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Republicans find themselves on Medicare hot seat

Republicans find themselves on Medicare hot seat

Now it’s their turn to try to fix the health care mess. Republicans, just like President Barack Obama, may discover that’s easier said than done. The GOP budget expected to…

Barbour’s lobbyist past could complicate campaign

Barbour’s lobbyist past could complicate campaign

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is embracing his background as one of Washington’s top lobbyists, saying his powers of persuasion would be an asset if he wins the White House. But…

Pentagon backing away from Iraq withdrawal deadline

Pentagon backing away from Iraq withdrawal deadline

Eight months shy of its deadline for pulling the last American soldier from Iraq and closing the door on an 8-year war, the Pentagon is having second thoughts. Reluctant to…

Feds stopped 360 terrorists from flying into U.S.

Feds stopped 360 terrorists from flying into U.S.

The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated…

Obama ready to lay out his spending plan

Obama ready to lay out his spending plan

President Barack Obama and Congress are shifting from short-term budget concerns to debates over the nation’s long-term economic future, and everything — from Medicare and Medicaid cuts to tax hikes…

GOP leadership void opens door for Paul Ryan

GOP leadership void opens door for Paul Ryan

Republicans are pressing ahead with one of the most ambitious and risky long-term spending agendas in memory, yet the dozen or so potential White House hopefuls are nearly invisible on…

Supreme Court justice O’Connor faulted for ethical lapses

Supreme Court justice O’Connor faulted for ethical lapses

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor continues to hear cases in U.S. appeals courts, while also playing a role in public policy issues. Her critics say she should do…

Both sides win something in budget deal

Both sides win something in budget deal

Rivals in a divided government, President Barack Obama and the most powerful Republican in Congress split their differences to stave off a federal shutdown that neither combatant was willing to…

At end of long night, a last-minute deal

At end of long night, a last-minute deal

There was barely an hour left before the midnight padlocking of government doors. In a Capitol basement meeting room, House Speaker John Boehner was telling exhausted fellow Republicans that a…

Signs of relief, widespread disgust

Signs of relief, widespread disgust

A collective sense of relief resonated across the nation Saturday, now that a federal government shutdown is merely a thought of what could have been. Thousands of tourists poured into…