The fact-checking Web site Politifact has named President Obama's claim that people could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them its "Lie of the Year."
Obama in recent years has repeated some variation of the following phrase: "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it." The problem was, it wasn't true, as millions of Americans with health plans that didn't meet Obamacare's standards got cancellation notices.
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Former Vice President Al Gore urged Senate Democrats to move forcefully to address global warming in a closed-door lunch Thursday, 13 years to the day after the Supreme Court ended his 2000 presidential bid.
Gore's talk came at a time when climate policy appears to be gathering momentum in Washington: this week the White House announced it was bringing on John Podesta, a prominent Democratic strategist and environmental activist, to help oversee energy and climate change for the president.
The newest member of Congress has arrived.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) won a special election Tuesday for Sen. Ed Markey's (D-Mass.) old House seat and has now been sworn in.
"Sen. Markey, you set a standard of excellence during your time in the House," Clark, a former state senator, said in a statement. "I look forward to carrying on your work for the people of our district and partnering with you and the entire Massachusetts delegation to move Massachusetts and our country forward."
Clark defeated a crowded field of Democratic candidates in the primary and won easily Tuesday in a heavily Democratic district.
Clark's swearing in means that, for Thursday's budget vote, the House has 232 Republicans, 201 Democrats and two vacancies. Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) will soon resign after being confirmed as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
Federal investigators found hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaging in sexually explicit conduct on a computer hard drive recovered from the home of the former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), according to court documents filed Thursday.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon to face charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Here is the full story, which will be updated with new developments.
Democrats, who are locked in a battle against voter ID and a series of Republican election law changes, are launching a new effort to win secretary of state races in 2014.
Leading that effort will be a new political action committee devoted to these races, called SoS (Secretary of State) for Democracy. The PAC is the brainchild of longtime Democratic strategist Steve Rosenthal and former AFSCME political director Larry Scanlon.
Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America, sharply rejected Boehner’s charge that outside groups such as his have lost credibility by opposing the latest budget deal, saying that conservative organizations are merely reflecting the sentiments of their grassroots activists.
“The more information that gets out about this deal, the harder it is for members to vote yes and go back home and explain that vote,” Holler said. “That’s where the rub is.”
This story has been updated.
In a remarkable moment of political clarity, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) escalated his feud with outside conservative advocacy groups that have repeatedly undermined his leadership team's agenda for three years.
"Frankly, I just think they've lost all credibility," Boehner told reporters Thursday at his weekly press briefing.
Well, this was bound to happen.
During the inaugural meeting Thursday of the new Congressional Deaf Caucus, at least one lawmaker cracked a joke at the expense of the official interpreter for this week's memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Taking the stage at the meeting in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) greeted the dozens of people gathered in the room and then stopped.
The tea party's popularity continues to sink.
A new Gallup poll shows just 30 percent of Americans view the movement favorably, compared to 51 percent who dislike it.
Among political moderates, 34 percent view the movement favorably, while 54 percent view it unfavorably.