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GOP Lawmaker to Women: Back the Democrats

Rep. Richard Hanna co-sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Richard Hanna has a little advice for women voters: Give your money to the Democrats. "I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side—my side—has a lot of it," said Hanna at an... More »

This Congress Is the Least Productive in Decades

Partisan gridlock leads to few votes, fewer laws: LA Times

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times takes stock of the accomplishments of the 112th Congress, and it isn't pretty: This Congress "is on pace to be one of the least productive in recent memory—as measured by votes taken, bills made into laws, nominees approved," writes Kathleen Hennessey. It'... More »

One Trend Among GOP Freshmen: Debt

Not the national kind, the personal kind

(Newser) - Republican freshmen in Congress say they're serious about tackling the US debt—but when it comes to their own personal debt, many have what the Washington Post amusingly calls “a more nuanced view.” At least 30 out of 87 had debts of $50,000 or more last... More »

House Schedules Vote on Health Repeal

Two-page bill dubbed the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act"

(Newser) - The new Republican House won’t waste any time getting in a vote on its top priority —a largely symbolic vote to repeal Democrats’ health care reform law. The bill will be voted on next week, Politico reports. The two-page document is subtly titled the “Repealing the Job-Killing... More »

GOP Frosh: Screw Populism, Let's Throw Swank Party!

Furious John Boehner will not attend

(Newser) - John Boehner is not pleased with the kids: While the speaker-elect might prefer his caucus stick to the populist message that won them the House, on the eve of taking it over, a dozen freshman Republicans are throwing a lavish DC fundraiser headlined by LeAnn Rimes. For $2,500, Politico... More »

No. of Feds Making Over $150K Soars

GOP to attack government pay in lame-duck Congress

(Newser) - The number of federal government employees making at least $150,000 a year is 10 times what it was five years ago, and it has doubled since President Obama’s inauguration, says a study by USA Today . House GOP members are hoping to pounce on the issue as the lame-duck... More »

GOP Holds Lead in Home Stretch

Enthusiasm gap leaves Democrats trailing in likely voters

(Newser) - Republicans are in the driver’s seat as the 2010 election winds down, despite a vigorous last-ditch push from Democrats, according to a new Wall Street Journal poll. Overall, registered voters narrowly prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled one, but among likely voters, Republicans hold a 50%-43% edge. In... More »

Henry Hyde Dies at 83

Conservative voice in the House for 32 years; led Clinton impeachment

(Newser) - Henry Hyde, the former Illinois congressman who was a powerful conservative voice in the capital for decades, died today at 83. As the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Hyde took the lead in the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. He was a vocal foe of abortion, sponsoring what... More »

'08 Looking Tougher for GOP

As retirements mount, prospects of congressional comeback get slimmer

(Newser) - A spate of retirements has made it much trickier for the GOP to bounce back from congressional losses in 2008, reports the Washington Post. Trent Lott's announcement yesterday means that 6 GOP senators and 17 House members are retiring, and many of their seats face serious Democratic challenges. The few... More »

Two More GOP Seats Up for Grabs

Reps from Ohio and Mississippi won't seek re-election

(Newser) - Two more congressional seats are in play with the announcement by representatives in Ohio and Mississippi that they won't seek re-election. Rep. Deborah Pryce, who won her Ohio seat by just 1,062 of 220,000 cast, said she wants to spend more time with her family. Also stepping aside... More »

Veil of Secrecy Descends on White House

Court fight rages over Secret Service visitor records

(Newser) - The White House wants records of top officials' meetings to be secret, and the latest attempt to put a lid on that information raises questions about privacy, confidentiality, and the definition of presidential records, the AP reports. This week's revelation of the vice president's effort to restrict record-keeping at his... More »

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