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Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name…

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens…

McCain: Maverick? Who, me?

McCain: Maverick? Who, me?

Republican Senator John McCain, whose “maverick” breaks with his party won him media acclaim and powered his 2008 White House run, now rejects the moniker, according to Newsweek magazine. The…

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.” Republicans and Democrats have polar opposite…

New White House rules for help on mortgages

New White House rules for help on mortgages

The White House plans to announce on Friday that it will require lenders to lower the mortgage payments of some unemployed workers and encourage lenders to eliminate some principal debt…

Obama signs executive order banning payments for abortions

Obama signs executive order banning payments for abortions

President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions, keeping to a pledge he made to help push his health care reform…

First jobs bill clears Congress

First jobs bill clears Congress

A package of tax breaks and highway spending cleared Congress on Wednesday, the first of what Democrats hope will be several efforts to bring down the 9.7 percent unemployment rate.…

Democrats defend hardball tactics

Democrats defend hardball tactics

Under heavy Republican attack, Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday defended plans to pass a healthcare overhaul without a direct vote as President Barack Obama‘s top domestic priority…

Liz Cheney’s witchhunt flames out

A witchhunt orchestrated by George W. Bush supporters against government lawyers representing Guantanamo inmates has backfired, as conservatives joined the outcry against the McCarthy-like attacks. “Who are these government officials?…

Cheney suffered mild heart attack

Cheney suffered mild heart attack

Family members say former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a “mild” heart attack earlier this week. Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains — the latest in several trips to…