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Oldest Member of Congress Fighting for Political Life

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the oldest member of Congress, faces a primary runoff after failing to lock up his party’s nomination March 4. Hall, a World War II Navy pilot who came to Congress in 1981 and will turn 91 in May, has said this will be his last race to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District. But former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who is 48, said he wasn’t going to wait to run because Hall had made that claim in the …

Age Becomes an Issue (Sort of) in GOP Senate Race

Posted on 07/17/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOn July 16, Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming let it be known that he will seek a fourth term in office. About 30 minutes later, Liz Cheney, a political commentator for Fox News and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, made public her intention to challenge Enzi in next year’s GOP primary. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney, 46, said in a video …

The 3 Budget Plans: How Do They Stack Up?

Posted on 04/18/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNow that President Obama has sent his 2014 budget proposal to Congress, three blueprints for the nation’s fiscal future are on the table. The other two are sharply divergent plans drafted by the lawmakers who chair the congressional budget committees: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget on March 21; the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the Murray budget two days later. We surveyed news accounts and nonpartisan analyses to pull together the …

News Roundup: For Congress, Big Deadlines Loom

Posted on 03/18/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFrom Kaiser Health News On the Sunday talk shows, members of Congress sparred over the upcoming budget votes and the ongoing dispute over the cost of ‘Obamacare’ and entitlement programs such as Medicare. More urgently, if Congress fails to pass an extension to keep the government funded by March 27, agencies and programs face a broad shutdown. Los Angeles Times: There’s No Immediate Debt Crisis, Boehner Says, Agreeing With Obama The country isn’t facing an immediate debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday, but …

Medicare’s Debut at the Republican National Convention

Posted on 08/28/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFor a good portion of the first afternoon of the Republican National Convention, a cavalcade of GOP congressional candidates tried to draw contrasts on the issues between the parties. But only one set his sights squarely on Medicare, offering a full-throated defense of the GOP’s approach. Sort of. Keith Rothfus, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, focused on what Republicans see as their biggest weapon in the issue: the Affordable Care Act and its more than …

5 Great Ways to Plug Into the GOP Convention From Home

Posted on 08/24/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThere was a time when the national conventions of the two major political parties were filled with drama, emotional catharsis and occasionally even angry fisticuffs. (Here’s our gallery of great and not-so-great historic moments at GOP conventions.) Over the years, the quadrennial gatherings evolved into something more closely resembling slick, stage-managed infomercials, carefully designed to sell the parties’ tickets to the public rather than to wrestle over fateful decisions. Even so, whether you’re a hardcore political junkie or simply a citizen who likes to be informed, the 2012 Republican National …