Congress

2:26pm

Wed April 25, 2012
U.S.

Senate Passes Plan To Keep Post Offices Running

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Hikers arrive at the post office in Caratunk, Maine, in 2011. Some of the rural post offices the U.S. Postal Service may close are relied on by Appalachian Trail hikers for supply drops on their trip from Georgia to Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

The U.S. Postal Service is so much a part of this country, it's in the Constitution. And yet with so much written communication now delivered via email, text messages and the Internet, the Postal Service is steadily losing business and operating in the red.

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1:58pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Government

Senate Debates Bennet Amendment, 37 Others Aimed at Reform of U.S. Postal Service [Updated]

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UPDATE 4:14 p.m.: The U.S. Senate has adopted the amendment co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Michael Bennet that would put a moratorium on the closing or consolidation of postal facilities until after the 2012 election in Colorado. Debate will resume at 2:30 EST Wednesday.

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1:36pm

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics

Bill Could Complicate U.S.-Russia Relations

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:06 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

Bipartisanship is rare on Capitol Hill these days but one bill is gaining support from both Republicans and Democrats. There's a problem, though, the Obama administration is leery of it.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the bill involves human rights abuses in Russia. And U.S. diplomats are worried it could complicate relations at a time when the U.S. needs Russia's backing on a range of issues.

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1:26am

Fri April 20, 2012
Planet Money

When Lobbyists Pay To Meet With Congressmen

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:49 pm

Charles Dharapak AP

Yesterday, we reported on the fundraisers that lobbyists hold for Congressmen every day in Washington. Today, we hear what happens inside those events. The stories are part of our series on money in politics.

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5:14pm

Thu April 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Congress' Approval Rating Recovers Slightly

U.S. Capitol dome.
Charles Dharapak AP

Americans seem happier with Congress these days. That's what Gallup's two latest polls show: Congress, with an approval rating of 17 percent, has gained a whole seven points since February.

Still, they shouldn't get too cocky on the Hill, because this just means that 79 percent of Americans disapprove of the institution. That's down from a record high 86 percent in December of 2011. We suppose that's like saying in December almost everyone disapproved of Congress and now mostly everyone disapproves.

Here's Gallup's historical chart of Congress' approval rating:

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