' Congress

    January 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Vote to repeal Obama's health law marks testy start to 2016

    January 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House gets back to work today, and its first item to tackle is another vote to undo President Barack Obama's health care law. It's no surprise that the president will veto the repeal bill, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood. So Republicans plan to schedule... more »
  • Republicans gather in Las Vegas, with national security a key issue

    December 15, 2015 5:47 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Donald Trump will once again be standing at center stage when nine Republican presidential candidates debate tonight in Las Vegas. The debate will be the first for Republicans since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, that increased concerns about terrorism in the United States. Trump's... more »
  • Obama optimism over climate pact tempered by GOP opposition

    December 13, 2015 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the newly passed international climate change agreement as a major achievement that could help turn the tide in global warming. Obama said the climate agreement "can be a turning point for the world." He and Kerry predicted it... more »
  • On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn to rise

    December 5, 2015 3:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill, it's the establishment's turn. For months, tea party lawmakers provoked crisis and unrest in Congress - and even drove out a speaker. But now, GOP leaders have turned to the business of governing, and they're pushing forward a series of bills destined to get the... more »
  • Senate votes down gun curbs in wake of CA attacks

    December 3, 2015 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted anew against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's 50-47 vote underscored that political gridlock over curbing firearms remains formidable in Washington, amid a rash of... more »
  • GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House

    November 23, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election. Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types... more »
  • GOP nominates Ryan as speaker, House set to OK budget deal

    October 28, 2015 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have nominated Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan to become the chamber's next speaker. GOP lawmakers hope Ryan will lead them out of weeks of disarray and point them toward accomplishments they can highlight in next year's elections. The 45-year-old Ryan was his party's 2012 vice presidential... more »
  • Conservatives concede they can't block budget deal

    October 27, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans in the House concede that there's not much they can do to stop a two-year budget deal that was agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House. In his final days as speaker, John Boehner is trying to get the measure approved, in order to... more »
  • Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for speaker

    October 9, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The pressure is on Congressman Paul Ryan to run for House speaker. The process of finding a successor to John Boehner was thrown into chaos yesterday, when the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he was abandoning his campaign for the post. Entering a closed-door Republican... more »
  • House GOP to vote for new speaker

    October 8, 2015 9:34 AM

    WASHINGTON- Divided House Republicans are meeting to vote on a new speaker as the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, faces a fresh challenge from the hard-line conservatives who forced outgoing Speaker John Boehner to resign. Thursday's closed-door, secret-ballot election will produce a GOP nominee for speaker, but it... more »
  • House forms special panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    October 7, 2015 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted to create a special panel to investigate Planned Parenthood and its procurement of fetal tissue for research. Wednesday's near party-line vote was 242-184. The roll call underscored how the GOP is pressing an issue that has galvanized conservatives. Republicans say the committee is... more »
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some Republicans

    October 1, 2015 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims in a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But the strategy worries party elders who fear escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words come in... more »
  • Boehner says his resignation is for the good of the House

    September 25, 2015 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - John Boehner says his "first job" as speaker of the House is to "protect this institution that we all love." And he says if he were to stay on as speaker, there would be a "prolonged leadership turmoil" that would "do irreparable damage" to the House. In... more »
  • Key Democrat: Senate will uphold Obama on Iran nuke deal

    September 1, 2015 11:27 AM

    BALTIMORE - A key Democrat is predicting there will be enough votes in the Senate by week's end to uphold President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution disapproving the Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, tells students at Johns Hopkins... more »
  • Officials found in Ashley Madison hack, other addresses to be probed Play Video

    August 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After emails belonging to state workers were shown to be used for accounts on adultery website Ashley Madison, the state said Thursday, it is against policy for employees to use state-owned email addresses for this type of activity. Ashley Madison is an online dating site that... more »
  • House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

    July 8, 2015 1:02 PM

    COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House is taking a lunch break, in part so Republicans can meet behind closed doors again to talk about whether to take down the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. In three hours of debate, the House took up just four amendments, rejecting them... more »
  • Jindal launches 2016 campaign by blasting big government Play Video

    June 24, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With Garth Brooks blaring behind him, Governor Bobby Jindal charged into his first speech as a 2016 presidential candidate by blasting big government, Democrats in Washington, and even his own party. In his first speech as a presidential candidate Jindal touted his record of cuts as... more »
  • GOP leaders putting together trade rescue plan

    June 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - After talks with President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress are putting together a quick rescue plan to resurrect a highly controversial trade legislation that was derailed in the House last week. Officials said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner were likely to... more »
  • House conservatives offer plan to replace Obama's health law

    June 4, 2015 5:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - House conservatives are offering their plan for repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and replacing it with tax breaks and other changes. But they're divided over whether to replace that law's subsidies for lower-earning people should the Supreme Court annul them this month. The Republican Study Committee,... more »
  • GOP: Our plan would help people losing health subsidies

