The Senate has taken another step toward approving a sweeping immigration overhaul, as the legislation passed an essential test Monday evening. By a vote of 67-27, the chamber voted to include an amendment on border security to the final bill, and to avoid a filibuster.

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Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.

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For years, literally, congressional Republicans called on the Democratically controlled Senate to pass a budget. They marked the days, reaching more than a thousand before the Senate finally did pass a budget earlier this year. Now Democrats are borrowing a page from the playbook, counting the days since the Senate passed a budget and demanding a conference committee.

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President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that’s not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive push this summer to get uninsured people to buy health care when sign-ups begin Oct. 1.

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In a major speech, the president rejects the idea that the country can fight an opened-ended “global war on terror.” In setting his own guidelines, he defines the standards for using drone strikes and again calls for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.

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Sens. Tom Coburn and James Inhofe have become the faces of pushback on federal emergency spending. Now the deadly and devastating tornado in their home state has put them in an awkward position.

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The peak of the gun debate at the state capitol may be over, but the political ramifications are still unfolding. As part of our Capitol Conversation seres, Bente Birkeland discusses that dynamic, and President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Colorado.

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The state budget cleared the House today after a testy debate the night before. It passed with nine Republican votes, unlike the Senate, where it had no GOP support. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Robert Mueller has been the U.S. government’s indispensable man when it comes to national security. When his 10-year term as FBI director expired, the Obama administration asked Congress for an unprecedented two-year extension. But now, the clock is ticking on finding his successor.

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President Obama is expected to name Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, ambassador to Japan. The job has been critical to U.S. trade and business interests with the world’s third largest economy. But Kennedy has no prior experience in government or business.

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The president is trying to regain traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own. Today he speaks in Colorado, where public outrage in the wake of mass shootings helped propel new legislation — and where opponents are promising political payback.

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State lawmakers are in the middle of debating the annual budget. And even though there’s more money than last year, Republicans are not happy with the bill. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the politics behind the budget and what’s driving the discussion.

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The only requirement for Colorado lawmakers during the annual legislative session is passing a budget. And unlike previous years there won’t be cuts for programs like K through 12 schools, state contractors and public employees. But as Bente Birkeland reports, debate in the senate yesterday was still extensive.

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A major re-write of how Colorado funds K through 12 schools is now making its way through the state legislature. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland analyzes how it would change school funding and its prospects for passage.

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State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.

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Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far, a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland has this look at other big issues facing lawmakers.

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The Budget, sequestration, and how it all began. Former NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook examines the sequestration as part of her new project, DecodeDC.

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Colorado’s gun control debate is making national news because of remarks from one Democratic lawmaker about rape. The comments came during a debate on banning concealed carry weapons on college campuses. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the political ramifications and what’s driving the story.

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited the site of flood mitigation efforts at the burned Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs today to highlight the need for emergency watershed protection funding after last year’s devastating fire season. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is getting pushback for recently telling members of Congress that he once drank frack fluid while touting Colorado as a national model for balanced energy rules. The state’s oil and gas commission has increased the statewide buffer zone between drilling sites and homes and buildings, but many Democratic state lawmakers say [...]

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The Rocky Mountain high, the 5-star accommodations at Broadmoor Hotel and our proximity to numerous military installations have made Colorado Springs a natural destination for the POTUS since the Teddy Roosevelt administration. Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, The Bushes (George W. Bush [...]

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After skipping out last year, Representative Lamborn chooses to attend the State of the Union tonight…

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State Democrats recently unveiled their much-anticipated package of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the chances of the bills passing, and the internal debate among state Democrats.

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