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Democratic Rep.: 'Not all' Republicans are racist

Democratic Rep.: 'Not all' Republicans are racist

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., said the Republican base has "unfortunate" elements of racism.
Aileen Graef
Democrats push Equal Pay Day in early campaign effort

Democrats push Equal Pay Day in early campaign effort

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- Democrats in Washington launched an all-out push Tuesday, led by a pair of executive orders signed by President Barack Obama, in an effort to close the lingering wage gap between men and women.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

Senate passes bill containing unemployment insurance renewal

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- After months of negotiating, the Senate passed the bill containing a provision to renew unemployment insurance benefits to the long-term unemployed.
Gabrielle Levy
Pelosi: Former VP Dick Cheney 'set the tone' for the CIA's use of torture

Pelosi: Former VP Dick Cheney 'set the tone' for the CIA's use of torture

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- "The attitude that was there came from Dick Cheney. That's what I believe," Pelosi told CNN. "I think he's proud of it."
Alex Cukan
House sneaks Medicare patch in by voice vote

House sneaks Medicare patch in by voice vote

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Through tricky maneuvering Thursday, House GOP leaders snuck through the so-called "Doc Fix" to prevent a cut in Medicare payments before next week's deadline.
Gabrielle Levy

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
By United Press International
House Dems urge vote on immigration overhaul

House Dems urge vote on immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Democrats called on John Boehner to pass an immigration overhaul that has been languishing in the House since October, because they've run out of patience.
Gabrielle Levy
The Issue: More roadblocks before EUC can be reinstated

The Issue: More roadblocks before EUC can be reinstated

No job, no money and no prospects for the situation to change any time soon. That's what's facing the more than 2 million long-term unemployed Americans whose extended unemployment benefits began expiring just after Christmas.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has received a bi-partisan invitation to become the first head of the Catholic church to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

The Issue: Tax reform legislation is Camp's sendoff

Despite indications that his bill was DOA, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced draft legislation that would reform the byzantine -- some say draconian -- U.S. tax code.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
House Speaker Boehner defends GOP's 'go slow' approach

House Speaker Boehner defends GOP's 'go slow' approach

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Thursday said congressional Republicans will lead but go slow on immigration, tax reform and healthcare reform.
CBO report: Higher minimum wage could cost 500,000 new jobs

CBO report: Higher minimum wage could cost 500,000 new jobs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A CBO report released Tuesday suggests that President Obama's plan to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 could result in 500,000 fewer new jobs.
Ananth Baliga
House passes clean bill to raise debt ceiling

House passes clean bill to raise debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Tuesday voted to raise the nation's debt limit without imposing any conditions and sent the bill to the Senate.
Rep. Pelosi: Sochi a 'disappointing' choice for Olympics

Rep. Pelosi: Sochi a 'disappointing' choice for Olympics

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she is disappointed that the Olympics are taking place in Sochi because of the Russian government's vocal anti-gay attitude.
Aileen Graef
The Pelosi School of Foreign Policy

The Pelosi School of Foreign Policy

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Obama's comment the Iranian nuclear deal is "for the sake of our national security" isn't true.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Democrats file Supreme Court brief supporting contraception mandate

Democrats file Supreme Court brief supporting contraception mandate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Top congressional Democrats said Tuesday they have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
Bob Gates' 'Duty'

Bob Gates' 'Duty'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Last week's release of Bob Gates' "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War" was preceded by his publisher's brilliant public relations campaign hyping the book with tantalizingly provocative excerpts.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Beyonce, Wonder grace Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party was an A-list affair with Beyonce and Stevie Wonder providing the musical vibe, guests said Sunday.
Longtime Dem lawmaker George Miller to retire

Longtime Dem lawmaker George Miller to retire

RICHMOND, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Veteran U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., a close ally of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said Monday he will retire after serving 40 years in Congress.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
By United Press International
Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- While nightmares can be terrifying, waking up always brings one back to reality. But what if, as in the horror movie "Nightmare on Elm Street," waking only brought uncertainty as to whether one was returning to reality or a recurring nightmare?
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Democrats: Extension of jobless benefits 'Job One' in 2014

Democrats: Extension of jobless benefits 'Job One' in 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Democratic congressional leaders say an extension of federal jobless benefits is their top priority when the House and Senate reconvene in January.
House passes bipartisan budget deal 332-94

House passes bipartisan budget deal 332-94

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal by a 332-94 vote, indicating further threats of a government shutdown are unlikely.
House leaders predict budget deal's passage

House leaders predict budget deal's passage

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A federal budget deal struck on Capitol Hill will pass the U.S. House of Representatives with a majority of Republicans in support, party leaders predicted.

White House says jobless benefits funding doesn't have to be in budget

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Obama administration will not insist on extending U.S. jobless insurance in a federal budget deal, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
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