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House GOP Is Regrouping, but Not Retreating From Hard-Line Strategies

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Members lined up 15 deep behind a microphone to address their peers at a closed-door GOP meeting here that has significant implications for the future of House Republicans and the nation.

“This is the most important retreat I’ve been to in my 28 years in Congress,” Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, told his colleagues, a sentiment other members said was reflected in the sober and urgent tone of the discussions.

Bruised from poor election results and bitter internecine warfare, House Republicans are using the retreat to try to regroup and unify and to come up with a plan for how to tackle the divisive fiscal issues that drove them into disarray at the end of 2012.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Democrats Are Split Over How to Shape Approach to Gun Bills

WASHINGTON — As Congressional Democrats shape their strategy for considering President Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence, sharp divisions are forming between lawmakers who believe the best path to success is through narrowly written bills and a meticulous legislative process, and those who advocate a more guerrilla approach.

Republicans, believe the only legislation that has a whisper of a chance of passing would be bills that are tightly focused on more consensus elements like enhancing background checks or limits on magazines, subjected to debate in committee and then brought to a vote after building bipartisan support.

That would be a departure from recent years, when the leadership often sidestepped committees and sought to take fights directly to the floor.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Obama Jobs Council hits 1 year without official meeting

President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure.

The group, formally known as the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, last convened on Jan. 17, 2012 for a White House session where it presented formal recommendations to Obama. It was the panel’s fourth official meeting since it was created in early 2011.

A spokesman for Jobs Council chairman Jeffrey Immelt, who’s the CEO of General Electric, referred questions about the panel’s future to the White House.

A White House spokeswoman had no comment Thursday.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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