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In Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to G.O.P.

As Senate Democrats struggle to line up 60 votes and pass their health care bill before Christmas, an attempt to debate a single-payer system fails. Read more……

Intelligence Improperly Collected on U.S. Citizens

Documents released Wednesday show several cases in which the Department of Homeland Security improperly collected information about citizens or lawful residents. Read more……

Strains Felt in Health Coverage for Jobless

As a limited federal subsidy runs its course, many jobless New Yorkers are struggling to keep affordable health care coverage. Read more……

Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats

In what U.S. officials describe as a concerted effort to harass American diplomats, frequent car searches and the denial of visas have disrupted embassy work. Read more……

U.N. Officials Say American Aide Plotted to Replace Karzai

As fraud surfaced in the Afghan election, the No. 2 U.N. official in the country, Peter W. Galbraith, proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to replace Hamid Karzai.…

Word Prompts Apology From Schumer

Asked to turn off his cellphone aboard a flight preparing to take off, Senator Charles E. Schumer took umbrage. Read more……

Florida Governor Signs Bill to Expand Rail Service

Gov. Charlie Crist said enhanced commuter rail service and efforts to secure federal money for a high-speed rail project would bring jobs to the state. Read more……

S.C. Panel Kills Measure to Impeach Governor

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina may have lost his marriage, but he almost certainly will not lose his office. Read more……

Obama Tells Prison to Take Detainees

President Obama ordered the federal government to acquire a prison in northwestern Illinois to house some terrorism suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Read more……

Democrats Put Off Some Difficult Issues Until 2010

As the year ebbs and differences continue, the fights over federal debt limits, antiterror laws and highway construction are delayed. Read more……