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  • Don't despair on political prospects for 2015 -- yet!

    "As a Democrat, you must be so depressed starting off this new year with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress." With those words, legendary San Francisco talk show host Ronn Owens greeted me when I sat down for an interview this week during...
  • Keystone XL amendments had senators doing the unusual: voting ... a lot

    Something unusual happened in Congress this week: Senators voted -- not just once or twice, but more than 20 times, right up until midnight Thursday. In contrast to the recent years of gridlock and paralysis, senators took vote after politically tough...
  • Mitch McConnell and 'regular order': Just flirting or going steady?

    New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised senators late last year that he'd return to the "regular order" of debate and amendments that his predecessor, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, had abandoned. But as the Senate struggled to...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer, liberal lion from California, to retire after 2016

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, liberal lion from California, to retire after 2016
    The news that Sen. Barbara Boxer would not run for her Senate seat again after nearly four decades in public life was a watershed moment for California and for her fellow Democrats, signifying the end of a political career that has come to embody Bay Area...
  • Can the two parties disagree without being disagreeable

    WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell's debut as the new Senate majority leader served at least one worthy Republican cause. It made Speaker of the House John Boehner, who easily turned back an intraparty challenge on the other side of the Capitol, seem the...
  • In Republican Congress, two divergent strategies at work

    In Republican Congress, two divergent strategies at work
    After winning control of the Senate and boosting their numbers in the House last fall, Republicans devised a moniker for their dual majorities that could pass for a new C-SPAN reality show: "America's New Congress." Branding is one thing, but...
  • Lawmakers' to-do list

    The 114th Congress, which began its work on Tuesday, ushers in an era of conservative legislative leadership. Victories in several Senate races last fall handed control of that chamber to Republicans, who tightened their grip on the House as well. For...
  • Getting down to (chocolate-covered) business

    One thing for sure: You can take Mitch McConnell and John Boehner at their word. They told the American people: You put us in charge of Congress and we'll get Congress back to work. And, by golly, they meant it! They've only been in session one week,...
  • The GOP Congress faces a 100-day test

    The GOP Congress faces a 100-day test
    The 100-day evaluation is a marker in U.S. politics — superficial sometimes, though often a leading indicator. By April 15, the tone and motivation of the new Republican Congress may be apparent. Those first 100 days won't make clear which...
  • A strategy for 'responsible' Republicans to do some good

    With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity. When...
  • Md. groups closely watching new Congress, political landscape

    Md. groups closely watching new Congress, political landscape
    As Congress opens its session on Tuesday, several Maryland interests — including chicken farmers, environmentalists and federal employees — will be watching for signs of how the new political landscape on Capitol Hill will affect issues they...