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EricCantor-041714.jpg After speaking with President Barack Obama by phone about stalled immigration reform legislation on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virg., claimed the president still does not understand how to work with the Republican-controlled House.

AlexSink-041514.jpg Despite pressure from national Democrats, Alex Sink revealed Tuesday that she won't attempt a rematch against Congressman David Jolly, R-Fla., in November. Sink, who narrowly lost to Jolly in a special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., last month, was seen by many as Democrats' best chance to pick up the seat.

IRS-041014.jpg Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Thursday to find former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The committee voted 21 to 12 along party lines to adopt the resolution, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no.

UScapitol-041014.jpg While the move was largely symbolic, the House voted Thursday to approve Congressman Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., budget proposal. The 219 to 205 vote in favor of the budget largely came down along party lines, with House Republicans generally voting to approve the legislation.

Pipeline-041014.jpg Eleven Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday calling on him to implement an explicit timeline for the administration to decide on the Keystone XL Pipeline permit. The letter noted that the approval process has been repeatedly delayed over the last several years and urged Obama to make a final decision no later than May 31, 2014.

Elijahcummings-040914.jpg Amid an ongoing dispute between the two lawmakers, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., has accused House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., of engaging in McCarthy-style tactics in his efforts to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

UScapitol-040914.jpg Shrugging off a request from President Barack Obama, Senate Republicans joined together Wednesday to prevent the Senate from beginning debate on a Democratic bill aimed at narrowing the national gender wage gap. The Senate voted 53 to 44 in favor of beginning debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, falling short of the 60 votes required.

markpryor-040914.jpg In one of the highest-profile Senate races in the nation, the results of a recent Talk Business-Hendrix College poll showed Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., with a narrow lead over Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. The poll found that 45.5 percent of likely Arkansas voters would vote for Pryor if the election were held today, while 42.5 percent said they would vote for Cotton.

VanceMcAllister-040814.jpg Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., released a statement Monday apologizing after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing the married congressman deeply kissing a female staffer. The video, obtained by local paper the Ouachita Citizen, shows McAllister kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds in his district office last December.

TedCruz-040814.jpg In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday authorizing the president to deny visas to United Nations ambassadors that have participated in terrorist acts. The bill targets Iran's newly tapped U.N. ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi, who was allegedly an active participant in the group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

CapitolBuilding-040814.jpg After several failed attempts, the Senate voted Monday evening to approve legislation temporarily extending federal unemployment benefits. The Senate voted 59 to 38 in favor of the legislation, with six Republicans joining with most members of the Democratic caucus in voting to the approve the bill.

ScottBrown-040714.jpg Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown revealed Monday that he plans to officially kick off his campaign for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire on Thursday. In an email to supporters, Brown noted that he has spent the past month visiting with the people of New Hampshire and has decided to officially launch his campaign at an event at the Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

FI-IMAGE-051909_04Apr14.jpg While House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is widely expected to cruise to re-election, the twelve-term Congressman has reportedly still decided to launch his first campaign commercial in four years. Boehner, who was first elected to the House in 1990, has not run any campaign ads since the Republican primaries in 2010.

ElizabethWarren-040314.jpg While many Americans are unfamiliar with first-term Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Quinnipiac University's National Thermometer found that she currently ranks as the "hottest" politician.