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States and cities take gun laws into their own hands with tax plans

Apr 11, 2013
While Congress struggles with gun legislation in the wake of Newtown, states and municipalities are taking the lead, many with tax proposals
Posted In: guns, Newtown, Congress, Taxes

Mississippi River mayors call for more dam, lock funding

Mar 22, 2013
Mayors along the Mississippi River say more funding is needed to shore up aging infrastructure.
Posted In: Mississippi River, Congress, infrastructure

The economy + Valentine's Day = True love?

Feb 15, 2013
On Thursday, American Airlines and US Airways officially announced their long-rumored merger. And Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said it made a match with Ketchup giant Heinz, in a deal worth billions.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, State of the Union, Congress, sequestration

Congress is hated, but people still love to visit

Jan 9, 2013
Congress is enduring historically-low popularity ratings – so why do hordes of tourists still visit the Capitol?
Posted In: Washington D.C., Congress, Capitol Hill

Delay of federal Sandy relief package to squeeze state budgets

Jan 3, 2013
A $60 billion Sandy relief package passed the Senate in December, but House leadership reneged on its pledge to pass the bill before the end of the session.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, Congress, natural disasters

U.S. still awaits a final fiscal cliff deal

Jan 1, 2013
The Senate deal permanently raises income taxes for individuals making more than $400,000 a year. It delays -- for just two months -- most of those automatic spending cuts that were set to kick in. And it includes a number of other provisions to stave off the most pressing aspects of the fiscal cliff.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Taxes, Congress

Would 'earmarks' have helped fiscal cliff talks?

Dec 31, 2012
'Bridges to Nowhere' and other pork-barrel spending used to be the grease for deal-making in Congress.
Posted In: Congress, earmarks

Time for Plan C? Fiscal cliff solution stalls

Dec 21, 2012
It was called "Plan B" -- a way to avoid some of the tax increases that are part of the fiscal cliff without putting together a broad bipartisan deal before the New Year.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Washington D.C., Congress, Boehner

Life after congress: Political headhunters

Dec 12, 2012
Not all lawmakers at the end of their term are ready for retirement. An executive recruiter talks about how these "former electeds" make their way into the private sector.
Posted In: headhunting, Congress

Scrooge visits Congress: Looking at the gift rule

Dec 4, 2012
Ethics rules lay out how much holiday cheer members and staff can have on lobbyists' dime.
Posted In: Congress, ethics, holidays, Washington D.C.

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