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Criticized by Obama, Senate Candidate Defends Fair-Pay Stance

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 5:29pm
Criticized by the president for her stance on equal-pay policy, Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land of Michigan said she supports the principle of equal pay for women but would have voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act debated in the Senate this week.

Sunday Talk Preview: Ukraine, Sebelius, Boston

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 3:50pm
The latest on the turmoil in Ukraine, the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are likely to be the focus of this Sunday’s political talk shows. Here are the lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press.

Fundraising Boost for Embattled Senate Democrats

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:12pm
Democratic incumbents facing tough re-election battles ended the first quarter of 2014 with a financial advantage over their likely Republican opponents, some of whom still face primaries to win the GOP nomination.

Policy Divides Over Union Elections on Display at NLRB

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:59pm
Political and workplace divides over labor policy were on display at the National Labor Relations Board’s Washington headquarters this week, where the board held a hearing to examine its proposal to streamline and speed union-organizing elections in the private sector.

Harvard Reunion, Class of 1987? Nope, Obama’s Cabinet

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:44pm
If White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services, she will be the third member of Harvard College’s Class of 1987 to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

NSA Says It Wasn’t Previously Aware of Heartbleed

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:23pm
The National Security Agency denied that it previously knew of the Heartbleed bug, calling reports that it or any part of the U.S. government were aware before April "wrong."

Politics Counts: If Democrats Motivate Women Voters, Then What?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:21pm
If the Democrats' goal is to drive up turnout among women, particularly women younger than 50, and turn that polling advantage into a vote advantage, what’s the prognosis for the the party?

Obama’s Tax Policies Boosted Obamas’ Tax Burden

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:07pm
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in total tax on income of $481,098 for 2013. That worked out to an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4%, the White House said -- a higher rate than 2012, even though their income declined.

Video: Sebelius’s Farewell Remarks Hit by Glitch

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:19pm
Kathleen Sebelius's comments, in a cruel twist, were marred by a technical glitch. As she started to wrap up her remarks, she realized something wasn't quite right

Climate Change Gets Big-Budget Treatment on Showtime

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:39pm
Climate change is one of the issues at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda, and now it's getting big budget treatment in Hollywood, at least by documentary standards.

Sen. Portman Prepares for GOP Senate Takeover

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:19am
Sen. Rob Portman's jobs plan gives GOP candidates broad principles to run on in the midterm election, but its greater purpose is to serve as a rough template for what the GOP hopes to do legislatively if the party recaptures the Senate majority this fall.

Seib Video: Democrats Triple Down on Wage Equality

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:51am
Events in Washington this week suggest that the big political economic debate of 2014, a midterm election year, is going to be between Democrats pushing income equality, on the one hand, and Republicans talking about job creation on the other.

Alaska Ad Hints Obamacare Losing Some Political Stigma

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:14am
The Affordable Care Act may be losing some of its stigma among Democrats. A new ad campaign in Alaska shows Democrats on the offensive about the health law, marking a distinct shift in the party’s messaging this campaign cycle.

WashWire Daily Brief: Sebelius Exits, Market Data Leaked After Government Phone Call

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:46am
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How the GOP Plans to Attack Hillary Clinton

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:25am
Heading toward the 2016 presidential race, Republicans hope the State Department will become Hillary Clinton's Bain Capital.

Shoe Thrown at Hillary Clinton During Vegas Speech

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:40pm
Hillary Clinton narrowly missed being pelted by a shoe tossed at her during a speech in Las Vegas to a recycling industry group.

Hagel Gets a Gift Horse During His Visit to Mongolia

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:08pm
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's 10-day Asian excursion came to a close Thursday in Mongolia with a gift horse.

After Long Drumroll, Scott Brown Makes Senate Run Official

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:59pm
At long last making it official, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown Thursday evening will formally launch his campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, and will immediately cast the race as a referendum on the 2010 health care law she supported.

Obama Meets With Texas Hopeful Wendy Davis

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:01pm
President Obama met briefly with Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday following his remarks at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Their meeting comes as polls show Davis beginning to tighten the gap with her GOP opponent, Greg Abbott.

After Contempt Votes, What’s Next for Lois Lerner?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:37pm
Don’t expect quick action to resolve the thorny legal issues at the heart of the dispute. Instead, the wrangling is likely to go on and on – which could be appealing to Republicans, who believe the matter is a political winner for them.