Today's Political Roundup
Massachusetts state Sen. Katherine Clark (D) will soon be the newest member of Congress, after she won a special election Tuesday.
Clark easily won the race for Sen. Edward J. Markey's (D-Mass.) old House seat. Markey won a special election for the Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.Read full article >>
Federal employees hired after Jan. 1 will make higher contributions toward their retirement benefits than current workers under a budget deal announced Tuesday night.
Under the agreement reached by the Budget Conference Committee, the new workers would pay an additional 1.3 percent of salary toward retirement, saving the government $6 billion over 10 years.Read full article >>
The handshake and the selfie.
On a day in which President Obama delivered a stirring eulogy for Nelson Mandela, the South African leader to whom he credits the origins of his political stirrings, much of the media’s attention was focused on two unplanned moments steeped — rightly or wrongly — with meaning by political observers.Read full article >>
Teresa Chambers could be the poster child for how the government can trample the rights of its workers.
The record indicates she was on the job for 12 years before retiring last week as chief of the U.S. Park Police. But most of that time she was under suspension or termination for charges that ultimately fell apart.Read full article >>
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.):
Lucas is being pushed to do an extension, which is not necessary and the Senate won’t pass it. This is all politics. Hoping to hold it in abeyance until Thursday night to “be on track to get this thing done the first week of January.”Read full article >>
Two Republican senators ratcheted up their objections Tuesday to the Obama administration’s nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security, saying he should not be confirmed because of an ongoing internal probe.Read full article >>