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Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn…

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Big crowd, major event but still a stalemate in Madison

Sometimes they cursed each other, sometimes they shook hands, sometimes they walked away from each other in disgust. None of it — not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or…

Contentious freshmen create a House out of control

Contentious freshmen create a House out of control

Asked how long the House would need to finish legislation cutting $61 billion in government spending, the most powerful Republican in the land responded wryly. “I don’t know, I’m only…

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and…

Former Palin aide promises to ‘tell it all’ about Sarah

Former Palin aide promises to ‘tell it all’ about Sarah

One of Sarah Palin‘s trusted advisers is planning a tell-all memoir, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his time with the former Alaska governor to paint what his agent…

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over…

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any…

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year with promises to cut spending and bolster the business climate now are beginning to usher in a new era of…

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Having turned its focus from spending cuts to social issues and an assault on the Obama administration‘s regulatory agenda, a battle-weary House reconvenes Friday in hopes of wrapping up action…

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale, and others, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, before…