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Navy Yard: White Male Sought By Police No Longer a Suspect

The DC's deputy mayor's office has confirmed that a while male sought by police for questioning has been identified and is no longer a suspect. The young male had been described as wearing khaki fatigues and was spotted in the vicinity of the shooting. The deputy mayor's office tweeted the update. Sep 16, 2013 12:19 PM PT

Top GOP Staff Head for K Street

Washington's revolving door is spinning a bit faster as several top GOP Leadership aides have left Capitol Hill in recent months to join lobbying firms or corporate lobbying offices. Speaker Boehner, whose staff famously remain with him for years, has lost at least 6 top staffers to lobbying jobs since the last Congress. The exodus isn't confined to the Speaker's office, however, as top staff to several GOP leaders have left recently to capitalize on their contacts. Sep 16, 2013 8:36 AM PT

Obama Is Now a Lame Duck President

Two singular events in the past two weeks suggest President Obama has entered the twilight of his presidency, with diminishing ability to even muster the support of his Democrat allies in the Senate. First, he surprisingly, over Labor Day weekend, abruptly changed course and announced he would seek Congressional approval for military action in Syria. The move surprised even members of his Administration. The second was the surprise withdrawal of Larry Summers, Obama's presumed pick to be the next Federal Reserve Chairman. Summers possible nomination collapsed amid growing opposition from Senate Democrats. Sep 16, 2013 6:42 AM PT

GOP Lt. Gov Bill Bolling Pushing for Terry McAuliffe

On Friday, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, an association of leading businesses in the vote-rich area of the Commonwealth, was scheduled to endorse GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli, through its PAC. The Washington Post reports, however, that the announcement was delayed after furious behind-the-scenes lobbying by the McAuliffe campaign to have the endorsement rescinded. Most surprising, however, is that GOP Lt. Gov Bill Bolling was among those lobbying the trade group on McAuliffe's behalf, against his fellow Republican. Sep 15, 2013 8:41 PM PT

Boehner Seeks Democrat Help on Budget Deal

In meetings Wednesday and Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner reached out to key Democrat leaders, hoping to restart negotiations to avoid a government shutdown and reach a deal on lifting the nation's debt ceiling. In a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Boehner sought help from the Obama Administration to resolve the short-term budget issues and overcome a block of conservative lawmakers demanding a delay or defunding of ObamaCare. Sep 13, 2013 6:39 AM PT

Miss: August Retail Sales Grow Less Than Expected

U.S. retail sales grew just 0.2% in August, the smallest gain in four months and well below economists' expectations of a 0.5% lift. The report, released Friday by the Commerce Department, showed August growth about half the level of gains in July. Lingering unemployment and stagnant wage gains held down consumer spending, which accounts for 70% of the US economy. Sep 13, 2013 5:58 AM PT

Democrat Congresswoman Fundraises Off 9-11

September 11 has become a de-facto national holiday. Even if we don't publicly speak about it, we silently remember where we were that day and reflect on how the events changed our lives. For Democrat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, however, remembrance of those tragic events is a perfect opportunity to ask for donations to her campaign. Sep 12, 2013 9:36 AM PT

Dem Spin: Milk Prices Will Double Without Farm Bill

Democrats on the Hill are nakedly pushing the Department of Agriculture to take steps doubling the price of milk in a bid to ease passage of a new Farm Bill. Rep. Collin Peterson, Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee, has admitted to the press that he called the Ag Department and asked them to implement an arcane 1949 law that would cause a huge spike in the price of milk. Apparently, we need a new, flawed, government law to preempt on old, flawed, government law. Sep 12, 2013 9:07 AM PT

GOP Sen. Corker: 'Humiliating' US Isn't Giving More Aid to Al-Qaeda

The rebel forces aligned against Syrian strong-man Bashar Assad are dominated by jihadists and fighters aligned with al-Qaeda. In April, the Obama Administration promised to help arm the rebel forces, but, realizing the very real complications on the ground, that promise has been muted. As the Administration strives to ensure that US arms only go to moderates fighting Assad, GOP Senator Bob Corker openly blasted the Administration for its frugality in suppling arms to jihadis. Sep 12, 2013 3:45 AM PT

House Pulls Spending Bill Over ObamaCare Fight

Wednesday night, House Leadership withdrew legislation to fund the government through December in response to growing conservative criticism that the measure didn't strip funding for ObamaCare. Congress must pass legislation to authorize continued government spending before September 30, or the government will shut down. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had unveiled a plan that would split the ObamaCare funding from the underlying government spending, but conservatives balked at the plan. Any action on spending now has been pushed to next week. Sep 12, 2013 2:49 AM PT

House Pushes Stopgap Spending Measure

On Tuesday, the House unveiled legislation that would extend the government's spending authority until December 15. Current law authorizing government spending expires on September 30, meaning that the government would shutdown after that date is spending authority weren't extended. The House measure is meant to put off debate over a government shutdown until after a deal is reached on the debt ceiling. Sep 11, 2013 7:34 AM PT

Bloomberg's Gun Control Dreams Die in Colorado

On Tuesday, for the first time in the state's history, Colorado voters removed two sitting state Senators from office. The special "recall" elections were the result of state Democrat's moves to pass sweeping gun control legislation. Despite millions spent in support of Democrats Angela Giron and John Morse, they were easily defeated. Democrats, who had a 20-15 majority in the state Senate, now cling to a razor-thin 18-17 majority. So much for moving to the left. Sep 11, 2013 2:24 AM PT

AFL-CIO Officially Becomes Left-Wing Front Group

At its annual convention on Monday, the AFL-CIO approved a resolution opening up union membership to non-workers. The effort is an attempt to strengthen the political clout of labor unions, who have witnessed a steady decrease in membership in recent decades. Still, some labor unions worry that the move would dilute the union's focus on issues related to its union members and workers in general. Sep 10, 2013 9:26 AM PT

The Hill Tries to Smear Ted Cruz on Syria

On Tuesday, The Hill published an article suggesting that Sen. Ted Cruz, a leading opponent of Obama's plan for military action in Syria, had shifted his position on the conflict with an eye towards running for President in 2016. The article, by Alexandra Jaffe, insinuates that Cruz has abandoned his previous hawkish views for one that better positions him to contest the GOP nomination. It is a complete misreading of Cruz's consistent views on the issue. Sep 10, 2013 8:07 AM PT

Reid Pushes Off Syria Vote

On Monday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he was delaying a key procedural vote on the resolution authorizing military action against Syria. Reid had returned to Washington on Friday to begin Senate proceedings on the proposal, with the likelihood that the first vote would take place on Wednesday, the 12-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Reid's move to delay the vote is a clear sign he didn't have the votes to pass the authorization for military action. Sep 9, 2013 6:32 PM PT

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