President Obama hosted a cocktail party of sorts in the newly refurbished White House State Dining Room Tuesday night, baiting Democratic senators with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and making assurances on the pending Iran nuclear agreement, Politico reported.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on Iran alongside a controversial freelance writer and former Center for American Progress (CAP) blogger who is known for his sympathetic views on Iran and hostility to pro-Israel organizations.
National Journal released its 2013 vote ratings on Thursday. The ratings are based on roll-call votes from 2013 and compared on an ideological scale. Votes on noncontroversial issues and issues that fall along regional lines were not included.
Legal experts say a constitutional amendment proposed by Senate Democrats would eliminate all constitutional rights for nonprofit groups and many religious organizations.