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House slashes from hospitals, roads and ed to balance budget

“We pulled off some miracles!” That was the claim this morning by the Joint Budget Committee, after the House gave final approval to the 2016-17...

Ken Buck opposes naming a post office after Maya Angelou

  Poet Maya Angelou's face may already grace a U.S. postal stamp, but should she have a North Carolina post office named after her too? A...

Expect gridlock, election-year posturing and some cooperation this session

Once again, Republicans and Democrats are splitting control of Colorado’s General Assembly. Neither party is optimistic major policy changes can be pushed through.   Colorado’s 2016...

Wiretap: Edward Snowden’s victory: House slashes at NSA surveillance

Cut back Edward Snowden wins. A huge bipartisan majority in the House voted to curtail NSA surveillance, which should reverse the NSA's ability to gather...

Wiretap: Who needs citizenship?

Does it have to be citizenship or nothing? According to the New York Times, that's the question being asked in parts of the undocumented-immigrant community now that the Senate-passed reform bill has predictably stalled in the House.

House passes sweeping energy package brought to you by Colorado Republicans

The U.S. House passed a sweeping energy package Thursday that Alison Gannett, a farmer in the North Fork Valley, said puts “oil and gas companies first and Coloradans last.”

Colbert wages twitter war on Kyl-style intentionally not factual politics

With a blistering multimedia blitz, satirist Stephen Colbert is making an example of Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl. Colbert mocked him on television to great effect Monday for launching a disingenuous Senate floor attack on Planned Parenthood and later attempting to explain it away as merely "not intended to be factual statements." Colbert is now setting Twitter on fire with a long list of "not intended to be factual statements" about the Senator, ridiculing in the process all the baloney spinning politicians in the country. There have been roughly fifty tweets in the last couple of days. Twitterati are choosing their favorites. You can, too!

Unemployment benefits extension no help for growing numbers of jobless

Late Thursday afternoon, President Obama signed into law a bill granting workers out of a job for more than 26 weeks additional unemployment insurance payments, paid for by the federal government. The benefits had been in place since November 2009, but had lapsed for seven weeks — an unprecedented hiatus, given the 9.5 percent unemployment rate. The bill, held up in the Senate by Republicans concerned about the deficit, makes benefits retroactive to June 2 and forward to Nov. 30. In states with higher than 8 percent unemployment, workers will continue to receive up to 99 weeks of benefits.

How reconciliation irons out the House and Senate health bills

Democratic leaders pushing health care reform this year like to argue that a vast majority of the proposals represent uncontroversial changes backed by most Capitol Hill lawmakers. And while that might be true, it hasn’t prevented some sharp disagreements between House and Senate Democrats over a handful of high-profile reform provisions.