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November 6, 2015

Republicans Already Making Gitmo an Issue for 2016

Bennet leaves the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet leaves the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee plans an online advertising campaign in seven key states targeting a policy change by the Obama administration about the future of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

The RNC is looking to focus on Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Missouri and Georgia, according to a GOP source familiar with the plan who shared details ahead of a formal announcement. Facilities in those states or close to them have been the subject of site visits by federal officials looking for a place to relocate Gitmo detainees.

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October 15, 2015

November Social Security Checks Could Hinge on Debt Deal

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, makes his way to a lunch with Senate democrats in the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lew makes his way to a lunch with Senate Democrats in the Capitol earlier this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers have another reason to move quickly to address the debt ceiling: senior citizens.

Thursday’s update to the timing that the Treasury Department says the country will go past the nation’s borrowing authority in 19 days raises questions about November’s Social Security checks.

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October 1, 2015

Debt Limit Coming a Month Earlier Than Expected (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:56 p.m. | The Treasury Department said Thursday it would reach the debt limit a bit earlier than was expected by many on Capitol Hill.

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told Congress in a new letter that thanks in part to lower-than-expected quarterly tax receipts, the extraordinary measures to forestall breaching the debt limit, combined with the new revenues, will run their course just a week after the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, takes effect.

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August 30, 2015

Boehner’s Latest Fight With Obama? Renaming Mount McKinley

(Mandel Ngan/AFP File Photo)

Ohio lawmakers like Boehner have criticized the name change to Denali. (Mandel Ngan/AFP File Photo)

For many in the state of Alaska, Sunday was a day for rejoicing. But for Ohioans such as Speaker John A. Boehner, that was not the case.

The White House revealed Sunday President Barack Obama would be announcing the renaming of the mountain long known as Mount McKinley in honor of President William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell formally signed an order regarding the designation on Friday.

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August 28, 2015

White House Slams ‘Pro-War Rally’ Featuring Trump, Cruz (Video)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters after voting against cloture on the Trade Promotion Authority bill, June 23, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz plans an anti-Iran nuclear deal rally next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is “pro-war.”

Earnest said the gathering in opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran will be “a big pro-war rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.”

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August 27, 2015

Obama to Highlight Post-Katrina Progress in New Orleans

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Obama plans to praise the resiliency of New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“What started out as a natural disaster became a manmade one — a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.”

That’s how President Barack Obama plans to sum up the tragedy that took place when Hurricane Katrina hit along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, devastation that became part of the public consciousness, especially in New Orleans where he will be speaking.

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August 26, 2015

Obama Won’t Be Pushing Second Amendment Rollback After Latest Shooting

Obama waves to the media as Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny look on at the base of the House steps following the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House said Obama believes gun violence can be addressed without rolling back the Second Amendment (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Wednesday’s shooting during a local television news live shot in Virginia, the White House said President Barack Obama is continuing to call for new gun safety laws.

But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama won’t be following the lead of some Republicans who want to address immigration by changing the Fourteenth Amendment with a call to curtail the Second Amendment.

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August 25, 2015

Obama, Reid and ‘the Crazies’

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We might never know exactly who President Barack Obama had on his mind when he called people “crazies” Monday night.

But he sure had plenty to talk about when traveling in the motorcade with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas to a high-dollar fundraiser for state Democrats and Reid’s hand-picked successor, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

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July 29, 2015

Chamber Plans August Outreach as Export-Import Bank Stays Expired

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a key White House ally on reviving the Export-Import Bank — plans a blitz to rebuild momentum with state and local chambers as members head home for the August recess.

“The Chamber and our members regret that Congress will adjourn for its August break without reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) despite clear evidence that broad majorities in both the Senate and House support it,” executive vice president for government affairs Bruce Josten said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. “The impasse over a long-term highways bill had nothing to do with Ex-Im, and legislative maneuvering over that bill and its funding mechanisms in the end sidelined Ex-Im.”

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July 20, 2015

At White House Celebration of Disability Law, Obama Leaves Treaty Aside

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When President Barack Obama hailed the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he didn’t make mention of a treaty on disabilities that’s been stymied in the Senate.

Both former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., were in attendance at the White House event Monday. Both longtime senators played key roles in the enactment of the landmark ADA a quarter century ago, and both advocated for Senate concurrence in the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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