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Gwen Graham’s silence on Hillary Clinton emails is deafening

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We’ve gone about a week without hearing from anyone about North Florida rookie U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham when our mailbox lit up with a message from the NRCC. It is questioning Graham’s silence on questions about Hillary Clinton’s email account. CNN is reporting that everyone in Washington is talking about Clinton’s emails except Democrats. The former secretary of state apparently set up a private email server, shielding her communications from the public eye. And CNN reports on a variety of maneuvers congressional…

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Florida lawmakers criticize Obama’s changes to Cuba policy

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Republican lawmakers blasted President Barack Obama‘s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba on Thursday, saying it will only serve to empower the communist nation that’s been ruled by a dictatorship since 1959. Republican members of the House Local & Federal Affairs Committee speaking before a nearly empty meeting room gave forceful speeches in support of a three-page message expressing the will of the Legislature they hope to send to Obama and congressional leaders. The 8-4 vote to send the…

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Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

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The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote. The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in the case. The outcome after Wednesday’s argument appears to be in the hands of two conservative justices — one who voted with the court’s four liberals to uphold the law in 2012 and the other who joins the liberals more…

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High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

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The Supreme Court convened Wednesday to hear arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama‘s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices will try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Or does it limit tax credits only to people who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces? A ruling that limits where subsidies are…

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Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who’s in control

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Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. On some fronts, Obama has held his ground, watching near-gleefully as Republicans bungled early attempts to legislate and put their own internal disputes on vivid display. But lawmakers are challenging his authority on foreign policy, threatening to gum up major trade and climate…

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Marco Rubio floats trial balloon on tax reform at donor meeting

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In a conservative donors preview last weekend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio unveiled a tax reform plan he intends to introduce soon with Utah Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has indicated he will likely run for president rather than  for re-election to the U.S. Senate, told attendees at the Club for Growth meeting his agenda: to pass an alternative to Obamacare, close the Export-Import Bank and eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. According to POLITICO’s James Hohmann,…

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Congress’ dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight

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Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn’t finish their work last year and it’s showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama‘s immigration policies on a bill providing money for the Department of Homeland Security. Stretches of brinkmanship are certain to consume much of the legislative calendar in 2015. One critical issue is whether to increase the nation’s borrowing…

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