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Articles from January 14, 2013

A Dog's Life, Policing Capitol Hill
Barney knew he would be on a short leash after leaving the Bay Correctional Facility in Panama City, Fla.He would spend the next several months in Alabama in physical training, running 10 miles a day and learning to detect subtle, yet deadly, explosive...
Cloudy Future for Obama's Second-Term Agenda
President Barack Obama is less than a week away from taking his second oath of office, but the expansive agenda he"s already laid out for his second term has no clear path to enactment.Ambition certainly isn"t the problem. Obama has pledged to take on...
Cornyn Predicts Brokered Compromise on Filibuster Issue
The new No. 2 Republican in the Senate says that if history is any judge, the chamber"s leaders will likely work out a deal and not pull the trigger on the "nuclear option' to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote."The history of this has...
Cornyn Raises Profile in First Weeks as GOP Whip
Sen. John Cornyn has always relished and excelled in the role of attack dog, and now that the Texas Republican has been installed as his party"s chief antagonist in the Senate, he"s come out swinging.Where his predecessor, retired Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona,...
Family Names May Sustain Southern Senate Democrats
Mark Pryor and Mary L. Landrieu begin the 2014 election cycle as two of the most vulnerable Democratic senators. Each faces re- election in states where President Barack Obama and national Democrats are deeply unpopular.But Pryor and Landrieu have at...
Fiscal Battles Portend Good Year Ahead for K Street
When the congressional agenda includes cuts to entitlements and defense programs, a fight over the debt ceiling and potential tax changes that could affect virtually every sector of the economy, you can bet on one thing: Lobbyists will be very busy this...
Five Races to Watch in 2013
After a hard-fought and highly charged presidential battle in 2012 -- not to mention Congressional races and redistricting -- one might hope that 2013 would provide a respite from campaign politics. No such luck.The transition from the first Obama administration...
House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal
With the administration"s debt ceiling deadline fast approaching, House Republican leaders are considering a four-year debt limit increase that would take the issue off the table for the rest of President Barack Obama"s presidency.The plan would, however,...
Iowa: Braley's Gubernatorial Aspirations and Tea Leaves for Harkin's Re-Election Decision
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley has stepped up his interest in running for governor of Iowa in 2014, according to a weekend report in the Des Moines Register.The four-term lawmaker has long eyed statewide office, but it has been unclear whether Braley would...
Kiernan: Renew Commitment to National Parks
It has been clear for some time that, with or without the fiscal cliff, funding for national parks is insufficient. The hard, inside- the-Beltway truth about national parks is that pretty much everybody likes them, but the political will to do what is...
Latest Sandy Debate on House Floor May Frustrate Conservatives
House conservatives are likely to be frustrated this week in the year"s first test of their drive to cut spending, with the chamber on a path to pass a major Superstorm Sandy recovery package.Fewer than a dozen of the roughly 90 amendments that were...
Obama Reviews Gun Proposals; Emanuel Offers Advice
President Barack Obama said Monday that he would detail his administration"s proposals to prevent gun violence later this week, even as his former chief of staff provided him with some unsolicited advice about how to push gun control legislation through...
Outside Groups Spent Big on Congressional Travel
Outside groups spent more than $3.6 million last year to send members of Congress and staffers on trips to far-flung locations such as Indonesia, Israel, Ghana and Turkey, a figure that could increase as late filers submit their post-travel disclosure...
People on the Move
Emily Bittner has been hired as national press secretary and senior communications adviser at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Bittner was communications director to Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va. She also has worked as communications...
Rail Funding, Online Taxes a Few of the Issues on Congress' Plate
Beyond the president"s ambitious agenda, Congress has no shortage of other issues to tackle in the 113th Congress.Rail ReauthorizationThe expiration of current law in September is likely to trigger a showdown over President Barack Obama"s high-speed...
Reid Downplays Chances for Assault Gun Ban, Filibuster Changes
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told a Nevada television station Friday that the Senate is unlikely to pass an assault weapons ban or a radical revamp of filibuster rules.But the Democratic leader was optimistic about changes to immigration laws, noting...
Rothenberg: Who Is Least Likely to Lose the Virginia Gubernatorial Race?
While most political attention these days is focused on the nation"s capital and President Barack Obama"s second term, across the river in Virginia, politicians from both parties are preparing for what seems to be the oddest gubernatorial race the state...
Shop Talk: Markey Staffs Up for Senate Campaign
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey is staffing up in anticipation of a Senate special election and has hired Sarah Benzing as his campaign manager and fundraisers Colleen Coffey and Michael Pratt.Benzing ran Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown"s successful...
Swearing-In Is Akin to Draft Day for Rivals
The freshman congresswoman had been sworn in for only an hour or two, and she was already loaded for bear."I"m going to beat you!' she declared to this reporter, feet from the House floor.This was no retaliatory physical threat over tough campaign coverage....
Telecky, Roberts and Flocken: Roar to Save Lions Today
As a global conservation leader, the United States needs to fully address its critical role in protecting an imperiled species. This means coming to terms with some ugly truths. The fact that there are as few as 32,000 African lions in the wild today...
Veteran Defense Panel Staffer Dies at 70
Douglas C. Roach, the longtime staff director for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, died Jan. 11. He was 70.Roach was a cornerstone of every defense authorization law since 1991 - whether as a professional staff member...
West Virginia: Democrats Game out Senate Primary
In the days after Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced his retirement, Democrats have been gaming out how a primary to replace him might play out.The list of names circulating is so long it is mind-numbing. On Friday, both CQ Roll Call and The Charleston Gazette...
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