Americans have an overwhelmingly favorable view of George Washington, but very few consider the first president's birthday as a very important holiday, a new polls shows.
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The House spending debate has turned to a discussion of whether to defund Democrats' new health care law, and several Republicans have called it "Obamacare" in their House speeches. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, says that's insulting, and a violation of the House rules.
A member of President Obama's high-profile deficit commission said Wednesday that the White House missed an opportunity to lead the country back onto the path of long-term fiscal health when it rolled out a 2012 budget that did not tackle the popular entitlement programs that are the biggest drivers of federal spending.
Florida's newly minted Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday said he will return $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando — a move that kills the project and has set off a cacophony of bipartisan complaints from Capitol Hill lawmakers from the Sunshine State.
Two Democratic senators have asked Major League Baseball and its players union to ban tobacco products on the field, in the dugout and in the locker rooms at MLB venues.
Sen. Mark Kirk's new seating assignment in the Senate chamber is sweet— literally.
Rep. Ron Paul, appearing on CNN Monday morning, defended himself against comments made over the weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference by real estate magnate Donald Trump, who is considering a run for the 2012 GOP Republican presidential nomination. "I've won 11 times ... I don't know whether he has earned the right to criticize somebody for not winning an election when I don't know how many elections he's won himself."
Senate Democrats have argued that Congress should focus on cutting waste and removing tax breaks for oil companies rather than tackle major spending cuts, but Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday said cuts will have to go deeper than just waste.
Republicans were handed a giant gift this week when the director of the Congressional Budget Office testified to Congress that the health care law will actually lead to fewer people working -- presumably meaning that repeal would boost jobs.
A government watchdog group has asked the the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether members of Congress who sleep in their offices are violating House rules.
Donald Trump angered fans of Rep. Ron Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday when he said the Texas congressman, who is mulling another presidential run, "really has no chance."
The news that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will step down at the end of his third term next year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's name immediately shot to the top of the list of potential Democrats who could challenge for the open seat.
House Speaker John A. Boehner says he didn't force former Rep. Christopher Lee to resign after the married New Yorker was caught flirting via the Internet with a young single women. "Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in his best interest and the interest of his family," said the Ohio Republican Thursday during his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters.
Facing a possible tough primary battle in Utah for his seat, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch received a boost Wednesday when he was rated one of the top conservatives in the Senate last year by the American Conservative Union.
Businesses could face higher taxes under a new Obama administration proposal designed to help cash-strapped states replenish their unemployment insurance pools.