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Is Reid to Blame for Hagel's Filibuster Block?

Cliff Schecter joined us to discuss how the Hagel debacle shows once again the urgent need for filibuster reform and Cliff's frustration with Harry Reid.
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American Majority: Cut Post Office Hours, but Leave Stamp Prices Alone

American Majority: Cut Post Office Hours, but Leave Stamp Prices Alone
Sixty-three percent of Americans say they favor ending Saturday residential mail delivery as a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its financial problems. A similar majority also favor reducing the number of days local post office branches are open. A majority oppose raising stamp prices.
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Colbert Touts Sister’s Congressional Campaign

Colbert Touts Sister’s Congressional Campaign
Last month, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the sister of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, announced she was running in South Carolina's upcoming Congressional special election, potentially pitting her against former governor and Appalachian Trail aficionado Mark Sanford. On Wednesday, Colbert used some air time to spotlight her uphill battle.
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Murray to GOP Leaders: ‘The Fate of the Violence Against Women Act’ is on Your Shoulders

Murray to GOP Leaders: ‘The Fate of the Violence Against Women Act’ is on Your Shoulders
Murray spoke on the Senate floor Thursday saying, “...we all know what it will take to move this bill forward -- leadership from Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor. The fate of the Violence Against Women Act still lays squarely on their shoulders."
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14 Reasons to Repeal Sequestration

14 Reasons to Repeal Sequestration
It’s been four years since Wall Street ruined the economy, we’re nearly nine million jobs behind where we need to be, and for years our politicians have debated how much less – not how much more – they’ll do about it.
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Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants

Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants
When CBS News reported in 2011 that members of Congress weren’t prohibited from insider trading, Congress moved swiftly. President Obama signed a law banning it within six months of the broadcast. But Congress is still exempt from portions of a number of federal laws, including provisions that protect workers in the private sector but don’t apply to the legislative branch’s approximately 30,000 employees.
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Ex-Senator Ben Nelson Gets 445% Pay Raise by Becoming A Lobbyist

Ex-Senator Ben Nelson Gets 445% Pay Raise by Becoming A Lobbyist
Although Nelson claims he will not act as an official lobbyist, this is only because he is barred from registering as a lobbyist to lobby Congress for two years. Serving as the head of a major special interest organization that does have registered lobbyists will effectively grant him the same role.
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Duckworth: Allowing Women in Combat 'Win for Our Nation'

Duckworth: Allowing Women in Combat 'Win for Our Nation'
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who lost both her legs and part of her right arm in Iraq, is all in favor of Wednesday's decision by the Pentagon allowing women to serve in combat.
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Congress Puts Off Holding the Economy Hostage Until May

Congress Puts Off Holding the Economy Hostage Until May
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.
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Andrew Taylor
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VT Senator Blasts Obstructionist Republicans Over Killing Embassy Security Funding

VT Senator Blasts Obstructionist Republicans Over Killing Embassy Security Funding
Leahy: "In time when a terrorist attack in Algeria has led to security alerts for U.S. facilities abroad, House Republicans once again blithely torpedoed embassy security funds approved by the Senate."
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