    March 2, 2015 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans are sending a message that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: The country's health care system won't crumble if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. Three top senators said Monday that if the court invalidates federal... more »
  • Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding

    February 26, 2015 5:17 PM

    OXON HILL, MD - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for fellow Republicans who control Congress: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke critically of his party's leaders in Washington on Thursday during a turn before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. As he spoke to CPAC, House Republicans were considering... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor outraise Democratic candidate

    February 19, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democratic candidate in the Louisiana governor's race lagged behind the Republican contenders in fundraising last year. State Rep. John Bel Edwards filed his campaign finance report with the state ethics board late Wednesday. He reported raising $360,000 in 2014, coupled with a $25,000 personal loan.... more »
  • Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

    February 11, 2015 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Congress has cleared a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That sets up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House voted 270-152 on Wednesday to send the bill to the president. Neither chamber has... more »
  • Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

    February 6, 2015 2:01 AM

    DENVER, CO - As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. The stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, but it's generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws. This week, Democrats... more »
  • Some GOP want tax credits in health alternative

    February 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say a small, influential group of Republicans in search of a replacement health care law intends to propose tax credits for lower-income individuals and families to encourage the purchase of insurance. At the same time, the plan will propose jettisoning the highly controversial coverage requirement in the... more »
  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    January 29, 2015 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the... more »
  • GOP pushes abortion bill through House

    January 22, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have muscled legislation through the House tightening federal restrictions on abortions, as thousands of abortion foes staged their annual protest march just down the street. The House approved the broadened abortion curbs by a near party-line 242-179 vote. The White House warned that President Barack Obama would... more »
  • Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union

    January 20, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Barack Obama to come up with ways to work with Republicans to shore up Medicare and Social Security and to balance the budget, not just propose, in his words, "more tired tax hikes." Obama is expected to include in his... more »
  • New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell was poised to become the new Senate majority leader. In the House, John Boehner was widely expected to win another term as speaker. Two Louisiana lawmakers were... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • GOP preps plan to block Obama on climate in 2015

    January 5, 2015 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress. Republicans have promised to send Obama a barrage of bills to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. GOP leaders will be... more »
  • Obama, GOP-led Congress prepare for veto showdowns

    December 7, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama is about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president's desk. That's because Senate Democrats blocked it. But Republicans will control both chambers of Congress come January, and that mean Obama finding himself... more »
  • AP: Graves, Abraham win La. Congressional runoffs

    December 6, 2014 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration. Republicans will expand their current 234-201 advantage by a dozen seats in the next Congress - with one race still undecided. On Saturday, Republicans kept control... more »
  • GOP works to keep voters' interest for Senate race

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has cast his ballot early, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen away from people's minds as they focus on the holidays. Cassidy is the front-runner in the race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. He's hoping to maintain... more »
  • House sends bill approving oil pipeline to Senate

    November 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has sent the Senate a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House voted Friday 252-161 on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana in a bid to boost his chances to take over Louisiana's Senate seat from Democrat Mary Landrieu.... more »
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

    November 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal... more »
  • Jindal: announcement about presidential run to come in early 2015

    November 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the victories of the GOP and his possible run for presidency Wednesday afternoon. About the control the Republicans have in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Jindal said they "better not waste that chance" to show the nation they can... more »
  • McConnell cites trade agreements, taxes for action

    November 5, 2014 1:29 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action. McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding areas... more »
  • GOP to control Senate

    November 4, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured their sixth Senate seat that had been held by Democrats - and that's enough to give Republicans control of the Senate next year. The GOP will now have full control of Congress during the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term. And their... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans

    October 31, 2014 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested that President Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race. In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Landrieu was quoted as saying that the South "has not always been the... more »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    October 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

    October 21, 2014 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold... more »
  • Landrieu accuses GOP of 'fear mongering' on Ebola

    October 21, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn't putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns. Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using... more »
  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    October 20, 2014 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... more »
  • GOP seizes on Obama comment about his policies

    October 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
  • Palin to visit La. for GOP Senate candidate Maness

    September 25, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is getting campaign help this weekend from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that... more »
  • La. Gov. Jindal helping out Florida GOP

    September 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping Florida Republicans focused on trying to get Gov. Rick Scott re-elected. Jindal is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida's annual fundraising dinner being held Saturday at Walt Disney World. Jindal is another potential 2016 presidential... more »
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    July 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal... more »
  • Landrieu hammering Cassidy on banking agency

    July 28, 2014 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is making a campaign issue out of a congressional fight over a banking agency targeted for elimination by conservative Republicans. The Democratic incumbent supports the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies. Landrieu says it promotes trade, creates jobs and helps... more »
  • House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

    July 23, 2014 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants. The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate. A Senate bill would... more »
  • Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

    July 16, 2014 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds. The vote on Wednesday was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. Democrats sponsored the... more »
  • No "stand down order" in Benghazi

