Author Archives: Joseph Morton

Fischer and Grassley pack schedules

It’s the slow days of Congress’ August recess here in the nation’s capital. The president heads off to Martha’s Vineyard and lawmakers return to their home states for town halls, business roundtables and coffee shop chats with constituents. The Washington-based … Continue reading

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King focuses on Bud Day

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is typically more than happy to stop and chat with reporters in the lobby just off the House floor. And Washington scribes love to seek out the colorful conservative for his pot-stirring quotes on immigration, the … Continue reading

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Grassley runs for cancer research

Sen. Chuck Grassley will be at the Washington Monument at 6 a.m. Wednesday to jog a mile as part of a run to increase public awareness of cancer and raise funding for medical research. It actually represents an easy morning … Continue reading

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Reid compares John McCain to Bob Kerrey

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on the floor Tuesday praising Sen. John McCain’s work on brokering a deal to avert the so-called “nuclear option” when he compared the Arizona Republican to a Democrat who used to represent Nebraska in … Continue reading

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Bradley touts background

The World-Herald reported this week on potential challengers for Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., in the 2014 midterm election, including Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen and state Sen. Bob Krist. Omaha Democrat Larry Bradley is another one mulling a bid against … Continue reading

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New D.C. digs for Sen. Deb Fischer

Sen. Deb Fischer has a new office in Washington. The Nebraska Republican has moved into 383 Russell Senate Office Building. That’s in the same building and just one floor below the office of Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. Fischer was elected … Continue reading

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Keystone Kardashian

According to the Hill, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has found a colorful way to describe the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline. β€œIt’s the Kim Kardashian of energy,” the Hill quotes pipeline supporter Heitkamp saying at a tax policy conference. … Continue reading

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Around the world in seven days

The notebook is currently traveling with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. We’ll be back with coverage of Congress soon but in the meantime see our coverage of the secretary’s trip to Hawaii, Singapore and Brussels at Omaha.com. Our story on … Continue reading

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Johanns wants hearings into IRS actions

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., wants hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee to on reports that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting conservative groups for review of tax documents. Johanns is the top Republican on the committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services … Continue reading

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Tom Vilsack: King’s last race prevented Senate bid

Did Rep. Steve King pass up a bid for the U.S. Senate because he was too damaged by last year’s campaign? That’s apparently what U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack thinks. The former Iowa governor spoke with the World-Herald this … Continue reading

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