Politics & Government

The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday, as the Senate considers a spending bill.
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Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night on a 56-40 bipartisan vote, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Earlier Saturday, the Senate had voted on a short-term continuing resolution that extended their deadline to pass the spending bill. But in the evening, Senate leadership came to an agreement and the legislative body voted to move the bill forward sooner than anticipated, ending debate and allowing a vote Saturday night.

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Politics
9:55 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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Politics
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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Politics
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:21 pm

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Race
7:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:38 pm

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Audit of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Reveals Problems

Republican lawmakers are considering abolishing the Government Accountability Board
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An audit of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections in Wisconsin has identified a number of problems with its operation. 

Those include having no written procedures for considering complaints and not conducting required reviews to identify felons who may have voted.

The audit of the Government Accountability Board released Friday comes as Republicans in charge of the legislature are talking about doing away with the panel, and replacing it with a partisan model.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers Reflects On Congressional Career

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Dingell Admitted To Hospital, One Day After Casting Last Vote In House

Rep. John Dingell, seen here in June, was admitted to a hospital Friday as a precautionary measure. The Democrat is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
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Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was admitted to a hospital in Washington, D.C., as a precaution Friday, one day after casting the final vote in his nearly 60 years in Congress.

The Michigan Democrat's office didn't give details on Dingell's condition, other than to say he was under observation and "resting comfortably." Dingell visited a doctor's office earlier this week, after he fell down and bruised his hip.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Budget Bill Proves Perfect Flashpoint For Debate Among Democrats

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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Politics
3:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Some Republicans Rethinking Party's Traditional Stands On Crime, Policing

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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