WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP want talks direct with Obama over Budget ‘

#AceNewsReport – Sept.22: Republicans want President Obama as a negotiating partner when it comes to budget talks, something Democrats are determined to avoid.

With a little more than a week to prevent a government shutdown, the GOP thinks the talks should be between them and Obama since they now have control of the House and Senate.

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WASHINGTON: SENATE APPROVES VIVEK MURTHY AS SURGEON GENERAL AMID GOP DISAPPROVAL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.16 – The Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general of the United States over the objections of gun rights advocates.

Murthy, a 36-year old physician, was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor despite opposition from the GOP for his support of gun control and ObamaCare.

Three Democrats voted against him.

The nomination had been held up for more than a year after conservative groups, led by the National Rifle Association, publicized tweets in which Murthy called guns a “public health issue.” He had previously declared support for policies such as background checks and ammunition limits and accused members of Congress of “playing politics” with guns because they were “scared of the NRA.”

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATE GOP STAFFERS HEALTHCARE MUST JOIN OBAMACARE ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.11 – Senate Republican staffers will be required to obtain health insurance through ObamaCare’s exchanges under a rule passed Wednesday by the GOP Conference.

The proposal from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) means that Senate Republicans will designate their staff as “official,” moving them automatically onto the marketplaces.

A loophole used in both chambers allows lawmakers to designate staff as “unofficial” or “official staff,” which permits them to keep their insurance coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP PLANS ASSAULT ON OBAMA’S REGULATORY AGENDA ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn.

As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rule making efforts now under way is limited.

But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. 

By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler @ The Hill 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ REPUBLICANS WIN SENATE BUT WILL HILARY CLINTON WIN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ? ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 05 – Thought this was a really interesting post election opinion: The day has finally come. The ballots have finally been cast. And the votes — at least most of them — have finally been counted.

' How the Republicans won the Senate but Hilary Clinton could Win the Presidential Election in 2016 '

‘ How the Republicans won the Senate but Hilary Clinton could Win the Presidential Election in 2016 ‘

So who won the 2014 midterm elections?

The easy answer is the Republican Party.

On election night, the party managed to seize control of the Senate by picking up at least seven seats previously held by Democrats, a goal that has eluded Republicans since 2006.

The GOP also captured at least 13 House races, expanding its already sizable majority to at least 241 seats — the most it’s claimed since Herbert Hoover was president.

While a dizzying 14 gubernatorial races were tossups heading into Nov. 4, almost all of them broke toward the GOP — meaning that Republican governors will still vastly outnumber Democratic governors on Inauguration Day.

And Americans are plainly disillusioned with President Barack Obama; according to the exit polls, a full 54 percent of voters disapprove of his performance as president, and 65 percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

There was good reason, in other words, for conservative journalist Philip Klein to crow on Twitter that “this is what a wave feels like” — because it is.

But here’s the thing: In politics, the easy answer is not always the only answer, and the winner of an election is not always the one who benefits most. Take a closer look at demography, geography and the road ahead for the parties, and it’s clear that the long-term winner of the 2014 midterms wasn’t the GOP at all. The long-term winner, in fact, wasn’t even on the ballot this year.

Her name is Hillary Clinton.

Of course the GOP is celebrating right now, as it should. Any election that ends up putting Republicans into the governors’ mansions in Illinois and Maryland is worth getting worked up about.

But under the surface, almost everything about last night’s midterm results — and the map, the math and the legislative morass that lies ahead in the run-up to 2016 — suggests that the former first lady and secretary of state will have a better next two years than the party currently guzzling champagne.

Which is not to say that Clinton herself will necessarily be an unbeatable candidate. She spent the past two months holding 45 campaign events in 18 hard-fought states, but almost all the big candidates she stumped for lost, from Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky to Bruce Braley in Iowa. Many will say her campaign skills are still rusty — and she certainly won’t be heading into 2016 with many chits to cash in.

But that does not change one simple fact:

Even a huge GOP victory shows how much catching up the Republican have to do if they want to defeat Hillary in 2016.

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‘ New GOP Bill Grants Obama Administration Right to Train and Equip Members of Syrian Opposition ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – A new GOP bill would specifically grant the Obama administration limited Title X authority, which would allow it to establish a centre to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.

The measure includes several provisions intended to satisfy Republicans and Democrats worried about giving the administration blanket authority to arm and train rebel groups, who would be used in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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By The Hill staff

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‘ House Republicans Move Forward with Reduced Border Funding of Less than $1 Billion ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 25 – House Republicans are moving toward a vote on a slimmed-down border bill that would provide President Obama with less than $1 billion in funding to deal with the influx of child migrants.

While the details are still being finalized, Republicans emerged from a private meeting Friday saying that there was an overwhelming sense that the House should pass some sort of legislation to address the border crisis before the August recess.

“Our Republican conference carefully and thoughtfully considered where the country is, what needs to be done, and I believe that we will act,” said House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). “There’s no one in there that didn’t recognize that we have to address this problem.”

By Peter Schroeder and Cristina Marcos @ The Hill

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