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November 11, 2000 | Reuters
Even as the U.S. stock market took a tumble this week amid uncertainty over the presidential election, shares of health maintenance organizations have held up as investors breathed a sigh of relief over assurance of a Republican-dominated Congress. The Standard & Poor's HMO index steadily moved up this week and on Friday hit 402.65 points, a new high for the year, defying sharp declines in both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite index.
November 30, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves. The divisions were on display when the state's 15 Republicans split almost evenly on a vote to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority. All 38 Democrats, in contrast, stuck together in support of the measure. The Republicans also split on roll calls this year to cut the food stamp program, provide Superstorm Sandy relief, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and end a program that promotes U.S. agricultural products abroad.
In a rousing speech to the Republican National Convention, Orange County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez called Monday for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution and urged Americans to throw the Democrats out of Congress. Introducing the economic program President Bush will champion in the fall campaign, Vasquez had delegates in the Astrodome on their feet and cheering, particularly those from California.
October 4, 2013 | By Russell Korobkin
The Nobel Prize-winning game theorist Thomas Schelling wrote in his most important book, "The Strategy of Conflict," that a man who shows up on your doorstep with a knife and threatens to stab himself if you don't pay him $10 is more likely to get the money if his eyes are bloodshot. I translate this important observation to my law and business students this way: In negotiation, the crazy person wins. If your counterpart is willing to act in a way that harms both sides rather than making any concessions, you are outflanked.
Old friends from his home state have long been aware of Leon Panetta's affable personality and deal-making skills, his knack of bringing hostile camps together to make a deal. They don't know how successful the Democratic President's chief strategist will be in working with a Republican-controlled Congress, but they have a good idea of how he'll go about it. They saw Panetta as a congressman, for example, convert a closed military base near Monterey--Ft.
January 8, 1995 | Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of the American Political Report, is author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His new book is "Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics" (Little Brown)
The 104th Congress will probably be like the 5 o'clock TV news: More blood than you want to see, more often than you'd prefer. Unfortunately, the United States is heading into this century's third face-off between a Democratic President and a Republican Congress.
November 1, 1992
What will happen if we throw all the incumbents out and give Bill Clinton a Republican Congress? DAVID REID, Hollywood
August 31, 1992
President Bush warns us that a Democratic Congress would be a "rubber-stamp Congress" if Bill Clinton were elected. President Bush calls for a change to a Republican Congress. Wouldn't that be a "rubber-stamp Congress" for him? DOROTHY KAHAN, Hollywood
November 14, 1996 | From Newsday
In the final two weeks before the elections, female voters peeled away from Democrats in high enough numbers to retain a Republican Congress, according to poll results released Wednesday by Emily's List. Attacks on President Clinton's character and disclosures about Democratic campaign finance irregularities pushed women who voted for Clinton toward Republican congressional candidates, said pollster Stanley Greenberg.
August 10, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - When television ads aired in South Carolina this spring attacking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for supporting immigration reform, a GOP group came to his aid. So did the other team. "We came up with the money," said Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America's Voice, a Washington-based group with close ties to the Obama White House. "We were just frustrated that nobody was doing anything, and Graham was under attack. We said, 'Fine, we will put money in.'" Sharry's group, knowing an ad sponsored by a left-leaning advocacy group could hurt Graham, donated $60,000 to Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC started by President George W. Bush's former Commerce secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, and GOP fundraiser Charlie Spies.
June 18, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An Internal Revenue Service manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told congressional investigators that no one in the agency's Cincinnati office was trying to target tea party organizations for political reasons, according to an interview transcript released Tuesday. The manager, John Shafer, said he and an employee in his screening unit decided to pull applications for tax-exempt status filed by political groups and send them to managers in Washington.
May 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Mark Sanford, after a detour to the governor's office and, infamously, to Argentina, is back in Washington as a member of Congress.  The former three-term congressman and two-term governor was sworn in Wednesday as the representative for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, after a comeback victory in a special election last week. In brief remarks after taking the oath of office, Sanford declared himself "humbled" to return. "Each one of our lives involve different journeys.
March 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sending President Obama a bill Thursday that averts a government shutdown, Congress proved that it can, in fact, function. Not long ago, this was considered an unlikely outcome. Republicans in the House, trying to force Obama to accept deep cuts, had come close to shutting down the government before and appeared primed to do so again. But House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has united his rambunctious majority ever so tenuously around a strategy that, for now, sets aside the cycle of crisis politics to aim for long-range objectives.
June 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Mitt who? President Obama's latest reelection ad makes no mention of the Republican nominee, or even the fact that there's an election this fall. Instead, the target is Congress, and the message is jobs. The 30-second spot opens with the president's remarks in Minnesota last week, in which he balances a message of progress -- "businesses have created almost 4.3 million new jobs over the last 27 months" -- with an acknowledgement that the pace of job creation is not "as fast as we want.
June 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
NEW YORK -- For one night only, the Clinton-Obama show was the hottest ticket on Broadway. And for the most part, the key players stuck to the script. For the former president, that meant equal parts effusive praise of his Democratic successor and a pointed critique of his Republican rival. In fact, Bill Clinton told donors at one of three joint appearances Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be "calamitous" for the country. "I don't think it's important to reelect the president, I think it is essential to reelect the president," he said at another.
March 7, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Tuesday ruled out a unilateral U.S. military campaign to support the beleaguered rebels in Syria, calling such an operation "much more complicated" than the NATO-led air war launched to help protect civilians during the civil war in Libya last year. At a White House news conference, Obama described the shelling and other attacks on civilians and rebel fighters by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad as "heartbreaking and outrageous. " But Obama made it clear that he is not prepared to send U.S. forces to try to stop the carnage in Syrian cities and towns, or to help overthrow Assad, as some Republicans in Congress have urged.
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