- No Budget, No Pay, No Problem: The House got right to work on Wednesday debating and passing the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.
- Hill’s on the Hill: On Tuesday, Clinton sat for five hours answering questions about the attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans, including an ambassador, dead.
- CA Lawmakers and Guns Control: Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced the introduction of a new assault weapons ban and Rep. Mike Thompson chaired the second hearing of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
- Filibuster Deal Goes Bust: A group of senators decided it was time to bring back the talking filibuster (cue: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) and pushed leadership hard to get it done.
- Dudes for Women: A pair of Senators, Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Mike Crapo R-Idaho, reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act this week. The 1994 law was up for a third reauthorization last year but it could not make it through the House.
- John Kerry, Subject of a Hearing by the Committee He Is Currently Chairman of: Yes, John Kerry is going to become the next Secretary of State. So, rather unnaturally, he sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — of which he is the current chairman — and explained why he would be a good Secretary of State. It was a fairly friendly hearing.
"Even if you argue that the country is obliged to take care of its aging seniors, the recipients of nearly $1.5 trillion in annual benefits through Social Security and Medicare (and by the way, I’m in that age group), it’s also important to ask why there isn’t more focus on America’s next generations. Either because of the government debt that continues to grow — and that will be the burden today’s young people have to address — or because of the fact that at least one in five children in the U.S. today live in poverty."