    July 10, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- Testimony from nine members of the military contradicts claims by some Republican members of Congress that a "stand down order" held back military assets that could have saved four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya. The contention from the lawmakers is that the Special Operations team of four was... more »
  • Obama heads to Texas with no plans to visit border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:15 AM

    TEXAS - The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability for President Barack Obama, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws. Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his... more »
  • GOP field crowded for 6th Congressional District

    July 8, 2014 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The eight Republicans vying for the open 6th District congressional seat are trying to highlight differences among their personal resumes, as they strike largely similar policy positions. In a debate Tuesday, held by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, the contenders described themselves as conservatives... more »
  • Cantor to resign as majority leader July 31

    June 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset... more »
  • House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

    May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money. A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they are losing money on school lunch... more »
  • Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe

    May 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats say before they decide whether to take part in a new investigation of Benghazi, they want assurances from House Speaker John Boehner that the probe will be bipartisan, and not a political spectacle. Party leaders have been meeting today with rank-and-file Democrats to decide whether to... more »
  • House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe Play Video

    May 9, 2014 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing. Democrats will meet Friday to decide the next step. Republicans rammed through a resolution on... more »
  • House set to approve select Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up. Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee,... more »
  • GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

    April 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
  • GOP leader: McAllister's apology appropriate

    April 8, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he's pleased a Republican congressman from Louisiana apologized after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife. But Cantor stopped short of calling for U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister to resign. Cantor, of Virginia,... more »
  • House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget Play Video

    April 2, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama. The GOP... more »
  • Fact check on raising minimum wage

    February 18, 2014 7:24 PM

    WASHINGTON- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says raising the federal minimum wage would increase pay for more than 16.5 million workers but may cost 500,000 jobs. The breakdown comes as the Senate prepares to debate a plan pushed by Democrats to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour... more »
  • Republicans lead fundraising for governor's race

    February 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run. Campaign finance reports have been trickling into the state ethics board. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who says he'll be in the... more »
  • GOP to advance 'clean' debt limit hike

    February 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders have announced they will advance this week an increase in the government's borrowing cap that's free of any add-ons. House Speaker John Boehner announced the plan after a poll of the Republican rank and file failed to show enough support for a plan to... more »
  • AP Fact Check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

    February 5, 2014 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight. ... more »
  • Dems, GOP leaders quacked up over Dynasty drama

    December 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Democrats slammed GOP governor Bobby Jindal for his references to Miley Cyrus and encouraging tolerance of differing viewpoints Thursday in response to a Duck Dynasty cast member being removed from the show. Earlier in the day, the governor said "this is a free country and everyone is... more »
  • House GOP, White House seek to end budget fight

    October 11, 2013 8:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of an economy-shaking federal default. Obama plans a White House meeting with GOP senators on Friday. Senate Republicans say they want... more »
  • Obama to seek opening with GOP leaders on shutdown

    October 10, 2013 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans Thursday to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. The White House meeting comes as House GOP leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase designed... more »
  • Some GOP willing to approve spending bill without health care delay

    September 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - There are signs that Republican unity may be weakening, as the deadline for averting a government shutdown draws near. For the first time since the showdown began more than a week ago, some Republican lawmakers are voicing dissent over the strategy that has been carried out at the... more »
  • Obama says GOP won't force government shutdown

    August 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight. Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's... more »
  • House OKs 40th effort to repeal health law

    August 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed legislation through the House preventing the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the 40th time the chamber has voted to repeal all or part of the 2010 law. The bill is sure to be ignored by... more »
  • "People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

    June 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol. Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline. They created a ruckus... more »
  • House, Senate on diverging paths on agency budgets

    June 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
  • Benghazi report authors offer to testify in public, not private

    May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel. Thomas Pickering and former Joint... more »
  • GOP boycotts health care advisory board

    May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The battle over President Barack Obama's health care law continues to play out today -- with congressional Republicans saying they won't nominate candidates for an advisory board that's supposed to play a role in holding down Medicare costs. The board would have the power to force payment cuts... more »
  • Obama: We will get through cuts

    March 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Americans will get through the automatic spending cuts kicking in Friday. Obama says the nation shouldn't be making "dumb and arbitrary" cuts. He says Republicans have allowed the cuts to happen. Obama stays he still believes the cuts can be replaced, but he wants... more »
  • GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review

    January 25, 2013 1:06 PM

    GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. KEN THOMAS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Looking for a new direction, many Republicans are turning to the states for ideas on how to come back from their 2012 election defeat. Republicans are promoting the tax and... more »
  • Obama: Debt limit increase can't be tied to spending cuts

    January 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... more »
  • House will vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans are dropping their demands for additional spending cuts and will hold a House vote on whether to give final congressional approval to the Senate-approved compromise averting "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts. The House vote was expected Tuesday evening. A decision by the Republican-run House to... more »

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