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Political Times: Victory Alone Does Not a Mandate Make

As Republicans, among them Tea Party politicians, take control of the House, they would be wise not to misread voters’ will. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

Conservatives from five state legislatures launched a joint campaign to try to cancel automatic citizenship for the American-born children of illegal immigrants. Read the full story from The New York…

Congress to Return With G.O.P. Vowing to Alter Rules

It’s usual for the House to tweak rules with each new session. But John Boehner has made alterations that members will vote on Wednesday. Read the full story from The…

FiveThirtyEight: Approval Ratings

Barack Obama got some good news to start his new year: his Gallup approval rating ticked up to 50 percent yesterday, against 42 percent disapproval. Read the full story from…

The Caucus: Gibbs to Leave as White House Press Secretary

President Obama said that Robert Gibbs would “continue to shape the dialogue” as an outside adviser after he leaves his post. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

As Boehner Ascends, His Power Comes With Caveats

The new House speaker, John A. Boehner, faces the challenge of harnessing the Tea Party zeal. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning

The Obama administration will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual examinations covered under the new health care law, officials said. Read…

The Caucus: Wielding New Power, G.O.P. Works to Keep Party Cohesion

As the 112th Congress is sworn in on Wednesday, Republicans are setting an agenda they hope will maintain unity between Tea Party lawmakers and the party leadership. Read the full…

Birthright Citizenship Looms as Next Immigration Battle

Hard-liners want an end to “anchor babies,” despite mixed evidence about why parents cross the border. Read the full story from The New York Times.…

Cheney Is Back, With Heart Pump and New Outlook

Since receiving a device that saved his life, Dick Cheney is focused on finishing his memoir and stepping back, gingerly, into public life. Read the full story from The New…