House Democrats Face Long Odds In 2014

The battle for the House was pretty even in 2012, with Democrats winning slightly more of the popular vote but Republicans holding a strong 33-seat majority thanks to a map that favors their party. And it will be very difficult for Democrats to win back the majority in 2014, because the president's party has rarely gained House seats in a midterm election.

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    House Republicans are willing to give President Barack Obama a rare win, the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee said Thursday in outlining a deal that would let college students avoid a costly hike on their student loans. More
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    House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
  • Hillary Clinton Gets Another Nudge for 2016
    Paging, Hillary Clinton. Emily’s List, the influential abortion-rights group that backs Democratic women, unveiled an initiative Thursday to help put a woman in the White House. The group announced a six-figure digital media campaign and new polling that shows a strong appetite for a female commander-in-chief as part of its “Madame President” campaign. More
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  • Ten reasons to miss Boehner - Washington Post
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  • House speaker race gets nasty - CNN
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  • McCarthy exit from speaker race sends House into chaotic scramble
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  • Speaker Race Bombshell Throws House Republicans Into Chaos
    WATCH: McCarthy speaks about his decision U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said Thursday that Republicans needed "a new face" to be the next House ... democracies and turn to House Democrats to ask them for help in choosing a leader.
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  • What's Next for House Republicans?
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  • The House Republican leadership crisis, explained
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  • Kevin McCarthy drops out of House speaker race
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  • Committee on Ways and Means
    Lewis Opening Statement at Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on Rising Costs of Higher Education & Tax Policy
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  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
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