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There's an old saw about cooking frogs: Place them in cool water, and then turn up the heat. The frogs fail to respond to gradual temperature change, and by the time the water gets near the boiling point, the frogs are unable to jump out and save themselves.
Former members of U.S. special operations forces on Thursday demanded President Obama veto the budget bill Congress just passed, saying that the cuts to military retirement benefits — which even the bill's authors now admit were a partial mistake — are an insult to veterans.
While most House Republicans backed the new budget deal, Senate Republicans balked — underscoring the tricky election-year politics that face the GOP as it tries to show it can govern in Washington, while facing angry base voters back home.
With a boost from some Hollywood royalty Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly bullish about the likelihood they’ll be able to boost mental health spending in response to the Newtown school shooting, even as Democrats vowed not to let that spoil their push for a broader crackdown on gun ownership.
Congress passed a new topline budget on Wednesday, sending it to President Obama's desk for his signature and signaling all sides in Washington are trying to avoid another government shutdown in January.
Baseball and football fans know that when coaches chew out umpires and referees, there's little chance that the questionable call will be overturned — especially in baseball. In many cases, though, that's not the intent. The idea is to intimidate the umpire into giving them a better call the next time around.
By clearing the decks of the bipartisan budget deal, some political observers say, the GOP establishment is banking on the idea that giving up ground in the spending battle now will pay off over the long run by allowing Republicans to avoid getting punished for another government shutdown.
The House voted Thursday to ease restrictions on transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay to foreign countries as part of a yearly defense policy bill that will be considered by the Senate next week.
Even in death, Nelson Mandela is bringing political opponents together, as a bipartisan group of House members introduced a resolution Monday to honor his legacy.